Smiley: Playing with ducks

Ernie Gremillion, the merry prankster, tells of a stunt he pulled:

“Years ago I duck hunted often. About that time, the Postal Service came out with a postage stamp with a picture of a duck printed on it.

“I bought one and placed it on my prior year’s hunting license.

“Later, on a duck hunt, I got checked for my license by a game warden and I displayed the prank license.

“He looked at me somewhat in disbelief, telling me that was not a valid duck stamp.

“In my heaviest Cajun accent, I stated, ‘Beh, dat’s a duck stamp, yea?’

“After keeping him in suspense for a couple of minutes — having him wonder how he was going to explain that a postage stamp with a duck picture was not a valid duck stamp — I came forward with my current license with the official duck stamp on it.

“We all shared a good laugh, with the warden telling me he had never had that pulled on him before.”

Chocolate bass?

Beverly Petrere, of Central, says, “My son Louis said, ‘If you take your mother to Bass Pro on Mother’s Day, you have to be a redneck.’

“Actually, I enjoyed it. They make delicious chocolate.”

Bottle search

Karen Corkern Babb tells of her family’s unusual quest:

“My mom is Sarah Corkern. Her sister, Kathryn Carpenter, passed away in 2008.

“My son and I were horrified to learn when ‘Auntie Peep’ was in her 80s that she had never been on a vacation.

“So we ‘kidnapped’ her to Florida, where in spite of her orthopedic shoes, jacket, dress, stockings and walker, she made it all the way down to the water’s edge.

“She sat there in a folding chair for an hour in her Sunday best, wearing a pair of huge clown sunglasses my son gave her, happily blowing bubbles.

“We learned earlier this year that a photograph I took of her doing just that has been chosen to be a label for a soft drink put out by Jones Soda, which uses ‘real people’ on its labels.

“We’re dying to get hold of as many of those bottles as we can, but we can’t find any!

“It’s in a limited production run and the company can’t say where it might turn up.

“The run was commissioned by Costco, but all stores don’t carry the same items.

“It would be incredibly wonderful to have people helping us be on the lookout for her Jones Soda debut!”

If you can help, go to kcbabb@juno.com or call (225) 205-1663.

Good old days

Jay Huner, of Boyce, an internationally recognized expert on the noble crawfish, returned to Baton Rouge for his 50th Lee High reunion and found that things had changed a bit here since 1964.

He found that downtown is a beehive of activity in the evenings — and thanks the police officers who were so helpful when he couldn’t find a place to park near the City Club.

Jay also recalled that something else has changed:

“Live crawfish were around 20 cents a pound in May 1964!”

Worthy causes

  • The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Baton Rouge, coordinated by HAART (the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two) is Sunday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. in North Boulevard Town Square.

There will be a candlelight vigil and a “jazz funeral” walk through downtown to the music of The Michael Foster Project.

    Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association needs volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care.

CASA is accepting people into its next training class, which begins June 10.

Contact training coordinator Garcelia Burchell at volunteer@casabr.org or (225) 379-8598.

Swamp people

BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center celebrates its 17th birthday on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live animal encounters, cake, crafts and free admission. Call (225) 757-8905 or visit brec.org/swamp.

Love thyself

Patricia Alba, of Metairie, tells this story about George “Gee” Mitchell, a popular coach at SLI (UL-Lafayette) who years later served as athletic director at Nicholls State:

“Coach Gee always administered this ‘final exam’ to his players:

“ ‘1. Who is the best football coach in Louisiana?’

“ ‘2. Why am I?’ ”

First make a roux …

“Anonymous” tells this “Only in Louisiana” tale:

An outdoorsman, deep in the wilds of the Atchafalaya Basin, came across a weird-looking turtle.

As proof of such a creature, he took numerous and detailed photos with his cellphone camera.

The local newspaper published the pictures, and this drew national attention.

The turtle, according to the experts, was of a species thought extinct since the Ice Age.

A columnist from a national scientific magazine was interviewing the outdoorsman, and asked if there was any further information he could give about the turtle that his detailed photos did not reveal.

“It was delicious,” he replied.

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.