Smiley: Dissing crawfish

As I mentioned earlier, Sam Irwin is doing a book on crawfish in Louisiana and is looking for stories about how the noble crustacean was, at one time, regarded with disdain in these parts.

Cathy Wood sent this tale to both of us:

“I lost my dad, Louis Roussel, almost three years ago.

“He was a lover of crawfish and often said that the first person who ate them must have been really hungry, based on their appearance and due to the fact that they are harvested in mud.

“He made this comment at almost every family crawfish boil.

“Dad was an avid fisherman when I was a child. I can remember him coming home from fishing trips to the Basin with ice chests full of fish.

“Once he told us that there was a guy at the boat landing selling crawfish for 10 cents a pound.

“Dad told the guy that NOBODY would pay to eat those, and wished him luck trying to get rid of them.”

Grape expectations

Our mention of bar jokes reminds Algie Petrere of her all-time favorite, which we haven’t run in some time:

A duck walks into a bar and asks, “Got any grapes?”

The bartender, confused, tells the ducks that no, his bar doesn’t serve grapes. The duck thanks him and leaves.

The next day, the duck returns and says, “Got any grapes?”

Again, the bartender tells him that no, the bar does not serve grapes, has never served grapes and, furthermore, will never serve grapes. The duck, a little ruffled, thanks him and leaves.

The next day, the duck returns, but before he can say anything, the bartender begins to yell: “Listen, duck! This is a bar! We do not serve grapes! If you ever ask for grapes again, I will nail your beak to the bar!”

The duck is silent for a moment, and then asks, “Got any nails?”

Confused, the bartender says no.

“Good!” says the duck. “Got any grapes?”

Speaking of critters

Dr. George S. Bourgeois says, “Recently, when my little brother Jaime was visiting us, we were watching TV, and a Geico commercial came on.

“I made the observation that I had noted a technical flaw in the commercial.

“I had noted that they always showed the Geico lizard, or gecko if you will, blinking — and lizards could not blink, as they did not have eyelids.

“Jaime then noted that, also, he did not think there were many who could talk.”

The color purple

Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, says, “I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest adding the slogan of my late brother-in-law Lloyd McLeod to your growing list of business phrases.

“His ‘Large Purple Building on the Airline’ came first, and then his well-known, ‘No. 1 — And widening the gap!’ ”

Nice People Dept.

Gay and Burt thank “the gentleman who was so generous to us one Sunday morning.

“We were having an early (3 a.m.) breakfast at the Waffle House on Highland Road after having spent some time in the emergency room.

“He walked over to let us know he had taken care of our meal — because we reminded him of his parents.

“We appreciate his generosity, and know his parents are proud of him for being so kind.”

Type casting

Evelyn M. Lenard says folks with typewriters that need repairing might want to contact Joseph “J.T.” Landaiche, who works at a shop at his home. He’s at (225) 261-5162.

Worthy causes

Cancer patients in Pointe Coupee Parish will benefit from proceeds of the 13th annual “Nell’s Angels” co-ed softball tournament and 5K run/walk Saturday at Fordoche Ball Park.

Contact Jeremy LaCombe at Donations can be mailed to the Janell Legier LaCombe Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 312, Fordoche, LA 70732.

Special People Dept.

Helen B. Fairchild, of Greenwell Springs, celebrated her 98th birthday Saturday.

Lester and Rita Strate celebrated their 62nd anniversary Sunday.

Glynn and Pat Fontenot celebrated their 56th anniversary Saturday.

Antoine and his plate

J.A. Allen says, “Many antique dealers will tell you most anything to make a sale.

“I came across a plate that had ‘Antoine’s’ on it.

“The lady said, ‘Mais yeah, cher, all them Cajuns have their names printed on their plates.’

“Wow, I didn’t know that! So I bought it.”

Dry humor

Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, says, “The news was reporting plenty of rain in Atlanta, so since I was headed that way I packed my raincoat.

“I didn’t need it, so I asked one of the locals about the forecasts.

“He said, ‘Oh no, we’ve only had rain twice this summer — once for 30 days and once for 45 days.’ ”

Write Smiley at He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.