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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Limp Monkeys with Oversized Testicles and Coffee

Last night I spent in one of my favorite cafes working on the novel. The staff is cool, the coffee is good, and the atmosphere is great. Made some good progress -- not enough -- but progress none the less. This final section is pretty messy in a lot of ways, so I'm having to rewrite much more than I anticipated. Ah well.

Okay, so about that headline. Well, despite the tasteful decor of the cafe, they always have these ballo0n caricatures created by this fellow called "The Balloon Guy". They're odd, for sure, but generally very elaborate. A couple weeks ago they hung these monkeys from the ceiling. Your eyes naturally go up to them as you're sitting in one of the comfy armchairs, sipping your hot or cold drink. Anyway, as balloons are wont to do, these monkeys are now going limp. But not consistently. One area that hasn't gone down are their testicles -- creating oversized testicles on limp monkeys as the headline states.

Don't get me wrong -- I have nothing against anatomically correct art, but there's something a little strange about balloon monkey testicles. Were they intentional, or merely a happy coincidence of the creation process? Of course, the fact that they don't have penises makes the image even more incongruous -- limp monkeys with oversized testicles but no penises. Yes, this ran through my mind numerous times as I worked, because every time I looked up from my tablet, that's what I saw.

Now they weren't the only balloon sculpture. No sir! They even had a life-size human man sitting at one of the tables with a balloon latte! I kid you not. But as far as I could see, he had no testicles. So as disturbing as that image was, it paled when compared to my monkey friends.


Kate S said...

Hmm.... I'm pretty sure that's a winning title nonetheless.

No penis? Then what's the long thing it looks like he's holding? A banana, or is he happy to see you?

Clifford said...

Uh, that's his tail! Get your mind out of the basement and into the gutter with the rest of us!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like a title for a very surreal horror story.

Carlos Ferrão said...

Would you have said monkey's phone number? Just to confirm the story...

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