While still suffering from the post-Alabama game hangover (figuratively in my case; I don’t know about yours …), I received this note from Dawn Beale and managed a wan smile, my first since late Saturday night:
“My 6-year-old Daniel walked to the neighbor’s house to trick or treat Halloween night, only to find the neighbor’s grandson (also a neighbor) handing out candy while dressed as an Alabama fan.
“I asked my son, ‘Was he REALLY dressed as a Bama fan?’ to which my son (who with his brothers never misses an LSU home game), replied, ‘Yes, and I didn’t take the candy!’
“There are some lines that just can’t be crossed …”
Speaking of the Bama game, Linda Millet Keen says, “I was really worried about the Death Valley Showdown Saturday night. Then, holy helmets! The LSU Tigers were slammin’ great! Those big cats left Bama in the shade!
“Then came the last series…I am better at poetry:
“The Tigers were rockin;’
“The defense was kickin’ butt!
“Bama’s last drive, Les…
Speaking of Halloween, Cherrie Escudé, of Ponchatoula, was “seriously offended” by the suggestions for trick-or-treat etiquette in the Wednesday column.
She says her 12-year-old daughter observes all the rules mentioned: She says “Trick or Treat!” and “Thank you!” always dresses in a costume and doesn’t go to the same house twice.
Cherrie says, “I have always given out candy to any age. Seventeen (and 6 feet tall) may be too old, but so what? It is not that big of a deal! I have given out candy to many babies in strollers who were too young to eat it, and to moms trick-or-treating for sick kids (true or not). Again, so what?
“People who complain about this are crabby and cheap!
“I live in a rural area where trick-or-treating is not possible. We take our daughter to a friend’s house in a subdivision. We have been doing this for years!
“If you want to come out to Ponchatoula on Halloween eve and sit in Strawberry Park to watch all the children and parents having a blast, feel free. Our town has too much fun to worry about a few bad eggs. Get over it!”
Nice People Dept.
V. Horton says, “On Sunday, six ladies from Zoar Baptist Church, known as the ‘Jolly Bunch,’ were at Logan’s Roadhouse at the Mall of Louisiana — we go out to eat on the first Sunday of the month for good food and good fellowship.
“To our very great surprise, when we were set to pay our bill, our waiter informed us that someone had already taken care of it and had already left the restaurant.
“We’re hoping this very generous soul reads Smiley, so that they can know how much their action was appreciated and made each of our days…”
Local vendors hold a shopping event to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation on Saturday at Mike Anderson’s Seafood Restaurant from noon to 6 p.m.
You’re invited to shop then watch the LSU-Mississippi State game.
There’s also a Make-A-Wish Caribbean cruise Feb. 23 to March 2 on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. Call Teresa Kalivoda at (225) 223-7510.
Special People Dept.
- Hazel Mitchell Sparrow celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday at the Addis Community Center with family and friends.
- Celebrating birthday No. 96 on Tuesday is Florida Hidalgo, of Franklin.
- Armede M. Smith, of Palmetto, celebrates birthday No. 93 on Tuesday.
- Elizabeth Stevens celebrated her 92nd birthday Saturday by preparing for the LSU-Alabama game (which I assumed she enjoyed except for the final minute or so…)
- Lena H. Usie, of Breaux Bridge, celebrated her 92nd birthday Monday.
- Jean Scarsone celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday, probably by bowling — she bowls in a league and has a 130 average.
- Eddie J. and Janet Swindler Callegan, of New Roads, celebrate 66 years of marriage Tuesday.
- Jack and Nelda Coffee celebrate their 53rd anniversary Tuesday. (He’s Baton Rouge High, she’s Istrouma, but somehow they made it work.)
Our recent dental joke reminded Harold Mayeux of “the woman who would not stop talking and let the dentist do his job.
“Finally the dentist got fed up and said, ‘Ma’am, just shut your mouth and open your mouth.’”
Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, says, “On my way back from putting All Saints Day flowers in the cemetery, I stopped in LaPlace for some andouille.
“The po-boy menu had many choices, but the one that caught my eye was ‘Hog Head Cheese Po-boys.’
“The only way I’ve ever seen people eat hog head cheese is on a cracker.
“I guess you shouldn’t knock it until you try it, but I don’t think I will.”
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.