Bill says, “The controversy over Confederate monuments in New Orleans reminded me of the following:

“Before Hurricane Katrina, when we lived at our old address, I had to call AAA to ask that they send a truck with a replacement battery for my car.

“The AAA rep asked for my address. I knew she was in St. Louis, so I said, ‘It’s a long address, 1621 South Jefferson Davis Parkway.’ She replied, ‘That IS a long address; what is the name of the closest major cross street?’

“I said, ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.’”

Willie plays Brusly

Keith Horcasitas says, “Recently I was talking with a ‘seasoned Willie Nelson fan,’ who recounted a past golfing adventure near Baton Rouge that Willie had.

“Willie apparently likes golfing, and when he was getting ready to do a concert in Baton Rouge, he arranged for an incognito golfing rendezvous at West Side Golf Course in Brusly to keep a low profile.

“He reportedly brought four bags of full golf club sets that he donated to the course after he had completed his stay!”

I checked with Shelly Plaisance, the course manager, and he said that while he had heard the story, he wasn’t there at the time. Sadly, it’s been a long time since Willie performed here.

Speaking of golf

Algie Petrere recalls the time a gushy reporter told Jack Nicklaus, “You are spectacular! Your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What’s your secret?”

Nicklaus replied, “The holes are numbered.”

Deciding moment

Sandy Young, of New Orleans, adds to our college dress codes discussion: “In 1962, Loyola’s dress code for coeds was just that: ‘dress’ — no pants of any kind, even to cross the campus on weekends to get to Audubon Park.

“Perhaps that is why recently I donned a suede knee-high boot AND a suede pump for a party and was not traumatized when it was noticed (by one had the courage to say anything!)

“I forgot to make the decision at home — no decisions were needed in college dress!”

Blue jean blues

Ron Thibodeaux says, “In the 1960s, when I was a teenager and dating, I dated this one girl whose mom was dead-set against blue jeans. In fact, she told her daughter that she could not date me because I wore blue jeans, and blue jeans were for ‘field hands,’ and this was not acceptable for her daughter.”

Sacre bleu!

Mike from Mandeville comments on the reader who speaks French to confuse robo-callers:

“My wife tries to stop me when I take my phone outside and make conversation with the telemarketers. She says the neighbors might hear me speaking ‘French’ with them.”

Good show!

Bennel Harp, of Donaldsonville, a Dutchtown High fan, says this about the Dutchtown-McKinley High football game she attended in Baton Rouge:

“Kudos and high fives to the McKinley band, dance team and cheerleaders for their outstanding entertainment throughout the entire game. It was a toe-tapping experience. Those students gave an energized performance that was uplifting to both football players and fans. Thanks, and keep up the great work!”

Thought for the Day

From Marvin Borgmeyer: “As election day get closer, it is always good to remember the origin of the word ‘politics:’ ‘poli’ in Latin means ‘many’ and ‘tics’ means ‘bloodsucking creatures.’”

So it begins...

I might have started something by asking if readers had a rabbit hutch for teacher Sulynn Ganey’s class bunny, Whiskers.

She says, “Whiskers is loving his hutch, and is such a hit that one of my coworkers wants one for her class. If there are any more hutches out there, she can be contacted at”

Special People Dept.

Margie Sibley Coxe, of Walker, celebrates her 94th birthday on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Coming clean

Roy Miller says, “As an Advocate editor I once sent a reporter to cover a meeting of the East Feliciana Parish Police Jury in Clinton. He called later and started dictating a story saying the parish coroner had complained to police jurors about a problem with unclean bodies.

“The coroner had left the meeting before the reporter could get details. With some effort we determined that the problem was with unclaimed bodies, not dirty ones.”

Let’s hope not

Johnny Saichuk says, “Years ago, when a hurricane approached Franklin, a friend asked an elderly gentleman if he was staying put. He answered, ‘No sir! We’re evaporatin’.”

Let’s hope so

Sharon Woods says, “We all got a laugh when my 89-year-old mother said she would like to go to one of those nice ‘extended living’ places. Do you know of a good one?”

(If I did, I’d be checking in...)

Contacting Smiley

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