Chef KD (Kevin Diez, of Gonzales) tells this story of mistaken identity:
“Last Saturday we were catering a wedding reception, and quite a few guests were from north Alabama.
“We had pastalaya as one of the entrees, and I noticed that no one from Alabama was even putting it on their plate.
“Finally one sweet little lady asked me how in the world were we serving ‘possumlaya?’
“They had misunderstood our Cajun dialect! We all had a good chuckle...”
Patrick R. Hughes offers more “Laws of Inevitability.” See if any of these sound familiar:
“Things you put in a ‘safe place’ will never be found again.
“The miracle drug you desperately need is always in ‘development’ — and has been for 10 years.
“When you need him most, the maintenance guy who knows the idiosyncrasies of your house will be replaced by a temporary teenager.
“The price you paid for the new water heater or central air conditioner 10 years ago has now tripled.
“‘Mobile mechanics,’ who can fix your car in the driveway, are so mobile they can never be found.”
Cabildos at bat
Karen Poirrier, of Lutcher, has the final suggestion for a new name for the New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team:
“When a student in fifth grade at St. Michael Catholic School in Convent, I remember studying Louisiana history and learning about the important role the city of New Orleans played.
“The one word that ingrained itself in my mind is ‘cabildo’: not only a building, but a group of people assembled to achieve a common purpose or attain a specific goal.
“Therefore, I believe the New Orleans Cabildos is a serious contender.”
Rob Abruzzino, of Haspel headquarters in Baton Rouge, says Thursday is National Seersucker Day, which has special meaning in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
In 2014 Haspel president and CEO Laurie Haspel Aronson resurrected the men’s clothing line, which features the classic Southern garment, the seersucker suit.
Rob says the firm was founded in New Orleans in 1909 by Laurie’s great-grandfather Joseph Haspel Sr., who was seeking to “create clothing that could stand up to his native New Orleans heat. He knew that the Brits used this strangely puckered cloth in India, and thought it could translate well from a laborer’s outfit to a hot-weather-ready suit.”
Nice People Dept.
Katherine Rutledge says, “My husband has learned to run all my errands, and where to pick up food for us since I have been recovering from cancer that is in remission now.
“The check-out clerk at Trader Joe’s heard him talking of his home-bound wife last week, and sent him home with a bouquet of cut flowers! It was such a sunny surprise!
“Yesterday he was back with his list, and a different clerk sent me another bouquet of their cut flowers. Thank you, Trader Joe’s.”
“Grammy” responds to an item in the Tuesday column:
“After reading about the young mother who fell in Baton Rouge’s City Park, hurt her arm and knee and had two small children crying, I became angry and ashamed.
“How dare any other human being pass by this awful situation and not even have the courtesy to ask if they could help!
“I am a 64-year-old grandmother, and have been in this situation. Are these bystanders just stupid or uncaring? I think both.
“I am ashamed that this could happen in our city. Shame on all people who walk on by someone in obvious need.”
Special People Dept.
— Edna Emily Gaudin, of Baton Rouge, celebrates her 98th birthday on Thursday, June 9. She is retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
— L.P. Miller celebrates his 95th birthday on Thursday, June 9. He is a World War II veteran, a former newspaper columnist and one of my favorite contributors to this column.
— John Lejeune celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday, June 8.
— Joe and Brenda Walker, of Gonzales, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Wednesday, June 8.
A big difference
Jerry Schexnayder, a proud resident of Baton Rouge’s Hoo Shoo Too Road (one of my favorite road names) says our Wednesday story about the kid who described his dad as being “in jail” because he worked for the sheriff’s office jogged his memory:
“Speaking of prison stories, one day in a discussion of grandparents with my 9-year-old grandson, he said, ‘My great-grandfather was a prisoner. He flew in an airplane and went to prison.’
“After a little thought, I explained to him the difference between a criminal prisoner and a prisoner of war.”
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.