I just love Ahwatukee. There is always something going on and when I received an email recently from 21-year resident Janet Mooneyham, I just had to write about it.

The email not only cracked me up but I thought that with the bad economy and the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, what better way to cheer up our community this week than to take the old past time of chain letters and combine it with the international literacy and community building activity for elementary students known as the Flat Stanley Project.

Mooneyham sent me the following:

"When I woke up and opened my front door on Monday morning I found a monkey with a note attached that read:"

Hola, my name is Manny, I am a primate, I like to drink beer.

You may be wondering why I am here.

If you remove me before it's time,

Everyone will know of your crime.

So suck it up and play this game,

or all your friends will know you're lame.

This game is about friendship & fun,

So enjoy the ride, it's almost done.

How should you make this Monkey your own?

Add something to him from your home.

It's not about you, it's about me,

It's bigger than all of us you will see.

You are now a part of this email chain,

You must take the lead for this to remain.

Turn this card over, the rules are attached.

Follow them carefully, this game can't be matched.

P.S. We're watching you!

"This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time," Mooneyham said. "We woke up and were getting the kids ready for school and I looked out the window wondering what the heck was out there. We had no idea who would give us something like this and then we found the note and laughed. This monkey is so repulsive and I remember seeing him in Mexico (where Manny was born and adopted) before and wondering who would actually buy that thing."

Manny has his own website, but apparently you have to personally be invited to visit it and see his adventures if you are lucky enough to have him visit your Ahwatukee doorstep.

"You don't know who he's from but the night you get Manny you receive an email from the Manny Management Team, which invites you to the website and gives you the password," Mooneyham said. "Another rule is that you have to be incognito and take pictures when you pass him along to the next home. We've had him for two weeks and are ready to pass him on."

Thanks to Ahwatukee residents like Mooneyham, who took the Labor Day holiday weekend to set out on an adventure with her husband and Manny to see Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers play in Las Vegas, Manny is acquiring a large album of adventures.

The No. 1 rule is that he must stay in Ahwatukee.

"We are keeping a journal and pictures from our vacation and other things we've done with him," Mooneyham said, adding that she even took Manny to Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary, where her kids attend school and where she often volunteers.

"I thought he needed an education but he got busted for drinking and expelled from school," Mooneyham joked.

She said her kids and others are getting a kick out of the experience and everyone keeps looking out the window to see where Manny will appear next.

So residents beware, in just the past five weeks there's been a lot of monkeying around going down in the ‘Tukee!

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7913 or kmixer@ahwatukee.com


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