Maybe my gangster dream was precursor to the drama on campus. We have rival monkeys now. Last year, we had one quiet little family comprised of five or six monkeys. They were cute, they ate bananas on a regular basis, and they were loved by our whole community.
Enter Monkey Family #2.
Today I’ve heard nothing but monkey screams all over campus. It’s not really screaming, it’s really more like loud beeping. They have this unbelievably high pitched scream that sounds like it’s more mechanical than animal. It’s pretty crazy. So now, Original Monkey Family is at odds with New Monkey Family over territory. They’re running across the roof, jumping wildly from trees, and beeping/screaming all over the place, including over the shoes of one of my former students. And they’re the full grown monkeys, which doesn’t really mean much since they’re the size of bananas themselves, but they have teeth. And I guess when the monkeys are feeling violently territorial, it doesn’t matter if they’re the size of bananas or bookshelves, because if they’ve got teeth, watch out.
So, that’s the deal with today.