Originally created 07/13/01

Travelers weather their trips

Never mistake motion for action.

- Ernest Hemingway

On a day known for bad fortune, let's hear from this summer's lucky travelers.

Think it's hot around here? Darrell sends a postcard from Saudi Arabia where it's "about 120 degrees in the shade. I'd like to say hello to all the readers out there."

A little bit cooler are Dot Farr and Doris Story of Thomson, who say hi from Niagara Falls. "The weather is beautiful, the falls are great. Can you imagine what they look like when the weather is freezing."

Phil and Karen DeMaere of North Augusta send greetings from Mystic, Conn., where they are enjoying the sights and "mild summer temperatures."

Di Smith of Augusta sends a card from the Little Bighorn Battlefield and writes: "I am staying in Hardin, courtesy of the U.S. Army Reserve. The town is smaller than Augusta - one red light. People are very friendly."

The Ellingtons - Joe, Barbara, Laura and Jarrett - send a card from their cruise on the Holland America Line. "We have eaten so much food!" They also send a card from Seattle.

Bill and Aileen Christmas of Martinez didn't travel as far. They send a local postcard and write: "Didn't get to make a long trip this year, but found a wonderful, well-managed state park near home. It's beautiful and the fishing is great!"

Frank and Ramona, Billie and Bob are in Las Vegas to see the Augusta West dancers in competition.

John and Colleen Quinn are in Minnesota, where the temperatures were in the 50s and 60s.

Janny and Kathy Bijas of Aiken had a "cool and wet week at Myrtle Beach."

Rosemary and Ceci Griffin of Augusta send a card from Mississippi, where "it's hot and humid."

And Jim and Barbara Hogan are spending a few days in Wisconsin, where they're attending a 50th high school reunion ("Boy, do those folks ever look old!")

Looking to send a vacation postcard? Here's the address: PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

We're still looking for ones from New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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TODAY'S JOKE: A company, feeling it was time for a shake-up, hired a new CEO. This new boss is determined to rid the company of all slackers.

On a tour of the facilities, the CEO notices a guy leaning on a wall. The room is full of workers and he thinks this is his chance to show everyone he means business.

The CEO walks up to the guy and asks, "And how much money do you make a week?"

Undaunted, the young fellow looks at him and replies, "I make $200.00 a week. Why?"

The CEO then hands the guy $200 in cash and screams, "Here's a week's pay. Now GET OUT and don't come back!"

Feeling pretty good about his first slacker firing, the CEO looks around the room and asks, "Does anyone want to tell me what that slacker was doing here?"

With a sheepish grin, one of the other workers said: "Yes, sir. He was delivering a pizza."

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


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