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Friday, March 06, 2009

Are You Taunting Me?

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Another little birdie for the season.  This one is known, in Alabama at least, as a "Yellowhammer."  It is actually a Yellow-shafted Flicker, and is the state bird of Alabama.  It is also part of a cheer used by the student body at The University of Alabama.  A cheer that, while I was an undergrad there, was "banned" from usage at football games.  That meant that the band was not sanctioned to play the opening notes, which just  encouraged the students to just yell the cheer that much louder.  It is no longer banned. 

It's a taunting, rude cheer, and everyone who goes to Alabama football games and cheers for the Crimson Tide holds it dear to their hearts.   It's also a cheer that gets better as the consumption of bourbon and coke increases.  Bourbon is banned at Alabama football games, too. 

Ahem.

I drew this yella-hammah, whilst sitting on the couch, curled up with the Smarty.  He'd been off in California, consorting with other doctors of the smarty pants variety, for a few days.  I really wasn't pleased with the thought bubble.  I didn't want to sit there and cut out all the letters for "R-A-M-M-E-R-J-A-M-M-E-R" so I decided to draw them in, but I like the collage look of the previous two birds much better.

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So this morning, I scanned it into Illustrator and played again.  Funny how stark it looks away from that warm Moleskine paper tone, isn't it?

We're supposed to have near 70 degree weather this weekend.  Will it last?

Or is it taunting me?