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Smiley: Rocky’s return

Dear Smiley: During the ’70s, my husband found a 6-week-old raccoon in a car trunk and brought it home. We named him Rocky Raccoon, and he lived with us for a year and a half. He slept with the kids, played with our pets, ate cake at our birthday parties, received mail for Rocky… Continue reading →

Smiley: Only in Iota!

Irma Darphin tells this story to show why she loves her home town, the Acadia Parish community of Iota: “I walked into the beauty parlor to get my hair cut, and jokingly said to the owner, ‘I’m extremely hungry — would you happen to have a sizzling hot steak?’ “I was told, ‘No, but I can get you… Continue reading →

Smiley: Quick thinking

Kim “Pops” Seago, of Columbia, Tennessee, tells of a quick-thinking youngster: “Whitt, our 2½-year-old grandson, is hungry when he wakes up, and if nobody is around to fix breakfast, he will find himself something to eat. “Although he has learned to climb using the kitchen drawers, he has not learned to be quiet while climbing. “Last week,… Continue reading →

Smiley: One little problem

Another tale of an unsolicited sales call, from Linda Dalferes: “A friend of mine got a call from someone whose accent was not at all out of south Louisiana. “He had this long spiel explaining to her that her computer was slow and needed upgrading, and that if she would give… Continue reading →

Smiley: The first remote

Wayne Weilbaecher, of Covington, says back in the ’50s, when he was dating the young lady who became his wife, “her family was celebrating their new purchase — a TV set. “My best friend and I decided to go see what the fuss was all about, and hoped to get asked to dinner.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Last flight

Russ Wise, of LaPlace, got this story from Stephanie Harris, fiancée of his wife Connie’s brother. “They’re both flight nurses on medivac helicopters in the hills and valleys of the coal country along the Kentucky-West Virginia line,” says Russ. Stephanie says in 1994, when she was a new EMT, she got… Continue reading →

Smiley: The GPS lady

Dear Smiley: My first time to drive in New Orleans was in 1960 after the Thanksgiving holiday, when inbound traffic was exceptionally heavy. I had a reservation at the old New Orleans Hotel downtown, but as a newcomer I needed directions to Canal Street. Approaching the city on Airline… Continue reading →

Smiley: April Fool!

Barber Dwight Cason says he was cutting a customer’s hair the other day when the guy told of an April Fool prank he and some buddies played on a friend. A buddy who owned a used-car lot acquired a car identical to one owned by the victim. The guys waited until he was away from his car… Continue reading →

Smiley: Christmas suds

Harry Clark, of Lafayette, says, “Reggie Gremillion’s recommendation for concession stands in the back of churches brought to mind an incident when I was new in Cajun land. “My daughter was attending a Catholic parochial school. My wife and I attended the Christmas program in the school gym. “A man crossed in front of us carrying a… Continue reading →

Smiley: Kids are funny

One of the joys of this job is passing along tales about children and all the funny things they do and say. (Parents sometimes take a little longer to find the humor in their kids’ antics.) Some tales about kids that got a chuckle out of me: — From Penny Schulin, of Baton Rouge: “My… Continue reading →

Smiley: Life imitates TV

On Thursday, when I ran Mike Romano’s tale of feeding ducks at Lake Rosemound and feeling sad when they flew away, I also saw the story about Baton Rouge police officers trading in their hot polyester uniforms for ones in a “much lighter, breathable fabric.” Remarkably, these were almost exactly story lines in two of my favorite… Continue reading →

Smiley: Don’t drink and fly

A reader sends in this story from Curt Dye, described as living “west of the river:” Curt was sitting on his porch enjoying a spring morning and watching hummingbirds visit his two feeding stations. He noticed that at one “pot” the little birds were acting unusual — bumping into each other,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Crash that party!

