Here, for the first time captured on film, are the international sightings of Sock Monkey. Join him as he travels the globe in search of adventure, decent mai tais and the perfect wave. He is . . . the most interesting monkey in the world.  

Comatose after a hard night of clubbing at his bungalow on Moorea, Tahiti.

The next morning, after Bloody Marys. The main island of Tahiti is visible in the distance.

 

 

 

Visiting with "friends" in the Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali (Indonesia). Hey, buddy, watch the hand.

 
 

 

With escort in the Patpong red light District of Bangkok

At Angkor Wat in Cambodia. "Tomb Raider" film crew all wanted autographs.

 
 

 

On safari in Kenya. Herds of wild buffalo and gazelles were beautiful, but some times one simply must relax back at the tented camp and listen to the animals at sunset . . .

 

 

The Great Pyramids. Giza, Egypt.

At the Acropolis. Athens, Greece.

 

 

Crusing the "Med" on a tall ship, just off the coast of Hydra, Greece. Pictures from later stops on the cruise of his romps in Turkish nightclubs are not suitable for family viewing.

In Italy, he is known as "Il Duce Piccolo."

 

 

Also a big sports fan, Sock Monkey was spotted cheering for the USC Trojans against the hated Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana (pictured here with autograph seekers), and for the Cubbies at Wrigley Field.

 

 

S.M. was caught by our intrepid camera staff in New Orleans as he went on a bender in the French Quarter.

It started out as a wild night out, but ended up in less glamorous fashion in Audubon Park, with a hangover and an empty Abita Beer bottle.

 

 

Displaying his penchant for upscale locales, Sock Monkey recently toured the wine country of Northern California. Here he lazes among the vineyards before heading off to the coastal redwood forests, to pose bfore a towering 300-foot tree.

 

 

In Costa Rica for volcano trekking.

The more relaxed side comes out in this vintage picture of Sock Monkey visiting relatives in Los Angeles.

 
 

 

He's a fan of beaches everywhere, but Sock Monkey particularly enjoys Florida. He's seen here lounging on Miami beach, no doubt resting up for a big night out.

South Beach Miami.

 
 

 

Sunning on his yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Visiting with official guards outside a palace in Seoul, South Korea.

 

In the world's coldest bar, in Denmark

Downtown Copenhagen at the amusement park.

 

 

 

Ashore in Mykonos, Greece

 

 

 

Downtown Tokyo.


 

 

Curacao, where "dushi" is the local world for good. He is amused.

Mugging for the view over Condado Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

 

Offshore at St. Thomas, USVI

Carambola Beach, St. Kitts. He makes a point of trying out the local beers wherever he goes.

 

 

Still enjoying the local brew, this time in Aruba. Trying to ignore the tourista photo bombers . . .

 

Making his move in Las Vegas

Mayan ruins, Belize. Contemplating the nature of the universe at the Mayan calendar reset in 2012.

 

At the swim-up bar in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

An avid hiker, he particularly enjoys the climbs around Sedona, AZ.

 

In a contemplative mood at Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Among the tourists of Times Square.

 

On an idyllic Summer day in Central Park.

At the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.

 

Private water taxi, outside Saint Mark's Square, Venice

 

Canal-side in Amsterdam

A tireless champion of progressive causes, he takes a moment to help in Amsterdam.

 

 

Going downscale, he sometimes slums it at mainstream couture shops, this time in Paris.

 

A renowned international sports enthusiast, he catches the last stage of the Tour de France.

With assistance from fans, being enshrined by pawprint at the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 

At Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

 

 

It's not a cliche, and in fact the expression originated with him. Sometimes you have to stop and smell them. At Portland's oddly named International Rose Test Garden.

 

Multnomah Falls, outside Portland

 

You really can't get enough beach time when you're a monkey made from footwear. Why not spend that time at a high-end resort, like Kahala, around the curve of Diamondhead on Oahu?

 

 

 

 

 

He knows all 4,000 beers on tap at this Belgium watering hole, but he prefers Dos Equis.

 

One of the great wonders of the modern world. Also pictured is Cologne Cathedral.

 

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Enjoying a bure on a deserted beach in Fiji, and in Tahoe for the 4th of July.

       

 

At the ancient city gates in Kotor, Montenegro.

Relaxing on his cruise stateroom patio.

 

 

 

Who is responsible for this? Well, that would be me. And for God's sake, why? It all started with a stupid television ad several years ago. The Pentium III chip featured a series of dancing animated toys to show off the power of their graphics processor. In the ad, the Sock Monkey danced toward the screen waving his arms about wildly to the tune of Jorge Ben's Ponte de Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma). It really was quite catchy. I suggest checking the tune out.

Cindy thought this was the greatest, most ridiculous thing she'd ever seen, so I went out and bought a sock monkey for her next birthday. And for reasons neither of us can explain, we've taken this thing along with us whenever we've travelled since then.

And yes, we know it's weird. But c'mon, you read down this far, so you think it's kinda fun, too.