Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly don't tell them where they know the fish.
- Mark Twain
Memorial Day weekend is here, and once again it's time to kick off our summer vacation postcard project.
The rules are the same.
Between now and Labor Day, send a postcard from your summer travels to: Bill Kirby, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.
We'll try to get one from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Foreign countries are an added bonus.
I know I'll need your help from several states that rarely seem to make the vacation hit parade. Kansas, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Mississippi and New Jersey always seem hard to get.
The reason for this contest is simple. You get a chance to share your thoughts or say hi to your neighbors while you're out of town.
You also get a chance to get your name in the paper.
At the end of the summer we'll tally up a host of awards.
MOUNTAINS OR BEACH? Last year, almost no one headed for the hills. Water and sun were dominant attractions.
GREATEST ADVENTURE - Who seems to have traveled the farthest by the most circuitous route.
FUNNIEST CARD - Always a welcome category.
Outhouses and mythical state birds get honorable mentions.
I CAN'T BELIEVE THE POST OFFICE DELIVERED THAT - We'll see ...
WILDLIFE - What animal is most featured on a postcard?
My experience says it's cows.
BASEBALL VENUES - My friends know me as a baseball fan, and so do many of you. I like postcards showing ballparks.
FARTHEST AWAY? The former Soviet Union and Japan were last year's finalists.
GIANT VEGETABLES - If you send a postcard from Idaho, it probably shows a giant potato.
MOST UNUSUAL - These have ranged from "Rattlesnake Eggs" to jigsaw puzzles.
And let me add that if you include your return address on your postcard, I'll try to send you a postcard when I go on vacation this summer.
I think that's about it.
Well, what do you know?
We've already got some mail.
Etta Wilcher of Mitchell, Ga., sums up the season admirably. She writes: "I found this postcard and immediately thought of you."
It shows a slumbering rabbit (OK, Etta, it reminds my boss of me.) and reads: "VACATION consists of 2 weeks, which are 2 short after which you are 2 tired 2 return 2 work and 2 broke not 2!!"
Carol and Don write from the mountains: "We are still in Tennessee getting some maintenance work on the motor home. The state has some beautiful scenery."
And Doris Godbee sends a card from Apache Lake, Ariz. She writes: "My sister Mildred and I are having a wonderful time. Hot but beautiful! Phoenix and Scottsdale are awesome!"
(Well, that's three states. Only 47 to go.)
Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107, or firstname.lastname@example.org.