Dear Smiley: On Mother’s Day we were invited to my nephew Troy’s new house in Denham Springs. My parents, 88 and 89, were with us. They had been there before, but used a different route than the one the GPS gave us. So there was a bit of discussion between my husband and… Continue reading →

Smiley: The Recall Diet

Most of my readers discuss the removal of Blue Bell ice cream from the market in the same kind of tone you’d use to talk about the death of a loved one. But “S. Whitt” has found a silver lining to this dark cloud: “I have lost 10 pounds since Blue… Continue reading →

Smiley: As the duck knocks

Mike Romano says, “Reading the story (in the Monday column) about Pat Atkinson having a flapping duck in her fireplace reminded me of an encounter shortly after I moved to Lake Rosemound, many years ago. “I noticed several ducks on the side of my boathouse, and made a habit of feeding them when I got off work.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Plums and karma

Loretta Toussant says, “My dad, Albert Toussant, says as a kid he and his buddies stole plums from a neighbor’s tree in Maringouin. “They took the plums late one night, and proceeded to eat them on their way home. “Once they got into a lighted area, they noticed that all the plums were full of… Continue reading →

Smiley: What brotherly love?

Rose Rolfsen says, “Reading your recent articles on leaving people behind, I remembered this, from more than 40 years ago: “A good friend let us use his motor home to take our seven children to Disney World. We parked in the trailer park, and when we were leaving we discovered we were missing our 5-year-old daughter, Beth.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Web-footed Santa

Pat Atkinson says, “Julia Hawkins and I had a bit of excitement the other day. We heard a loud flapping noise in the fireplace. Not to worry, we have often had chimney swifts nesting in there. “BUT, this was not a swift. It was a full-grown duck, probably a female wood duck! “She flew out of the… Continue reading →

Smiley: Poor Mom!

Keith Horcasitas tells this pre-Mother’s Day story to illustrate some of the trials and tribulations of being a mom: “When I was about 8, growing up in Uptown N’Awlins, I got stuck in the second-floor bathroom. “Mom and Dad had always told me not to use the lock, since it sometimes… Continue reading →

Smiley: Dishing the dirt

Continuing our seminar on barber shops vs. beauty shops: Michael Eldred says, “Years ago I would accompany my wife to a beauty salon in central Louisiana. “All the ladies would shut up when I came in dressed in my white shirt, tie and white combed-back hair. They all thought I was a preacher. “Once my true identity… Continue reading →

Smiley: Barber shop news

“How about writing about barbers?” requests Jim Newcomb, of New Iberia. “In small towns men go to the barber shop to find out what is going on and what has gone on, plus all the latest political news. “How do these young men who go to beauty shops know what is going on? “I am… Continue reading →

Smiley: About time

This comes under the heading of “information you can’t get in the rest of the paper:” Harriet St. Amant says our Thursday story “about long restroom lines on Derby Day, especially for women, reminded me of a study the state of Virginia undertook about 30 years ago. “Since they knew of multiple complaints by women about… Continue reading →

Smiley: Louisiana English

Dear Smiley: We in south Louisiana have what most Americans can recognize as a certain patois, commonly known as a Cajun accent. People up north often comment immediately, saying that I must be from Louisiana or definitely the South. Last year, my husband and I happened to be in Prague, in the Czech… Continue reading →

Smiley: Forbidden colors

About two weeks ago, says Eugene Cosnahan, of Baton Rouge, he and his wife visited the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 59, “not too far from Tuscaloosa. “I went inside and complimented the attendant on the facility’s cleanliness and neatness. As we were about to leave, my wife, more observant than I, commented on the presence of… Continue reading →

Smiley: Color him sad

It’s a given that any major change in technology means a loss of jobs for those without the required new skills. Melvin J. Daigle offers the sad tale of one technician displaced by advances in television: “I remember my first black-and-white TV, with only three stations available (sometimes). “I knew a TV repairman who was great at… Continue reading →

Smiley: Forgotten pizza, etc.

