Smiley: This takes the cake!

The ever-adventuresome Harvey Best, of Rosedale, suggests a way to combine two treasured Louisiana foods:

“Every Mardi Gras season, my bride and I check out all of our usual southwest Louisiana culinary haunts for the ultimate Cajun delicacy, to no avail.

“So this year we have decided to make our own boudin-filled king cake.

“I will let you know how it comes out.”

(Oh, thank goodness! I thought you were going to say you were sending me one. …)

That serious age

MawMaw Betty, of French Settlement, says, “It has been a while since I wrote to you about my lovely granddaughter, Taylor.

“I went to a wake last night at our local church, and several people came up to me and said that they enjoyed reading the funny articles about Taylor over the years and asked why they haven’t seen anything lately.

“I explained that Taylor is a teenager now.

“Need I say more?

“Nothing is funny anymore when you are 13 and your hair doesn’t look right, and you look fat in everything, and your legs are too long, and your arms are too short etc., etc., etc.

“Kids, you gotta love them!”

Carnival tunes

When I mentioned great Carnival music, I figured I’d hear from Rob Payer (aka “The Third Blues Brother”) at the Baton Rouge High radio stations.

Sure enough, he issues “a friendly reminder to your readers who enjoy Mardi Gras music.

“All the songs mentioned in your column can be heard throughout the day every Saturday on 90.3 WBRH and throughout the week on AM 1260 KBRH.

“And like we do every year, I’ll be playing continuous Carnival classics all morning long leading up to the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade March 1!”

Paying respects

Our mention of funeral procession etiquette reminded Danny Dufreche, of Ponchatoula, of this incident:

“As a catcher on the Southeastern baseball team during the early 1960s, our bullpen was located right next to the road leading to Hammond’s major cemetery.

“As a procession would approach, we were instructed by our coach, Pat Kennely, to stop, take off our hats and stand at attention until the cars passed.”

Which reminds me

This story is more personal than I like to get, but I feel it deserves mention.

After the funeral of my grandson, Landon, in Zachary several years ago, the procession that headed out from the Methodist church to the cemetery was a long one, involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and firetrucks (He was a junior firefighter).

Without exception, every person we passed — working in their yards, jogging or walking on the sidewalk, etc. — stopped what they were doing.

Some stood quietly watching; some stood at attention; a few saluted or put a hand over their hearts.

Those simple actions meant the world to those of us riding by that sad day. …

Worthy causes

A “Battle Against Autism” raffle for a Ford F-150 truck by the Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation and Robinson Brothers is going on until the drawing March 13.

Tickets are $50. Go to or call (985) 502-9550.

Old news

Bob Neese, of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, says, “Just hope you can mention that ‘Antiques Roadshow Baton Rouge’ is premiering Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., with a repeat at 8:10 p.m., on LPB.

“We should have gotten appraised, since we both qualify as antiques — but I’m not sure what our market value would be.

“I don’t think my veneer is in too good a shape.”

Thought for the Day

From Marvin Borgmeyer: “If we were not meant to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the refrigerator?”

Sorry, Mac

My mention of “Old McDonald” brought this response from Glenn Giro, of Denham Springs:

“To update ‘Old McDonald’ to current times, I submit the following as being quite appropriate in today’s economic climate:

“Old McDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.

“Along came the bank and took it back, e-i-I-O-U.”

Be prepared

Charlotte Prouty offers this cold-weather story:

“The state highway department issued a travel warning due to snow storms and bad road conditions.

“They suggest that anyone traveling in the icy conditions should ensure that they have the following:

“Shovel, blankets or sleeping bag, extra winter clothing including coats, hat and gloves, water, 24 hours worth of food, de-icer, rock salt, flashlight with spare batteries, road flares or reflective triangles, 5-gallon gas can, first aid kit and booster cables.

“I looked like an idiot when I got on the bus this morning.”

Write Smiley at He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.