KIRBY: The reason for the season is not easin’

Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments.

 

-Israelmore Ayivor

Christmas Comes Just Once a Year, is not only the name of a famous 1936 animated cartoon, but often a phrase cited as justification for holiday excess.

Some of that excess seems to be in the length of the season, which can begin about Labor Day and last into the new year.

How long into the new year?

Well, there are some folks in my neck of the woods who still have wreaths on their doors. Not generic wreaths, either. But big-red-bow types.

I know, it’s been cold and a lot of people don’t use their front doors that much, but still …

If the Groundhog pops up this morning and sees your decorations, I’m guessing we get six more weeks of Jingle Bells.

SPEAKING OF FURRY ANIMALS: I saw something new earlier this week.

There was a motorcycle stopped in front of me at a red light. It had a Purple Heart license, which I’d never seen on a motorcycle, but it also had something else — a side car carrying a big black dog.

The dog was restrained in some way, wore a vest and had goggles, which appeared to have soft fabric padding.

Sitting at the light, the driver of the motorcycle kept reaching over and rubbing the dog’s head and the dog would look up and let him do it. The side car also had a bumper sticker: ” My service dog is smarter than your honor student.”

HISTORY CALLS: The Civil War Trust’s Campaign 1776, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, former UGA Coach Vince Dooley, the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association and other preservation leaders will take part in a special ceremony announcing landmark battlefield preservation efforts at the Kettle Creek Battlefield!

The event takes place at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Kettle Creek Battlefield site off War Hill Road near Washington, Ga.

Please send RSVPs and questions to rsvp@civilwar.org. On the day of the event, follow Campaign 1776 signs to the parking area. Refreshments will be available and period music will be featured.

TODAY’S JOKE: Everett Fernandez shares this one.

“I know it’s late notice, but a friend of mine has two tickets for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis at U. S. Bank Stadium. They are box seats and he paid $3,500 per ticket, which includes the ride to and from the airport, lunch, dinner, a $400 bar tab and a pass to the winners locker room after the game.

“What he didn’t realize when he bought them last year was that it’s on the same day as his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place.

“It’s at St. Paul’s Church at 3 p.m. Her name is Ashley. She’s 5’4”, about 115 pounds, a good cook, loves to fish and hunt and will clean your truck.

“She’ll be the one in the white dress.”

Reach Bill Kirby at bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

 

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