Smiley Anders for Dec. 5, 2012

By smiley anders

I don’t know if you people appreciate the hazardous nature of a newspaper person’s job.

For instance, Advocate music writer John Wirt tells this story about his adventure while in New Orleans to do a story:

“I spotted a red Advocate box by St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square — the first time I’d seen Advocate boxes in New Orleans.

“I thought, ‘On my way back from my appointment, I’m going to buy an Advocate in New Orleans.’

“So later, as I approached the box with the intention of buying a paper, I saw a werewolf sitting on the Advocate box.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, am I going to have to ask this werewolf to move so I can buy a paper?’

“Turned out it was a guy in a werewolf suit. His hairy feet were facing away from the side of the box where the quarters go and the paper comes out.

“I walked around the werewolf, put the quarters in, grabbed a paper, went on my way. No bite marks, not even a growl.”

(Well, John, we knew we were entering dangerous territory when we took on New Orleans. …)

Going to sea

Lady K and I couldn’t spend our Well-Deserved Vacation at Bubba’s Exxon, Motel & Bait Shop in Back Brusly.

Seems Bubba had double-booked, and we found our room occupied by folks attending a meeting of the NSA (Nutria Skinners of America).

Not wishing to argue with people carrying sharp knives, we headed south.

On the New Orleans docks we fell in with a gang of crazed Norwegian sailors, and wound up aboard their boat for a trip to Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan and Cozumel.

It was a relaxing voyage — we were horizontal most of the time, either on deck or on various beaches.

The only excitement was at the Roatan Marine Institute, when a dolphin stuck her tongue in my ear — and then swam away, the tease. …

Worthy causes

Donna says an account has been set up at Chase Bank locations for the family.

The evening includes dining, music, motivational speakers and door prizes. For information or tickets, visit

Special People Dept.

Faithful fan

Marvin Borgmeyer says, “Everyone who attends an LSU football game knows the routine after LSU gets a first down: you yell ‘Geaux Tigers’ three times and then spell out ‘L-S-U,’ raising your hand with each letter.

“A young boy at St. George Catholic Church on a recent Sunday must be an LSU fan.

“When Father Mike asked the congregation to raise their hands to pray over the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) candidates, this little Tiger fan raised his hand three times, saying ‘L-S-U.’

“Luckily, Father Mike is a big LSU fan, so all was well — especially since LSU had beaten Ole Miss the night before!”

Skinny but sexy

Going through my junk mail file after a vacation is always interesting. I’m sure to find something like the book I just came across, described as “an erotic story about weight loss.”

I declined to request a review copy — but I was tempted. …

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