Wherever I go, I’m watching.
– Richard Scarry
AAA predicts a big travel holiday this Memorial Day weekend, and I can’t think of a better time to kick off our annual vacation postcard contest.
Over the next three months, many of you will take to the road (or boat, or train, or airplane) and experts predict it will be the biggest surge since 2000.
Like Christmas, the American summer vacation seems to be one of those things we do, whether we can afford it or not.
I say, if you’ve spent the money to get someplace else, why not take a moment to find a postcard and tell us what you see?
Just send them to me at The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.
HERE ARE THE OBJECTIVES: We want to get a postcard from all 50 states by Labor Day weekend. This is harder than it sounds because some states aren’t known for tourism and don’t have a wide selection of postcards. New Jersey, Indiana and Kansas come to mind. Oklahoma, Nevada and Maine aren’t far behind.
We want to see how fast we can get all 50, and I know you can do it. There was only one year we didn’t get all 50, and that was 1993, when no one went to North Dakota. (I never found out why.)
HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES: Write legibly: I know, you’re on vacation; you’re not filling out a tax return. But we don’t want mistakes to happen because your name’s illegible. Several times I’ve reported the wrong people on honeymoons. (Once, the wrong gender.)
DISCRETIONARY RULE: If you are going to a trendy resort with someone not your spouse, use an alias, NOT YOUR REAL NAME. I have actually been served court papers to testify in a divorce proceeding over this issue.
HOME ADDRESS: Most people don’t put these on postcards, but if you do I’ll send you
a card when I go on
vacation. Usually this is when I go to Atlanta on July Fourth to run in the Peachtree Road Race.
HAVE FUN: Every fall we come up with awards for the funniest card, the most unique card, the biggest card, the card you can’t believe the postal service would deliver. (My favorites are postcards showing baseball parks, by the way.)
We also have a side competition between beach vs. mountains. Beach almost always wins, but every year it’s close.
That’s pretty much it. See you in September.