I arrived here
on Tuesday at the North of Nepal Primate Station, established some
months ago by the eminent Indian Dr. Poon Sanddandtundra, and located
deep in the heart of an area that can perhaps best be described
as being north of Nepal, and I've been hard at work writing my Report
from the Field ever since. The bruising of my spine due to
the elephant ride up over the Bangla Kush fortunately necessitated
bed rest for only a couple of days, and I was assured by several
wiry native porters that I would have been in far worse shape had
I tried to bring my car. I was not surprised to be told that
Dr. Sanddandtundra was away in the mountains searching for primates
even larger than the one he reported sighting last week, but I was
promised a meeting with him upon his return. After being released
from the Station's medical facility, I wandered around as best I
could on the crutches and attempted to determine just what it was
that Dr. Sanddandtundra and his international team were researching,
but it seemed to be a closely guarded secret. I got the impression
that no one liked him very much, and there seemed to be a general
feeling that he was loopy.
After lunch on Saturday, Dr.
Sanddandtundra staggered through the back gate of the Station, gasping
for breath, and claiming that he had just sighted primates even
larger than before north of where the first ones had been seen.
The Station's medic was quickly summoned, and discovered that
the eminent Indian had a bug of some sort in his eye, casting doubt
on the reliability of his report. That evening, he asked me
to join him on the veranda for some Nepalese fire brandy, and he
used the occasion to defend his record, saying that he had
sighted giant monkeys, and was not in his tent as has been
suggested. Since I had to leave the next day, I unfortunately
couldn't accept his invitation to accompany him on his next outing,
scheduled to begin Monday week.
That's about it for this issue.
I had hoped to have more information for you, but it looks like
we're going to have to wait for future issues to more productively
plumb the depths of the giant monkey mystery. Anyway, next time
we'll take a deep breath, hitch up our pants, and visit the Professor
Mitsuo Ohhohoho Primate Language Institute in Hellmouth. Either
that or we'll go somewhere else. So until then, I'll just say So