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When it was announced in early September that The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills would be having a Monk event in December ("Monk: 100 Episodes and Counting"), I immediately jumped at the chance and bought a membership and a ticket. I figured I'd just worry about all the details, like where to stay and how to afford it, later. A few months passed and what might have been a one day trip turned into a full scale five day Monk themed vacation. I rented a car, so I could play chauffeur/tour guide for some of my fellow Monk fans, and talked my buddy ToNy into going along for the ride. If you'd like to skip right to the glittery celebrity stuff click here.

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Day One title

After stocking up on Diet Dr. Pepper and securing Monk in his bobblehead car seat, we left San Francisco at 8:00am on Saturday morning and drove down the coast heading for Hollywood.

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Our first stop was lunch at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.
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This is the Madonna Inn main building.
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Above is our videographer and trip navigator, ToNy Anderson at the Copper Cafe….
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...and The Monk Fun Page editor and chief, me.
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This is the wishing well statue outside of the restaurant at the Madonna Inn…
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...and the lovely holiday poinsettias.
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If you would like to learn more about the Madonna Inn (which was featured in the 1987 film Aria), check out their website.
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This is my Aunt Donna. We spent the night at her house in Newbury Park. Donna is a Monk fan, too!


Late on Sunday morning the Monk fans invaded LAX. ToNy, Bobblehead Monk and I were the official welcoming committee.
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The first arrival, all the way from Minnesota, was Deb (Aldebaran)...
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followed by Amy (Raven) who had just flown in from Wisconsin.
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We had a photo op in terminal four.
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Bobblehead Monk waited for Kim (fan4sure) at Terminal One, baggage carousel 3...
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and so did ToNy while Deb made a call.
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Still waiting… because Kim was at carousel 1, not carousel 3…
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But she couldn’t fool us… we found her anyway.
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Next we checked into our hotel.
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Deb and Raven at
The Ramada Hollywood Hotel
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Monk checked out the lobby (lobby, lobby)…
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and the gift shop…
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and the balcony.
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First things first: ToNy got the computer revved up…
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And Kim got her bobblehead Monk unpacked.
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The gang was psyched and ready for the first sightseeing trip…
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to nearby Paramount Studios where Monk is filmed.
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It was Sunday, so no one was home except security and it was quiet enough for a little photo shoot.
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The Melrose Gate was decked for the holiday.
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The two Monks…
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...are ready for their close-ups.
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Bobblehead Monk 1…
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…and 2. You can tell Kim’s bobblehead Monk has been working on his tan.
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It was getting a little dark, so they turned the lights on for us.
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We walked over to the Bronson gate…
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and took a few more pictures…
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at twilight.
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That's the Paramount Christmas tree in the background.
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...and Monk Fans at the Bronson Gate.


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We had planned to eat at Miceli’s (“Godfather”), but there was a Christmas parade in the way so we settled on Astro Family Restaurant (“Kid”).
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Monk is in front of the gas station also featured in “Mr. Monk and the Kid”.
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We took another charming group shot while we waited for the rest of the Monk gang.
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Interior Astro Family Restaurant. “The Monk Booth” is three booths in. Two old guys got there before us… and seemed pretty comfortable… for hours!
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So we took a seat in the back room and every one felt very safe...
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...since the adjacent table was filled with police officers.
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The rest of our party arrived: Jeff (Two Wolves), Barb (BfloGal), Rob (Bfloguy) and Tami (not in this picture).
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We took our time and eventually the old guys (totally unaware of our withering glances) left the “Monk booth” and we moved in for some pictures.


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Me, Barb and Mr. Monk…
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...and from another perspective.
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The Monk gang: L to R Kim, Amy, Teresa, Barb, Deb and Tami
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The Monk photographers: Tony and Jeff
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A few screen grabs from “Mr. Monk and the Kid”
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Be sure to visit Astro Family Restaurant when you’re in Los Angeles. Just remember, take Fountain.


