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Monkey see, monkey do - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
If I should fall behind, Guyster, wait for me.
guysterrules
guysterrules
Monkey see, monkey do
She was elegant as she walked the few steps up to the stage and tentatively positioned herself behind the podium. Her gray hair, once blonde, was pulled back with a simple tie. She wore black slacks and a high-necked black pullover but the whole outfit was thrown into disarray by the blinding color pattern of her silk shawl, one bought in some far region of Africa or India, I assumed. Her voice was small as she said, “I’m not sure how to follow such an effusive introduction but I’ll try.” With that, her body hunched and her head rose up as she let out the loudest monkey sounds this crowd had ever heard, live.

I was giddy when I heard Jane Goodall was downstairs at a reception, honoring her for an upcoming program on one of our channels. “Hurry up and go meet her!” Jodi said when I learned Jane was in the building. I could smell the sterno candles for the catering in the atrium all the way up on in my 7th floor office. By the time I got downstairs, Jane was taking the stage and wailing like a monkey.

I was in college when I first started seeing films of Jane in the jungle, with her chimps, and I fell in love with that soft, lilting voice and her cute dirt-on-her-face disposition. Most of all, I loved her determination to educate the world of the chimp’s importance in our lives. We are, after all, just a kiss away from them, and Jane sought to put an end to the wanton brutality that we imposed on their civilization. She was a hero, that Jane, and a feisty one. She still is.

It was the perfect end to a fairly good day. Although my desk has about a thousand pounds of stress on it from an endless amount of deals and casting I have to accomplish, I was corporately reviewed by my boss and shockingly, I got a rave. While I know I’m not at the top of my game, work-wise or anywhere-wise, for that matter, at least I’m seasoned enough to fool the people upstairs. I’m still going to follow through with therapy and not take this pat on the head as anything more than knowing I’m not going to get booted anytime soon.

Then Jane yelped like a monkey and I went home to Bob, who greeted me with yelps of his own. I snuggled his warm sweet nose, kissed his cheek and his black rubbery lips, and took my own little monkey out for a walk. On Sunday, Bob and I are going somewhere in Virginia to a pet store where an adoption fair is taking place. I’ve signed up as a volunteer to help get those wayward dogs a good home. It was almost nine years ago when Billy and I went into a pet store and found our Bob. Maybe I can help make a family as happy as Billy and I were.

I bet if I had that Jane on a leash, doing her yelp, I’d be able to have her adopted in no time.
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poohbearjim From: poohbearjim Date: March 5th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Reading the post accompanying the photo with Billy and Bob I became teary - and I never even knew Billy. The more I've read about him in your journal, though, the more I am sure he would have been someone I would have loved to have known. And - as I've always said - I instantly know a caring man when I see him lying on the floor, freely letting a dog lick his face.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 5th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Jim, for taking the time to read and care about Billy. Our hard world needs as many Billys as it can get and for whatever reason, reasons I'll never understand, he was taken away too soon. He had so many things he wanted to do.

I miss him every minute of every day, like crazy, and so does Bob. All I can do now is try and bring his spirit to as many people as I can.
quuf From: quuf Date: March 5th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I should have known you were a fan. Even her name is perfect: A Tarzan-less Jane, all good. May she live forever. I received In the Shadow of Man on my twelfth birthday, and have been smitten ever since.

Congratulations on the corporate rave -- you no doubt deserve it -- and even more, on the wisdom of not letting it go to your head.
From: inkprincess Date: March 5th, 2004 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
good luck with getting them pups adopted! what a great way to help!
e_ticket From: e_ticket Date: March 5th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
***I was corporately reviewed by my boss and shockingly, I got a rave. While I know I’m not at the top of my game, work-wise or anywhere-wise, for that matter, at least I’m seasoned enough to fool the people upstairs. ***

Wow. The *same* thing just happened to me recently. I've been kinda coasting in many areas -- work included -- and while the wholeheartedly positive review at work was nice, I actually felt a bit guilty.
twillhead From: twillhead Date: March 5th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another beautiful entry. I've been largely absent but hovering LJ whenever possible ... looking for you. Hugs my Bro.
nancec From: nancec Date: March 5th, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I met Jane Goodall years ago at a reception given by my mother's employer at the time. I seem to remember being more enamored of the Dom Perignon being served than anything else, but that should certainly not reflect poorly on Ms. Goodall. It was just some wicked good bubbly. Jane is still doing receptions, my mother's former employer is doing time in federal prison, and I haven't had any really good champagne since then. Such is life.

Glad you enjoyed it though, and super congrats on the good review. I have some idea of how hard it has been for you and while I won't be presumptuous enough to say I'm proud of you, I will say that I'm very happy for you and have a lot of respect for all you've accomplished.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: March 5th, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
interesting post as always.
your view alters the way I see the world.

I hope that this finds you well and happy
ciao
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