Update: Please vote for your favorite caption in comments. We’ll announce a winner on Monday.
We’ll return to our regular programming of insanely priced houses, terrible listing copy, ugly home photography, and endless lists of zip codes tomorrow. Today, we’re going to take a little break.
burbed reader Herve sent in the photo at right. It accompanied a Yahoo Finance story about Bank of America having a $7.7 billion dollar loss, due to some “special charge” they made concerning debit and credit card reform rules changes. Yes, it can be Special in the banking biz, too. Note the photo caption:
The exterior of Bank of America bank is seen in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Bank of America has lost $7.65 billion during the third quarter due to a one-time charge related to credit and debit card reform legislation passed over the summer.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Your mission is to write a better caption for this photo. All the elements are there. Huge bank loss due to Specialness, or the government’s fault, or something. In Palo Alto. And a bike parked outside with a spare tire.
Needless to say, real estate references are strongly encouraged. The fact that B of A did better than expected “due mainly to a sharp drop in losses tied to defaulting loans,” should get you started. Feel free to refer to the article or just completely make something up. Show your True Bay Area Spirit!
First Prize: Your choice of Bay Area zip code or for sale listing featured in burbed. (Not valid in East Bay. Kidding!)
Second Prize: Due to budget cuts, there is only one prize. But you will win the respect of your friends, family and co-workers, plus your entry will be indexed by web robots for years to come!
Judging: The winner will be chosen by consensus of whoever shows up. If there is no clear decision, the moderator will toss a bike tire and see which side of El Camino it rolls to.