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In the time of chimpanzees

I was a monkey

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Robot King of the Monkey Things
11 December 1976
I am -

* 30something
* an ENFP hedging more and more towards INFP
* a big klutz of a girl
* owned by two cats, one neurotic and broody, one a complete nutjob
* a bit of a geek
* given to whims & splurges
* prone to crying while watching Animal Planet
* usually without tact but never without humor
* overcome with the urge to rearrange my furniture every few months
* primate caretaker/wildlife educator/all-around animal geek
* proud graduate of PJC Zoo Animal Technology Program, class of 2005
* madly in love, now thirteen years in
* unbelievably happy in my field

Who could believe an ant in theory?
a giraffe in blueprint?
Ten thousand doctors of what's possible
could reason half the jungle out of being.

- John Ciardi, 1984

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more.

- Byron, "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
- Robert Heinlein, "Time Enough for Love"

One hundred monkeys. One hundred years. One sonnet.

action movies, activism, adventure, adventurousness, african chant, alphonse mucha, ambient, ani difranco, animal intelligence, animal rights, animal training, animal welfare, animals, animation, annual passes, architecture, art galleries, barefoot in the park, big cats, big cities, bioluminescence, bjork, book stores, books, bouldering, brian and wendy froud, bryce courtenay, bt, bubbles, c.s. lewis, calligraphy, calvin & hobbes, candles, cathedrals, causeways, cloudy skies, conservation, contemplation, conversation, creative profanity, crossgen comics, dar williams, darren aronofsky, defenestration, delerium, diane ackerman, driving at night, eddie izzard, education, edward gorey, endangered species, fairy tales, fantasy, farscape, fifth element, fog, frank lloyd wright, geeks, harlan ellison, harry chapin, heat, horseback riding, humor, imdb, indigo girls, islands of adventure, jane goodall, jay anacleto, joss whedon, labyrinth, languages, legend and lore, long aimless walks, margaret cho, mehndi, meteor showers, movies, museums, music, mysticism, naps, naturalists, nature, neal stephenson, neil gaiman, new urbanism, ooh! shiny, orson scott card, painting, pat conroy, polaroids, pre-raphaelites, primates, pro-choice, quirkiness, rain, remixes, roadtripping, roald dahl, robert a. heinlein, robin mckinley, rock climbing, roller coasters, scents, science, science fiction, scuba, silent winter nights, species survival plan, stained glass, stargazing, stompy boots, storypeople, swing dancing, techno, technology, terri windling, terry pratchett, the beach by moonlight, the crystal method, theatre, thunderstorms, tori amos, travel, trivia, uncontrollable laughter, useless trivia, vivariums, wanderlust, wildlife, wildlife art, witty reparte, word games, zero population growth, zookeeping, zoopharmacognosy, zoos

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