He who laughs last thinks slowest.
- Bumper sticker
Let's get right to the vacation postcards.
Janelle and Michael Taylor of Grovetown send a postcard from Glacier National Park in Montana.
They write: "What a great way to spend a birthday with a short rain and brilliant double-rainbow for good luck. Beautiful, 68 degrees. Camping with Joe and Sheila Taylor."
Norma Turner and daughter Daedra are enjoying time in Arizona with daughter Diana Silvas, husband Jay and their daughter.
The Martin, Roberts and Odum families send a card from Fairbanks, Alaska. "We've just completed the 'inside passage' route to Seward. We're sweltering. Having a great time."
Dahlia Hadden, Helen Peebles and Faye McNair of Stapleton, Ga., are having fun in the sun, hot tub, pool and ocean near St. Petersburg, Fla.
Belle LeRoy of Belvedere sends cards from Tennessee and Kentucky.
Anne and Edgar send greetings from the U.S. Naval Academy where "our grandson Ryan was sworn in along with 1,235 others. Very hot and humid."
Tessa Ready, 13, an eighth-grader at Kennedy School in Aiken, is traveling with her grandparents in Ireland. She wants to say hi to all her friends and family.
Regular travelers Carol and Don are on the road in Tennessee.
Randy Sprague of Martinez sends a card from San Francisco. He wants to tell all his friends the weather "is indescribable."
From Wisconsin, Will Rogers says he's been "reading the paper" online while on vacation.
Ron and Nancy Vanderhoof are in Arizona. They write: "It sure is peaceful here, but very hot, hot, hot. But also dry, which makes a great difference."
Mary J. sends a card from Virginia. She writes: "We're leaving (believe it or not) Ripley, N.Y., where World War II veteran Richard 'Dick' Johnson after 56 years received his high school diploma with the Ripley Class of 2001. He had 14 faculty members to attend the graduation."
Finally, Edith Miller of North Augusta sends a century-old postcard originally mailed in 1905.
She writes: "I found this card in my box of old cards and thought you would like it, and that your son would like the puppies."
(He does, Edith.)
Looking to send a vacation postcard? Here is the address: PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.
We still need a few states, including Rhode Island and Oregon.
TODAY'S JOKE: The children were lined up for snacks at vacation Bible school. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.
A teacher had made a note, which read: "Take only one, God is watching."
Moving through the line, to the other end of the table, was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
One little boy paused to write a note, which he placed before it.
"Take all you want," it said, "God is watching the apples."
Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107, or firstname.lastname@example.org.