Peaches belong on dinner plates, not Georgia's license plates

More than 500 design entries were submitted by the public, and a panel of Georgia college and university art professors narrowed the selection to eight.


-- The Associated Press

On Friday they were supposed to tell Georgia drivers what our license tags would look like beginning next year, but the Governor's Office balked at the last minute, citing "confusion" over a public referendum on the winner.

Granted, "confusion" has rarely stopped government from doing something, but this time we caught a break. Those Georgia tag choices were really ugly.

It should be a car tag, not a landscape painting. And giant peaches floating around on the finalist plates were just too much.

"Peach" is not a color that looks good on many cars. That's what most of us care about -- how will the new tag look on MY car, not sitting by itself on a wall.

To prove my point, I simply ask that you look on your summer vacation travels at the multi-colored tags other states feature.

They're just not that impressive. And let's not forget the best use of car tags, either. They help law enforcement identify your vehicle.

What's the easiest design to make this happen? White with dark numbers -- black are best.

That's what gets my vote.

STADIUM WALLS: After Sunday's column about the ballpark wall collapses, Barry Jones , of Martinez, shared this: "There wasn't only national coverage of the wall collapse last week but international also!

"I was on a trip to Osaka, Japan, and was surprised to read about this in a local English-language newspaper; in the sports section, no less.

"My wife picked me up at Augusta airport on my return and she had missed the news about the wall collapse. I was happy to be able to tell her some news about Augusta that she didn't know!"

Bill Heaton , who brought baseball back to Augusta in 1988, said the right field fence fell over during a storm that first season. He said the league told him to use the warning track as the boundary. If the ball flew over that, it was a home run.

And Runetta Rigdon tells us the specific site of Augusta's old baseball park.

"Jennings Stadium was located where Peabody and Augusta Housing Authority is now. Go to the Froghollow Neighborhood (Facebook) page and look at the stadium picture and click on the article next to it and look at the pictures.

"Bojangles is where Allen Park pool was located. The old fire station was located at the corner of (Walton Way) and 15th Street. Where the old Sears Building is was good ol' Allen Park."

TODAY'S JOKE: Everett Fernandez shares this one.

Joe sets up his friend Mike on a blind date with a young lady-friend of his.

But Mike is a little worried about going out with someone he's never seen before. "What do I do if she's really unattractive?" says Mike. "I'll be stuck with her all night."

"Don't worry," Joe says, "just go up to her door and meet her first. If you like what you see, then everything goes as planned. If you don't just shout 'Aaaaaauuuggghhh!' and fake an asthma attack."

So that night, Mike knocks at the girl's door and when she comes out he is awe-struck at how attractive and sexy she is. He's about to speak when the girl suddenly shouts: "Aaaaaauuuggghhh!"



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