Saturday, December 17, 2005

Monkeying with my identity


I changed my avatar, the picture of "me" that I use to illustrate my profile (which appears to your right).
It's a wooden netsuke of a monkey.
Monkeys are very important to me. Though I was born in the Year of the Tiger, I made my debut in this world during the Hours of the Monkey, which are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (I was born at 4:12).
The monkey's influence on a tiger is to inject a little humor, mischief and moxey into someone who might otherwise be insufferably strong-willed and self-important (not that I can't be both).
Pictured above is another wooden netsuke, one of my favorite representations of a tiger because it sums up a key aspect of my personality.
You'll notice that he's roaring fearfully and seems spring-loaded to pounce. But he also fits nicely in the palm of that benevolent hand.
I, too, can be full of piss and vinegar, but am easily contained by a few kind words.

11 comments:

LBseahag said...

That's a great choice...I like how you described it...

Gorillas are my favorite animal.

greenbean said...

It's very interesting Mike - A Tiger resting on the benevolent palm.Perhaps Akido might suit your style. Deep bows.

Michael said...

Hey LB,

Yeah, primates are great. I like the affect my "ascendant monkey" birth sign has had on me.

Hi Greenbean,

Actually, I think karate is perfect for me, though I have great respect for aikido. I've been involved in karate off and on since 1993, and have greatly enjoyed it from Day One. Perhaps when I mature a bit more, I'll investigate other styles, though I would lean more toward a sword art, such as iaido or kendo.

anu said...

Wow the new pic is really interesting.

Michael said...

Hi Anu,

Monkeys and tigers: What more could you ask for? :)

Phats said...

I like the new avatar!

Monkeys are cool I like them, quite possibly because I can tumble like them haha!

Michael said...

Thanks, Phats!

passion said...

Moneys are very smart and quit witted, maybe that's a reflection of who you are! ;)

Michael said...

Yes, Passioncity. And monkeys are often too clever for their own good, which makes for some interesting adventures! ;)

greenbean said...

Dear Mike, I agreed with you about monkeys being too clever sometimes for their own good. They get snarled in their own tricks and ingenuity.Monkeys are creative, quick-witted, nimble and agile.But one wrong step, one miscalculation and one over-confidence will plunge them into the hand of fate.Deep Bows.

Michael said...

Hi Greenbean,

Thus, I think there's a little Monkey in all of us.