KIRBY: Feels like fall this weekend

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.


— G.K. Chesterton

We should have a clear weekend but it looks like regional fall foliage is weeks away from “peak” color. A dry August and September is being blamed on a lack of color in some parts of the South, but we always have New England.

Debbie and Butler are enjoying a leaf tour through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. They sent two postcards, including one from the “beautiful village” of North Conway.

David and Ann Harding and Donald, of Hephzibah, sent a card “from our favorite spot” – Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains. Sandra and Shirley Johnson, of Augusta, were near Rock City, where they say you can see seven states.

MORE MAIL: Farther west, Linda Adams sent a postcard and reports: “We came out West to visit Immanuel Mission in Teec Nos Pos, Az., near the Four Corners. It is a Christian school among the Navajo Indians started in 1924.

“We have been shipping items to them for over 40 years. I can check this visit off the ‘bucket list.’ Today we are going to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.”

Corky and Debbie Holloway, of Evans, were in Charlotte for the big Bank of America race. And several members (Lemons, McBrides and Peeples) of Woodlawn Baptist sent a postcard from a four-week RV trip in which they visited the Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, National Museum of the USAF, the Ohio Amish at Millersville, Kodak, Tenn., and will visit Hiawassee, Ga. before returning home. They also attended FMCA’s G.E.A.R. RV Rally at Lewisburg, Ky. “A great time,” they wrote, “but miss our families and friends.”

CALENDAR: The Augusta Greenjackets hold the World Series of Chili Cookoff from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Ticket sales benefit Camp Lakeside and all it does for kids. There is live music and $500 for the best chili.

To purchase tickets or sign up your competitive “chili team,” contact Austin Lowndes at (706) 922-9467 or email

MY MISTAKES: Both Rick Hawkins and Donny Cooper were quick to let me know I had mispelled “mores” in Tuesday’s column. And speaking of words, I got a coroner’s report last week that said a victim died of “exsanguination.” I had never seen that word before, but it means to bleed to death. Also, I was the unlucky one when I wrote there were three “Friday the 13ths” this year. John Parker correctly noted there are only two.

TODAY’S JOKE: Two old men were sitting on a park bench chatting when one said, “You know, I just celebrated another birthday. It’s terrible to grow old alone.”

“What do you mean?” asked the other. “You’ve got your wife.”

“I know,” said his pal, “but she hasn’t celebrated a birthday in 15 years.”

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