Johnny Saichuk says our recent seminar on traffic circles reminds him of this story, “related to me by someone whose veracity I do not doubt.
“It seems a group of hunters planned a trip from Evangeline Parish to Colorado.
“They rented a vehicle with the strict admonishment NOT to take it out of state.
“The leader of the group assured the young lady they would not.
“When he returned the vehicle, she was upset at the amount of miles put on it.
“The leader quipped, ‘Mais, we got in dat traffic circle in Alexandria and I t’ought we’d never get out!’ ”
Laura Walker reminds us that our fall colors, purple and gold, are shared by other teams:
“My cousin from Minnesota recently visited Baton Rouge, her first trip to Louisiana.
“My sewing room just happens to have yards of purple and bright yellow fabric, the Viking colors.
“We embroidered a big purple throw pillow with the letters ‘Vikings’ diagonally from corner to corner, in bright yellow, and she carried it to the airport.
“When she got back to Minnesota, she phoned me, still in shock that everyone was so friendly, and particularly one gorgeous guy, who said to her, ‘Darlin,’ you spelled Tigers wrong.’
“She loved it.”
Which reminds me
A couple of years ago, when Lady K and I took the train to Chicago for a nephew’s wedding, we made time for a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field.
I wore one of my LSU polo shirts, purple with gold stripes.
After the game, I was standing in a long line for root beers at one of the many pubs next to the ballpark.
A young lady in front of me, buying drinks for a large group of merrymakers, had evidently been hydrating for quite some time, if you get my drift.
She turned, saw my shirt, yelled, “Go, Vikings!” and handed me a couple of cold cans of a beverage called “Old Style.”
I tried to explain that while I appreciated the gift, I was from Louisiana, not Minnesota.
But she drifted off with her entourage, and I was left with the cans.
Quite refreshing, I must admit. …
Tribute to a despot
Joel d’Aquin Thibodeaux says, “My husband asked me, ‘Do you think we should give Mary Ann (our cat) a gift on Boss’s Day?’ ”
I’ve found that some readers use foreign language to thwart unsolicited sales calls:
Muriel Manuel, of Morgan City, says, “When my husband Jimmy realizes he has a nuisance call on the line, he switches to Cajun French, and they soon hang up.
“Like many his age, 94, he spoke French before English.”
Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, says he replies to the sales pitch in a semi-Asian language he picked up from tea labels and restaurant menus.
“There are a couple of caveats, though. If I have guests in the house, they all have strange looks on their faces while I’m doing my thing — and after hanging up I have a longing for chicken teriyaki and fried rice!”
Our more mature readers will recall the time when high school boxing was a very big deal in Louisiana.
Don Landry, author of a book on Louisiana high school and college boxing, says the inaugural Louisiana High School Boxing Hall of Fame induction and reunion is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sunset Event Center, Sunset.
Call Don at (225)766-7349.
Special People Dept.
Betty Breaux celebrated her 91st birthday Tuesday with family at Cypress Bayou Casino in Baldwin.
Robert Begnaud, “Retired know-it-all,” continues our seminar on the virtues of mules:
“The legendary sheriff of St. Landry Parish, Cat Doucet, once told me in my youth (many years ago), that you cannot make a racehorse out of a mule.
“You can work or run a horse until he drops dead from exhaustion — he does not have enough sense to stop.
“But your standard mule will cease to continue when he is exhausted or has had enough.
“Stubborn as a mule? I don’t think so.”
Sin and a shame
Roy Pitchford, of Monroe, says, “You and your readers have been discussing errors in church bulletins, but sloppy newspaper editing has created some good ones.
“One of my favorites occurred several years ago in The Advocate when the church news page announced the scheduling of ‘congregational gospel sinning.’ ”
Geary Vance says, “I read in the ‘Police and Fire Briefs’ in Friday’s Advocate that police are investigating a major theft at a Baton Rouge refrigeration company.
“Do you know if the police consider this to be a cold case?”
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.