It requires real work to recall passwords

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You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

-- James Thurber

It's a numbers game.

Or letters. Or names. But mostly numbers.

I'm talking about my passwords. The password for my home computer. The password for my work computer. The password for the home security system.

Even the PIN for the ATM.

They are all different.

And sometimes they change.

For example, the system we use at work requires that we alter our computer passwords several times a year. And we can't repeat them, at least for a couple of years. Who can remember all this stuff?

We've had people come back from vacation and suddenly freeze up.

Oh, you could write down all your passwords, but they warn you to never write them down.

So remembering takes on a whole new importance -- a talent some do not possess.

By the way, PC Magazine reports the 10 most common computer passwords. They are:

1. password

2. 123456

3. qwerty

4. abc123

5. letmein

6. monkey

7. myspace1

8. password1

9. blink182

10. (user's name)

Most are pretty obvious, but if you're wondering, No. 9 is a music band.

(No. 6? You got me.)

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SUMMER MAIL: Our postcard contest is almost complete. We need only seven states to have one from all 50 this summer.

They are: Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Utah, Iowa, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Send them my way at 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

Ralph and Vickie Herron did. In fact, they sent a copper postcard from Michigan's upper peninsula, where the July weather is very cool.

Jarrod, Gina and Joseph Lucas , of Grovetown, are very hot. They send a postcard from New Orleans, where they enjoyed gumbo and jambalaya. They also saw an Astros baseball game in Houston.

Carolyn and Roy Head , of Belvedere, are having a wonderful time on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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TODAY'S JOKE: A father took his 5-year-old son to several baseball games where The Star-Spangled Banner was sung before each game.

Then the father and son attended church on a Sunday shortly before Independence Day.

The congregation sang The Star-Spangled Banner, and after everyone sat down, the little boy suddenly yelled out, "Play ball!!!"

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