Who said it was OK to wear your pajamas in public?

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.

-- J. Robert Oppenheimer

When did it become OK to wear your pajamas to the grocery?

I'm just asking.

I've noticed this trend and cannot explain it, but I have seen people wear what can only be described as pajama pants out in public like it's no big deal.

They sure look like pajamas, although, maybe it's some new line of leisure wear.

I asked my wife if this was now OK, but she rolled her eyes and said nothing -- which is the same response I got when I asked about wearing house shoes to the Walmart.

SUMMER TRAVELS: I think half the town was on vacation this week.

The second week of June seems to be some sort of traditional travel period. That probably explains all the postcards.

One came from Doris Charnock , who found "beautiful scenery" on the last part of her Canadian trip, where she said she met the nicest people.

Paul and Diane James , of Grovetown, sent three postcards from the vicinity of the Mackinac Island and Mackinac Bridge up in Michigan. The bridge is an impressive sight.

Lowell Wakefield , of Evans, sent a card from the Grand Canyon, alledgedly mailed by mule post.

David Jay Daitch said he wishes we could be there at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Speaking of presidents, Roy and Laura Morris and Jean Wood sent a card from Mount Rushmore. They also shared a card from the Buffalo Bill Ranch in Nebraska.

Pat Vanhooser , of North Augusta, found Alaska "beautiful and 65 degrees."

Diane Sheppard , of Williston, and Laura Buice , of Elko, were also in Alaska watching caribou, moose and bears.

Closer to home, the Greer and Collins families report a wonderful time at Edisto "riding bikes, swimming, hunting sharks teeth and more."

Jack Carswell , of Augusta, didn't send a card, but he did send an e-mail from Turkey where he says he found Mount Ararat an "awe-inspiring sight."

"Over the next two weeks we will proceed on to a resort on the Black Sea, then back to central Turkey and Cappadocia, and finally to southeastern Turkey and the ancient cities of Antioch, the birthplace of the word 'Christian,' and Tarsus, the birthplace of the apostle Paul. Thus far this has been a fascinating trip, and very educational."

TODAY'S JOKE: One day, a medical school physics professor was discussing a particularly complicated concept. A student rudely interrupted to ask, "Why do we have to learn this stuff?"

"To save lives," the professor responded quickly and continued the lecture.

A few minutes later, the same student spoke up again.

"So, how does physics save lives?" he persisted.

"Well," replied the professor, "it keeps the ignoramuses out of medical school."

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