Bob, of Prairieville, says, “This happened many, many years ago, but I still get a chuckle when I think about the time my little cousin came running in from the school bus with a big smile and a gleam in her eyes, and proudly announced that she had the ‘perfect body.’

“It seems they had taken measurements during P.E., and hers was 21-21-21.”

Mystery lady

Philip, of Denham Springs, says, “Some years ago, my mom, dad, brother and I were en route to the Smoky Mountains.

“My brother, being 3 years older than me, had learned how to read.

“He delighted in reading every sign out loud — ‘See Rock City,’ ‘See Ruby Falls,’ etc.

“Curious, I asked my mother, ‘Momma, who is Ruby Falls?’

“I was baffled as to what everyone found so funny.”

With boudin?

Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, offers what I hope is the last word on the silly “LSU corn dog” discussion:

“I wonder what kind of delicious recipes your Cajun readers would submit if asked, ‘How many ways can you fix a corn dog in south Louisiana?’”

Toss that floss

Doug Johnson, of Watson, says, “Remember the good old days, when the method of determining whether milk had passed its expiration date was to open the bottle and sniff it?

“Now the expiration date is on just about everything.

“I was surprised to see it on a plastic case of dental floss — and on a box of salt.

“The sad part of this is that some people consider these dates as gospel, and will probably be throwing away outdated dental floss and table salt.”

Unhealthy living

Val Garon says our mention of tires “reminds me of when I worked at Georgia Pacific in Plaquemine.

“There was one guy there, John C., who was a health nut. He worked out regularly, ate very healthy food and took very good care of himself.

“He carpooled with another GP person, who once told me, ‘Yeah, he’s a health nut all right, but he drives to work doing 85 miles an hour on bald tires!’”

Her own saint

Harriet St. Amant says, “Young Sophie Kammer, who (in the Saturday column) wished her saint to be Jimmy Graham, might enjoy knowing that Sofia (Sophia) is indeed recognized as a saint, by the Eastern Orthodox Church if not the Roman Catholic one.

“She is venerated as a martyr, and her special day is Sept. 17.

“One of the most famous and beautiful landmarks in Istanbul is the former church (later mosque and now museum) known as Hagia (or Aghia or Aya, Greek for saint) Sofia.”

Happy returns

Russ Kercher, of Mandeville, tells of “a wonderful act of kindness and integrity by an unknown Amtrak employee.

“My wife and I recently took a short train trip with our three grandchildren, for fun.

“We ran short of time and had to hurriedly leave the train when we reached Hammond.

“Unfortunately, we left our new camera on board, and didn’t realize it until we returned home.

“I immediately called Amtrak to report the loss, left detailed info about the camera, and held on to the slight chance that it might be returned.

“On Friday I received a call from the stationmaster in Hammond, asking if I had lost a camera — it had been dropped off on the return trip through Hammond by one of the train crew.

“My heartfelt thanks to that good soul who so kindly made our completed journey one of joy instead of distress.”

Special People Dept.

Irene Hebert, of Norco, celebrates her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 12. A native of Labadieville and one of Norco’s first residents, she retired from Shell after 37 years and as secretary of Sacred Heart Catholic Church after 25 years.

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Roy and Ruby Schnebelen, of Baton Rouge, celebrate 70 years of marriage.

No tater for you!

“Another ‘senior moment’ story,” says Jackie Lively Scullin:

“Last week, while driving, I decided to get a baked potato with sour cream for lunch.

“I drove to the drive-through window and placed my order.

“The clerk replied, ‘Honey, this is McDonald’s, not Wendy’s.’

“I thanked her and went home before I made another faux pas.”

Changing times

Keith Horcasitas says, “I found these recently and had fun sharing them with my colleague nurses, doctors and social workers:”

Q: How many nurses does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Twelve. One to do it, one to chart it and 10 to write the policy and procedure.

Q: How many doctors does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Twenty. One primary care physician to change it and 19 specialists to take it apart and look at it under a microscope.

Q. How many social workers does it take to change a light bulb?

A. One — but the light bulb has to WANT to change!

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