I was speaking with Gary today about his job. He said something about how managers so often repeat the same foolish mistakes, and then it trickles down to their underlings who repeat the same foolish mistakes. I replied, "Oh, it's just like the monkeys."
Ok. Skip this paragraph unless you are curious about the monkeys. Otherwise, go to *Paragraph C below.
(Just so you know, there is a tale told in Company of monkeys who are all given a shock when any one monkey touches a banana. Soon the experimenters put in a new monkey, and the old monkeys slap the new monkey silly when it goes for a banana, because they don't want a shock. They keep switching monkeys until all the old monkeys who actually got shocked are gone, and find all the new monkeys fear bananas for no good reason. Still here? Hello? Hello?)
*Paragraph C: Don't worry if you missed the monkey story, because it's not really germane. What is germane is that I said, "Oh, it's just like the monkeys" and Gary replied, "Yeah, just like that!" and kept talking. I wondered, Huh, does he know the monkey story? A few hours later he was taking about his family and on a whim I said again:
"Just like the monkeys."
"Uh huh. And then SANDY went to California and - " etc.
So now it's an experiment. Well, not a full on scientific method experiment with a control, like the Split Face Redness Cream experiment (Day 19: no progress). More like a social experiment. I'm going to see how often I can chime in "Just like the monkeys!" before he shuts up and says, "And who are these monkeys of which you speak?"
( - later that same day- )
How many times did I bring up the monkeys? Five times. Eventually I got bored and got a response when I interrupted the Lemony Snicket movie to say, "You know, THAT'S JUST LIKE THE MONKEYS" in a pointed tone.
But, just so you know, in reverse order:
Snakes in the Lemony Snicket movie? pointedly like the monkeys.
Project Runway? Also, much like the monkeys.
Bacon sandwiches at the pastry shop? So like the monkeys it's uncanny.
Gary's family? Bear a strange similarity to (wait for it) ... monkeys.
Gary's bosses? Monkeys.
Gary? Just a little like a monkey.