Don't forget to honor Honest Abe

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Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

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-- Abraham Lincoln

Just a few reminders.

Today is Abe Lincoln's birthday. We used to celebrate it when I was a boy. Then we combined it with George Washington's birthday to create President's Day because I guess a bunch of federal employees felt February needed a three-day weekend.

You can celebrate it by saving a penny. If you're feeling prosperous, save a $5 bill.

And if you're a federal employee, get back to work. You don't get the day off until Feb. 18.

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ANOTHER REMINDER: Guys. Thursday is Valentine's Day. Don't say you weren't warned.

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TODAY'S PUZZLE: Everett Fernandez wants to know if you can figure out what these words have in common (The answer is at the end):

- Banana

- Dresser

- Grammar

- Potato

- Revive

- Uneven

- Assess

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TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one shared by James Hartman .

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week."

The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber goes to open his shop the next morning there is a "thank you" card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill the barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week."

The cop is happy and leaves the shop. The next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a "thank you" card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Later that day, a college professor comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week."

The professor is very happy and leaves the shop.

The next morning when the barber opens his shop, there is a "thank you" card and a dozen different books

Then, a congressman comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week."

The congressman is very happy and leaves the shop. The next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

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PUZZLE ANSWER: In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.


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