After a young couple told us they had never been to the French Quarter, and were a bit intimidated by Bourbon Street, Lady Katherine and I took them to New Orleans on Saturday for a short course in tourism.
We started at that mecca for tourists, Pat O’Brien’s, where they sipped Hurricanes on the patio and geared up for the walk on Bourbon — where the husband immediately got conned into a $10 shoeshine by a fast-talking dude.
I told him everybody can expect to get ripped off once on Bourbon, but if it happens twice you should go back to the farm — you aren’t ready for the city.
We had shrimp po’boys and introduced them to raw oysters at Arnaud’s Remoulade. (They proclaimed them edible, but didn’t ask for seconds …)
They admired the shops on Royal Street, the cool patios filled with greenery, the art work around Jackson Square and the street performers.
We rejected the quintessential tourist activity, the carriage ride through the Quarter, after we saw those poor old mules.
After visiting a couple of rather risqué joints (that’s all you need to know about that) Lady K and I left them around midnight to go to our hotel — I had noticed the crowd on Bourbon was starting to resemble a Jerry Springer audience.
The next morning, over beignets and café au lait at Café Du Monde, they told us they had gone dancing at a Cajun music club after they left us.
And as I drove them home, they confessed to starting the morning with Bloody Marys.
I looked at Lady K, and we both had the same thought — our work here is done …
Commenting on the “Tiger Bait” yell at football games, Linda Hobgood says her favorite fan reaction was at LSU women’s basketball games:
“When the opposing team was introduced, the LSU fans would nestle deep into a section of the newspaper and shake it like crazy, shouting ‘BORING, BORING, BORING.’
“It was priceless — I can still hear my friend Julia Ann (long since gone) laughing.”
Puns on parade
Bob Downing has started something with his mention of Marilyn Merlot wine.
Doug Johnson, of Watson, says, “Marilyn Merlot? Gentlemen prefer blancs.”
Of sharks and storms
Gail Kohl, of New Orleans, thanking Dr. George Bourgeois for his linguistic updates in the Monday column, points out that “click,” in countries using the metric system (“everybody but us”) is also slang for kilometer.
Then there’s “jumping the shark,” which she says means “the moment of downturn for a previously successful enterprise, especially in reference to a television series.
Its origin can be traced to the 1977 episode of ‘Happy Days’ when The Fonz, Henry Winkler, leaped over a shark while waterskiing — wearing his signature leather jacket, no less.”
And “perfect storm” refers to “that moment when a whole lot of bad stuff happens at once.”
Attorney Robert Cabes, of Lafayette, and landman Dennis D. Ritter Jr., of Houston, were the first to comment on our mention of arpents, a French unit of measurement.
They said that while the arpent can measure acreage, it is also a unit of linear measure — approximately 191.83 feet.
Says Dennis, “It is my practice to refer to a square arpent when discussing area, with a square arpent being 36,798.87 square feet, or approximately 0.844 acre.”
Items are needed for the Inner Wheel’s Attic Trash and Treasure Sale in February. The YMCA is the primary recipient.
Drop off donations at the A.C. Lewis YMCA Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at Boudreaux’s Oct. 9, Nov. 6 or Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also needed is a building with about 30,000 to 40,000 square feet to host the sale.
Contact Courtney Guillen at (225) 923-0653, ext. 1102, or email@example.com.
Special People Dept.
- Mary Benedict celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Leon Miletello celebrated his 99th birthday Sunday.
On Monday Sis Bowers celebrated her 96th birthday.
Henry B. LeBlanc celebrates his 92nd birthday Tuesday.
George F. Dick, a Navy veteran of World War II, celebrates his 90th birthday Tuesday.
Louis and Dimple Spragio, of Addis, celebrated their 73rd anniversary Monday.
No love lost
Pat Compton, of Bunkie, says, “The ‘love bug’ season is here, and I tried to determine if they are Republicans, Democrats or independents.
“I was unsuccessful, because they all stick together and can’t face each other!”
Bo Bienvenu, of Prairieville, says our discussion of listening in on telephone party line conversations in the past “reminded me of my grandmother’s comment when she heard the click of someone picking up to listen — ‘I’m so glad you picked up. I was just about to say something about you I would have regretted.’”
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.