– Old saying
In case you missed seeing downtown Augusta’s beautiful Christmas lights and decorations, you’re in luck.
They’re still up.
Very nice, very pretty.
The tree’s gone, though.
Must be a new tradition. If the groundhog comes out Feb. 2 and sees Christmas lights, we have six more weeks of festive shopping.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: Feeling lucky today?
Don’t worry. The number 13 isn’t really that bad.
Consider the 13th president was Millard Fillmore, hardly a threat to anyone.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed slavery. The element with an atomic number of 13 is aluminum – very useful.
And, we started our nation as 13 colonies, of which Georgia was the youngest – the 13th.
COLD CURES: Joe Harris comments on my search for a reliable cold cure. He writes: “For years, my wife and I have both benefitted from vitamin C in mega doses at the first symptom. After that, symptoms are temporarily relieved with a 1,000 mg dose, four to five times per day, especially before bedtime.”
And my friend Barbara Seaborn offers this insight into cold cures.
“When people get a cold they always reach for something they’ve heard will cure it or, at least, lessen the symptoms. A day later, when the sniffles continue, they try another ‘sure cure.’ When they’re still coughing, sneezing, etc. after that, they try brand three.
“This process continues until the symptoms really do disappear and they believe they really have found that all elusive cure. But, when they get their next cold, whatever ‘cure’ worked last time doesn’t help at all, leading said biology to conclude that: The only cure for the common cold is to let it run its course. Other than rest and liquids, time seems to be the only cure that works -- every time.
… By the way, Barbara will be signing copies of her new Columbia County history book, As Long As the Rivers Run, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Georgia Room of the new Augusta library.
TODAY’S JOKE: Everett shares this one.
Jim had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four catfish. He told the fish salesman, “Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?” “Why do you want me to throw them at you?”
“Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.”
“Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy.”
“Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. She prefers that for supper tonight.”