Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
– John Buchan
I would like to thank Augusta Cares and all the other public employees and private citizens involved in getting an unsightly trash pile on Mount Auburn Street cleaned up.
I mentioned Tuesday that I had called the city after being shown the mound of neighborhood debris growing in the front yard of an empty house. When I drove by Tuesday afternoon, it was gone.
I hope it stays that way.
HARK, THE HERALD: I mentioned the trash pile because such dumps used to be frequently pointed out by the fictional “Lord Augustus” in the Augusta Herald newspaper, which quit publishing 20 years ago this week.
Bringing up the Herald prompted comments from former Herald readers. There were also many kind offers to share a copy of its final 1993 edition.
I will tell you what I told them: Keep it as a memory of Augusta’s history.
Besides, it’s easy for us to remember it because the News Building where The Chronicle operates on Broad Street was built almost a century ago as the Herald Building. If you look in the scrollwork on the facade, you can see the occasional “H”.
Inside, we’re reminded every day because many of the old brass doorknobs still have that “H” on them.
SPRING TRAVELERS: Barbara Smith sends a postcard from New York, where she enjoyed an “anniversary gift from Neal, my sweet husband of 43 years, with our daughter Kelly. What a gift and what a guy!”
Greg, Teresa and Megan Brooks, of Evans, sent several postcards from Pittsburgh, where they caught the Braves game at PNC Park, along with a card from Bermuda, where the weather was “beautiful.”
Kathleen Morton sent two postcards from Saudi Arabia, where she spent “the past few days holding my beautiful granddaughter.” She described going to the Mall of Arabia in Jeddah, where “I wore the long black robe … the women wear here. As a Westerner, I didn’t have to wear a head covering. This trip has been a wonderful experience.”
Finally, a Princess Cruise Aruba visit brought a postcard from a North Augustan whose name was obscured, but whose message was clear: “Lots of fun.”
TODAY’S JOKE: Charlie Williams shares this one.
A nervous taxpayer was unhappily conversing with the IRS auditor who had come to review his records. At one point the auditor exclaimed, “We feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the USA. As a citizen, you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile.”
“Thank God,” returned the taxpayer. “I thought you were going to want cash.”