Add one more thing to my "things a husband is supposed to know" list.
Miriam doesn't like spiders.
Labor Day weekend meant breaking out the lawn implements for the Smiths, including Miriam's first riding mower foray in years. She only had to trim a little piece of the back yard, but it was more than enough for her to ride through a spiderweb.
Which was more than enough to send her leaping off the Craftsman mower and sprinting screaming into the house.
So much for my bathroom break.
Convinced a gargantuan spider was crawling somewhere on her body, she spun in circles so fast I couldn't see anything. When she finally stopped there was no spider to be found - it was actually still stuck to part of the web outside. (And for the record, the gargantuan arachnid turned out to be about the size of a popcorn kernel - but don't say I said that. As far as I'm concerned, it was a monster straight out of a Godzilla movie. See husbands can be taught.)
Late breaking news: Since Miriam gets to review this column before it runs, add this to the list of things "I wish I hadn't heard her say:" Laughing until she cried, she told me she didn't know you could get whiplash from a lawnmower or pop wheelies on one. Great. There's no telling what I'll have to fix on that thing now.
I spent some time Thursday evening walking around Augusta Tech's Thomson campus for the school's open house.
The event brought out the school's big guns: Augusta Tech President Terry Elam, Vice President Melissa Frank-Alston and various other dignitaries milled around with students and dozens of folks just interested in the school.
It was great to see an event showcasing our local college - an amenity too few local folks take advantage of. (Disclaimer: My wife teaches at both the Augusta and Thomson campuses of Augusta Tech. She's usually a math teacher, but she'll pick up an occasional continuing ed computer class.)
So back to Augusta Tech. Take a minute and stop by the campus out by the airport. They've got a stack of continuing ed courses just waiting for you (and I think they are signing up for fall classes in the next few weeks). Give them a call at 595-0166 and get the details.
As I write this Tuesday morning, Thomson's Damon Davis is on his way to Katrinaland with a truck and trailer full of water and other necessities for the hurricane refugees. He's planning to be back to town by Wednesday.
If you see him out and about after he gets back, take the time to shake his hand and pat him on the back.
And ask him what he needs for the next trip he's already planning. After all, he's giving McDuffie Countians one of their few direct lines to help.