Kirby: Suddenly I’m blessed with a lack of class

America’s public schools have served their purpose.


– P.J. O’Rourke

For the first time since the Clinton years, a school year began and I almost missed it.

Now that our household scholar has completed the public education obstacle course and its collegiate “add-on,” I seem to have lost interest and quit paying attention to school.

But then I got stuck behind a bus the other morning … AND forgot about the 7:30 a.m. backup trying to turn left out of the subdivision.

Nostalgic? Wishing I could join them?

Not really. I did my time.

(I’ve still got the fundraiser wrapping paper to prove it.)


STILL TRAVELING: An interesting set of postcards have come in from the Alaska/Canada vacation of Paul and Cherry Perdue of Evans.

My favorite was titled “Bear Hunting and Fishing in Alaska,” only it was actually “Bare Hunting” and you can imagine what the sportsman and sportswoman looked like.

“We were in Haines yesterday,” they wrote. “It’s a beautiful little town. We are in Juneau today. There are 26 jewelry stores within two blocks of the ship. The salmon are running and so are the tourists.”

In Vancouver, their hotel not only provided the postcard, it provided the postage, which worked out because they sent a final card from Vancouver that took a $1.20 Canadian stamp to send.

Elizabeth and Jerry Barnes, of North Augusta, sent three more cards as they closed out their very entertaining summer travels. (They’ve now visited 48 states!) From Utah, they reported, “The red canyon is beautiful. ”

Chuck and Susan Lanier added three cards to our collection while traveling with grandson James White.

From the Black Hills of South Dakota they reported their progress. In Lake Ekalaka, Mont., they toured the local museum.

A third card comes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park where they acknowledge “lots of driving.”

Joe Fournier, of Evans, sends a card from Quebec. “My daughter Elizabeth and I have been visiting family in Rimouski, Quebec. The daytime highs are in the low 70s, which was a welcome break from the heat at home. We brought them some peaches from Edgefield and they enjoyed them.”

Daughter Liz added two cards, as well. One shows artwork of a barn in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec, “This place really is as quaintly beautiful as it seems in the painting,” she writes. She also sent a card from Danville, Va., marking the end of their “vicarious” summer travels.


TODAY’S JOKE: A married couple had a big fight and quit talking to each other for several days.

Finally, on the third day, the husband asked her about dinner.

“So now you’re speaking to me?” she shot back.

He looked confused. “What are you talking about?”

“Haven’t you noticed,” she said, “I haven’t spoken to you for three days!”

“No,” he said slowly, “I just thought we were getting along.”


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