Smiley: Seven-course brunch

Paul Major, of Livonia, says he read with interest the article in the Wednesday Advocate about alligator hunting in the Louisiana marshes.

He was especially interested in the mention of Karl Zimmerman’s alligator hunting package at Grosse Savanne Waterfowl & Wildlife Lodge.

The article stated that for $550 a night, the lodge offered hunters “a five-course dinner, continental breakfast and Cajun brunch.”

Says Paul, “About that ‘Cajun brunch’ — I wonder what the reaction of the out-of-staters is when they’re handed a paper bag of boudin and a six-pack of Bud Light.”

Keep that story!

When Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs was interviewed by Robert Travis Scott on Jim Engster’s radio show recently, Peter told of his talks with Advocate readers about the paper.

One request he got was to have the puzzles and the TV listings on separate pages, so one person can do the puzzles while another checks TV shows.

This reminded me that readers often look for more than hard news in newspapers.

It also reminded me of the two years I worked for The Times in Shreveport, before I returned to south Louisiana.

I was just out of college, and as the new guy I had to come in early and man the newsroom phones.

One morning, I started getting irate calls from ladies of a certain age wanting to know where “their story” was.

Turns out, the editor had decided to kill a syndicated romantic serial we ran on the puzzle page.

Of course, he hadn’t told me, so I was in the dark about why the readers were upset.

I assured them I would look into it, and when the editor arrived, I presented him with a stack of complaints.

He was amazed at the reaction, assuming that since he didn’t read the thing, nobody else did.

The calls kept coming all that day, the ladies soon got “their story” back — and we learned a valuable lesson about keeping the customers satisfied ...

Culture shock

Visiting Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a Baton Rougean was surprised to see that out there “Boudin” refers to the sourdough bread made by the Boudin family.

And in the Napa Valley, a deli at a winery offered a “Cajun Muffuletta” (which must be news to the Italians in New Orleans who invented the sandwich).

The lady at the deli explained that the name had been chosen to indicate that it was a Louisiana “street sandwich.”

Remember the fallen

Luther Sobers, of Ethel, tells of a committee working on a memorial to East Feliciana law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

He says the group is now gathering names of officers.

Donations to the project may be made at Landmark banks in Zachary or Clinton. Email or call (225) 205-7139.

Words of wisdom

Jess Walker tells me that “entries in your column have recently included quite a number of proverbs, apothegms, malapropisms, oxymorons and aphorisms.”

(Wow, I didn’t know that!)

He offers some examples of such sayings, from a friend in California, “that seem to be politically astute”:

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office” — Aesop.

“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks” — Doug Larson.

“There ought to be one day — just one — when there is open season on senators” — Will Rogers.

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river” — Nikita Khrushchev.

“I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians” — Charles de Gaulle.

Meaty topic

T. Med Hogg adds to our list of workplace pranks played on newbies:

“When I started junior high school, I started working in my father’s meat market, helping out by sweeping floors, sacking potatoes and running errands.

“One day the butcher sent me to Uncle Clyde’s store, about two blocks away, to borrow a meat auger.

“When I got there they told me they had loaned it to Ubeline’s store, which was further away.

“I smelled a rat and went back — and found my older brother laughing at me.”

Sign language

Jim McCormack came across a collection of chalkboard signs outside pubs that he shares with us:

“Come in and meet your future ex-wife.”

“Today’s special: Buy one beer for the price of two and receive a second beer absolutely free.”

“Free beer, topless bartender, and false advertising.”

“Free air guitar with every pint.”

“Alcohol and calculus don’t mix, so don’t drink and derive.”

“We have 1,100 satisfied clients and one creepy guy who isn’t allowed back. (You know who you are!)”

“Alcohol! Because no great story started with someone eating a salad.”

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