Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Postcards don't wait for summer's arrival

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– Ernest Hemingway

Summer officially begins today, but our annual vacation postcard contest is well on its way to success in our 20th year of attempting to get a postcard from all 50 states.

Even the usually hard-to-find states, such as Arkansas and Delaware, are flying in fast and early.

“You said you did not get many cards from Arkansas,” wrote Betty Sisson, of Evans, “Here are two.” They show Lake Fort Smith State Park and another stately scene.

“Arkansas is a lot like Georgia,” wrote Betty, who was traveling with Jack. “Mountains and flat lands, only the humidity is much less than Georgia.”

Suzanne St. Pierre was also in Arkansas, at the Wal-Mart shareholders’ meeting, and sent a postcard showing “just another pretty face” – one of the state’s famed razorbacks.

Delaware is another hard state to find postcards.

“We almost couldn’t find a card,” wrote Jan and Paul Griffin, of Martinez. “The visitor center attendant said there was only one place to purchase postcards.”

The one they found has one of those funny bar code stamps on the back that allowed me to download more Delaware scenes on my smartphone.

John and Kitty Koeb sent a Delaware card showing a crab soup recipe. (“Hope you like,” they write.) And Lorraine S. sent a postcard hello from Rehoboth Beach, Del., where she’s attending a program on World War II and female spies.

From Michigan’s famed Upper Peninsula comes a card showing a rather rough-looking woman (I think) passing along greetings from Living Room Legends (Ken, Mindy, Jessica, Madeline and Claire Stephens, of Grovetown).

Shirley and Joe Nelson, of Augusta, send a pretty card showing a Minnesota plain with “greetings from the Land of 10,000 Lakes and pleasant days.”

Regular travelers Doris and Marty Charnock are “relaxing in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.”

Larry and Wanda Wil­liams, of Martinez, and Lynn and Harris Atkins, of Hephzibah, said they found “absolutely gorgeous skies in Four Corners area of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

You can join them. Send cards to me at 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s an old favorite, shared by an old favorite – Billy Cooper, of North Augusta:

It seems Amber finally summoned the courage to go skydiving. The preparation and plane flight went smoothly, but immediately after jumping from the plane, she was unable to get her parachute to deploy. As she hurtled toward Earth, she was shocked to see a man rocketing up toward her.

As they passed in the air, Amber yelled, “Do you know anything about parachutes?”

“No,” the man responded, “do you know anything about gas grills?”

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