Originally created 04/02/02

Macy's closing brings back memories of old gifts



There are mornings when I wake up and don't enjoy reading the newspaper. It's an occupational hazard.

- Gov. Roy Barnes

SO LONG, MACY'S: I went to Macy's (then Davison's) when it opened at the mall in 1978, and I dropped by Saturday to see it close.

It was a little sad, although I know that's how business works.

I bought a lot of ties and suits and shirts there over the years, as well as the first Christmas gift I ever gave my wife-to-be.

Somehow over the years, I ended up with two dated Christmas mugs. One says Davison's 1983 and the other Macy's 1991.

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POLITICAL HUMOR: After my column on the passing of former Sen. Herman Talmadge ran, a friend at the Capitol passed along this story.

Two lobbyists who were on opposite sides of the fence on an issue went into the senator's office together, each trying to win him over.

What began as a civil exchange of views between the lobbyists soon turned into a heated debate.

Sensing that he was in a "can't win" position, the exasperated senator cut them off in midsentence and said, "Now look, boys, if you expect me to support both of you, you're going to have to come in here one at a time."

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David Sisler has this to say about Sunday's column on the looming demise of VHS videotapes.

"I read with a smile your column about your old VHS tapes. I have some of those titles, and similar events taped. And I add to the list several hundred BETA tapes - the complete canon of the original Star Wars TV show being the pride of the lot.

"I still have my ancient Beta player, which alas will play, but not rewind. So I'll watch them all one more time and then turn to the tube for endless reruns, with significant parts ripped out to add more commercials."

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TODAY'S JOKE: This one comes from Charlie Williams.

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"Hunting flies," he responded.

"Killed any?" she asked.

"Yep," he said, "three males, two females."

Intrigued, she asked. "'How can you tell?"

"Easy," he said. "Three were on a beer can. Two were on the phone."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.