Double-duty in Idaho completes trip in postcards

A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it."


- Scott Allen

I was a good geography student, so I know how to look up many interesting things about Idaho.

I know it is the "Gem State." I know it shares a 48-mile border with Canada.

And I know that its name is not an Indian word but was made up by a mining lobbyist named George Willing, who later confessed. (Locals call it "the Ida-hoax.")

I also know I now have not one, but two vacation postcards from Idaho.

This successfully completes our summer contest as you all again came through, sending cards from all 50 states.

Idaho card No. 1 was sent in by Ed Groover, who says the weather is great.

Idaho card No. 2 came from Sally and Mal McKibben, of North Augusta, who were in Idaho visiting relatives.


MORE CARDS: Jerry & Eleanor Coates were in the Great Smoky Mountains. Jim and Chris Rasmusson were in Cape Cod, where they saw the Boston Pops by the Sea with Ray Romano as guest conductor. Jim Atkins and family from Evans send a postcard from Hartsville, Ohio.

Jeanette and Muriel, of North Augusta, send "hellos" from Canada.

Karen Gross and family send two cards from Niagara Falls, where "the view was magnificent!"

Debra, Tyrone and Kaylin Walker send a card from St. Lucia, of the Windward Islands, where the "people are friendly."

Harry Mercer is in Indonesia. Barbara Aldridge, of Waynesboro, sends cards from Louisiana and Texas.

She writes: "Me and my daughter, Debbie Anthony, from Atlanta, went to Dallas to visit my other daughter and her family. We missed all of the rain they had been having."

Mary & Clyde Hooks, of Belvedere, send a card from the Blue Ridge Parkway and another one showing a bear.

Still touring the South is Simon Medcalfe, who continues to enjoy filling his Augusta vacation with activities at First Tee, the GreenJackets game and the swimming pool.


TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one shared by Everett Fernandez.

It seems Tom had this problem of getting up late in the morning and was always late for work. His boss was mad at him and threatened to fire him if he didn't do something about it.

So Tom went to his doctor, who gave him a pill and told him to take it before he went to bed.

Tom slept well and in fact beat the alarm in the morning by almost two hours. He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.

"Boss," he said, " the pill actually worked!"

"That's all fine" said the boss, " But where were you yesterday?"



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