“Patience, the toughest form of intelligence.”
– Kevin Honold
A vacation gives you time to notice the little things.
For example, I’ve noticed that I used to be a sucker for bookstores. I would go in and invariably buy some new ones. Unfortunately, most of them piled up next to the bedside table…then went to a closet…then into the attic. I never got around to reading them. (It was too much like college.)
These days I go to the public library and check out books I think I want to read.
But I usually don’t.
Except now, I’ll just send them back and it won’t cost me anything.
(My motto: “Don’t age harder, age smarter.”†
GOOD IDEAS: I asked for your suggestions for the best innovations and inventions of recent years.
Robert Harwood says this: “I’m guessing the top item from readers, at least those over 60: Microwave
“Our first baby cried more than the rest because he had to wait for the 2 o’clock bottle to warm up overnight under hot water from the kitchen tap. We just bought a new microwave for the same price as the first, but the life expectancy is a third of that old Panasonic.”
And Patsy London offered this: “I suggest battery-operated tools are an improvement over pulling/pulling around an extension cord that can be easily cut by a weed eater or hedge trimmer. Time is limited with battery power unless you have a spare. The time limit is also a good indication that it’s time for a break!
“The lawnmower that has a key to start the mower is great for pulling and pulling to start/swing a mower.”
TALKING ABOUT DISCOVERIES: Most of you know that Augusta was named after the English princess who was the mother of King George III.
Did you know that George III was the original namesake of the planet we now call Uranus?
When British astronomer William Herschel discovered the seventh planet in 1781, he named it in honor of its king – George. Later, astronomers renamed Uranus after the Greek god of the sky.
TODAY’S JOKE: The young couple had invited their elderly pastor to Sunday dinner. While both were finishing their meals in the kitchen, the old minister leaned over to their little boy in the living room and asked, “Well, young man, what do you think they are cooking there?”
The boy looked up and said, “Goat.”
“Goat?” replied the older preacher. “Are you sure?”
‘Yes,’ said the boy. “I heard Dad say to Mom, ‘Today it’s just as good to have the old goat for dinner.’ †
Bill Kirby has been reporting, photographing and commenting on life in Augusta and Georgia for 45 years.