Bill Kirby

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-- Georgia on My Mind

There's a new book out about Georgia.

It's good to read. It's good to look at. And it's great as a gift (easy to mail, too.).

What more can I say?

Don Rhodes, the longtime country music columnist for this newspaper, and Jeff Barnes, an equally longtime photographer for The Chronicle and our parent company, have collaborated on Georgia Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Peach State.

It's a simple idea: Great color photos by Jeff of classic images of Georgia, described by Don.

There are natural wonders, historic sites, and classic images of peaches and cotton and roses and all those things that make Georgia unique.

I guarantee you will keep looking through it, and each time you'll find a new favorite image. (I would tell you mine, but it's changed three times.)

The book has a launch party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Morris Museum of Art on 10th Street.

Don and Jeff will be there with lots of copies.

TV LISTINGS: I've got a new favorite show. Police Women of Cincinnati . It comes on The Learning Channel on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

I stumbled across it the other night while looking for something else. It's sort of like a cross between Cops and Charlie's Angels as cameras follow the attractive policewomen around a town I used to know pretty well.

That's the part I like best. I see places and streets that I've walked along or driven down.

My son and I ended up watching it the other night, and I was pointing out landmarks. When he asked how I knew all these places, I told him how when I was his age his grandfather took me on summer business trips to Cincinnati. While he spent the day in some office building, I walked around downtown. Later, we'd meet at the hotel and go to a baseball game.

"Would you let me do that?" he asked as we watched images of gunshot victims and drug busts.

"Probably not," I said after a while.

YOUR MAIL: Bill and Sonja Means send a postcard from Jerusalem showing the Western Wall. "Been here one week, saw Jesus' tomb today," they write. "Went on a boat trip on Galilee. Tomorrow, Bethlehem."

Meanwhile, Sandra and Shirley Jones send a card from the famous Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Ga., where my mother likes to meet for special events.

TODAY'S JOKE: Jim Hope , of Sylvania, Ga., shares this one:

A man was meeting a friend in a restaurant, and as he went in he noticed two pretty girls looking him over.

"Nine," he heard one whisper as he passed.

Feeling pleased with himself, he swaggered over to his buddy and told him a girl had just rated him a nine out of 10.

"I don't want to ruin it for you," his friend said, "but when I walked in they were speaking German."


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