More on Gorilla Suits
National Gorilla Suit Day (see yesterday for information) passed in the northwest suburbs without incident. No one was spotted in our neighborhood today making the rounds in a gorilla suit, but then again even the daytime temps barely broke 20 degrees F., and it was fairly windy too. On the other hand, you'd think that a gorilla suit would be just the thing to keep you warm on a cold day.
Or maybe not. Sad to say, I have no experience wearing gorilla suits. (But it's not too late. Deep in middle age, some men acquire trophy wives or sports cars, if they can afford them, but those of us of more modest means have to settle for gorilla suits.)
I never even talked to the guy who wore a gorilla suit on the Adams Street bridge every day in the mornings when I used to work downtown. His job was to hand out fliers for some gym, and I guess the connection was, "Come to our gym, be an 800 pound gorilla," or something. Once, in mid-morning after the pedestrian rush was over, I saw him taking a break, sitting there with the gorilla mask off, smoking a cigarette. He looked pathetic indeed. Who dreams of growing up to be the Adams Street Gorilla?
I've heard, but never been able to confirm, that gorilla suits are popular in the neighborhood around the Belmont El station on the North Side. Years ago, when I went with friends for Sunday brunch to Ann Sather, the Swedish pancake house near that station, I thought I saw four or five gorilla-suit wearers wander by on the sidewalk outside. Anyway, I'm sure they take National Gorilla Suit Day a lot more seriously in that part of the city, with a parade and prizes for the best suits, than we philistines here in the suburbs.
I made everything up in that last paragraph. Still, I wonder what the collective for a group of gorilla-suited people would be. Band is the collective for actual gorillas, I've read.