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JULY 25, 2005
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Every year, upwards of tens of tens of assistant primatology researchers exchange cutting edge data retrieval techniques, field-based observation protocols, and daring new pants-and-jacket combos at their annual meeting. Usually a coastal locale, San Diego or Stamford, CT, the meetings are a veritable meat market for new blood. The cattle call of interviews is so famous its infamous, aspiring primatology assistants stacking their cvs with just that many untraceable unpaid internship listings and five-letter acronyms. Primatological assistantship has, as a matter of course, become a lucrative and difficult-to-land job, not the least reason for which is the requisite grooming skills. As the tabloids have attested, most of our finest assistants have gone on to greater positions in the broader field, sometimes dressing people too. During a break-out session at last years Airport La Quinta Inn meeting, we took a poll:
How Long Does It Take to Dress Your Monkey?
Molly, 31: Honestly, Id say no more than 2 or 3 minutes. Hes good about it. Sometimes he helps me pick out the tie. Hilfiger always goes well with his slacks.
Calvin, 27: Hmm, thats a toughy, cuz we usually tousle first, get him all fired up, then get the suit on. He likes it that way, so I cant say, really. Some days two minutes. Some days a half hour. Depends.
David and Anna, 34 and 32: We reject the question. No, seriously. We reject it. Its not about the outfit for us. Daryl is part of the family and we dont single him out. How long does it take you to get dressed? You dont know, do you? Nope, you dont time yourself, right? Exactly.
Melanie, 40: If vest, jacket, and a half-windsor knot, were looking at six, seven minutes. We go the bow-tie and suspenders route, then a few minutes more. Ugh. Its always a pain with the suspenders. But I use a clip-on bow tie. I learned long ago with monkeys, always go clip-on, no matter how lame that may sound. Believe me.
DeAngelo, 24: Well
just a sec
there...up and around
just a sec...just a
then under again
more...OK. There. What was that? Like maybe 45 seconds?
Lillian and Walter, 59 and 65: Oh, we do have a time with dressing. Verily. Well make a game of it, and Roger will pick out the shirt, and I the pants. Then well switch, especially if were going to dinner with the Jacobsons. Such a wonderful chimp, our Marvin. He is marvelous. We call him marvelous Marvin. Dont we, Marvin? You are marvelous, you are. Walter honey, be a dear and get me that Delft Saucer from the hutch, Elise asked that we bring it.
Benjamin Cohen lives in Virginia. He is an academic and a writer. Most names in this piece have been modified, where appropriate, to protect the privacy of those interviewed.
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