Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Postcards missing from Rhode Island, Wyoming

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A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.

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-- Morris Fishbein

July is almost over, so let me try to share a big stack of your vacation postcards (which still lacks Rhode Island and Wyoming, by the way).

Cheryl and Winston Collins send us greetings from Indonesia, "where we are visiting and vacationing with our son and his family. We have seen beautiful gardens and corn and rice growing in the fields." They also rode a bike taxi.

Speaking of bikes, David Bell sent a card from Slovenia, where he was "riding a bicycle all week in northern Italy and Slovenia." He said he biked across mountain passes and explored Roman ruins.

The Hessemann family -- Rich, Colleen and Nathan -- traveled to Clinton, Iowa, and Chicago to see friends and family.

"Now we see why Iowa post cards are so often hard to find," they write. "We tried at the local Walgreens, gas stations, Dollar General, truck stops and even the casino in Clinton, with no luck. Rich's sister had this one from the Iowa PBS station."

Speaking of hard-to-get cards, Bob and Jordy sent one from Connecticut on the way to a family wedding in New Hampshire. The wedding, by the way, "was beautiful. We now have a new great-niece. Our grandson was a handsome ring-bearer."

Dave, Jannie and Thomas Vallier are enjoying whitewater rafting near Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Also in Gatlinburg were Pat, Boogie, Layla and Jo Ann, who saw a great July Fourth parade beginning at 12:01 a.m. (!)

Tiajuana Cochnauer, of Aiken, enjoyed great "Choctaw Days" experiences at the Smithsonian. She's also doing research at the Library of Congress.

Joe and Betty Williams, of Hephzibah, enjoyed a great "post-53rd wedding anniversary in Mobile (Ala.). The fishing was great and so was the weather."

Judy was having fun in Savannah, Ga., with daughter Summer. They ate at the Shrimp Factory.

B.J. and Bruce DiArenzo, of Augusta, sent a card from Maine, and write, "Enjoying the temperatures in the 70s during the day and 50s, 60s at night. What a way to vacation in Maine!!!

"PS, We haven't seen a moose yet, but Bruce saw a black bear ... about 500 pounds. B.J. saw a loon."

Michele Hemingway and Wenona McNeal attended two reunions and got us a card from West Virginia. Frances Clark, Johnnie Tudor and James and Joyce King are also enjoying West Virginia with relatives Dan and Deloris Tudor, but they say it's "hot as blue blazes!!!"

TODAY'S JOKE: Seth Benson shares this one:

A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.

St. Peter addresses this cool guy, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the kingdom of heaven?"

The guy replies, "I'm Jack, retired airline pilot from Houston."

St. Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the pilot, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the kingdom."

Next, it's the priest's turn. He stands erect and booms out, "I am Father Bob, pastor of St. Mary's for the last 43 years."

St. Peter consults his list.

He says to the priest, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the kingdom."

"Just a minute," says the good father. "That man was a pilot and he gets a silken robe and golden staff, and I get only cotton and wood. How can this be?"

"Up here, we go by results," says St. Peter. "When you preached, people slept. When he flew, people prayed."


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