A blog with a name like “Trail Baboon” that is headed by a photo of a trail must also feature a baboon.
You may have noticed the occasional appearance of a curious face in the banner across the top of this blog. Sometimes there. Sometimes not. This, it seems to me, is natural and right. A real baboon would not just sit there.
The name “Trail Baboon” comes from the name of my earlier blog, “Trial Balloon”, which I was not able to bring with me to this new environment. (I consider “Tribal Loon” to be a better pun, but a baboon is a more friendly and engaging character, I think. Loons tend to be regal and a bit remote. And those red eyes!)
One of the first things the reading community did with “Trial Balloon” was to come up with a name for a computer that plays music. Now there is a move afoot to name the baboon.
I feel compelled to point out that a group of baboons is sometimes referred to as a “congress”. In congress, whether they are baboonish or otherwise, they vote. And so we will do the same, to name our baboon.
Everyone gets to vote once, so choose with care.