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.