Smiley: See how they grow

Charmian Kendrick says, “Reading your items on ‘horse pies’ brought to mind a story about my sister.

“Our granddad raised vegetables in Kent, England, and we often visited him (we lived in London).

“My grandfather would take his cart and shovel and remove horse manure from the road.

“On one visit in 1945, my sister (who was 5 years old) asked him why he did that, and he told her it made things grow.

“Needless to say, everyone was shocked when my sister came in the house later in the day wearing her shoes filled with horse manure!”

Sunk in the pool

Noting the popularity of office football boards during the season, I wondered how pools would work for soccer.

Not very well, says Tommy Millet, of Gonzales: “My numbers on the office pool for Sunday’s World Cup Soccer final were 9 and 9.”

Where’s the action?

Our tale of the young man getting Wichita and Wichita Falls mixed up reminded T. Hendry of the story about “all the folks who get off I-25 at the ‘Las Vegas Exit’ in New Mexico and drive into the old, laid-back cowboy town, where Doc Holliday used to hang out, and start asking the locals, ‘Where are the casinos?’ ”

Silver days

Loren Scott says this August “will contain a phenomenon that your readers will never see again for the rest of their lives.

“That month will contain five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. It is something that happens once every 823 years and is called ‘Silver Pockets Full’ by the Chinese.

“So for those of you who like to take all your three-day weekends in one month, this is your time!”

Fine Print Dept.

Joe Guilbeau, of Plaquemine, says he’s annoyed by two things:

“The radio commercial that starts in a normal manner and then switches to a rapid-fire auctioneer style of indistinct babble, from which you don’t understand one word.

“And the TV commercial that fills the bottom half of the screen with minute lettering, which you can’t read, for about five seconds.”

Rugby memories

Mel Robinson says this about our nostalgia items on Rugby Academy in New Orleans:

“I attended Rugby in the sixth and seventh grades and the first semester of the eighth grade, in 1951-1953.

“Like the others who wrote you about Rugby, I have very fond memories.

“The school had approximately 150 students in grades one to 12, very different from schools today. The daily military environment and the small number of students in each class was great (I learned discipline and made the best grades I made in all my years in high school or college).

“I was a member of the high school football team in the eighth grade (very scary to line up across from a guy who outweighed you by 70 pounds and was 5 years older than you).”

Worth the time

Charlene Wolf says, regarding the statue of Gen. Claire Chennault that used to be on the State Capitol grounds:

“A statue of Claire Chennault is in Monroe at the really nice museum. This museum has many artifacts from World War II and other interesting items. It’s well worth the time to visit.”

A Denham Springs reader says, “An exhibit at Old City Hall in Denham Springs (on Mattie Street in the Antique District) spotlights five of the oldest families in our community.

“The exhibit is worth a short visit before it closes at the end of August.”

Worthy causes

“On The Prowl For A Cure,” marking World Hepatitis Day, takes place Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mall of Louisiana. It will feature hepatitis education and screenings for HIV, hepatitis and various cancers, plus blood and cholesterol checks.

It’s a project of Avita Pharmacy, HAART (HIV/AIDS Alliance), the Louisiana Hepatitis Program, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Caring Clinic of Louisiana.

Special People Dept.

Margaret Blanchard, of Plaquemine, celebrates her 91st birthday on Wednesday.

George and Ruth Dugas celebrate their 60th anniversary on Wednesday.

Musical interlude

I’m not sure I believe him, but L.P. Miller says our mention of misheard song lyrics reminded him of “a song my Irish-Latina grandmother used to sing:

“ ‘How are things in Guacamole?’ ”

A Hooters education

Larry Sylvester says, “After a lifetime spent in the classroom, I accept that math is not everyone’s favorite subject.

“Thus, the following sign at Hooters on Siegen caught my attention:

“ ‘Alcohol and calculus don’t mix, so don’t drink and derive.’

“Now, I am having a hard time integrating this message into my preconceived notion of the Hooters’ mystique.

“I can only conclude that they are trying to attract a higher degree of nerds into their establishment.”

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.