“Stop goofin’ around, Chester, I have to get to work. My family likes to eat every day.”
“We can’t work today. Haven’t you heard?”
“We’re fur load.”
“Fur load? What is that?”
“If you don’t use a gun to do your job, you don’t need to show up for work.”
“That’s crazy! Says who?”
“Robin tweeted to Martin, who re-tweeted to Raven, who told me last night while we were, you know, feathering our nest, that we’re all fur load.”
“I don’t understand. Who decided that was a good idea?”
“I don’t know, but it’s for the birds.”
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Love this! I hope everyone who was fur load-ed is still light-hearted. Cute pix and captions.
I think this is my favorite post on the shutdown so far – I have a neighbor who is fur-load from the parks system. So stupid to put us all through this because they can’t get along. Loved the shots – man – those eagles – how did you get so close?
Those eagles were at Grandfather Mountain in NC. Both were injured and being rehabbed. So, we were able to get very close to them. I’m pretty sure they were living out their lives in captivity.
We have them here seasonally and you almost have to stalk them to get shots that close. Gorgeous!
-giggles- You have a strange and wonderful brain Honie. 🙂 Loved this piece,and the pics that went with it.
We live in strange and wonderful times. 😉
-grin- And sometimes that is more obvious than others. 😀 This was such a lovely mirror to the times.
Ha ha! Hilarious, Honie. Yes, what about them? I thought they cared about us…What must they think? The poor animals. Humans are stupid…BUT not all of us! Loved this piece.
HA!!! I love the last photo with the eagles. Thank goodness animals can’t talk or we’d all get a talkin’ to!
I hope those critters get their back pay when this is over. I loved the pecker references, thought about including a few of those in mine. Hilarious piece, Honie. Thanks for the laughs.
Made me laugh out loud. Thanks from a fur-load employee.
Nice to hear from you, and I’m always glad to make you laugh. What a bunch of horse feathers this whole thing is!
Fun! A pun wrapped in current events … I’d say Congress is a bunch of bird brains, but I’m afraid that would be insulting birds. A fun story, and you piled on the laughs with all those photos — good stuff!
Yes, the birds deserve more respect. Thanks for commenting.
Dear Ra-PUN-zel, ,
My father always said that a pun is the lowest form of pastry. This story is very “low” and I enjoyed it. The last picture of the eagles was the perfect exclamation point.
Dear Daddy’s Girl,
Yes, I thought after that tear jerker last week I’d let down my hair and play “how low can you go.” That’s the object of congressional limbo. Puns keep a blog soft and manageable and give it that bouncy lift everyone seems to like.
Tangled in the Tower,
That’s me. Daddy’s girl ;).
The Eagles said it best.
I thoroughly enjoyed this flight of fancy. You took it fur ther than I would have had the gull to.
Eagles always do. The entire thing sticks in my craw.
This is wonderful, Honie! So clever and funny. I like the way you made it such normal, every day dialogue, but worked in the bird names, Robin, Martin, and Raven. It’s great! Very well done.
The birds always want their credit. I try to be fair, but they can be so demanding. 🙂
I really enjoyed it.
This is just brilliant. I’m happy to find another punster. Love the additional pictures with the captions. I’ll be watching your blog for more clever laughs. 🙂
Thanks for the generous praise. I must tell you, it isn’t always sunshine and lollipops over here. Sometimes it’s raindrops and brussles sprouts. I do hope you’ll visit often.
I think you captured the whole mess wonderfully. 🙂
Fun! You and Russell are birds of a feather this week. Great word play.
We are, aren’t we? How funny. Thanks for reading.
Beautiful photos as usual Honie! I particularly love the last one and its caption is very apt.
What an embarrassment.
Brilliant. From this side of the Atlantic, all of this is just… weird. Great inspiration for you though!
It’s weird over here too, Freya. Super weird. Sadly we’ve come to accept this sort of thing.
Haha! Being Fur load is indeed for the birds. I enjoyed your photos too. 😀
I hope you’re not in that boat.
Great topical take on the prompt! Well done.
Thanks Sandra. I couldn’t resist.
Just right, Honie! The whole thing is nuts and the squirrely nuts are leading the way. Loved “fur load.”
There’s no accounting for bird brains. They think the craziest things. 🙂
The problem is literally that there’s no accounting, not enough concern about the debt and dealing with the economy. There’s not accounting for that (or probably there is, but I’m not going to get any more political than that)!!
Politics truly is for the birds. It is so not my thing.
BTW, had a wonderful time in San Francisco!
Glad to hear it. Did you get to everything on your list?
No, but my list was probably overly ambitious and I used the last day to hang out with some Kiwis at the last day of the America’s Cup, a good tradeoff!
Nice! There is always more to do and see than we can manage in one trip without being completely exhausted by the end. I am all traveled out for this year.
There’s no point in having to come home to recover from what’s supposed to be a vacation, is there? I saw lots of things, had a great time, met some good people, ate good food, and time with my husband. All good. We’d love to go again, but at the prices of the downtown hotels, we’d probably stay farther out, somewhere where we could get public transportation in each day.
This whole furlough/government shutdown is a load of something. Something that has nothing to do with fur.
Haven’t you been seeing the fur fly, Mr. Petruska? Everyone is loaded for bear. Bears have fur. Oh wait, what do bears do in the woods? So, yeah, I suppose you’re correct. It’s a load of something, alright! The worst thing is, a generation from now, when bots rule the world, no one will remember this event. There will be no monument to commemorate the collapse of the debt based economy.
The headline reads: U.S. Suffers National Erectile Dysfunction: No Leaders Left Behind
Lol! Wonderful Honie and exactly how I feel!
Thanks, Lady. Another beautiful day in the neighborhood, isn’t it?
It truly is!