– Susan Sontag
No travels like fall travels. Chester Radustlewski, of Martinez, sends a postcard from Buffalo showing a snow figure seated at a bus stop bench: “Not as cold as the card indicates.”
Joe Cawley sends a card from Hutto, Texas, showing a hippopotamus, but he says there’s a reason: “A hippo got loose from a circus in 1915 and was found in a nearby creek. So the school mascot is the hippo and there are hippo statues all over. Like horses in Aiken and turkeys in Edgefield.”
Dick McCoppin, of Augusta, sends greetings from France. “We’re leaving on a river cruise ... trying to get some culture. Lots and lots of traffic,” he writes.
Carl and Polly Schutte are in “beautiful Switzerland. visiting daughter Terri and husband Dr. Lee Ryan. Polly will celebrate her 87th birthday while she’s there.
Greg, Teresa and Taylor Brooks are having a “cool” time in Ottawa.
Doris and Marty Charnock are in Jamestown, Va., and I think they do some re-enacting. They say they are “painting, stacking wood, cleaning and weaving mats for the settlement. Getting the place ready for the tourists.”
Finally, Pat and Wayne Fuller, of North Augusta, send a card from Maryland and another from Washington, D.C., with this thought: “Every time we visit, we are impressed by the overall beauty and grandeur of our nation’s capital (In spite of the politicians!”)
THANK YOU: Just before I spoke to a youth group luncheon at Our Redeemer Lutheran last week, Lois Saumweber presented me with a plaque that reads: “Dear Lord ... Help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.” Thank you, Lois, and thanks for the jokes, too.
STATE NAMES: When I recently admitted ignorance on what to call people from Maine (I suggested ‘Maine Men’), Barbara Seaborn corrected me. As someone from Maine, she writes “we’ve long been known as ‘Mainiacs.’ ... It’s a conversation starter.”
And Darrel McKenzie added: “It’s so true, some names just don’t seem to fit, but as for Connecticut and those New England states, just call them what they really are ... ‘A Yankee’! (ha, ha).”
TODAY’S JOKE: Charlie Williams shares this one:
A judge enters the courtroom, strikes the gavel and says, “Before I begin this trial, I have an announcement to make.
“The lawyer for the defense has paid me $15,000 to swing the case his way. The lawyer for the plaintiff has paid me $10,000 to swing the case her way.
“In order to make this a fair trial, I am returning $5,000 to the defense.”