Dear Smiley: After reading the “left behind” stories, I recalled one of my own, about 35 years ago. After picking up my sons and friends from football practice, we headed for the Pizza Hut with my sister-in-law and her kids. After arriving and ordering, I put my 2-month-old baby, in an infant seat,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Cruelest prank

When I started running golfing mishaps, I knew I’d hear from Ernie Gremillion. And, sure enough: “The train tracks at Baton Rouge’s City Park golf course pass next to Hole No. 8, but well below the fairway, which provides a perfect hiding place. Years ago the tee box was next to Dalrymple Drive, which produced… Continue reading →

Smiley: Man meets swamp

This story could be an urban legend, because over the years I’ve heard it from several sources who told me it happened on Airline Highway, and on Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and both New Orleans and Lafayette. Anyhow, here’s the latest version of the tale, from Darrell Davis: “Sometime in… Continue reading →

Smiley: Quiet mink

While many stories about husbands driving off and leaving their spouses at service stations are “urban legends,” there are some true stories about these incidents. For instance, this one from Kathleen Corsentino, of Baton Rouge: “My father-in-law, Sam Corsentino, and his wife Evelyn were on the way to the races in… Continue reading →

Smiley: Down and dirty

A story of a solemn ceremony gone awry: Kim “Pops” Seago, of Columbia, Tennessee, says, “In the 1970s, John, a friend from seminary, was minister of youth at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico. “On several occasions a church member would call requesting his assistance at funerals. “This particular day the senior pastor was not… Continue reading →

Smiley: The hole truth

Dear Smiley: Please tell me, did I witness a hole in one? I was in my backyard when I heard a group of golfers yelling after teeing off on Hole No. 7. As I looked towards the Stonebridge green, I saw the ball resting on the edge of the cup. It was a “near” hole… Continue reading →

Smiley: Keeping ladies happy

Keith Horcasitas offers us guys a sure-fire way to “stay out of the doghouse” and score some major points with our loved ones of the opposite gender. At a women’s prayer breakfast at the Our Lady of Mercy activity center, he noticed that of the 350-plus attendees, “I was probably one of only… Continue reading →

Smiley: Heavenly land deal

Dolores Benedetto says “It was so fitting” that the Passover seder of Baton Rouge’s Congregation B’nai Israel was held in Mother Alice Hall at St. Joseph’s Academy: “As the tale goes, in the early 1940s Mother Alice of the Sisters of St. Joseph walked into Lewis Gottlieb’s office — he was president of… Continue reading →

Smiley: It’s a joke, folks!

Maybe my item about being taken in by an “urban legend” — a fictional tale told to me as a true story — brought on a conscience attack: “I must ‘come clean’ about a letter I wrote to you about 12 years ago,” says Joel Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge. “I wrote, ‘It was so foggy last night… Continue reading →

Smiley: Only in Louisiana

Paul Vance, of Baton Rouge, says, “Earlier this week one of your readers mentioned the New Roads restaurant Hot Tails as having unique door handles. “Only in Louisiana would an establishment named ‘Hot Tails’ be accepted by everyone hearing its name for the first time as being a family restaurant...” Bob… Continue reading →

Smiley: Evening with Hank

Dear Smiley: Hank Williams died on Jan. 1, 1953. I was then a freshman at Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette. Sometime before Jan. 1, one of my best buddies, Swinfort Navarre, came to my room and said, “Do you want to go hear Hank Williams tonight down in Abbeville?” Of course I said yes,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Urban legend

In an idle moment (yes, even I have them) I was thumbing through Jan Harold Brunvand’s 1999 classic, “Too Good to Be True,” a collection of “urban legends” — fictional stories told as true ones — and recalled when I was the victim of such a tale. Back when I was a green… Continue reading →

Smiley: Buddy and “Double O”

From Hap Glaudi to Bobby Hebert, WWL radio keeps finding colorful guys with memorable accents to talk about the Saints. Ellis Bordelon Jr., of Metairie, comments on one of the most colorful ones, known for his distinctive Yat accent: “Where is Buddy Diliberto (the greatest sportscaster of the 20th century) when you really need… Continue reading →