When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her out to someplace expensive. So I took her to a gas station.
-- Frank Allen
Years and years (and years) ago, I remember an Augusta radio broadcast being interrupted with the news that the price had topped $1 per gallon at a local service (it was a long time ago) station.
Now we know those were the good old days.
If you're like me, you don't really expect gas prices to go down anytime soon.
In fact, the only fun thing I can think of is to guess when it will officially top $4 a gallon.
So let's play a game. Between now and May 22, try to guess the date we'll hit the $4 mark.
Send your e-mail guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org. One guess per person. Unleaded regular. May 22 deadline.
We'll probably use AAA's data as the "official" designation. I might even offer a prize. How about a prepaid gas card?
Every little bit helps, although not as much as it used to.
GOLF PAINE: As the parent of a young golfer, I know how much tournament achievements mean. That's why I sure wish someone had let us know there was a budget problem with Paine College's team going to postseason competition. Surely we could have raised the money somehow.
CAMPAIGN NEWS: Bill Dekle , of Millen, Ga., responds to my recent political complaints with one of his own:
"It's not election years," he writes. "It's THIS campaign that already lasted three years, and so far to show for it, we have all losers."
BOOK TIME: Bill and Bea remind us that there is a great outlet for old books: old people.
"When we get through, we donate what we don't want to keep to nursing and assisted living homes in the Augusta area. These places are often overlooked. It's always best to give the homes a call to be sure they'll be able to take donations since space for books is usually limited," they write.
TODAY'S JOKE: Charlie Williams says: The new bride went crying to her mother. "Momma, I can't get my husband to do anything. I want him to fix up the house, and he keeps putting it off."
"Honey," her mother replied, "after being married to your father for 26 years, I've found the only way to get him to do anything is to tell him he's too old."