Day Three Title Card

Our big plans for Monday included Universal Studios and the rescheduled Miceli's in Hollywood for dinner. We also manged to work in a unexpected tour of Sunset Boulevard including a bonus Monk location. We started with the buffet breakfast at the Hollywood Hotel. In November 2007 when Kim and I flew in for a set visit, we stayed at the same hotel and got (inedible) square eggs for breakfast. The 2008 eggs didn't taste much better, but of course Monk would have preferred it if they were square.
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Monk had no interest in the round eggs...
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...or the round waffles
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Monk checks out the Universal Studios directory
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Between Universal Studios and the Curious George parking lot is Citywalk...
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...including the Hard Rock Cafe.
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Deb, Amy, Bobblehead Monk,
Kim and me.
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Deb, Amy and Kim
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Monk with King Kong in the background

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Deb couldn't resist the opportunity for a picture on the Bubba Gump bench.
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Neither could Monk. They've got one of these at Parmount Studios, too (and at every other Bubba Gump restaurant)
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Monk met some fellow superheroes at the Citywalk gift shop.
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What's the opposite of Batman?
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Unfortunately Wonder Woman was
a little bit naked-ish.
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Mr. Monk also met his honor the Govenator...
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...and confronted a couple of super villains.
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Mr. Monk and an old man bobbling on a commode. Yikes again!
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No Golden Globe this year, but we managed to get him an Oscar.
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While we waited for Blfogal and Bfloguy we all had to have a picture taken in front of the Universal Globe.
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Let's say this Universal Globe represents the earth.
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That's right. It's a globe.
It does represent the earth.
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Deb (Aldebaran)
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Amy (Raven)
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Kim (Fan4sure)
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Teresa (Teresa1643)
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Barb (Bflogal) arrived and Bfloguy wasn't far behind.
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Monk in front of the Universal red carpet entrance.
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This young man was demonstrating how to sashay down the red carpet.
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Monk got his ticket.
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Deb, Amy and Kim got theirs.
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Tony, Rob and Barb
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Shrek was waiting to greet us when we finally got in.
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The Curious George attraction...
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... will have a bigger part in this story later.
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Curious George was also waiting to greet us.
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It's hard to tell on the unenlarged photo, but George is not making a rude gesture.
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He's got his finger in his mouth (a nervous habit apparently)

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So Deb, did you notice Curious George was missing something? That's right: a tail.
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Mr. Monk Goes Fishing
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If sharks weren't on Monk's phobia list...
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...I'm sure they are now.
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Monk in front of the fake Hollywood backdrop
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Deb gave Monk a boost up to look at the real thing.
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Monk in front of the real Hollywood backdrop.
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Amy, ready for the Universal Studios Tour
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The Monk gang comes down the escalator.


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Barb on the escalator
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Monk in line for the tour
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Monk waited for the tram...
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...and stood on his number as requested.
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The tram arrived...
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...and Monk took his seat.
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Barb seemed pretty happy to be there.
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ToNy usually had at least two cameras going.
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Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine was apparently delivering scooby snacks.
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One of many backlot bungalows. This was once Alfred Hitchcock's production office.
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The bridge collapsed right after we drove over it (and then promptly uncollapsed.)
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Mr. Monk and the DeLorean
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Monk and one of the locations from
"Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico"
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Deb and another location from "Mexico"
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Deb and the backlot
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The waters parted just for us.
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Another shark. This one is in what used to pass for Cabot Cove on Murder She Wrote.
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The Chicken Ranch
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Wisteria Lane (Colonial Street) was a
"closed set" for the day.
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Mr. Monk Goes to Whoville
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Just north of Whoville is the Bates Motel.
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Norman Bates was home, disposing of a body...
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...and trying to eliminate possible witnesses.
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Monk might have solved the crime
if the tram had stopped.
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The War of the Worlds plane crash site
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We enjoyed it, but the tour was a little short because last year's fire had damaged the King Kong attraction.
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Bobblehead Monk rode the escalator back up from the studio tour all by himself. Video footage still to come.
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Next stop: The Animal Actors Show
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Everyone found a seat.
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The Monkey got the show rolling.
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The host arrived with some kind of parrot.
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The star of the show
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The dog from the Bush's Baked Beans commercials
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This dog co-starred in
Beverly Hills Chihauhau
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Ain't she sweet?
(or he? I can't remember which.)
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Mr. Monk and the Orangutan

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The parrot waved goodbye.

