Society has grown nostalgic for simpler times. In a climate of global warming, political chicanery and Ashley Madison, it’s easy to see how one might wish for the past instead of the present. While people tend to forget that much of the good old days wasn’t that good, just old, there’s reason to want to walk down Memory Lane.

You remember when news was Watergate and O.J. Simpson, not Eleven Ways to Lose Weight and Still Have Fun This Weekend. You remember when phone calls were made in private.

You were born before cat videos and selfies, and if you decided to call out the neighborhood kid, you fought him face to face, not on Facebook. You trick-or-treated door-to-door at Halloween without adults, played sandlot baseball outside alone with kids your parents knew nothing about, and you got the best free world education in existence instead of what passes now for a glorified civil service exam. You remember when we put men on the moon instead of academically ranking behind Hungary in math and Vietnam in science.

You remember when demonizing didn’t happen if you said something someone didn’t like.

You could watch television unmonitored because television didn’t need monitoring or parental guidance controls. You grew up on westerns where the good guys won, the bad guys got what was coming to them and the measure of a man was whether he did the right thing, not how fast he could drive.

Perhaps best of all, you already have what young women are now paying $700 and up for in top shelf salons: silver hair.

You also remember when trump was just a bridge play.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Medicine woman

Dozens of female MDs lunched at Ruffino’s for their annual Women in Medicine meeting. Hosted by the Lafayette Medical Society, busy doctors paused long enough to enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres and each other’s company before sitting down to a Ruffino’s repast. “We’re just really excited to get all the women together,” said president Dr. Rachael Roberts. “In medicine, it’s still a man’s world and we want to show each other the love.” Among the many banding together in female solidarity were Drs. Sangeeta Shah, Suzanne Foster, Dee Garrett, plastic surgeon Cynthia Glass, Monique Monteilh and Neva Seago, who had on the best Worth dress we’ve ever witnessed.

Wasting Away in Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffet would be proud. King and Queen Triton, Danny and Deanna Head, hosted their royal guests for cocktails and more at Keith’s Ballroom in Broussard. Triton’s theme for the coming Carnival season is “Happy Hour,” and it played out as tall, light-up martini glass centerpieces filled with — you guessed it — rum bottles. Pirates-at-40 included Peter Piccione, Jim Skelton, David Green, Steve Lyon, “Handsome” Sam Landers and ball Captain Kevin Couvillion, and even though His Majesty said classy wasn’t what he was aiming for, it was, due in no small part to Jake Spinella, Jim Kolacek and their band Organic Radio.

For the Red and White

This was all about the red. The Fourth Annual Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Celebration kicked off at the Cajundome Convention Center where boosters swarmed to greet players and coaches. Ladies and gentlemen alike trotted out the red and white, and holding court were Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation Executive Director Jim Harris, Vice President of University Advancement John Blohm, PR czar Aaron Martin, President E.J. Savoie, Athletic Director Scott Farmer and new Alumni Association Director Jennifer LeMeunier. The auction-fundraiser helps recruit and retain talent for all of UL-Lafayette’s athletic programs and while we couldn’t glimpse The Hud in the melee, we did catch golf coach Theo Sliman and track’s Lon Badeaux. By the way, Badeaux had just gotten married the day before. Now that’s what you call dedication.