My work is like my vacation, so in a way every day is like Saturday.
Your summer travels have been impressive. Here are the latest reports.
Abbey Kessman, our popular postcarder from Hollywood, Fla., sends a neat postcard showing former Augusta GreenJacket Hanley Ramirez hitting the first home run at Miami’s Marlins Park and identifies the home plate umpire standing behind him as “our friend Josh Miller.” Abbey also sends cards from a “real vacation” – Colorado, Utah and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Thank you, Vicki Johnson. She sent a card from Manchester, N.H., and wrote: “My parents – Hughy and Florine Johnson – are subscribers to The Chronicle and told me New Hampshire is one of the tougher states to be represented, so ... here you go!!! By the way, NH is great!”
From the North Carolina mountains, Eric, Leslie and Libby say “Hello, from 4,200 feet above sea level – and 30 degrees cooler to boot.”
Butch and Debbie send “greetings from the sweetest place on earth!” – Hershey, Pa.
Rhea Markewitz sends a postcard showing one of my favorites, a ballpark, and offering an update on one of my former junior hockey players. “Spent first day of summer in Pittsburgh,” she writes, “driving Ben back to U Pitt – after he spent a year studying in Jerusalem.”
Another ballpark postcard shows Camden Yards in Baltimore and this note from Allen and Glenda Hardin, of Thomson, and Mike, Karen and Michael Benton, of Wilmington, N.C.: “We left SC and came to Baltimore to catch an Orioles game. Great ball park – very hot weather. Orioles beat the Indians!” They also sent a card from Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, where they saw the Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies.
The McCullochs from Grovetown (Steven Sr., Steven Jr., Violet, Amanda, Val, Amelia, Matt and Heather) spent time with family in Wisconsin.
Denise Hamilton, of Aiken, sends a card showing Ellis Island in New York and says “Interesting to think of how many people who moved to Augusta passed through these halls.”
Bill Leopard, also of Aiken, was in Mobile, Ala.:“I am visiting the USS Alabama BB60, on which my brother was killed in 1944. They have put a plaque on his gun turret showing that he was the gun captain.”
And Esther, of Waynesboro, “stayed over one night in Lewes, Del., before boarding ferry for Cape May, N.J. Several dolphins playfully swam near ferry. Beautiful seascape!” she said.
TODAY’S JOKE: The banker fell overboard a friend’s sailboat. His companion quickly grabbed a life preserver, held it up, not knowing whether the banker could swim and shouted, “Can you float alone?”
“Obviously,” the banker replied, “but this is a heck of a time to talk business.”