A house may draw visitors, but it is the possessor alone that can detain them.
-- Charles C. Colton
Only a few more weeks until visitors arrive in our area for the annual golf gathering, and I want to ask you a question: What do you show them?
I don't mean the tournament and its various events, but what do you show people, particularly newcomers, when they visit?
Last year we featured a series of stories during Masters Week called "My Augusta." We let several well known community figures show us what they show their guests when they come to town.
The series seemed well read, so we plan on doing it again, but I wonder what other people show visitors when they come to town?
If you don't mind, do you think you might send me an e-mail, or even a photo that shows that special local place that you want someone to see when they visit? Just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do we show when we show off?
(P.S. My favorite Augusta place is Lake Olmstead Stadium in April ... with a game under way.)
SONNY DOO: Conspiracy fans think Gov. Sonny Perdue dislikes Augusta. As evidence they point out his lack of financial interest for the Golf and Gardens and Fort Discovery, and his strong support for shifting medical education to Athens.
Well, they got another boost last week when the governor appointed W.H. "Dink" NeSmith as the newest member of the Board of Regents, the 18-member board that oversees the state's public colleges and universities.
Mr. NeSmith, a well-known Athens newspaper executive, will represent the 10th Congressional District, which, as most of you know, includes Augusta.
Mr. NeSmith, 59, not only serves on many Athens boards but is also past president of the University of Georgia Alumni Association.
One could take from his background that he is quite fond of both Athens and UGA, which would be just the guy you'd want on the regents if you were trying to steal a medical school from Augusta and move most of it to Clarke County.
Of course, I doubt that's really what happened. I'm sure Mr. NeSmith got the appointment because newspapermen in their 50s are generally considered wise purveyors of common sense.
TODAY'S JOKE: Charlie Williams shares this one.
It seems it was mealtime during a flight on Alaska Airlines.
"Would you like dinner?" the flight attendant asked John, seated in front.
"What are my choices?" John asked.
"Yes or no," she replied.