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Tuesday's termite joke was quite the head scratcher

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– J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday’s joke about the termite in the saloon inspired a surprising number of inquiries.

When he shared it, Billy Barkley cautioned that some people wouldn’t “get it,” and more than one of you called to suggest the punch line had been left off.

It wasn’t. As my grandmother used to tell me, “You were just thinking too hard.”

When the sore-mouthed termite asked: “Is the bartender here?” He was asking if the wood was easy to eat, not about the fellow pouring drinks.

ON YOUR WAY: Still looking for summer vacation postcards from Maryland, New Hampshire, Arkansas and Mississippi to complete our list of all 50 states.

Millie and Randy, of Evans, send two post cards from western Washington state and write, “Now we know why Washington state folk say we Georgians don’t have real mountains.”

“As usual,” Anne Barton says, “I’m writing from Folly Beach (When one finds the perfect spot, why change?) The grandkids go crabbing around the lighthouse at low tide, since the beach has eroded away around it. Someday it will be gone, the efforts to save it have begun.”

Robert and Dayle Lipski, of Langley, are visiting family in Hadley, Mass., and send a postcard and a weather report. (“It’s great.”)

Jack Maffett, of Sandersville, sends more cards from this summer’s trip. The Henry Ford Museum he says is “great.” And the Western Badlands “were something to behold – beautiful, but almost barren of plant life – very colorful.”

Lynn Reed is on the way “down to Cape Henry for our annual sisters weekend.” She also sent a post card from New York

Ralph Marcano and friends visited Cade’s Cove in Tennessee. “Off to Dollywood. What a week it’s been!”

Doris Blalock, of Edgefield, was in Baton Rouge for a Masonic convention. William and Kathy Thomas, of North Augusta, said Hilton Head has great July Fourth fireworks and terrible traffic. They also sent a post card from Puerto Rico. They said the weather is hot, but it’s not as humid as Augusta.

Also enjoying a Hilton Head getaway was Michael Hamilton, of Evans, and Jean Hamilton, of North Augusta.

And finally, Moses Toliver and Christina Rawls say hello with card from Myrtle Beach, and add, “We got engaged at the beach!”

(Congratulations.)

TODAY’S JOKE: A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.

“If Jesus were sitting here, he would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.’ ”

Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!”

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