Smiley: Take the bait

Paul Major, of Livonia, says, “Reading in your column about the 3-year-old yelling ‘Tiger Bait’ at an Atlanta Braves baseball game brought back memories of ‘Big Red’ at LSU football and basketball games in the ’60s and ’70s.

“He would start a ‘Tiger Bait’ cheer in that deep, sonorous voice of his that would be picked up by what seemed like everyone in the stadium/arena.

“He could go on forever, apparently not needing to breathe like the rest of us. It would cause the hair on your neck to stand up.

“It’s a shame the ‘Tiger Bait’ tradition at LSU home football games when the opposing team runs onto the field has been replaced by nothing more than a cacophony of boos.

“Think of having to run by Mike in his cage accompanied by 90,000 fans calling you ‘Tiger Bait!’

“What if the LSU cheerleaders and the student section re-instituted this tradition? Maybe it wouldn’t take much for the rest of the LSU fans to join in.”

Blanket statement

Algie Petrere says the upcoming end of Daylight Saving Time this year reminds her of an old Native American saying:

“Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”

Bump Street

Doug Johnson, of Watson, says, “One morning I dropped my car off at a repair shop a couple of blocks from the street where I live.

“The mechanic who drove me home remarked, ‘Oh yeah, I’m familiar with this street. It’s very bumpy, so when a customer has a problem with a noise in their car, we drive up this street to check it out.’

“I suggest to anyone planning to move from another state to Louisiana that they pick a street where a politician lives. They can be sure it is a street that won’t be used as a bump test.”

Cover guy

It’s not the cover of the Rolling Stone, but I was pleased to see Bill Noonan gracing the cover of the Senior Resource Guide, which tells older folks where to find needed services.

An article inside told of his work with the I Care program (alcohol and drug prevention in schools), the Senior Olympics and other worthy causes.

It also mentioned the two groups I know him best for — the Creative Bumper Sticker Club (fondly known as Creative BS) and the Bamboozers, a fun group that’s a fixture at Spanish Town Mardi Gras festivities and other cultural endeavors.

In his note he sent with the Senior Resource Guide, he said I might find it useful.

But Bill, it’s for OLD people. …

Drink a pun

Bob Downing adds to our collection of unusual wine names:

“None of your readers mentioned Marilyn Merlot.

“You can serve it chilled, but some like it hot.”

And you can also serve it with Lemmon. (Two can play at that game, Bob …)

The write stuff

Tom Wood says, “One of your readers noted that obituaries often had interesting, but limited, information about the deceased’s life. He said he would be interested in knowing more about the lives of the living.

“He should attend meetings of ‘Life Writers.’ Mostly senior citizens, we write stories so our great-grandchildren will know about life in the ‘good old days.’

“We meet in the cafeteria of Dumas House, 1313 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd., at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.”

Special People Dept.

Mary Claire Zachary, who will be 100 Monday, celebrates with a party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Old Jefferson Community Care Center.

Henrietta Guillory, of Zachary, celebrates her 96th birthday Friday.

Mable R. Moses celebrates her 92nd birthday Friday.

Minnie Lou Hutchinson, retired clerk of the Village of Tangipahoa, celebrates her 90th birthday Saturday.

Wilbur “Willie” Thousand, of Brusly, was 90 Wednesday. He celebrates Sunday at a party at the American Legion Hall in Port Allen. A native of St. Louis, he’s a World War II veteran and a Western Union retiree.

Bill and Marie Brown, of La Plantation Retirement Community in Denham Springs, celebrate their 67th anniversary Saturday.

For the birds

Ernie Gremillion says he ran into Boudreaux and Thibodeaux in a sporting good store, as they were preparing to leave on a speckled trout fishing trip.

Boudreaux explained they were there because Joe Macaluso had written in his Advocate outdoor column that specs were only being caught “under circling birds” — so they needed to get some decoys to attract the birds.

The price of honesty

Ronnie Stutes says he was waiting for his order at a fast-food restaurant recently when he picked up a copy of their “nutrition facts” brochure:

“The manager smiled and casually asked, ‘Checking the calories?’

“When I indicated that I was, she and the employee preparing my order simultaneously exclaimed, ‘Don’t do it!’

“The location closed earlier this month.”

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