Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Summer travelers help us reach postcard goal

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A vacation is like love: anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia.

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– Evan Esar

We’ve got a surprise for you Sunday. To celebrate the 20th summer of our vacation postcard contest, the Your Life section front will feature some of this summer’s best postcards, giving credit of course to the traveler that acquired it.

We even announce prizes for the most prolific, and recognition for the most creative.

For two decades we’ve asked summer travelers to help us get a card from all 50 states. And for every summer – except the first one – you have succeeded, making the extra effort to go some place different and report back to the rest of us via a postcard.

If you want to see what some of this summer’s cards looked like, go to our Web site and click on the special slideshow that features a card from each state.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

MORE CARDS: Closing out the books on these late postcards …

Glenda and Allen Hardin, of Thomson, Ron and Lynn Duncan, of Martinez, and Charles and Jan Colvin, of Martinez, not only sent a card from the “gorgeous” Oregon coast, but also sent a card from Safeco Field, the home of the suddenly competitive Seattle Mariners. They say they joined a “large crowd” to watch the home team beat Cleveland.

Pat and Wayne Fuller, of North Augusta, visited Mississippi and the Southeast coast and got in a late August trip to the west North Carolina mountains, where they found a local treat – sweet potato pancakes.

And finally, Phyllis Holland Badke, of Augusta, found large waves and beautiful weather in a trip to St. Augustine and Mayport, Fla.

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one shared by Everett Fernandez:

A young man dies and goes to heaven, where he finds he is third in line at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter is taking a much-needed break, so an angel is admitting the newly arrived to heaven.

The angel tells the three new arrivals that each person is required to state his former occupation and tell his or her yearly salary.

The first man in line says, “I was an actor, and I earned $10 million last year.”

The angel says, “OK, you may enter.”

He turns to the woman in line and asks her about her life.

She states, “I earned $200,000 as an attorney.”

The angel thinks for a moment and then says, “OK, come on.”

He turns to the last in line and asks, “What have you done with your life?”

“Well,” the man replies, “I earned $25,000 last year … ”

“Oh,” the angel interrupts, “what did you teach?”


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