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Chan Lowe: "Twas the night before Christmas..."


This cartoon is pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t muddy it up with more commentary.

In an act of cross-pollination that would bring tears of joy to the eyes of the Sun Sentinel’s online editor, our award-winning business writer Paul Owers will be posting the above effort on the blog he co-authors, House Keys, as a Christmas gift to his long-suffering readers.

I say “long-suffering” not because of Paul’s writing, but because his job is to chronicle in exquisite detail the flounderings of the South Florida real estate market, which is one of the engines that drives our local economy. Well, it would be, if somebody hadn’t stolen the spark plugs.

If you wake up in the morning with a case of what Alan Greenspan once called “irrational exuberance,” one glance at Paul’s blog will immediately set you back in balance. I work about six feet away from Paul, and by the time he’s through doing the phone reporting for a story you want to slit your throat. Frankly, I don’t know how he manages to maintain his sunny demeanor in the face of such relentless bad tidings.

In any case, the black humor of this drawing, I feel, is a perfect fit. Since our readership probably doesn’t overlap much, we thought it might be a good idea to give each other’s blog a holiday plug.

And on that note, I’d like to wish my readers a better year in 2011. I think we all deserve it.

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>>>And on that note, I’d like to wish my readers a better year in 2011. I think we all deserve it.<<<

Why do we deserve it Chan?
We became a fat nation that only thinks about ourselves.
As someone said one time "we waste our money on useless things, then we pray to God for more money, so we can waste it on more useless things"
We're a nation of spoiled brats with no respect to authority, no respect for anyone, not a single thought about the person next to us.
We stuff our faces, then we want to sue McDonalds.
All we want is party (bread and gladiators anyone?). In this case I guess it's bread and sex.
And heaven forbid someone asks us to work, that's a dirty word. I've managed people for 20 years now and I don't have enough fingers and toes times 10 how many times I've heard this scenario:
Worker: "I want a raise"
Me: " you got a raise 6 months ago, how did you better yourself since then"
Worker: "I've been here every day, and I'm always on time"
Me: "UMM, and you got paid for that, how exactly is that heroic? You worked 8 hrs and you got paid 8 hrs, is that supposed to be something worth of a raise?"
Pulled in a 7-11 today and a kid (14 YO or so) well dressed, mind you, asks me: "do you have 10 cents?". I thought I didn't hear it right so I asked him: WHAT?" He repeated "can I have 10 cents?"
He sounded like he deserved 10 cents. It's not like he looked starved or not clothes on his back.
I can write for a month stories like this, and you think we deserve a better year?

Great cartoons! Merry Christmas to you, and happy new year

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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