Doug Lee, of Prairieville, says, “When my brother David and I were attending Southeastern, I was a full-fledged sheriff’s deputy.

“One day David called me for a ride home from school right after I had finished a shift.

“I noticed his back to me as I edged my cruiser closer. I jumped out of the car, handcuffed him and threw him in the back seat before he knew what was happening.

“I slammed the rear door as he was yelling, and sped away, laughing my head off.

“The next day, everyone looked at him strangely, and some even asked, ‘David, what’d that cop bust you for?’”

Which reminds me

When I was an LSU student, a young lady I knew in Shreveport came down on the train (this was a LONG time ago) for a football game.

That Sunday night we were at the KCS station off Government Street waiting for her to board the train back to Shreveport when a buddy who was a policeman drove up.

We chatted for a while, and when it was time for her to board the train he offered to help her get to her seat.

He came off the train chuckling, and later she told me why.

The cop, in full uniform and armed, had helped her get settled into her seat, told her goodbye — then, as he was leaving, turned around and said sternly (and loudly), “And don’t you EVER come back to Baton Rouge...”

She said nobody talked to her, or even made eye contact, on that long ride to Shreveport.

Miracle III

I’ve recently told of two cases of “small miracles,” where a diamond ring and a nickel were found when the searcher dropped another ring and another nickel, and they both landed with a “clink” on top of the other one.

Here’s Glenn Balentine’s account of another small miracle:

“One day two carloads of teenagers spent the day water skiing at Indian Creek near Alexandria.

“Near dusk we docked, only to discover our friend David could not find his keys.

“We figured he may have lost them diving from the boat when we arrived, so three of us dove in 8 feet of water to search the foot of mud on the bottom.

“I dove, felt something on my foot, and came up with the missing keys. I have a dozen witnesses to this miracle.”

A moving idea

Joseph Purpera, of Baton Rouge, didn’t really need to tell me he’s retired when he sent me his note.

Only someone with time on his hands could come up with this.

Responding to the decision to move Baton Rouge’s Halloween trick-or-treating from Saturday to Friday due to the possibility of bad weather, he writes:

“Since Baton Rouge is moving around holidays, I would like to suggest a couple more moves.

“It might be cold and wet for Christmas, so how about having it in April?

“It’s always so hot and muggy on July 4 for Independence Day; I’d like to see it in early October.

“New Year’s Eve is usually not great weather, and it conflicts with football, so let’s celebrate it in June, a slow month for sports anyway.

“And of course Mardi Gras is a natural moving target — let’s settle this once and for all, and set it for May 15 every year.

“This works for your birthday as well. If you want to stay younger longer, just celebrate it every five years. When you turn 40, you’re 40 until you hit 45.”

Special People Dept.

Ted Castillo, of Baton Rouge, celebrates his 91st birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Ted was known as “The Old Prep Talker” when he covered high school sports for the Morning Advocate.

Couth youth

Pat Compton, of Bunkie, recalls 1957, when 11 of the 12 members of Pat’s high school graduating class had started school together:

“One day, between classes, we were having this discussion, and I jokingly told the guy sitting in front of me that he was very uncouth.

“He turned to me and replied, ‘You know, you are not so couth yourself...’”

Pressing matter

Sue Conran adds to a recent discussion on the impact of electronic gadgets on modern life:

“I am an avid reader, and check out many books from the library.

“Richard has given me two e-readers in the last few years. The first time I checked out a real book, I pressed the page to turn it.

“I really had to laugh at myself when I realized what I was doing.

“I’m just glad it happened in the privacy of my own home and not a doctor’s waiting room.”

Brave husband!

“Here’s another item for your file on inadvertent misuse of electronic devices,” says Dr. Gene Louviere, of Lafayette:

“On occasion I have found myself absentmindedly pointing the TV remote at my wife and pressing the ‘mute’ button.

“Not only doesn’t it work, it actually seems to have the opposite effect.”

Contacting Smiley

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