So I'm rolling out of bed about 4 this morning for the early shift here, and onto the TV screen pops a news item about a couple of monkeys who have been trained to wait tables at a Japanese restaurant.
Evidently it's in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture.
And it caused me to reflect in a haze on my earlier career in the bar business. (Weren't all journalists in the biz at one time or another? Certainly, at least as loyal patrons.) Now it's come to this, and I suppose deep down I always knew it was so: A monkey can do the job I was paid to do.
But what does this do to my prospects when the market falls through the floor and we all lose our jobs? Too early in the day to think about this.
Anyway, here's the short, YouTube version of the monkey story, posted without accompanying commentary:
If you want to see the ABC News feature on it, it's here.