Monday, July 21, 2014


Denard Span and Katie-Bar-The-Door catch a quick lunch at Nationals Park.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One Small Step For A Monkey

One day I'll tell you the story about how in July 1969, my parents went on vacation in Hawaii and left their space nut son (i.e., me, the Monkey, your faithful correspondent) and his brother at the house of the least-imaginative woman on the planet, and how after begrudging us five minutes of all that nonsense on the moon, she put us to bed and I missed the rest of what I still consider the most transcendent historical event of my lifetime.

Forty-five years to the day, I'm still bitter and twisted. But I won't go into it now.

Friday, July 11, 2014

On This Day

On this day 100 years ago, Babe Ruth made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox. You can read the complete story here.

Also, on this day eighty-nine years ago, my mother was born. And on this day fifty-two years ago, my little brother was born.

July 11 is a pretty good day in the Monkey house.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Versatile Blogger Award

Andrew D. over at 1001 Movies I (Apparently) Must See Before I Die has passed along to me the "Versatile Blogger Award." Thanks Andrew! We here at the Monkey like to receive awards whether we've earned them or not!

Said award comes with three provisos, which I will address forthwith (or Fort Worth, depending on where you live):

1. Thank your nominator and provide a link to their blog. (See above)

2. Make your own fifteen nominations and tell them they've been nominated.

3. Offer up seven interesting facts about yourself.

Let me tell you, I spent a good part of the afternoon jotting down notes on that last one and I came up with a single fact that covers it all: I am just not that interesting. As I once told a very good friend of mine, the reason I try so hard to be interesting is that I am at heart so very, very boring.

Fifteen fellow bloggers: The Mouth O' The Mule, Pondering Life, Who Am Us Anyway, News From the Boston Becks, Classic Movies, If Charlie Parker Was A Gunslinger There's Be A Whole Lot of Dead Copycats, Movies Silently, Plain Chicken, Film Noir Photos, Cool Beveridge, The Frame, Journeys in Classic Film, Carole & Co., Pretty Clever Films, in so many words, Laura's Miscellaneous Musings, Silver Scenes, A Shroud of Thoughts, Out of the Past, Splendid Labyrinths, A Person in the Dark, Time Machine to the Twenties, The Girl With The White Parasol, Gingerology, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, ithankyou, She Blogged By Night, Another Old Movie Blog, Rosalind Russell Dazzling Star, Pictures, All Good Things, Silent Volume, Pickled Cinema, Films of Yesterday ...

How many is that? Nine? Okay, six more. All Things Kevyn, Blogdanovich by Peter Bogdanovitch, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, Self-Styled Siren and Sunset Gun.

Okay, so math is not my strong suit.

To all you winners, congratulations. And to everyone else, oops! I catch you next time.