Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again.
– Jack Kerouac,
On the Road
The Fourth was fun, my race was run, but now it’s done.
So it’s back to work with your vacation postcards.
The Gladdens sent a card from the William Howard Taft home in Cincinnati – returning the favor, they said, of his many visits to Augusta during his presidency. The Gladdens are right. Taft probably visited Augusta more than any president except Dwight Eisenhower.
Let me tell you something else about Taft you might not know: Baseball great Willie Mays was indirectly named for him. The all-star’s father, William Howard Mays, was named for the president, who was in office when he was born.
Denise Hamilton, of Aiken, sent a card from Delaware and said, “My car is very happy after a long drive.”
Let me tell you something about Delaware you might not have known. I had always thought it was named after the Delaware Indians, but that was just a name we gave them. The state was actually named after the Delaware River and Bay, and they were named in honor of Sir Thomas West (Lord De La Warr), the governor of the English colony at Jamestown in 1610.
Elizabeth Copeland, of Augusta, sends a card from Florida, where “Mac and I are enjoying a relaxing visit to the beach at St. Petersburg.” Their card shows a luxury hotel built a century ago, and Elizabeth says her father worked there.
Catherine Butler, of Edgefield, S.C., sent a card showing the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which she is visiting with granddaughter Rylee Knox.
Bill Leopard, of Aiken, sends a touching card from Black Rock Mountain State Park in north Georgia showing the overlook where his family scattered his wife’s ashes three years ago.
Lorraine Seeby, of Aiken, sends a beautiful card showing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and Gary and Lillian Vahrenwald send a mountain card from Tennessee.
This is cool. Robin Booker, of Washington, Ga., sent a postcard from Augusta. She was here with the Wilcox County (Ga.) High School Class of 1974 reunion. “We had the best time!” she writes. They stayed at Hampton Inn on Jimmie Dyess Parkway, went on a trolley tour, bowled at an alley on Gordon Highway and ate at Fatz in Evans.
What about the rest of you? Going on a summer vacation? Share your “best times” with us.
TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one shared by Everett Fernandez.
A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day – 30,000 to a man’s 15,000. The wife replied, “The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men.”
The husband turned to her and asked, “What?”