Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

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– John McWhorter

Professional secret. I don’t subscribe to any national news magazines. I just pick them up in doctor’s office waiting rooms. I doubt they know they’re missing because I don’t think anyone reads magazines there anymore.

Here’s what I mean.

Last week I was at the dental office and I saw four patients awaiting their date with dental destiny … and all were staring intently at their cellphones, reading or texting or playing games.

Except an older woman. She had a tablet … bigger type, I guess.

I hope they’re looking at one of the many fine Chronicle mobile offerings. Lots of good stuff on there.

SUMMER TRAVELS: The good news is that we have postcards from half the 50 states. The bad news is … now it gets hard.

Rose Marie McNeill was in Groom, Texas, which is the “most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.” And then she went up to Colorado and visited Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, Colo.

Julie Cox, of Hephzibah, sent a card from Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah. Katrina Bailey, Wayne Bailey and the Ashe family are “having a good time at Myrtle Beach.” David Horne says “hello” from Oldtown, Md., “… riding my bike on the C&O Canal tow path … it runs from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Md.”

Dennis and Norma, of North Augusta, sent a beautiful card showing Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where they had a “great day” even if the Marlins did beat the Cubs in baseball.

Lyn and Kathy Smith sent a postcard from Provincetown, R.I., where their “adventure continues.”

Polly Champion, of Martinez, sends greetings from Europe and cards from both France and Switzerland. She is on an eight-country tour with grandparents Peggy and Jim Champion.

The Whites (Charles White, Vanessa White, Kimberly, Christine, Breanna and Victoria) sent a card from Minneapolis showing Target Field, home of the Twins.

What about you? Just send those postcards to me at The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901. (Don’t have Nebraska yet.)

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Bill Wood in Hephzibah. Our frequent joke contributor is featured in this month’s Georgia Magazine. There’s even a photo, supposedly of 7-year-old Bill on a pony in an article about old Harrisburg.

TODAY’S JOKE: And what do you know? Here’s a joke from Bill:

Customer: “I’ve been calling 700-1000 for two days and can’t get through; can you help?”

Operator: “Where did you get that number, sir?”

Customer: “It’s on the door of your business.”

Operator: “Sir, those are the hours that we are open.”


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