As big as the promise of a comin' day, it's Monday Mail.
Today's opening is from the song "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Speaking of star-crossed, we city folk must plan ahead for meteor showers so that we can travel to find darker skies, because Columbus suddenly is the "Electric City" all over again, like it's so bright downtown you can't even privately urinate on a Broadway sculpture now.
So make plans now to see the Perseid meteor shower, which is to peak Aug. 12 and 13, with up to 100 meteors an hour.
They'll be flying from the constellation Perseus, and you know who Perseus is, right?
You don't? Well, stinks for you, because I know. Perseus is the guy Harry Hamlin plays in the 1981 film "Clash of the Titans."
Anyone who doesn't know that just isn't watching enough TV.
Should anyone here want to make the trip Thursday, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles will be in Fort Valley to meet with victims' families. Here's an email:
Crime victims are asked to RSVP with the Georgia Office of Victim Services. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the toll free number at 1-800-593-9474 by July 28. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Victims registered with the office can register to receive updates on offenders through the Victim Information Program (V.I.P.). V.I.P. is a 24-hour automated information system providing victims of crime and their families with access to information about their offender. V.I.P. has more than 20,000 registered victims.
The opening ceremony for Victims Visitors' Day will begin at 10 a.m. at the Pettigrew Center located at 1005 State University Drive. For more information call 1-800-593-9474.
Tag the trail
Also today comes a reminder that the Columbus Planning Department still is seeking nominations to name the hiking and biking trail across the city's south side -- perhaps indicating city planners are not going to call it the "Trail of Fears" as someone suggested in "Sound Off." Here's the email:
The trail is a Rails to Trails project and will utilize an abandoned railroad in order to create a multi-use path like the popular Fall Line Trace. This is a unique opportunity to honor the area and its history. Vote on which name you like the best using the survey link below!
If y'all are having trouble getting acceptable suggestions, I can propose we call it the "Southern Cross" and line it with rebel flags, and see if that sparks more interest.
Tim Chitwood, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-571-8508.