Originally created 07/30/06

Postcards flood in from people trying to keep cool



Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.

- Russell Baker

Nothing like seeing the temperature hit 100 for a couple of days to remind us that summer is here. Charmain, a regular reader, passes along these other signs.

- Birds use pot-holders to pull worms out of the ground.

- Trees are whistling for dogs.

- The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

- You learn that a seat-belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.

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TRAVEL WEATHER: And so you don't think weather is just a local concern, here are our summer postcard reports.

Victor Parkerson and son Pete say they are having a great time in Costa Rica despite the heat and humidity (with no AC!).

"It's hot weather here!" write the Duncans, who have been visiting in McComb, Miss. Daughter Barbara Flowers and children Stephanie and Tyson Flowers are with them.

Jesse A. Murga, of Augusta, sends cards from Idaho and Montana, where "temperatures are in the 90s, but without the humidity."

Diane, Tyler, Kyle and Cole (and soon Steve), from Beech Island, send greetings from Maine. "So much for New England being cooler - it was 93 degrees today." They also sent a card from Vermont.

Mr. and Mrs. Emil Claeys send greetings from Indiana and Michigan, but they say the weather has been just like Georgia's - "Can't seem to shake it."

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COOLER CLIMES: Jane and Bill Cashin are enjoying ports in Norway and the Shetland Islands and are on their way to Iceland. It's been windy and cool, they say, not like an Augusta July.

David, Jack and DJ, of Tignall, Ga., are vacationing in the north Georgia mountains.

Jim and Linda, of Belvedere, are spending three days in Nova Scotia, where the weather is "so much cooler."

Tom and Pat Mims, of Hephzibah, send a card from the 49th state, where they are "loving this cool Alaska weather!"

Judy and Johnny Finley, of Augusta, are enjoying the mid-60-degree weather in Maine. The Trowbridge clan (Danny, Linda, Russell, Angela, John, Preston, Randy, Susan and Katelynn) are in Newport, R.I.

John and Carolyn Steverson; Cliff and Renee Pattillo, of Aiken; Maxine Allen, of Augusta; and Betty Darisey, of Augusta, are on an Alaska cruise.

The Challengers are in Austria and southern Germany, where there is still snow on the mountains. Also trying to stay cool are Maree and Roger, who send a card from Wisconsin. They say they'll be back in North Augusta when it cools down a little.

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TODAY'S JOKE: The urgent call came in to the 911 Center.

Dispatcher: "9-1-1, what is the nature of your emergency?"

Caller: "I'm trying to reach 9-11, but my phone doesn't have an 11 on it."

Dispatcher: "This is 9-11."

Caller: "I thought you just said it was 9-1-1."

Dispatcher: "Yes, ma'am, 9-1-1 and 9-11 are the same thing."

Caller: "Honey, I may be old, but I'm not stupid."