by Lee McKenzie
Christmas put in an appearance in downtown Victoria yesterday.
Yes, that's right, Christmas. And for a few hours, it wasn't really Victoria. It was New York City.
"How could this be?" you ask?
It's all thanks to Hollywood...Hollywood North, that is...and a made-for-TV movie called Monkey Up. From what I gather it's about a monkey that saves Christmas. And FYI, Monkey Up is an energy drink...
...that has a real monkey as its spokesperson. This morning I tried to snap a picture of the monkey, but she's a very small monkey and I was very far away.
Yes, there's a monkey in this photo! She's the tiny creature in the center of the picture between the lamppost and the man walking toward the camera. She appeared to be wearing a dark blue outfit and little matching shoes. Her name is Crystal and if you'd like to see a much better photo of her, please click here.
All this lights-camera-action was taking place just around the corner from my office yesterday, and there's a chance they may be back today, too. With lots of sunshine and an afternoon high of 12 degrees C (about 54 F), we couldn't have asked for a better faux-Christmas Day in Victoria.
I'm guessing this film will be out in time for next Christmas, and since I love stories about animals and about the holidays, I might have to check it out.
What about you? Do you like stories with animals in them and characters who love their pets? If so, you might enjoy the cat, the dog and other assorted critters (no monkeys, though!) in my most recent Harlequin Heartwarming, The Parent Trap.
Until next time,