Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Kirby: Postcard mailer visits all 50 states

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Life is an accomplishment and each moment has a meaning and you must use it.

– Jeanne Moreau

Last year, Dick McCoppin, of Augusta, proved one of our most prolific postcard correspondents.

He’s back at it this year, having sent a gallery of cards detailing his trip from Augusta to a high school reunion in Ohio, to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., then back again.

Most important, he achieved a longtime goal. By going through Maine, he has visited all 50 of the United States.

Let’s see whether I can give you the quick version through postcards from these states:

South Carolina: “Started another journey.”

North Carolina: “Lots of people on the road.”

Tennessee: “Rained all the way.”

Kentucky: “Love to see the white fences at the horse farms near Lexington.”

Ohio: “Finally made it. Good to see the siblings.”

Pennsylvania: “In Erie, only 64 degrees and a ‘cold wind.’ ”

New York: “Third visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s great.”

New York: “Great views of Niagara Falls.”

Maine: “This is the last state I needed to visit to make all 50 in the U.S.
Had lobster for dinner. Superb!”

Vermont: “Capital Montpelier is a quaint town.”

Pennsylvania: “In Hershey ... lots of chocolate stuff.”

Maryland: “Stay all night with family and see Grandson No. 2 do tae-kwon-do.”

West Virginia: “Was looking for a card with outhouses, but couldn’t find one.”

Virginia: “Trees, trees and more trees! So many trucks on I-81 South.”

CLOSER TO HOME: I don’t travel that much, but last week I did get the opportunity to visit Jenkins County and the Millen Rotary Club.

I was told the club has a “court session” before its meetings and will levy a dollar fine for various transgressions.

I was warned, for example, to turn off my cellphone because if it rang during the meeting, I faced a fine.

One of the other punishable offenses is if a member’s name appears in the newspaper. I’m not sure why this earns punishment, but I guess it provides the opportunity to collect money for a good cause.

So let me help raise $10.

Thank you, President Mandy Underwood, Tina Saxon, Wanda Burke, Jeff Brantley, Paula Adams, F.A. Black, Tara Cooper, Don Gay, R.H. Reeves and Art Johnson for what you do for Millen and Jenkins County.

TODAY’S JOKE: Bill Wood, of Hephzibah sends in this story of a job interview.

Personnel manager: “What is your greatest weakness?”

Old man: “Honesty.”

Personnel manager: “I don’t think honesty is a weakness.”

Old man: “I don’t really care what you think.”

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