I expected to find the usual: a sea of asphalt studded with fast-food joints and strip malls.

Imagine my surprise.

The back of the card says "Owned and operated by Bob Franklin and Family," and Bob must have thought that would go on for a long, long time - or that there'd more demand for the cards. The one I have has the line crossed out.

The sender wrote:

Hon, Two circus moves this week so I'll write next week. All well hope you are the same. Love Lou

Two circus moves. You hope that's industry lingo for something. And not just moving a circus.