"What are you watching? More Tango videos?" he asked.
"I wouldn't be laughing so much if I was just watching Tango. In fact, the state of "Professional Tango Performance posted on Youtube" these days is more likely to elicit snores or snorts of disgust. Look, cute animals!"
And indeed, watching videos of animal antics is the perfect way to kill an afternoon - and much more interesting than practicing continuous automatic ochos, brushing up my Tango Resumé, or plotting to take over the entire Tango Universe.
For example, did you know that Pugs sound like pig/monkey/baby hybrids (especially if you have taken their favourite toy?):
Talking about one animal sounding like another - this Rabbit sounds exactly like an elephant:
I swear, I've heard this chortling and whooping before...yes, these Hyenas are making exactly the same celebratory noise usually made by Corrupt Communist Chinese Officials over the big mountain of money they made from corruption!:
And did you know that some goats can be really annoyed by political questionnaires (in Spanish, no less!) and have the ability to shoot snot from their nostrils and yell "WHAAAA? WHAAAAAA?" like they were tough guys from a Scorsese movie?:
Well, this Donkey doesn't sound like another animal, but it sure sounds like... a really passionate, angry Donkey!:
And no, I was misled - The Heavy Metal Gods do not have a monopoly on the most ear-piercing screams. Here's someone's Top Ten on Youtube:
...Not at all impressive if you just peek into the talent pool from the animal kingdom - This poor kitty, for example (his/her name is "Burger and Fries"), can give the Heavy Metal Gods a run for their money:
...And so can this Fox:
...and this Peacock:
...these Howler Monkeys managed a duet:
...the Crows, not to be bested, created this magnificent symphony:
...Even the lowly Frog can sound more awesome than, say, Axl Rose or Steven Tyler:
"Look at all these freakin' talented animals!" I said to Man Yung. "I am totally amazed!"
"Ha! Not at all amazing, if you ask me," said Man Yung, smugly.
"And why not?" I asked.
"Don't you realize that you can get all of this - and more - in just one person? And you can experience the scintillating performance at your favourite local milonga every weekend!"
By golly, Man Yung is right again!
You CAN get all the yelling, screeching, guffawing, grunting, cackling, bellowing, hooting, yipping, yodeling, screaming, clacking, howling, shrieking, squealing - you name it, you got it - ALL NIGHT LONG, from just ONE PERSON. And you'll hear it, from the moment she enters into the milonga to the moment she leaves it, no matter whether she is sitting, standing, gabbing, eating, drinking, dancing, or even going to the washroom!
No need to shell out hard earned dough for airfare to travel to any Jungle Jamboree, Safari Shindig or even Death Metal Mayhem! We can have our own Carnival of the Animals while relaxing to our favourite Di Sarli, Caló, Fresedo etc. etc. tunes and we didn't even have to pay extra entrada - what a BONUS!
As they say: Win-Win!* + **
* Toronto Tangueros/Tangueras sure appreciate their entertainment - none of Ms. Jungle Jamboree's friends (including some Organizers!) make any noise even close to the variety or volume exhibited by their "Friend" (maybe they are AFRAID that being noisy and laughing and screaming loudly would be "DISTURBING THE MILONGA ATMOSPHERE" - what a thought!). In fact, they will sit back and enjoy this cackling and cawing all night long. This just shows - we polite Torontonians know when to let the "Professionals" do their thing. Good job guys!
** Buenos Aires Milongueros are such kill-joys by comparison. When we went to the same milonga as Ms. Jungle Jamboree in Buenos Aires, no less than FOUR sets of milongueros/milonguero couples asked us if we knew her (because everyone got word She was from Toronto).
We said no.
The milongueros were all visibly relieved.