Smiley Anders for Jan. 15, 2013

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With all the rain and subsequent flash flooding we’ve been having, I just know you’d love a high water story:

Tom Toddy tells this tale:

“Long years ago my wife, along with all State Capitol workers, were sent home early due to severe flooding caused by an 11-inch rain in progress.

“Fortunately, she was driving our 1962 VW station wagon (bus) that rode high off the ground and could traverse very deep water without drowning out.

“She finally made it home, creeping slowly because the deep water covering the streets in our area made it impossible to see where the actual street was.

“It was a trying experience for her, out alone on the desolate, flooded streets, trying to find a passable route.

“When she finally did arrive home and to safety, the stress of the situation had tears streaming down her cheeks.

“She said it didn’t help matters when two young boys passed her in a motorboat and yelled. ‘Hey lady, you ran a stop sign back there!’ ”

For sports worshipers?

Dana Territo says on Saturday evening her son, daughter-in-law and 3-year-old grandson returned from church and were getting ready to go to dinner:

“I asked grandson Collin about the church he attended, and he turned to his dad for validation: ‘We didn’t go to the Basketball Church?’

“His dad reminded him that they had attended St. George, not the ‘Basketball Church.’

“No, we do not have a new worship center for sports enthusiasts in Baton Rouge.

“The ‘Basketball Church’ my grandson has renamed is St. Jude, which meets in the gymnasium because the church is being renovated.”

Music and football

After my diatribe about loquacious sports announcers, I heard from a reader who told how he dealt with the problem:

“Just spent my Saturday listening to FM 97.7 (playing songs from the ’60s and ’ 70s).

“Turned the sound down on the Denver-Baltimore NFL game and had the captions on, which really is the best way to watch a ball game.”

Mr. Forgetful revisited

I recently mentioned “Mr. Forgetful,” a young man who has been hitting up people for money, ostensibly to get his locked car opened.

He’s evidently been busy:

Donna says she was having coffee in the Perkins Rowe area when she was approached by “a nice-looking, clean-cut guy who told me he was an LSU student and had just locked his keys in his car.

“He told me he only had $17 in his checking account and needed $25 more to get Pop-A-Lock.

“I thought about my own son being in this predicament, and gave him the money.”

Del has a similar story:

“I was in the Exxon station at Perkins and Essen when Mr. Forgetful approached me.

“He claimed to be an LSU student newly arrived in Baton Rouge, and had locked his keys in his vehicle.

“Pop-A-Lock was at his vehicle but wouldn’t open it until he came up with the full price, and he was $20 short.

“I bit like a big bass and gave him $20.”

Del did ask him to show his driver’s license, so he has a name and address, if it is indeed the guy’s license.

Stay tuned … and stay wary.

Worthy causes

Patricia Oates, of the LifeShare Blood Centers location on North Boulevard, says “the Baton Rouge area is in critical need of additional blood donors.

“We especially need Type O and Type B, but all blood types as welcome.

Call (225) 381-2563.

Special People Dept.

  • On Saturday Lillie Mae Pertuis Sheets, of Azalea Estate Assisted Living in Gonzales, celebrated her 98th birthday.
  • Lucy Nola celebrates her 92nd birthday Tuesday.
  • John D. and Sue Bishop Cantey celebrate their 70th anniversary Tuesday.
  • On Tuesday Andrew and Virgie T. LeBlanc, of Donaldsonville, celebrate their 65th anniversary.

Meaty topic

Nell Stuard, of Baker, wonders if Louisiana’s agriculture commissioner slipped a pun into the Market Bulletin.

In the January issue, Mike Strain told how state animal health officials are prepared to comply with new USDA rules on animal disease traceability.

He said the Office of Animal Health and Food Safety has worked for two years “to BEEF up” its capability in this area. (Capitalization mine.)

Says Nell, “I have no beef with the final rule — my passion is beef.”

Coin that word

Kay Pressley, a preschool teacher at Runnels School, says, “This being flu season and so many students out, my children at school have been talking lots about all the illnesses out there.

“One day a student of mine, Ian Trahan, was telling a fellow classmate that someone in his family had ‘ammonia.’

“The classmate quickly corrected him and said, ‘Ian! It’s GERMONIA!’

“Oh, Webster! How I wish there were a preschool section in your dictionary. It would certainly make it an amusing, readable book!”

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.