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In the time of chimpanzees

I was a monkey

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.

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