-- Robert Louis Stevenson
Here we are at the midpoint of summer vacation, and we only have three states to go before completing our goal of getting a postcard from all 50. Still on the board are Indiana, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
I'm not sure what that says about the attractiveness of middle America for tourism, but I'm sure someone will be headed there in the next few weeks. And I'm just as sure they'll send us a postcard.
Also missing from our summer list is that most dangerous of nonstates -- the District of Columbia. Many of you have mentioned traveling through D.C., but so far, no cards.
Maybe it's a stimulus thing.
TRAVEL LOGS: Still traveling ...
Don Turno sends a card from Myrtle Beach and a family get-together he hopes to continue in the years ahead. Fred and Hattie Blanchard are having fun at the Taste of Chicago.
Bill and Mariska Young , of McCormick, say hello from Columbus, Ohio, with our first card from the Buckeye State. The second Ohio card comes from Carol and Bob , of North Augusta, who are visiting children and grandchildren in North Canton.
Enjoying family in Wisconsin and learning about their ancestors are Lance and Emily Goninan .
Pat and Wayne Fuller , of North Augusta, are in Atlantic City this time, sending cards along the way from South of the Border, North Carolina and Delaware.
Joseph and Lorinda Fournier , of Evans, ask: "Do you know how hard it is to find postcards?" They were in Connecticut. They had better luck in New Jersey, where they found a postcard of Giants Stadium.
Cynthia and Tony Bloomer are having a great time without kids in Hell, Grand Cayman.
Kim Holton and daughter Kodee are in Waikiki, Hawaii, where they write: "Heaven is the only place that could be more beautiful."
Betty and T.J. Bailey , of Harlem, send cards from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, writing, "We finally made it to San Antonio!"
Evelyn Casey , of Martinez, finished a first day of volunteering at Harborfest in Charleston. Nearby in Edisto, the Brinkley family enjoyed the coast.
Finally, Natasha , my mystery traveler of many years, writes from Puerto Rico: "Buenos dias, Bill! Costas is here -- and yesterday we drank a toast to you. Or maybe it was because the rain stopped. As ever, Your Natasha."
TODAY'S JOKE: The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large bowl of apples beside which a nun had written this note: "Take only ONE. God is watching."
Farther along the lunch line was a large tray of cookies. Beside it was another note written in a childlike scrawl: "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."
Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.