Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Kirby: Weekend offered up great day outdoors

  • Follow Metro

Life is busy. ...Every wasted minute is lost. You can’t get it back.

Video: Kirby's Augusta
Loading the player...

– Rush Limbaugh

It was nice weather. Nice weekend. Time to get out.

I got not only my car cleaned but also my wife’s because the members of our Navy stationed at Fort Gordon were having a car wash.

I just happened to see them at the corner of Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway on Saturday and was glad to take part.

It is also comforting to watch people familiar with regular inspections wash cars.

I finally told a young woman she could stop.

“I think you’ve found every water spot and fixed it,” I assured her.

With a sparkling ride I head to Lake Olmstead Stadium, where the Augusta GreenJackets were holding a “Buzz Fest,” which I had read about in the paper. They were giving away a lot of stuff, but I just wanted to walk around and look at a baseball field again.

Augusta’s Opening Day is less than two weeks away, but the field already looks really, really green.

I can hardly wait.

But I’ll have to.

That’s why I kept going downtown to see the old car show held at C&C Automotive on Telfair Street.

I was identifying all the various model years of my youth to automotive radio celebrity John Ryan Mooney. It was easy because there is probably a decade of my life in which I either built, painted or watched someone else build or paint an AMC plastic scale model of almost every car on the road.

I laugh now because when I was a kid, I almost always painted my model cars orange.

Since I grew up and began buying real cars, I have never had nor wanted an orange car.

Still, it was a good time, and I took a picture of the Jeff Gordon No. 24 car they had so I could send it to my 86-year-old mother-in-law. She’s one of Jeff’s biggest fans.

I also got a NAPA baseball cap, which she could wear next time she watches a televised race on Sunday afternoons after getting home from church.

MOVIE TIME: This week’s Kirby’s Augusta video tells about the freak March snowfall of 1861 just days before the Civil War began. You can watch it on YouTube or at the augustachronicle.com Web site. (Hint: I’m the one in the trench coat.)

TODAY’S JOKE: When the school bus driver stopped
to pick up little Chris for preschool, he noticed an older woman hugging him as he left the house. “Is that your grandmother?” he asked the youngster as he got aboard.

“Yes,” Chris said. “She’s come to visit us for Christmas.”

“How nice,” I said. “Where does she live?”

“At the airport,” Chris replied. “Whenever we want her, we just go out there and get her.”


Top headlines

Clemson halts mandatory student sex survey

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson says it has suspended a mandatory survey of students the school says was part of a review to prevent sexual discrimination, harassment and assault.
Search Augusta jobs