Originally created 08/18/00

Convention makes dud of politics



Now that both big political parties have had their TV shot, I've got to tell you - if they make politics any more boring, the voter turnout in November will hit a record low.

This year's conventions have been like civics grad school with all the contrived spontaneity of the People's Choice Awards.

The Cartoon Network is funnier. And PBS is better scripted (with far better actors).

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Jack Buckley of North Augusta gets in his dig at the Democrats.

He says the reason Al Gore has so many patents is that he keeps reinventing himself.

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Of course, some people are far away from their TV sets, enjoying the highways of August.

Ashley and Case send postcard "greetings from Chippewa Falls, Wis., home of Leinenhugel's Beer and the world's purest water."

Gloria sends a postcard showing the Custer's Last Stand monument on the Little Bighorn battlefield.

Matthew Williams of North Augusta writes: "Traveling through wild, wonderful (and wet) West Virginia."

Cecil and Margie McCollum are also having a great time in the Mountaineer State, as are Wenora McNeal, Michele and Brianne Hemingway and Beas Long.

Tim Hyde of Little Rock sends a card from Arkansas. Rodney DeLoach is training bird dogs in Isabel, S.D., and wants to say "Hey to my family in Waynesboro."

Matt and Kathy of Evans send "greetings from Castaway Cay - Disney's private island." Kathy and Janny Bijas of Aiken are having a time in New Orleans.

Dolores Faigler and Rio Chick had a great time in New Mexico. "Spent two days in Lincoln at the Billy the Kid Pageant and Festival."

Also in the Southwest, Butch and Debbie Buoni report: "We are writing this from the Philmont Training Center. It is the largest Scout camp in the world. Awesome."

Mary Ann Braswell of Stapleton, Ga., writes from Santa Fe.

Up the road in Palm Springs, Calif., Gail and Jack Parker of Aiken say it's "100 degrees-plus here. Tried garlic ice cream at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Very tasty - vanilla with garlic flavor. The aftertaste is terrible."

We also have a card from Liechtenstein (where it's raining) but I can't read the signature.

Still traveling this summer? Send me a postcard at P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

I'm still looking for a postcard from Delaware.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Comes from Jim Dover of Martinez. He writes: "I am 76 years old and married to the same gal for over 50 years. After all these years, she had finally agreed that I have her permission to go out at night and stay out as long as I like - as long as I don't leave the yard."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107, or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.