And Yet Another Satire Sunday

Steampunk Sam resorts to pedaling after his balloons were confiscated by local authorities.

Party City Stores Raided
FBI agents raided more than 700 Party City stores across the USA on Friday after the Biden Administration learned that most of the balloons sold at Party City Stores are made in China. “It has come to our attention that Party City sells Chinese ‘SPY’ balloons.” Said Karine Jean-Pierre in a press conference. “That makes Party City a threat to national security and possibly guilty of espionage.” Party City officials were not available for comment at press time. However, an anonymous source close to the issue said, “How ridiculous! Party City sells ‘PARTY’ balloons not ‘SPY’ balloons! Besides they buy balloons from non-Communits countries, also.”

An FBI agent was overheard saying, “Too bad Chick-Fil-A, and Mike Lindell don’t sell Chinese spy balloons so we could take them down, also!” Henrietta Haberdasher was walking away from the checkout stand with balloons she purchased for her granddaughter’s birthday party when the FBI used flashbang grenades to break the glass in the doors before storming the store. Ms. Haberdasher commented, “They put on quite a show for much of nothing. Those doors had signs that read ‘Doors to remain unlocked during business hours.’ They took all the balloons I had just purchased. It’s just a stupid excuse for those government sourpusses to keep ‘we the people,” especially kids, from having fun. Now only criminals and law enforcement will have balloons!”

At press time there was a rumor that President Biden was signing an executive order outlawing the possession of balloons, forcing Ronald McDonald, Bozo and Krusty to go into hiding. Sources close to the President said, “We’ll get you clowns!”

They’re coming to get you clowns!

Vincent is a perfect spy balloon.

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While this display is appropriate for breast cancer awareness month, in reality, it’s the aftermath of an office baby shower for a guy. Also appropriate, in my personal opinion. One of our staff member’s wife is having a baby soon (the due date is my birthday), so our thoughtful staff gave him a baby shower. I’m a curmudgeon, therefore, I would never think of doing something thoughtful like giving a guy a baby shower. I would certainly consider giving him a cigar, but I think cigars are forboden these days.

When I asked the office manager about the two balloons, she said she thought there were originally three balloons. When I got back from the eye doctor, a third balloon had attached itself to the glass.

There are several more balloons taped along the bottom edge of the glass on the outside of the cubicle. In what I assume was a baby shower game, each staff member wrote their guesses of the weight of the baby on the balloons. The staff and the balloons patiently wait for the weight of the newborn.

If anyone is curious about the silver bowling pin with AIA on it, the father-to-be is an excellent bowler and he with a few other staff members won The American Institute of Architects bowling tournament earlier in the year.

Balloons Balloons Balloons

Proto-dawn sky with clouds and stars Sirius is in line with Orian’s Belt.

Pre-dawn the clouds had gathered, and I surprised a skunk. I thought he might have got me a little, but when I asked our office manager if I smelled like a skunk, she said no. Although, another staff member came in a bit skunked after her dog got sprayed.

Lots of balloons up this morning. Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge it and then you can click through the slideshow.

Office View

Pre-Dawn Sky

I had to take a car in for repair and go to a meeting first thing this morning, so I had to photograph the balloons on my way out of the office. Our office building is close to the balloon field.