We have launched on our next tour leg… Our first stop was Macon, Georgia — not by design. We got a flat. At Yancey Tires, owner Bill Yancey (calloused greasy hands and a rumpled shirt that read: Bill) said it was, indeed, ‘time for a change’ (some simple common sense) in D.C. His belief: If you’re a lawyer, you’re not allowed to be in Congress. Everything has gotten too complicated, and too convoluted, he added. I underscored that by saying to him that the tax code book in D.C. is now a mind boggling (literally) 15,100 pages long. Written, in part, by (You guessed it.): lawyers… While at Yancey’s, I also checked the condition of our spare tire. It’s mounted on the back. When I took the cover off, I found a bird had built a nest in it over the winter — complete with five fledgling birds! Our Sarah took the birds onto her bed in the back of the camper and became, well, ‘mama bird.’ For several hours, as they perched on her hand, her arm, her shoulder… she tried to get them to eat (cracker crumbs, bread crumbs…), but they weren’t biting, so to speak. When we got to Tobesofkee State Park later in the afternoon, the family consensus was Sarah’s best bet was: worms. She proceeded to find a couple small worms and was trying, again in vain, with these. I mentioned that the mother bird ingests the worm then regurgitates it for their young. Sarah rolled her eyes and said: “I’m not doing that dad!” Eventually we decided to take the birds out by the woods, and wouldn’t you know: they all flew off as natural as if they were, well, birds. An addendum: When I got back to the campaign vehicle, I turned on the radio. The dial happened to be on a local Christian radio station out of Macon. And the first thing I heard was this pastor talking about God “…taking care of the birds of the air.” (Honest.) Note: While at Tobesofkee, I talked with a Bibb County Sheriff (who resembled Buford Pusser, minus the big stick). He said the county has a Sheriff’s Department support program called REACT, which consists of 100 area citizen volunteers. These citizens go about town calling in infractions, help with crowd control at events, aid with water mishaps in the local lake… Part of our crime prevention platform calls for a lot more citizen involvement if we really want our streets to be safer.