-- Robert Orben
Eight is enough.
Or it will be enough to complete our annual summer vacation postcard challenge.
Since Memorial Day, readers have spread out across the globe in search of picture postcard proof of their travels.
Sixteen have visited Florida. South Carolina has eight, Pennsylvania ... six.
But eight states are still lacking as our Labor Day deadlines approaches.
They are Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah and Wyoming.
If you have any vacations plans in those parts, try to remember us.
SPEAKING OF POSTCARDS: I thought this was funny.
As some of you know, it now costs 29 cents to mail a picture postcard. I went to the post office a few weeks ago, hoping to get some already "postage paid" so I could return the favors of those who have sent me cards this summer.
I stood in line (it was a Saturday), worked my way to the front, then asked if I could buy some.
"If we have them, they're back there on the racks," the clerk said, pointing to a display wall of postal-potpourri.
I went over and found the only one they had. I went back and stood in line.
I got up to the front, and handed it to her. "How much does it cost to send a postcard these days?" I asked.
"Twenty-nine cents," she said.
I thanked her and bought the package. Outside in the parking lot, I opened the cellophane to examine my postcards. That's when I noticed the "pre-paid" stamp was for 28 cents.
I turned around and went back inside. I stood in line. (Did I mention it was a Saturday?) I got to the desk.
"Why?" I asked, "Did you sell me these? They're for 28 cents. Now I have to buy 20 1-cent stamps to use them?"
She shrugged and said, "I just thought you liked those post cards."
"Not really ..." I answered, "but I guess I do need to buy 20 1-cent stamps so I can send them."
I slid a dollar bill across the counter.
"It'll be a minute," she said, "I'm out of change."
(Somewhere there had to be a Candid Camera lens taking this all down.)
YOUR MAIL: Miriam Atkins, of Evans, sends a card from Indiana, where it is "almost as hot as Augusta."
Ernest and Martha Odom, of Evans, send a card from Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on their way to see the Augusta GreenJackets play Asheville.
Jean Hamilton, of North Augusta, Jan of Augusta, and Ashton and Lisa Marcano, of Martinez, are having a blast in Hilton Head.
And Sandra, Shirley and Jacqueline Johnson, of Augusta, send three vintage postcards from Florida.
TODAY'S JOKE: Everett Fernandez offers this one.
A spokesman for the U.S. Mint announced that a new 50-cent piece was being issued to honor two great American patriots.
On one side of the coin would be President Teddy Roosevelt and on the other side Revolutionary Patriot Nathan Hale.
Asked why two people were going to be on the same coin, the spokesman replied, "Now, when you toss a coin you can simply call... 'Ted's or Hale's'."