Mariano Hinojosa overheard this while he was taking a group of University Lab School kids on a field trip:
“The 6-year-olds sat in the back seat discussing universities they might attend.
“Some Ivy League schools and other prominent Northern universities were mentioned.
“Then one of the little girls said, ‘Did you-all know that the Lab School has a college?’ ”
Sign of the Apocalypse?
“I probably need to brush up on my ‘end of the world’ research,” says Steve Decell, “but my gut tells me it’s gotta be very, very near.
“Need empirical proof? That’s easy!
“I read in Terry Jones’ informative Westside column that the Port Allen City Council UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED a city attorney appointment made by Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
“Any doubt now?”
Bobby Cline adds to Doug Johnson’s comments about real vs. artificial peanut butter:
“While traveling out of the country (i.e. Third World) for business, I happened to receive some crackers with artificial peanut butter during a prolonged business meeting.
“While the packaging didn’t list the makeup of the artificial peanut butter, I can comment about the taste.”
(Bobby’s comment was a colorful one, which I can’t print. Use your imagination. …)
Losing his marbles
After Thaddeus Marcell, during our seminar on marbles, told of the kid who rigged the game of dropping marbles in a cigar box to win other kids’ marbles, I speculated that he probably went on to run a casino in Las Vegas.
Here’s Thaddeus’ response:
“To answer your question about whether the kid with the cigar box and marbles went on to open a casino in Las Vegas, I can assure you he didn’t.
“However, on quite a number of occasions he lost a lot of marbles there.
“I guess some people never learn.”
Speaking of marbles
Jeannette Beck says, “At St. Vincent School in Donaldsonville, some of the girls played marbles too.
“Of course, having to wear navy blue uniform skirts, we couldn’t get on the ground like the boys. So we played a different kind of marble game.
“Located in the front of the third-grade building was a huge grated door made out of little squares of steel.
“Anyone tossing their marble in the very top square would win all the marbles of the players who played that round.
“I remember going home with more marbles than my brother Raymond, who was three grades ahead of me.
Those were the days.”
Nice People Dept.
Jane Smith reports a random act of kindness:
“Begrudgingly, I got up early to go to the grocery store to buy some milk. I decided to run by CC’s on Perkins Road and gift myself a latte.
“The drive-thru line was a bit long, but I eventually placed my order and pulled out money to pay.
“When I stopped at the drive-up window, the young man told me the woman in the car in front of me had paid for my coffee.
“Thanks so much to that kind lady for making my day start out so joyfully.”
Having a ball
Sam King, former Advocate sports editor and Live Oak basketball star, says the Eighth annual Great Basketball Reunion of former players from the area is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at LaFleur’s Restaurant in Denham Springs. LSU basketball coach Johnnie Jones is the featured speaker.
Contact Shelly Strobel at (225) 665-6057 or ShellyS55@aol.com.
Special People Dept.
- Willle Roubique Sr., of Fordoche, a World War II Army veteran, celebrates his 95th birthday Sunday, Nov. 3.
Elodie Altazan Dunn celebrates her 92nd birthday Saturday, Nov. 2.
Helen and Edgar Edwards celebrate 57 years of marriage Saturday, Nov. 2.
Thought for the Day
From Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon: “We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.”
Melvin Daigle says, “In younger days, we only had to remember our keys and wallet before we left home.
“Now that we’re older we must remember to also have our dentures, glasses, hearing aids, medicine — AND remember also where we’re going!”
Olde English pun
Algie Petrere says, “My son stayed up half the night studying for his English literature exam.
“He would drink coffee almost constantly while attempting to read ‘The Canterbury Tales.’
“I awoke at 4 a.m. and found him studying. I asked him, ‘What have you got there?’
“He answered, ‘Just my cup and Chaucer.’”
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.