Smiley: Nothing like the taste of home

Howell Andrews says it might be interesting to hear from readers who have moved away from Louisiana but arranged to have the unique tastes of our state follow them:

“I wonder where Blue Plate mayonnaise has traveled, for example, or where turduckens from Hebert’s Quality Meats are being enjoyed.

“Who knows, maybe somewhere in some far-off distant land some homesick south Louisianan is enjoying a box of Elmer’s chocolates right now.”

Of course, a Louisiana product well known for sustaining expatriates is Community Coffee.

Howell gives an example of Community addiction:

“In 1968, my brother-in-law Riad Boulos and my sister Sara relocated their family to Houston, where Community Coffee was not readily available, so they had it shipped.

“Community followed them to Bergen, Norway, in 1974 when Riad became one of the project engineers on the North Sea Project for Brown & Root.

“When the family relocated to Coral Springs, Fla., in 1984, Community Coffee went with them and has remained with them all of these years.”

Ewww, gross!

I received not one but TWO disgusting bubble gum stories the same day:

Marsha Reichle says when she was 6 or 7, “I loved bubble gum but was too inexperienced and uncoordinated to actually blow bubbles.

“My attempts only resulted in my spitting out the wad of gum and having to pick it up off the floor to try again — if my mother wasn’t around.

“Eventually I settled on chewing it until it got stretchy, pulling it out with my grubby little fingers and holding it over my cheeks, blowing a large, flat bubble on my face.

“The school bus driver would buy us bubble gum, but he made me promise to scoot down behind the seat where he didn’t have to actually see my disgusting technique.

“I don’t remember if other kids were this pitiful.”

Sam Raney tells of working at the A&P on Choctaw in the mid-1960s:

“We had a penny gum machine at the front of the store.

“Quite often two little boys would come in, one about 5 and the other about 3.

“The older one would put a penny in the machine, and while the younger one watched he would chew all the sugar out of the piece of gum, then give the used piece to his brother.

“He would then put another penny in the machine and get the fresh piece for himself.

“The two would leave the store with the younger one tagging along behind the older.

“I guess he never knew what a sweet piece of gum tasted like.”

Can you dig it?

Laurence Bland noticed an interesting word in an Associated Press story that ran in The Advocate on Feb. 11.

It was about a suburban Chicago group that went to great lengths to return a lost World War II prayer book to the family of an American solider.

The story said members of the group “spent months combing military records, GEOLOGICAL records and public documents…”

Says Laurence, “Checking geological records confirms the thoroughness of their research in ‘leaving no stone unturned.’ ”

You can book it

Pat Hoth says book lovers checking out the 68,000 volumes at the Friends of the LSU Libraries Book Bazaar Feb. 28-March 2 should know of a parking change:

“Parking will be in front of and beside the Parker Coliseum this year, essentially at the corner of Highland Road and South Stadium Drive.

“Our usual place right off Parker Drive has been preempted by construction.”

Burger alert!

The Big Buddy Program hosts the 23rd “Burger Bash” scholarship fundraiser Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Catholic High.

For a $10 donation you get a burger, chips, ice cream and soft drink. To-go orders can be picked up starting at 5:30 p.m. Order at http://www.bigbud
dyprogram.org, call (225) 388-9737 or stop by the Big Buddy office at 1415 Main St.

For night shift workers, orders of 15 or more burgers are delivered free.

Special People Dept.

Mable P. Smith celebrates her 99th birthday Monday.

Pearl Godso celebrated her 90th birthday Sunday.

Thought for the Day

From Bob Benedict: “Carnival memories never die, they just ‘float’ away.”

Short story

Gene Dartez says, “My friend Larry O’Donnell, from The Villages, Fla., said his son told him, ‘Dad, don’t use such a big word when a diminutive one will do.’ ”

Forget the frock!

“Proud YaYa” offers this example of problems caused by mishearing:

“My 5-year-old grandson started crying one night, and told his mother he did not want to go to school the next day (he loves school).

“His mother asked, ‘Why, Bo, don’t you want to go to school?’

“He replied, ‘Because my teacher said it was free-dress day, and I don’t want to wear a dress!’ ”

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.