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Smiley: Dishing the dirt

Continuing our seminar on barber shops vs. beauty shops: Michael Eldred says, “Years ago I would accompany my wife to a beauty salon in central Louisiana. “All the ladies would shut up when I came in dressed in my white shirt, tie and white combed-back hair. They all thought I was a preacher. “Once my true identity… Continue reading →

Smiley: Barber shop news

“How about writing about barbers?” requests Jim Newcomb, of New Iberia. “In small towns men go to the barber shop to find out what is going on and what has gone on, plus all the latest political news. “How do these young men who go to beauty shops know what is going on? “I am… Continue reading →

Smiley: About time

This comes under the heading of “information you can’t get in the rest of the paper:” Harriet St. Amant says our Thursday story “about long restroom lines on Derby Day, especially for women, reminded me of a study the state of Virginia undertook about 30 years ago. “Since they knew of multiple complaints by women about… Continue reading →

Smiley: Louisiana English

Dear Smiley: We in south Louisiana have what most Americans can recognize as a certain patois, commonly known as a Cajun accent. People up north often comment immediately, saying that I must be from Louisiana or definitely the South. Last year, my husband and I happened to be in Prague, in the Czech… Continue reading →

Smiley: Forbidden colors

About two weeks ago, says Eugene Cosnahan, of Baton Rouge, he and his wife visited the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 59, “not too far from Tuscaloosa. “I went inside and complimented the attendant on the facility’s cleanliness and neatness. As we were about to leave, my wife, more observant than I, commented on the presence of… Continue reading →

Smiley: Color him sad

It’s a given that any major change in technology means a loss of jobs for those without the required new skills. Melvin J. Daigle offers the sad tale of one technician displaced by advances in television: “I remember my first black-and-white TV, with only three stations available (sometimes). “I knew a TV repairman who was great at… Continue reading →

Smiley: Forgotten pizza, etc.

Dear Smiley: After reading the “left behind” stories, I recalled one of my own, about 35 years ago. After picking up my sons and friends from football practice, we headed for the Pizza Hut with my sister-in-law and her kids. After arriving and ordering, I put my 2-month-old baby, in an infant seat,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Cruelest prank

When I started running golfing mishaps, I knew I’d hear from Ernie Gremillion. And, sure enough: “The train tracks at Baton Rouge’s City Park golf course pass next to Hole No. 8, but well below the fairway, which provides a perfect hiding place. Years ago the tee box was next to Dalrymple Drive, which produced… Continue reading →

Smiley: Man meets swamp

This story could be an urban legend, because over the years I’ve heard it from several sources who told me it happened on Airline Highway, and on Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and both New Orleans and Lafayette. Anyhow, here’s the latest version of the tale, from Darrell Davis: “Sometime in… Continue reading →

Smiley: Quiet mink

While many stories about husbands driving off and leaving their spouses at service stations are “urban legends,” there are some true stories about these incidents. For instance, this one from Kathleen Corsentino, of Baton Rouge: “My father-in-law, Sam Corsentino, and his wife Evelyn were on the way to the races in… Continue reading →

Smiley: Down and dirty

A story of a solemn ceremony gone awry: Kim “Pops” Seago, of Columbia, Tennessee, says, “In the 1970s, John, a friend from seminary, was minister of youth at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico. “On several occasions a church member would call requesting his assistance at funerals. “This particular day the senior pastor was not… Continue reading →

Smiley: The hole truth

Dear Smiley: Please tell me, did I witness a hole in one? I was in my backyard when I heard a group of golfers yelling after teeing off on Hole No. 7. As I looked towards the Stonebridge green, I saw the ball resting on the edge of the cup. It was a “near” hole… Continue reading →

Smiley: Keeping ladies happy

Keith Horcasitas offers us guys a sure-fire way to “stay out of the doghouse” and score some major points with our loved ones of the opposite gender. At a women’s prayer breakfast at the Our Lady of Mercy activity center, he noticed that of the 350-plus attendees, “I was probably one of only… Continue reading →

Smiley: Heavenly land deal

Dolores Benedetto says “It was so fitting” that the Passover seder of Baton Rouge’s Congregation B’nai Israel was held in Mother Alice Hall at St. Joseph’s Academy: “As the tale goes, in the early 1940s Mother Alice of the Sisters of St. Joseph walked into Lewis Gottlieb’s office — he was president of… Continue reading →

Smiley: It’s a joke, folks!

Maybe my item about being taken in by an “urban legend” — a fictional tale told to me as a true story — brought on a conscience attack: “I must ‘come clean’ about a letter I wrote to you about 12 years ago,” says Joel Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge. “I wrote, ‘It was so foggy last night… Continue reading →

Smiley: Only in Louisiana

Paul Vance, of Baton Rouge, says, “Earlier this week one of your readers mentioned the New Roads restaurant Hot Tails as having unique door handles. “Only in Louisiana would an establishment named ‘Hot Tails’ be accepted by everyone hearing its name for the first time as being a family restaurant...” Bob… Continue reading →

Smiley: Evening with Hank

Dear Smiley: Hank Williams died on Jan. 1, 1953. I was then a freshman at Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette. Sometime before Jan. 1, one of my best buddies, Swinfort Navarre, came to my room and said, “Do you want to go hear Hank Williams tonight down in Abbeville?” Of course I said yes,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Urban legend

In an idle moment (yes, even I have them) I was thumbing through Jan Harold Brunvand’s 1999 classic, “Too Good to Be True,” a collection of “urban legends” — fictional stories told as true ones — and recalled when I was the victim of such a tale. Back when I was a green… Continue reading →

Smiley: Buddy and “Double O”

From Hap Glaudi to Bobby Hebert, WWL radio keeps finding colorful guys with memorable accents to talk about the Saints. Ellis Bordelon Jr., of Metairie, comments on one of the most colorful ones, known for his distinctive Yat accent: “Where is Buddy Diliberto (the greatest sportscaster of the 20th century) when you really need… Continue reading →

Smiley: A useful politician?

LaNell Hilborn, of Pineville, tells of buying her first computer years ago: “It came with a book on ‘directions for use.’ “Every time I sat down in front of that computer I hit a wrong key and tied everything up. I either lost whatever I was trying to do or just… Continue reading →

Smiley: CSI: Hester

Neal T. Poché, of Hester, tells this true crime story: “This family story happened about 48 years ago. “The Easter Bunny always left a large chocolate bunny in each of the five kids’ baskets. “Our second child, Lynette, always hid her rabbit and took it out after the other four had finished all their candy, to annoy… Continue reading →

Smiley: Church clown

Les Fogleman, of Ponchatoula, says, “When I was a pre-teen in the mid-’50s, living in Colfax, I would go with my dad on Sundays to a small church near Boyce, where he preached. “There was a man in the church who was a clown. We had to watch for practical jokes, as he was always being funny.… Continue reading →

Smiley: That stadium smell

Dear Smiley: In late 1952 my father came home from his job at Standard Oil with two tickets to see Hank Williams perform at Baton Rouge High. At the age of 10 I wanted to stay home and play cops and robbers with my friends, but Dad insisted. When we entered the auditorium Dad began… Continue reading →

Smiley: Perfectly boring game

With major league baseball season about to start, Gordon Greenwood, of Slidell, is reminded of his wife’s first game: “I grew up in northern Illinois, and have been a Chicago Cubs fan all my life. “I had met Loretta, the girl of my dreams, while working in Denver. Before we could get married, I was transferred to Los… Continue reading →

Smiley: Going frog wild

Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville, gives us a clue as to why he became a lawyer rather than a doctor: “After a frogging trip the other night in a south Louisiana marsh, I was reminded of an incident at Nicholls State University many years ago that created quite a commotion. “As a pre-med student, I was… Continue reading →

