I spent a long time last week on the road.
Specifically, I spent a lot of time on the strip of asphalt that connects Greene County -- where my grandmother lives -- to I-16 at Soperton. It's about 100 or so miles, but those miles seemed to multiply about an hour into the trip, especially on the way home Sunday night.
Actually, it wasn't that bad. My grandmother made the trip with me and we were on a route she'd never traveled before. There was something special about having her see things for the first time and visit places she'd never been -- even if it was passing through at 65 mph.
Even at that speed, Georgia is a pretty state from the back roads. Towns like Sparta, Sandersville, Wrightsville and other have their own character and their diversity certainly breaks the two-lane monotony.
The downside on the way to Jekyll was the trip was only about half over when we reached I-16. I'm convinced that even if it took only 30 minutes to get to the beach from Thomson, it would still seem too long.
Once we got to the island, it wasn't that much different from home -- weatherwise. Take away the white sand and brown water, and the afternoon storms (about 3 p.m., right on daily schedule) could have just as easily been booming over Thomson.
And when you sleep until noon and don't get to the beach until after 2 p.m., there's not a lot of time left for fishing. Or golf. Or anything else, except afternoon naps.
By Sunday afternoon, I had played nine excruciatingly hot holes of golf and caught half a dozen or so sharks -- not bad for a couple of days of storm dodging.
A few hours later, it was nice to pull back into McDuffie County Sunday night. As wonderful as Jekyll is, there's still nowhere like home.
Now if I could just figure out a way to sneak an afternoon nap or two.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, some of you may have noticed we're revisiting our subscription drive from last year.
From now until Aug. 15, for each new or renewed subscription to The Mirror, we'll donate $5 to either the Thomson High School Athletic Club Boosters, Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade Booster, Briarwood Academy boosters or the Boys and Girls Club.
Last year, we distributed more than $2,000 to various groups and hope to match that amount this year. There's a subscription form in the back of this paper. Just fill it out and let some great groups reap the financial rewards.
And, of course, we'll also be distributing those school supplies soon, so come by and add to the pile. December may be the season of giving, but there is nothing wrong with making it feel like Christmas in July and August.