Smiley: Sedate that audience

The following story by Marsha Reichle reminds me of the national burger chain whose breakfast menu only included grits in the winter.

Another example of Nawthun folks just not getting it:

“When I worked for the Department of Commerce I took advantage of a continuing education class.

“The presenters were big guns from out of state, and the class met at a local hotel.

“There was wonderful Louisiana coffee to begin the day, and it was strong and hot for the break.

“But, when we came back from lunch — no coffee.

“We protested loudly, but the presenters insisted that no one drinks coffee in the afternoon.

“We tried to explain that in Louisiana we drink coffee all day and all night, but they either didn’t believe us or were too cheap to spring for more.

“We were a very quiet and drowsy class, with few questions for the rest of the day.

“Come to think of it, this might have been their intention.”

It’s no typo

Ronnie Hotz, of Lafayette, noticed that a local magazine features a “2013 Dinning Guide.”

He wonders about that.

It’s simple, Ronnie. Have you dined out lately and noticed the volume in restaurants?

In even upscale places, the noise level can be almost unbearable.

Maybe it’s the practice of trying to crowd as many tables as possible into the restaurant, or everybody yapping on their cellphones, or restaurant owners trying to scrimp on soundproofing, but whatever it is, it’s noticeable.

Which is why a guide to the dine-in eateries would be most welcome. …

The doctor’s elixir

Our stories about Hadacol tonic reminds a reader of another famous Louisiana patent medicine that’s still around — Dr. Tichenor’s Antiseptic:

“I remember using it for sore throats and as a mouthwash many moons ago as a kid in New Orleans.”

Dr. George H. Tichenor, my research department tells me, practiced medicine in Baton Rouge from 1869-1887, and started bottling Dr. Tichenor’s in New Orleans.

The doctor is buried in Baton Rouge.

Uplifting experience

Christine Schulze thanks “the young men who helped me out of a most difficult situation.

“I was crossing O’Neal Lane at a light going to Wal-Mart. A crossing looked paved, but it was unfinished. My whole car dropped into a space between the pavement and could not be moved.

“These wonderful young men picked up my car and helped me get back on the road.

“P.S.: My husband said I may be able keep my driver’s license. Ha!”

Worthy causes

  • Bistro Byronz will be “Dining for Dimes” Tuesday. At lunch and dinner, if a diner mentions the March of Dimes, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of the meal price to the group.
  • Rita Hathorne says Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a support group for grandparents who wind up caring for their grandchildren due to death, abandonment, or drug and alcohol abuse:

“We can use donations to help pay rent, buy clothes, utilities, gas, whatever,” Rita said.

Phone numbers for the two Baton Rouge support groups are (225) 358-4505 or (225) 355-5442. A Baker support group’s number is (225) 284-1432.

“Louisiana is third in the nation for grandparents raising their grandchildren,” Rita said. “On May 3, we will have our 15th annual conference at Holiday Inn South.”

Special People Dept.

  • Eleanor Cole celebrated her 92nd birthday Saturday.
  • On Sunday, Dr. A. George Caldwell, LSU professor emeritus, celebrated his 90th birthday at a family dinner.

Creative reporting

After I mentioned my role (as ballast) in a regatta at the Pelican Yacht Club on False River, I heard from Dick Davis, the skipper of the boat I was on in the regatta.

He’s now sailing out of Fairhope, Ala., on Mobile Bay, “and still enjoying it.”

Dick tells of his brief encounter with journalism when he wrote for the Pelican Yacht Club newsletter:

“My stint as reporter ended with an account of a luau at Pelican. The luau was rained out by a downpour, but Mike Grimes and I decided to report it anyway in our newsletter — wild dancing, wet T-shirts, skinny dipping, etc.”

He says their account of the fictional party was “so wild, folks were afraid to bring their kids to Pelican.”

Special delivery

Frieda Bayhi, of St. Gabriel, says, “My 4-year-old grandson, Max Gennaro, and I were discussing the events after our Easter gathering with family.

“When I asked what he enjoyed the most, he said he enjoyed being with one particular family member, who was his first baby sitter and will soon begin her residency in ob-gyn.

“I asked, ‘Did you know she is a doctor now?’

“He replied, ‘No, what kind?’

“I said, ‘She delivers babies’ — to which he quickly responded, ‘Does she drive a truck?’”

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.