Gordon Greenwood, of Slidell, was reminded of this story when he heard a political candidate in Iowa say she grew up on a farm, performing minor surgery on male pigs:

“Each year my dad would ‘fix’ the male pigs on our farm in northern Illinois.

‘One year my cousin from Chicago, 9 or 10, was spending his spring break at our farm.

“One day, watching my dad ‘fix’ the pigs, he asked him what he was doing.

“My dad didn’t want to be the one to tell him the facts of life, so he said, ‘I’m cutting out the roots of the pigs’ tails so they will remain short and curly.’

“The next week, when my cousin went back to school, at ‘show and tell’ time he told the class why pigs’ tails are short and curly.

“It was years before he realized what really happened.

“I wonder how many classmates, and maybe the teacher too, repeated that story.”

Reindeers running?

Pat Compton, of Bunkie, says, “On the Saturday before Election Day, our telephone rang for the umpteenth time.

“The call was regarding the congressional race in our district, where one of the candidates was named Dasher.

“When asked if I was familiar with the candidates, I replied, ‘I think I know all of them — there’s Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Rudolph!

“The gentleman on the telephone started laughing and said he would have to call back.

“No more calls!”

Going to the dogs

Walt Eldredge responds to Dudley Lehew’s discussion of Cajun corn dogs:

“I don’t know how many ways you can make a corn dog in south Louisiana — but first, you make a roux.”

And Rob Payer likes the suggestion Dudley and I made for a Cajun corn dog — “deep batter-fried boudin on a stick!”

Pajama games

Richard Marshall recalls an old LSU tradition, and issues a warning to current students:

“After watching our LSU student section on national TV chant their vulgarity at Nick Saban, I could only wonder if they know the privilege that they now enjoy because of their parents and others who sat in their pajamas to show support for the LSU football team back in the days when we were a national power, as we are now.

“We had class. LSU deserves for you to show class now.

“The TAF would love to have your seats, so...”

Nostalgia Corner

Former Baton Rougean John “BooDreaux” Baumann, of Fishing Florida Radio Show in Orlando, says you might be “old Baton Rouge” if “you lived in Southdowns and remember the grocery store (Maggio’s?) at Hyacinth and Stephens.

“I remember walking to it with a nickel (might have been a dime) for one of those big gingerbread planks with pink icing, and an RC Cola.

“Right across from the Southdowns Lounge for almost 40 years was Leon’s pool hall, with the best sloppy roast beef po-boys — worth sneaking off the Lee High campus for lunch!”

Thank-you note

The folks at Teach For America in south Louisiana say, “In honor of National Philanthropy Day Saturday, Nov. 15, we would like to recognize our generous supporters and advocates for the ongoing support of our corps members, in ensuring that ‘One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.’ You make our vision of ‘One day in SLA’ possible. Thank you.”

Worthy causes

Hillary Bosold says the Iris Domestic Violence Center in Baton Rouge needs bus passes and gas cards. If you can help, email Hillary@stopdv.org.

Looking for people

Evelyn, of Port Allen, seeks someone who sharpens scissors: “I have numerous pairs and they are all SO dull.”

Special People Dept.

Paul Gomilla, of Hammond, celebrates his 91st birthday on Thursday, Nov. 13. He is a World War II veteran.

Ted Castillo, “The Prep Talker” who covered high school sports for The Advocate for years, celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Think biblical

Margaret Lovecraft says when she and a friend, driving down LSU’s Sorority Row on Sunday night, encountered a white cow “heading toward us at a good clip,” they assumed it had escaped from the nearby LSU AgCenter:

“But later, at 7:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Lake’s chapel, I heard the Gospel passage, ‘He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen.’ I had to consider, just for a second, an alternate explanation for the loose cow.”

Udderly ridiculous!

As soon as I saw our story about the cow who escaped from the LSU AgCenter and wound up on Sorority Row, I knew I was going to get a comment like this one.

But I didn’t know it was going to come from a colleague, George Morris:

“I won’t be cowed into not asking the hard question. I want to know: Did the cow on Sorority Row try to pledge Phi Moo?”

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