– Robert Louis Stevenson
Pick a day. Any day. Who said Tuesday? Mine started early at the Kroc Center where the CSRA Parkinson Support Group invited me to breakfast because I’d worn their T-shirt in Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race.
I heard details for this fall’s Parkinson’s “Moving Day” walk Oct. 19 at the Wilson Family Y. Charles Hock III, of Sherman & Hemstreet, not only sponsored the breakfast but also gave an eloquent update on Parkinson’s research. He then excused himself because his wife was delivering a child. That left Joe Kelley to entertain and inform everyone about what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s. For a serious topic, he was pretty funny.
I left for work, but not for long, because Sam Johnson and the Augusta Lions Club were gracious enough to invite me to Forest Hills Golf Club for lunch. Everyone was in a good mood because I believe it was Jim Redmond who told a hilarious joke about an old Italian war veteran and his confession to a young priest.
I told one new joke (not as funny) and three old stories about Augusta’s last legal hanging, how we tried to license prostitutes during World War II, and the mystery woman in Masters Champ Gene Sarazen’s hotel room the night before his famous 1935 “Double Eagle” tournament.
With that, I drove to People’s Funeral Home on Walton Way as visitation began for Louise Corley, one of my oldest (101) and favorite fans and a stalwart at Thankful Baptist Church. She passed away last week, and we all know the Lord has a new angel.
After that, I drove to the Korean War monument on Broad Street to spend a moment because Saturday is the 60th anniversary of the end of this military challenge and Arthur L. Holmes, a Korean War Army vet, himself, wrote to remind us of the date.
After a few more hours of work, I ended the day at a fish-fry dinner with the St. James Methodist Men’s Club. I think Chip Melton brought the fish, and Milledge Murray brought the devotional.
When I finally got home it was dark, I was tired and my wife asked, “So what’d you learn today?”
I told her a joke about an old Italian war hero and a young priest.
TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one shared by Charlie Williams:
A businessman had a tiring day and checked into a hotel. He was concerned the dining room might close soon, so he left his luggage at the front desk while he went immediately to eat. When he returned to the desk to retrieve his bags, he realized he had forgotten to pick up his key. He also had forgotten his room number. He said to the clerk on duty, “Hello, I’m Henry Davis. Can you tell me what room I’m in?”
“Certainly,” replied the clerk. “You’re in the lobby.”