Karen Poirrier, of Lutcher, tells how a caring nurse can calm a patient with a few words:

“Recently, when I went to the St. James Parish Hospital for a ‘preventive medicine procedure,’ I was apprehensive. “To lessen my anxiety before putting me under, the nurse anesthetist, Glenda Vicknair, recited the ‘Senior Citizens Serenity Prayer:’

“ ‘God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do like, and the eyesight to tell the difference.’ ”

Karen says she was still smiling when she woke up …

The Mackerel Solution

After our story of a futile attempt at cat-catching, we heard from Jerry Daigre, who says the secret is canned mackerel as bait.

His neighbor was having a problem with feral cats, so they dosed canned cat food with mackerel juice and put a wire trap over the bait, “with the bait right behind the trip bar of the trap.

“We put a piece of cloth over the wire mesh the cats had to walk over once inside the trap. Cats do not like to walk on wire mesh for some reason.

“The trap was then covered with an old towel.

“Would you believe, we caught six cats in a 10-day period. All were turned over to Animal Control.”

Ageism at work

Roy Pitchford, of Monroe, says, “Twice this week I have been on an Internet site that asked me to take a brief survey.

“In both cases the first question was about my age.

“In one I checked the ‘65 and over’ box. In the other, I was asked the year I was born, and I entered 1943.

“In each case, after I answered the question about my age, a message popped up saying ‘Thank you,’ and I was ushered out of the survey.”

Nice People Dept.

Sandra Rousseau, of Atlanta, says she and her husband were having dinner at Galatoire’s Bistro during a visit to Baton Rouge.

A young couple with their little daughter were dining at a table near theirs, and when Sandra saw that the tot was restless and wanted to wander, she called her over to sit on her lap:

“She enjoyed herself by putting the stickers on her arms and legs all over my face!

“We were tickled with the sweet, smiling but silent little girl, and happy to let her parents enjoy a quiet time eating their dinner.”

She says Juliana, the little girl, hopped down from her lap after a few minutes and went back to her high chair.

Sandra later learned that the couple, on their way out, had paid for the martinis she and her husband were having.

“Now that is Baton Rouge class, and we wanted to thank them.”

Beer for a cause

Cancer Services benefits from sales of beer and food during “Food Truck Friday” at Tin Roof Brewing Co.

The brewery at 1624 Wyoming St., off Nicholson Drive, is celebrating American Craft Beer Week with the event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Food trucks include Taco de Paco, Curbside, Pullin’ Pork, Fleur de Licious, Dolce Vita and Three Bone. Music will be provided by Heath Ransonnet.

Contact Cancer Services at (225) 927-2273 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/169901676502826/.

Two expatriates

Jerry Cottrell, now chemistry lab coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, says 10 years ago he was living in England:

“When LSU was on its way to the national championship in football, I commented in this column about being able to watch the games on NASN TV in England at the café I owned.

“Susannah Stuckey, another ex-pat in England, saw the story and contacted me. We’ve remained friends, thanks to your ‘introduction.’

“While I am no longer there and she is, I thought it would be swell if you gave a shout-out to Susannah. I know she still tries to catch your column.”

He says Friday is a good day to do this, because it’s her birthday (never mind which one …).

Special People Dept.

  • Clyde and Geneva Cockerham, of Denham Springs, celebrate their 74th anniversary Friday.
  • Buck and Mitzi Grantham, of Denham Springs, celebrate their 63rd anniversary Friday.
  • Charles and Carole Pearson celebrate their 57th anniversary Saturday.
  • Lea and James Foster Sr., of Satsuma, celebrate their 50th anniversary Friday.

Don’t delete Grandma

Algie Petrere says this story is further evidence that “kids are all about computers:”

“My friend Sissy Cummings was sitting on the couch with her first cup of coffee, staring out into space.

“Then she heard her grandson Timmy say, ‘Grandma, are you PAUSED?’ ”

Electrifying news

Judy S. Collins tells this one:

Seven-year-old Beau, evidently feeling that his mom, Jamie Collins, needed an anatomy lesson, explained to her that babies are connected to their mommies by an ‘extension cord.’ ”

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.