– Paul Theroux
I’m on vacation this week, inspired by the postcards sent by many of you.
For example, Vickie and Ralph Herron send greetings on a copper postcard from Upper Michigan, where the winter snow has been measured at 321/2 feet and the summer can be 57 degrees cool – great sleeping weather. They are there for a grandson’s wedding (Josh and Sienna) and for a monthlong visit with family. “Wish we could share this beautiful weather and scenery with the CSRA,” they wrote.
Tim and Connie Zella, of Washington, Ga., sent a vacation postcard from the Walton’s Mountain Museum in Schuyler, Va. They also visited Jefferson’s Monticello and sent another card after family visits to Erie, Pa.
Gene Striker, of Martinez, sends a card from Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha.
The Herrings, of Hephzibah, said they had a wonderful time in Bowling Green, Ky., where they met up with Dot and Fred Jennings, of Grovetown.
A mission trip with Hill Baptist Church is helping with vacation Bible school outside Boston. They sent a really long postcard, which they needed because of all the names: Bob Walker, Etta McCloud, Frances Koger, Ernestine Gattis, Bengovan McNeace, Omega Gunn, Ann Murphy, Vicki Stewart, Debbie Jones and Diane Schlein.
Joseph and Lorinda Fournier, of Evans, fill the mailbox with six more postcards from their Midwest riverboat cruise. My favorites show the Pittsburgh skyline, while another shows the baseball venues – PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the modern Pirates, and an image of Forbes Field, the former home of the Pirates, torn down years ago.
They even found another postcard showing Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Another describes their stop in Maysville, Ky. (the home of Rosemary Clooney): “Very nice people and an amazing museum of miniatures. Even the men were impressed.”
Yet another shows the purported Mothman of West Virginia.
The Oligs send two cards from North Carolina. One shows the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The other comes from the Wright Brothers National Memorial near Kitty Hawk. Last summer, they said, they watched the final space shuttle launch in Florida, and this summer they went back to where flight began.
TODAY’S JOKE: Everett Fernandez shares this one:
The boss returned from lunch in a good mood and called the whole staff in to listen to a couple of jokes he had picked up. Everybody except one woman laughed uproariously.
“What’s the matter?” grumbled the boss. “Haven’t you got a sense of humor?”
“I don’t have to laugh,” she replied. “I’m leaving Friday.”