Jim Hingle, of Covington, says, “The story about hand-turn signals reminded me of when I was 5 in 1945.

“One evening when my father came home, I told him that Mom was waving at all the sailors.

“As it turns out, there were sailors on every corner in New Orleans as they were to be discharged here after the war.

“Mom was using her hand for turn signals, but she embellished them by waving her hand.

“With sailors on corners, I assumed she was waving to them.

“They got a good laugh at my expense.”

Cutting remarks

Our seminar on “fixing” male pigs brought this story from veterinarian Louis L. Martin:

“I was neutering a cat when a lady walked in and asked what I was doing.

“I told her, ‘Taking his tonsils out.’

“She said, ‘I didn’t know cats had tonsils.’”

When the good doctor showed her where the “tonsils” were located, she no doubt went away thinking that cats are very strangely constructed indeed …

Nutria attack?

If Shooter Mullins wasn’t such an unimpeachable source, I’d have my doubts about his latest story, which deals with Louisiana’s Official State Pest:

“Well-known wag and night watchman, Sterling Thibodeaux, of Thibodaux, told me this one.

“He said an ornery nutria chased him one night, and as they passed the hotel, a man in the lobby peeked out and advised him to circle around and come by again.

“As they did so, the man ran out to the sidewalk and loaned Sterling a broomstick, with which he was able to defend himself against the beast.”

Coming and going

Harriet St.Amant says, “Tales of the ‘old’ (but not the ‘original’) Baton Rouge General on Government Street prompts this story my husband, Col. Phil A. St.Amant II, tells.

“He was born in that hospital many years ago, and delights in telling people that was ‘Where I came into the world.’

“Then he’ll point to the business next door (Rabenhorst Funeral Home), and add, ‘And that is where I’ll go out of it. Didn’t get very far, did I?’”

Samaritans revisited

Windell Crowder, of Colyell, says our recent “Good Samaritan” stories “remind me of a day this past summer when I was on the way to see my eye doctor.

“I was on I-12 at the Amite River when my truck ran hot.

“While I was trying to get water from a roadside ditch, a young man I had never seen before stopped and gave me two gallons of antifreeze — and refused any money for it.”

Worthy causes

Carol S. Spruell, of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, says 200 families and seniors need sponsors for the “Community Comes Together for Christmas” campaign:

“Their wish lists are very touching — one 65-year-old granny asked for a robe, slippers and cleaning supplies!

“One teenager asked for socks — any color except white.”

To help these folks have a nice holiday, go to www.CatholicCharitiesBR.org and click on the Christmas image.

Talking books

Glenda Martin seeks a home for 20 to 30 books on cassette tape — mysteries and best sellers (at one time):

“We must move them out for our new books on CDs we are beginning to collect.”

A good start

Ralph Drouin said a recent dead battery story reminds him of this:

“I purchased a portable jump starter several months ago. I’ve used it when I happened to be in the area where someone needed a jump start.

“It is lightweight and has a tire inflation feature. It works great when one can’t get to the vehicle with battery cables.”

Special People Dept.

  • Lois Peairs celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 16.
  • Lloyd and Mary Ann Comeaux celebrate their 60th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Tiny Comedians Dept.

George Seguin says, “I got a chuckle out of ‘The Littlest Comedian,’ and it brought to mind an incident that happened to my wife and me about eight years ago.

“One of my grandsons was in Brennan’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, fighting leukemia (he is cancer free now).

“We had been visiting him, and at the end of visiting hours we left with my 4-year-old granddaughter to return to my daughter’s home.

“Not being familiar with the area, I was totally dependent upon my GPS.

“When exiting the hospital parking lot, the lady in the GPS said to turn left. The lady in the passenger seat said to turn right.

“‘I don’t know,’ I said, ‘but I’d better follow the GPS.’

“Then a voice from the little lady in the back seat said, ‘Maw Maw, all we want out of you is blinking and breathing.’

“We cracked up, but wondered where she had learned that!”

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.