Smiley Anders for Dec. 13, 2012

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James Culotta not only sent us the words to Pogo’s famous Christmas carol, “Deck Us All With Boston Charlie,” but a copy of Walt Kelly’s 1955 comic strip where the song appeared.

Nonie Banks also sent a copy of the lyrics, and Malcolm Wright informed us that six verses of the carol were published in our magazine section on Dec. 20, 1981.

And now, here it is. You’re welcome to sing along:

“Deck us all with Boston Charlie

Walla Walla Wash an’ Kalamazoo!

Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley

Swaller dollar cauliflower, alley-ga-roo!

Don’t we know archaic barrel?

Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou!

Trolley Molly don’t love Harold

Boola boola Pensacoola hulla-balloo!”

Highway phobia

Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon, spends a lot of time driving on Interstate 10 and has noticed something:

“I have come to realize that drivers have TPP (truck passing phobia).

“They get even with the truck, but won’t pass. Maybe it’s the wind shear, but it really holds up traffic.”

He adds, “Of course, it’s rare to find a truck going slow enough to pass …”

Getting their attention

Speaking of frustrated drivers, Chuck O. says he liked a reader’s mention of her dad using Morse code with his car horn to let other drivers know they had displeased him:

“I plan on learning Morse code as soon as my 30-inch air horns that I ordered from Mack Trucks (cheaper than the electric train horn I REALLY wanted) come in.

“I only need to learn five or six phrases, such as ‘Quit texting and drive’ and ‘Use your turn signal next time.’

“Also ‘You’re welcome’ and ‘Thanks for letting me in line,’ as there are still some very considerate people out there.”

He adds that he’ll use his regular horn for the latter two.

A gift of silliness

When I mentioned to a friend that I was signing my book “Smiley! A Laughing Matter” Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Main Street Market, he called it a “last-minute Christmas gift.”

I quickly corrected him: “The way I shop, a ‘last-minute’ gift is purchased at 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve.”

On Saturday I’m offering the book as an EARLY gift idea for thoughtful (but cheap) Christmas shoppers.

Where’s Santa?

Esther Wilson brings up a question that I get every year about this time:

“During our Christmas shopping trip my husband Pete and I wondered what happened to the jolly, laughing Santa at the downtown Goudchaux’s store.”

I’ve often asked what happened to the mechanical Santa, and it seems no one knows.

Doggone nice houses

Big Buddy is raffling two doghouses built by youth in the Level Up! construction internship, a high school program for workforce readiness.

Four houses were built this summer; two donated to the Yelp! group and two to be raffled. One house is purple and gold with “Geaux Tigers” on it and the other is black and gold, displaying “Who Dat!”

Chances for $5 are available at the Big Buddy office, 1415 Main St., or at http://www.bigbuddyprogram.org/.

The drawing is Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Greco Pet Supplies. Big Buddy folks will there at 9 a.m. selling tickets.

Angel sighting

“Old Friend” thanks “guardian angels” Amy and friend and EMS paramedics for the quick assistance when her brother fell one Sunday at the Walgreen’s at College and Perkins:

“Amy and her friend called EMS, and they responded in minutes, checked him out and then delivered him to my door. A good meal fixed him up.”

Bling alert

Lane Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has a “Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale” Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Special People Dept.

  • C.B. Wheat celebrates his 95th birthday Thursday. Retired Advocate sports editor Sam King says C.B. coached basketball at Live Oak and Denham Springs High, and at Live Oak his teams won six consecutive district titles in addition to the 1956 Class B state title. His record was 306-56.
  • Helen C. Hudgins, formerly of McKinney, Va., and now living in Baton Rouge, celebrated her 93rd birthday Sunday.
  • Mabel Troxclair Gaspard of Amber Terrace, formerly of New Iberia, celebrates her 90th birthday Thursday.

Turning point

After a reader mentioned a story about dogs being taught how to drive, Ron Dawson asked, “I was wondering if they would teach them how to use turn signals. Drivers around here sure don’t know how.”

Holiday pests

Paul Major, of Livonia, says, “I noticed a recent advertisement by a company offering to fumigate your home for the holidays. My question is: Do you want to have it done before your guests arrive or after they depart?”

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.