Saturday, October 17, 2015

How to get the monkey off your back

From time to time, I comb the net to find amusing stories that serve to draw a smile.  This morning, I came across one about a monkey who was roaming a neighbourhood in Florida.

In her article, Ashley Mungiguerra outlines how a monkey named Zeek (Zeke) was getting himself into a little mischief.  Zeke was reportedly jumping on cars and sitting on a mailbox eating someone's mail.  When the police arrived, Zeek was there to greet them, and started ripping the molding off the patrol car.  To curb the amount of damage he was causing, the police ended up distracting Zeek with a bottle of water.  Ashley points out that folks can legally own monkeys in that part of the country, as long as they have a permit and meet specific cage requirements.

Since Zeek was able to get loose, it puts into question whether or not the owner had met the cage requirements.  That said, perhaps the owner was simply trying to “get the monkey off his back”…get it?!  Given what transpired thereafter, I believe that a quote from George Carlin’s fits the bill: “Just ‘cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.”  I couldn’t help but ask myself: Was Zeek looking for anything in particular?  Since the mail had already arrived, due to fast delivery, I guess that he technically helped himself to some “fast food”…

If, by chance, you do not appreciate the humour in this story and post, I have but one thing to say…blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin