Roy Pitchford, of Monroe, tells this “Gotcha!” story:
“A few years ago, a service station owner, who shall remain nameless, in a small village that I won’t name, pumped gas the old-fashioned way instead of having self-service pumps.
“One day he filled a man’s gas tank and said the bill was $30.
“ ‘If I let you kiss me, can I get my gas for half price?’ the man asked.
“ ‘Why should I do that?’ the service station owner said.
“The man replied, ‘That’s what you told my wife yesterday.’
“A friend who witnessed the exchange said the service station owner’s face turned a very bright shade of red.”
Well, that’s better…
Linda Muffoletto discusses that city in Albania I mentioned named Puke:
“Just to clarify things a bit, Puke is actually spelled Pukë, and pronounced ‘Puka’ in Albanian …”
Claude says the views of love expressed by kids in the Wednesday column brought this thought:
“As we grow older our experiences of love expand, which reminds me of this Rita Rudner quote:
“‘Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love. But I did step in it a few times.’ ”
The last picture show
J.L. Mallett is not pleased:
“Every Sunday after the noon dinner in Opelousas, we looked forward to going to the picture show.
“After we moved to Baton Rouge, some Yankee city slicker changed the picture show to ‘movies,’ and changed dinner at noon to dinner at 6 to 8 p.m.
“I have no idea what happened to suppertime.”
Betty Crawford says, “On that Wednesday night during the flash floods, my car flooded and stalled on Essen Lane.
“After I had been sitting in water for some time, two very nice young men took the time in the pouring down rain to help.
“Because the water was so deep, they had to physically push my car out of the street and into Wendy’s parking lot.
“I didn’t get both their names, but I want to thank them.
“One of them, Mark Star, after seeing that I was OK, gave me a big smile and said, ‘Now you are safe.’
“How nice is that?”
On Monday the Louisiana Lions Golf Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. at Oaks at Sherwood Country Club.
“This is the 13th annual Lions charity tournament,” says Adrian Franklin. “It benefits the Louisiana Lions Children’s Camp, Eye Foundation and other Lions charities.”
The SMart Melt program features art from Woodlawn High students, displayed during May at the law offices of McGlynn Glisson & Mouton, 340 Florida St. Call (225) 344-3555.
A computer for Mom?
The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council offers Mother’s Day deals on refurbished computers this week.
CACRC’s store at 1400 Main St., is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Computer and electronic equipment can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (225) 379-3577 or visit cacrc.com.
The MLK Jr. Association holds a “Mother’s Fun Fest” on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the J. Carlton James Center on Aster Street in Lafayette. There’s space to barbecue, music and step teams, games and booths. Police and fire department personnel will be on hand to answer questions, and a blood donor bus will be there.
Call Brenda Andrus, (337) 258-1666.
Special People Dept.
- Berniece Eby, of Amber Terrace Assisted Living, celebrates her 102nd birthday Thursday.
- Nell and Calvin Golden celebrate their 60th anniversary Thursday.
Or “Crescents rising”
Larry Sylvester has a new name for the New Orleans Hornets:
“Why not New Orleans Crescents? Then if they win a few games, the headline could read: ‘Crescents on a roll!’”
Thought for the Day
From Gerald Hubenak: “I dream of a better world, where a chicken can cross the road without having its motives questioned.”
Guilt trip blues
It’s time for our annual Mother’s Day Joke, I first heard it as a Jewish-mother joke, but Richard M. Gibson, of Lafayette, tells it as a Cajun story:
“The Cajun man called
his elderly mother to wish her a happy Mother’s
“When he asked, ‘How are you doing?’ his mother answered, ‘I am not doing well; I am very weak.’
“He asked, ‘Why are you so weak?’
“His mother answered, ‘I haven’t had anything to eat in 36 days.’
“The Cajun man asked, ‘Why haven’t you eaten in the past 36 days?’
“His mother said, ‘I didn’t want any food in my mouth when you called me.’”
Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.