Coming up with ideas for blogs- and the time to write them- can be difficult.
You may have noticed that we have been sharing simple, abbreviated blogs on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the past few weeks. As Chad and Anna have mentioned, we’ve been attending virtual lectures and discussions aimed at improving our behavioral management of the chimpanzees. These sessions just happen to fall on their “blog days,” leaving minimal time for extravagance and embellishment.
Selfishly, I don’t have to worry about these constraints on Sundays (when I am usually responsible for the blog). Typically, we all finish cleaning chimpanzee enclosures around midday and then Chad and Katelyn expertly take care of the afternoon chores. This routine leaves a block of time, enabling me to get a head-start on dissertation-length blog posts with peculiar themes. (If you have a few hours to spare, the Super Bowl piece was my personal Infinite Jest.)
These wordy compositions- and my evenings spent in the foyer eagerly typing away- don’t go unnoticed. Last week, after reading my science-fiction parody of the day’s chimp drama, J.B. sarcastically told me I’d have to “stop phoning in the blog.”
It’s a fair jab. My verbosity is infamous around here, and I’ve given up trying to deny it. (J.B. and Jessica were both on the committee of unfortunate professors who had to read my graduate thesis. 100-something pages about spider monkey fission-fusion dynamics, anyone?)
For the sake of working on some other projects and shaking things up, I’m phoning in the blog today.
No unique themes. No epic sagas. No facts about bananas.
Short and sweet.
I’m even literally posting it from my phone.
Without further ado, here’s today’s blog post: a few random photos from the past couple of weeks, phoned in for your pleasure.