Originally created 07/21/06

Friends send greetings from far, wide and Big Sky



Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.

- Victor Borge

Let's see who's been visiting this vacation season with a quick glance through your postcards.

Helen Welch, Elaine Newsome, Clay Thigpen and Connie Buffington, of Thomson, say the food is great on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Amber Siebold and Kayleigh Broxton write to say that the farthest they could get out of town on Memorial Day was Statesboro for the "Splash in the 'Boro." And they splashed a lot.

Shelia and Charlie Connell, of North Augusta, send a card from their Alaska cruise. They say their first week at sea was spent exploring and they found that the newspaper in Juneau is owned by a company in Augusta.

Dr. Paul sends a card from New Zealand for the Augusta State University Study Abroad trip. It shows a Maori warrior and he's ... well, he's not wearing much.

Wendy and Ryan Brown, Bryan, Teena and Robin Adams, Paul Smith, Jackie and Michael Newman are checking out waterfalls and volcanoes in Hawaii.

Billy, Karen, Dillon and Noah Smith, of Clarks Hill, S.C., are in out West in the Big Sky Country and send a postcard from Augusta, Mont.

Lisa and Ashton, of Martinez, and Jean Hamilton, of North Augusta, are cruising the Bahamas.

Jill, Patricia and Caleb Moseley, of Langley, are visiting Beaufort, S.C.

Peggy and John Wren, of Grovetown, Patti, Steve, Johnny, Jackie and Grace, Jennifer, Albert, Taylor, Trey, Abbie, Matthew, Kim, Emma, Katie and Brenden are all in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Doris Baumgarten, of Aiken, is visiting Oklahoma to see her grandson.

Ralph and Ashton Marcano are having a great time in Destin, Fla.

Bob and Donna Rau are in Oregon and Washington state to see their son retire from the Air Force.

Jean and Don Orth had a great July Fourth in Yellowstone National Park.

Chuck, Cindi, Lacey and Wesley Oellerich, of Hephzibah, are visiting the cool sites in Connecticut.

Bob and Barbara Durland say Niagara Falls is "AWESOME." They also sent a card from Vancouver on the other side of Canada.

Mary and Jay Ready of Martinez are having a great time in Hopkinsville, Ky.

Rose McDaniel sends a card from the "green, rainy North Country" of New Hampshire.

Danny and Linda, Randy, Susan and Katelyn Trowbridge say hi from Pennsylvania's Hershey Park.

The Rangels - Steve, Daria, Kaitlyn, Ashley and Paige - had a great July Fourth, and Kaitlyn and Ashley ran in the Brentwood Firecracker 5K run.

TODAY'S JOKE: The teacher asked one of her young pupils if he knew his numbers.

"Yes," he said. "I do. My father taught me."

"Good. What comes after three?"

"Four," answers the boy.

"What comes after six?"

"Seven."

"Very good," says the teacher. "Your dad did a good job. What comes after 10?"

"A jack," says the little boy.

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