Saturday, March 7, 2009

The buzzards have returned


My husband mentioned this week that the buzzards have returned. Huh? I guess I didn't realize they left in the winter. So I was thinking about buzzards while reading the dismal news in the local paper. Then I read another article about how some of the people deeply involved in the sub-prime mortgage mess are now making a killing buying up the bad assets they helped create, at bargain prices of course. That's the inspiration for this collage. I wasn't sure how to put a suit on a buzzard, but you get the idea...

Yesterday I noticed an increase in my husband's paycheck, the first installment on Obama's $850 a year tax cut for the middle class. Had we received an $850 check from the government, it would have gone directly into savings. Since the goal of the stimulus bill is to get people to spend money, it's probably more effective to spread the tax cut out over 12 months. I know I'm much more likely to spend an extra $60 a month without really noticing. With a 16.5% unemployment rate in the county where I live, I probably should just pass it on to the local food bank.

But all is not doom and gloom. I do have a more positive harbinger of spring than the return of the buzzards. When I stepped outside yesterday evening, I heard the frogs croaking, a sound I always find quite joyful.

10 comments:

winna said...

I can't wait to hear the peeper froggies here---I love the necktie on the buzzards---something they can hang themselves with quicker. Very good poster!!!!

Ellen said...

ah, croaking frogs, life always goes on in spite of humankinds stupidity. Love the collage. I have decided my main news source is going to be The Jon Steward Show, there I can get a quick synopsis of the bad news while being sadly entertained with the incredulous absurdity of it all.

Michael C. said...

LoL... Great job.

Rock Kyndl said...

As I am reading your post, the frogs in my neck of the woods are singing, too.
Always a exercise in exploration and delight to visit your blog. Hope you and yours are well.

Sherry said...

Hooting and laughing here, what great fun! Your collage is wonderful. How I wish we lived closer and could dig into folders and piles of saved paper together. I'm waiting for the robins, more than the vultures, though. It's too early for the peepers yet. You folks have higher unemployment - I think we have 14% now that the GM plant closed.

Beth Baxter said...

I love your whimsical frogs and the vulture collage.

laura said...

What a great collage! I love the choice of red and how it was inspired and comments upon current debacles. It should be on the cover of Finacial Times!

Sarah Ketelaars said...

Great collage and i like the themes. Have really enjoyed looking at your blog.

A Brush with Color said...

I like hearing the frogs, too. I agree with Ellen--life does indeed go on...

I have been waking to the sounds of the birds--they're pairing up and starting some of that canoodling they do in spring, you know!

Camas said...

I'm laughing outloud! Love your collage. A bright spot in an otherwise difficult week.