Smiley: Underneath, he’s a Tiger

Jim Carruth says back in 1987, when LSU’s head football coach, Bill Arnsparger, was leaving LSU to become athletic director at the University of Florida, “I asked my wife, Helen, to purchase some purple and gold silk and make some big LSU boxer shorts with ‘Tigers’ embossed on one side. “I composed a letter to… Continue reading →

Smiley: Mom wouldn’t dye

Marsha Reichle says Sarah Stravinska’s story about being a busy mother and forgetting to boil the Easter eggs reminded her of this Easter egg tale: “As a working mother, with the usual harried holiday preparations I managed to get the eggs boiled, but decided sensibly to forgo the dyeing part. “I just got a marking pen and… Continue reading →

Smiley: A renching experience

“I think I’ve got the ultimate ‘Yatism,’ says Charles Dunlap about the famed N’Awlins accent: “Back in the ’50s, not many people ate crawfish. They weren’t available in restaurants or by the sack, but my friend Tony’s family loved them. “His dad would send Tony and me to the spillway in the spring. “I remember one trip where… Continue reading →

Smiley: The savvy diner

Dear Smiley: A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were spending a few days with our granddaughter and our 3-year-old great-granddaughter in The Woodlands, Texas. When going to a restaurant for lunch, I opened the door and the 3-year-old entered first. The lady behind the desk asked, “Table for how many?”… Continue reading →

Smiley: Palms, not holly

Malcolm Wright tells this Palm Sunday story: “It has been a long-standing Palm Sunday tradition in our University United Methodist Church, as in many churches, to have a procession of children waving palm branches walk up the center aisle from the foyer to the altar. “Many, many years ago, little Bryan, then about 4 or 5 years… Continue reading →

Smiley: Bad recipe!

Lynne Marye says, “Your recent columns describing cooking mishaps reminded me of this: “In my early years of marriage, I quickly became known for the challenges I had when it came to cooking. “A family member gave me this poem, author unknown, which described the problem perfectly! It hung in my kitchen for years: “I… Continue reading →

Smiley: An Easter visitor

Another seasonal story, this one from the Rev. Judy Gabel Roeling, of Baton Rouge: “When my daughter Anne was 3, we invited the Easter Bunny to come the week before Palm Sunday. That way Anne could enjoy the dyeing and hiding/finding of eggs and a visit from the Easter Bunny, and still be focused on the real… Continue reading →

Smiley: Jailhouse blues

Marsha Reichle says this story, in a Houston newspaper, shows how communications technology changes lives: “The Houston jails, like all others, take away the phones of new ‘customers.’ “And it turns out that no one knows any phone numbers, because they just use their phones. “Now they have an excess of inmates who have made no contact… Continue reading →

Smiley: Baskets for all!

Judy Beckler tells this Easter story about a thoughtful child: “My 8-year-old granddaughter, McKenna, was not happy with the Easter Bunny when she realized that he only gave goodies to her and her younger brother, Baylor. So she wrote this letter to the Bunny last year: “Dear Easter Bunny: I… Continue reading →

Smiley: Hoofed house guest

Dear Smiley: I read in The Advocate about the guy who brought a calf home and put it in the hot tub because it was almost frozen to death. Good for him. However, my dad did one better! He brought it in the house! We lived in Texas at the time, and there… Continue reading →

Smiley: Mona’s happy Easter

Chet Siemion, of Denham Springs, tells this Easter story: “Back a few decades ago, when our son John was barely more than a toddler, my wife Julie hid candy and dyed eggs throughout the house for Easter. “When John got up, he scampered about the house picking up the goodies, accompanied by his faithful dog Mona. “Julie was… Continue reading →

Smiley: Surgery without pain

“In a recent column you mentioned 150 proof rum,” says Ken Best, of Baton Rouge. “I’d like to share an experience with that elixer that may be of use to your highly educated readers. “On a recent trip to my fishing camp at Leeville, a friend and his rather diminutive wife came to visit. They fished in… Continue reading →