Originally created 03/04/03

A person can lose much more than weight



When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

- George Bernard Shaw

You've got to give Georgia's new governor, George Ervin Perdue III (aka "Sonny"), some credit.

Like many, I underestimated the Peach State's chief executive when he stood on the scales a few weeks ago and vowed to lead the way toward a leaner government work force.

"Yeah, right," I thought to myself. "He doesn't look like a guy who turns down a lot of civic club desserts."

Well, after launching his "Capitol Challenge" weight-loss program, the governor has done pretty well - dropping eight pounds.

Not only that, but People magazine recently featured a nice photo of him weighing in.

And he says he's not finished.

As for me, during this same time period, I've lost my car keys, my glasses, assorted writing pens, sleep, a sock, hair and my temper.

All more than once.

I'd say the governor's winning this round. (And as for that eight pounds, governor, I think I found a few of them.)

DEARLY DEPARTED: We all have to go sometime. Some of us just hurry it along. Here are some common "last words":

  • "The odds of that happening have to be a million to one!"
  • "Pull the pin and count to what?"
  • "I've seen this done on TV."
  • "It's strong enough for both of us."
  • "I can do that with my eyes closed."
  • "What duck?"
  • "Now watch this."
  • THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Hard work pays off in the future, but laziness pays off now.

    TODAY'S JOKE: A 6-year-old boy comes crying to his mother because his little sister pulled his hair.

    "Don't be angry," the mother says, "Your little sister doesn't realize that pulling hair hurts."

    A short while later, there's more crying, and the mother goes to investigate.

    This time the baby is crying, and her brother says, "Don't worry, Mom; she knows now."

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