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Bill Kirby: Travel is one way to escape the heat

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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– St. Augustine

Three weeks to go, two states to get if we want to complete our vacation postcard map of America before Labor Day.

Connecticut and New Hampshire are still unaccounted for, so if you’re headed that way ... don’t forget to write: 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

New Jersey is not on that list because of Louise Stack, now of Sussex, N.J.

She sent me a nice postcard from the Garden State and also asked a question: Had I ever been to New Jersey?

Well, Louise, I have. I went there once to visit Jeff, one of the best guys I knew in college. He was born there, grew up there and sang its praises often. Because of Jeff, I thought everyone from New Jersey was funny, dressed cool and could dance. On the other hand, I imagine I was the only guy Jeff knew from Georgia, so whatever my traits, he assigned those to everyone else in the state. I guess there’s a warning there for us all – we often represent more than ourselves. So do your best.

Now more of your postcards. Joy and Kayleigh Broxton and Otis Smith send a cool card from Chimney Rock, N.C., where they say they “escaped the heat in Augusta.”

Kathryn and Nancy went a bit farther to get away from “triple digit temperatures in Augusta.” Their card comes from Ireland, which they describe as a “beautiful country.”

Finally, the Ruth Reddy Travelers: Cherianne Duncan, Harriet, Kelsey, their driver Roy Gibbons, Mary Porter, Joseph Camp and Rosa McGowan send a card to tell us they saw a herd of bison cross the road in Yellowstone National Park.

In all, their group sent at least seven postcards showing Lake Powell, Old Faithful, Soda Springs in Idaho, Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Cheyenne and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Many were along for the trip including Vivian Sylvester, Juanita Williams, Gertrude and John Lockhart, Walter and Charlene Rouse and of course Ruth Reddy and her niece Valenta Gibbons. Plus, Ruby and Henry Harris, Dot and Herman Mitchell, and Gwen Walton and her three sisters.

And there were Delores, Audra and Chandler Mack, Mary and Sylvester Brown, Helen Gilbert and her sister Doris. Let’s not forget Janice Webb and Sarah Grier and Julia Ross, Luranie, Elizabeth and Barbara Johnson.

TODAY’S JOKE: Both Lowell Fritsche and Dennis Ellis shared this one:

A man visiting his daughter asked whether he could borrow a newspaper.

“This is the 21st century,” she said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can use my iPad.”

“I can tell you this,” the man said a moment later, “that darn fly never knew what hit it.”


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