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Mr. Monk on the Blues Brother's car
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Mr. Monk at 221B Baker Street
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Kim and Monk and a Royal Guard
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Mr. Monk in front of the Hollywood Globe Theater
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Mr. Monk in a phone booth with no phone...
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...but at least it's not a public restroom.
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Lucy Ricardo stopped to have a chat with us and she brought along Ricky Ricardo. Babaloooo!
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Before we parted she whispered that she thought I'd been hitting the Vegavitavegamin, (like I was the only one carrying a doll. )
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Mr. Monk meets Chuckie.
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Mr. Monk meets the Incredible Hulk...
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and Bobblehead Wolverine...
who he almost adopted.
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Waiting in line for the Shrek 3D show.
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Mr. Monk did adopt bobblehead Shrek and Donkey (and Princess Fiona, not pictured.)
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Kim and Amy made sure that all the little bobbleheads were properly aligned.
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Mr. Monk meets the Grinch
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Mr. Monk meets the Simpsons
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Monk entered Krustyland...
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after he met the height requirement.
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Mr. Monk and the Space Capsule
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Monk was pretty sure none of these astronauts had committed a murder.
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So everyone got a picture with them...
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...except Amy who had to take a call
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Mr. Monk and another view of the backlot
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Mr. Monk at the longest ride in the park...
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...the escalator ride.
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We had lunch with Beetlejuice
in the lower lot.
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I don't know why he seemed so
surprised to see Monk...
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...and so happy to see Deb and Amy...
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...because they weren't all that
thrilled to see him.
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Mr. Monk joined me and Tony
on The Mummy Ride...
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...and discovered yet another phobia...
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...pharaohphobia (fear of mummies).
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Mr. Monk went on the Jurassic Park ride.
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Just kidding.
Even I won't go on the Jurrasic Park ride.
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Scooby and Shaggy

This is as close as Monk wanted to get.

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Apparently they came in
the Mystery Machine

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I had to get a picture of our Scooby Gang.
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Tony at the Kwik-E-Mart
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Monk at the Kwik-E-Mart
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Mr. Monk and 100 Homer Simpsons.
The Kwik-E-Mart clerk tipped us off that Monk had filmed at Universal the month before at the Curious George attraction.
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This one of the most popular attractions. No, no, no, not Waterworld. The restrooms, of course.
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They kicked us out at 6:00pm and
Bflogal & guy called it a night...
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...but the rest of us were just getting started.
One last shot and we hit Citywalk again.
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Monk with all the awards he deserves.
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ToNy... stylin!
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Tony had to wait for the women to finish shopping.
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In the last toy store Monk met Sonny Chow (actually two Sonny Chows, wrapped in plastic)
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and a gorilla
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and a dinosaur
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and Yoda.
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"Size matters not."
— Yoda
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Citywalk at night
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Amazing Aldebaran


We left Universal and headed for Miceli's in Hollywood. We were going in the right direction, but I missed the turn off so we drove up and down Sunset Boulevard for a while. (I think they call that cruisin' when you do it on purpose) This turned out to be fortuitous. On our last time out Kim and I had spotted the Farm Fresh Market on Sunset where Monk and Hal met in "Mr. Monk Makes a Friend". So we kept our eyes peeled and found it again. Bad news. It was closed... permanently, but for our bobblehead photo session purposes it was just fine.

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We finally made it to Miceli's for a cozy meal as well as some piano bar singing. (No, we weren't singing. They had a professional doing it.) We finished off the night with a leisurely stroll down Hollywood Boulevard to look at the stars on the sidewalk and the footprints in front of the Chinese Theater.

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Amy, Kim, Deb and Tony
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Kim unwinds
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Tony looks at his Universal pictures
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Deb and Monk
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Monk and Amy
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Enjoying our traditional Italian meal
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The Monk Gang in front of Miceli's
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Hollywood Boulevard
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Monk gets his own star along with the likes of...
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Dean Martin
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Harrison Ford
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Charlie Chaplin
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P Diddy
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Fred Astaire
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and Ekaterina Klenova (No, she doesn't really have a star yet either, but she's dreaming big.)
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Tony filming the stars.
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Monk wasn't interested in
Fredericks of Hollywood
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Movie Stars Homes and Crime Scenes
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Monk found that interesting.
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Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater
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Bette Davis
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Roy Rogers and Trigger
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Humphrey Bogart
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Gene Kelly
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Cary Grant
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Donald Duck
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Harry Potter
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The Cast of Star Trek
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The Scientology Christmas Display
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Economic Crisis Special
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ToNy was beat after a long day
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and so was Monk.

Kim provided my bobblehead Monk with his own sleeping bag/carrying case as well as a special gift for his then upcoming Disneyland trip. (Thanks, Kim! He loves his bag.)

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