Vabs’ Weekend Wisdom: Monkeys

I’ve always wanted to have a pet monkey.  Maybe I wanted to be The Man in the Yellow Hat and have Curious George as my friend.  So, several years ago, I adopted a monkey from the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Below is the e-mail interaction with a person  from the zoo.  Diane never did get back to me and answer my questions.  I just hope my monkey is OK…


—–Original Message—–

To: Brian Vabulas

From: Michelle <>


1 Happy “Howler” Days A. D. O. P. T. with t-shirt (A6) (Adult X L) at


each = 43.95


TAX: 0.00



TOTAL: 43.95

—– Original Message —–

From: Michelle <>

To: Brian Vabulas


Thank you for your a.d.o.p.t order.  Please allow at least eight to ten days for processing.  If you have any questions please contact Diane XXXX at (312) XXX-XXXX.

—–Original Message—–

From: Brian Vabulas

To: Michelle <>

Subject: Re: ADOPT ORDER


I had a few questions regarding the Howler Monkey I have recently adopted.

Firstly, what does the monkey’s diet primarily consist of; such as bananas, carrots, celery, and various meats?   Second, what is the monkey’s average life expectancy?  The reason I ask is because one of my co-workers adopted a monkey and it died of old age, his name was Jolly Bo Bo.  This being a point of concern, I was wondering what is the age of my monkey?  Next, what types of shots are administered to howler monkeys?  Any type of information you can provide me will assist in the care given to my monkey.  Also, approximately how large of a habitat is necessary to house my monkey (e.g..what is his/her height, weight, can he/she chew through wood, etc.)?

Finally, what time and date will I be able to pick up my monkey?  Please address these questions and provide me with any additional information.

Thanks in advance for all your help, and I look forward to providing a loving and healthy home for my howler monkey!


Brian Vabulas

—–Original Message—–

From: Michelle <>

To:  Brian Vabulas



I have passed your questions on to the a.d.o.p.t. program coordinator, Diane XXXX.  She will research and respond within a couple of days.

She can be reached at  (312) XXX-XXXX for additional questions.  You are aware Brian that your money goes toward the feeding and care of the animal at Lincoln Park Zoo.  You are welcome to visit our Primate House to see the Howler Monkeys on display. I always find it interesting that some a.d.o.p.t. parents think that they will be able to take the animals home and care for them.  This is not possible and not in the best interest of our animals.



Vabs’ Weekend Wisdom: Addicted…

Hi my name is Brian Vabulas and I’m an addict.  No, not to drugs or alcohol, but to a mobile word game called “Words with Friends”.  (iTunes / Andriod) I know that this is not as serious as other addictions, but nonetheless I can’t help my love for it.

It’s like Scrabble, and you can play whomever you want – online.  I play with Friends – hence the name.  Each word is scored.   The best part is that you can play when you have time – if you have a busy Saturday – no moves need to be made.  If you have a lazy Saturday, make a move as quickly as you and your friends can play.  You may just have to make time, to make your moves and beat your friends.


Who doesn’t like healthy competition at your leisure.   I love this game.  I play it before work, I play it at lunch, I play it on the way home, I play it during dinner, I play it when I’m sleeping.  When I walk around I see the game board the way Neo sees the Matrix.  I may have to get help soon….

Hey if you want to play just let me know, I’m game.