I know that I am not exactly the perfect picture of grace and sunshine and joy right now, but I think, in light of everything going on in the world and our economy and financial infrastructure coming down around our ears, that even I was NOT enormously pregnant and scared out of my mind about my now multiple children's futures, I would still really want to punch these people.
Although there's something in their super! excited! yaaaaaay banking! faces and their desperately clenched-up pile of hands that suggests that:
1) The guy on the far left knows, deep down, that he is straight-up FUCKED,
2) The woman next to him has already snapped like a damn rubber band,
3) The guy next to her is thinking very seriously about that window ledge outside of the conference room,
4) The woman on the far right has been medicating her terror with a steady shitload of Red Bulls.
I am just saying. If there were ever a time to switch the stock photography to something more generically somber and banky -- a calculator and a spreadsheet, perhaps, or the all-purpose Dude In A Suit On A Cell Phone -- now would probably be that time.
(Please note Jason's disapproving profile watching me snap this picture, begging me not to make dumb jokes on my website about the financial crisis.)
(I've said it a million times already but I'm saying it again: I am really very glad that I don't work in financial publishing anymore, spending my days looking for ways to spin the daily news into something other than WE ARE ALL SO TOTALLY SCREWED. I'd probably end up hitting the thesaurus and writing something like WE ARE ALL SO TOTALLY WITNESSING AN UNPRECEDENTED AND HISTORIC BUYING OPPORTUNITY, THANKS TO SHORT-SELLERS AND OVERLEVERAGED COMPANIES, AT LEAST WE ARE IF YOU STILL HAVE ANY MONEY LEFT, WHICH, HEY, SORRY ABOUT THAT.)
(Hmm. I may be a little rustier than I thought. Blogging has officially left me with no marketable skills.)
(Beyond, say, posting yet another variation on the same damn entry and photo for the fourth day in a row.)
WE ARE ALL SO TOTALLY SCREWED! YAAAAAAY!