When you win, nothing hurts.
- Joe Namath
So when Billy Cooper, of North Augusta, asked whether I would run in the annual 5-kilometer Bolivia Benefit Run, I got out my calendar book, went to Saturday's date and said, "Gee, that's the weekend I'm supposed to take the family to visit the in-laws ... I'd love to!"
It was the event's 10th running, and as usual, everything seemed to run smoothly (Except for middle-age columnists.)
At one point, I pulled up beside the Rev. James Adams, of Grace United Methodist Church, and I thought it would be good to share some Scriptural support. You know, "The race belongs to the swift," or something.
But for some reason (it was a hill) I kept thinking of Romans 5:3 - which isn't nearly as enthusiastic.
When I finished, I was under strict orders to call my wife, so she'd know I had not been hospitalized.
"Did you see anybody I know?" she asked.
"No, sweetheart," I wheezed. "And I didn't see one woman in that race better looking than you."
Such compliments make her happy, and there's no need to tell her I wasn't wearing my glasses.
MYSTERY RESTAURANT: I asked Friday whether anyone remembered the name of the Mexican restaurant that used to sit across from Augusta Mall on Wrightsboro Road.
Twenty-three of you called to tell me. About half of you remembered it as Chi-Chi's, and half remembered it as El Chico.
Well, it couldn't be both, so I went looking through old city directories and discovered there was an El Chico Restaurant at 3435 Wrightsboro Road in the 1988, 1989, 1991 listings.
The 1991 directory records a Chi-Chi's at 2949 Washington Road. It doesn't list it in 1988, and it appears to be gone by 1994.
So, I would have to conclude that El Chico is the right answer, but that doesn't explain why so many people remember Chi-Chi's, which was on Washington Road and only open a few years.
Anyway, your interest was so strong, perhaps we could organize an Augusta Forgotten Restaurant Tour. I nominate the Town Tavern and Western Sizzlin'.
Any other ideas?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Augusta's Greek Festival is always a good place to eat. I was in line Saturday looking for my lunch. It got me to wondering why there are no fast-food chains devoted to Greek cuisine. We've got Mexican and Italian, and whatever country hamburgers come from - but no Greek. No German, either.
TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one from Everett Fernandez.
An elderly woman walked into the country church. The friendly usher greeted her. "Where would you like to sit?" he asked.
"The front row, please," she answered.
"You really don't want to do that," the usher said. "The pastor is really boring."
"Do you know who I am?" the woman asked angrily.
"No." he said.
"I'm the pastor's mother," she replied.
"Do you know who I am?" he asked.
"No." she said.
"Good," he answered.