Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Spring heralds arrival of baseball, new dreams

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Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.

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-- Virgil A. Kraft

This is a bad time of year for a sports fan like me. I'm in that in-between season between football and baseball.

Many in my family love basketball, but I haven't been able to get interested since Michael Jordan retired.

Thanks goodness the Braves are back on the radio and my life is headed toward that summer of happy normalcy. I even drove by Lake Olmstead Stadium to see the field.

My spring hopes are eternal: Will this be the year we win it all?

IT'S A DATE! Speaking of spring, welcome to the only day of the year that is a command.

JUST GROWLING: I was driving to work the other day, trying to avoid the fools, but that rarely works.

Sure enough, what I would call a small "boutique" pickup truck cut into the tight space that existed between me and the car in front.

I braked hard, but didn't skid, and slipped slightly over into the middle turn lane for a moment until I could regain control and get close enough to read his license plate.

I was not surprised to see the University of Georgia Bulldog on it. He also had one of those Georgia "G" decals on his tailgate.

I have said it before and will say it again: If your vehicle gets cut off on Washington Road, the chances are that there will be some sort of UGA identification on the vehicle that does it.

I cannot explain it. I have asked all the Athens grads in my family why it is, and they can't explain it either. All I can do is write down the tag numbers.

When I get a dozen, I'm sending them to Vince Dooley. I'm sure he will kick them off the UGA team.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand by the pool and throw them fish.

TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one from Charlie Williams:

A fisherman from the city was out fishing on a lake in a small boat. He noticed another man in a small boat open his tackle box and take out a mirror.

Being curious the man rowed over and asked, "What is the mirror for?"

"That's my secret way to catch fish," said the other man. "Shine the mirror on the top of the water. The fish notice the spot of sun on the water above and they swim to the surface. Then I just reach down and net them and pull them into the boat."

"Wow! Does that really work?"

"You bet it does."

"Would you be interested in selling that mirror? I'll give you $30 for it."

"Well, OK."

After the money was transferred, the city fisherman asked, "By the way, how many fish have you caught this week?"

"You're the sixth," he said.


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