Now that the fun and frivolity of the election has more or less ended (runoffs, you know), we can turn our attention to Thanksgiving.

The approach of this holiday reminds Regular Reader of a true story:

“Many years ago in my small hometown, there was an interdenominational Thanksgiving sunrise service.

“After the program and sermon, the preacher invited members of the congregation to get up and say why they were thankful.

“He called on one person and then another. This went on for a while.

“Then an old man, caretaker of our cemetery, held up his hand.

“When the preacher called on him, he got up and said, ‘I’m thankful I’ve done et my breakfast.’

“That ended the service. …”

The winning sign

Gordon Mese didn’t win the election for East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president, but he had the best campaign sign, a homemade job I came across on Facebook.

Featuring a peace sign, it read “Give Mese a chance.”

Which no doubt won him the John Lennon Fan Club vote. …

Art imitates life

Ronnie Stutes says, “The programmers at the TV Land cable network (which recycles old series) must have really enjoyed themselves selecting the episodes to be aired on Election Day.”

Here are the episode descriptions:

“Campaign manager is murdered” (“Murder, She Wrote”).

“Ward urges Wally to seek student office” (“Leave It to Beaver”).

“Rob debates running for city council” (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”).

“Lucy and Ethel campaign for president” (“I Love Lucy”).

“Town Council bid becomes gender war” and “Barney and Andy compete to be sheriff” (“The Andy Griffith Show”).

Ronnie adds, “However, the trend seemed to end with the ‘Gunsmoke’ episode description: ‘Three bounty hunters hold Doc, Kitty, Sam and Louie captive in the Long Branch.’ That is, until one reads the episode title: ‘The Long Night.’ ”

Nice People Dept.

Ritz Easley says, “Being handicapped on Election Day was a worry to us. I use a wheelchair because I cannot walk far nor stand very long.

“At Twin Oaks Elementary, I wheeled to the line while husband Bill was parking the car. The poll workers came and put me ahead of both sign-up and voting booth lines. They also did the same for my husband. Everyone in line was so gracious and polite.”

A plague of ants

Our reader troubled by small black ants got some help from other readers:

Sue Sperry, of Metairie, says, “The ants won’t go away until you find their nest. Inspect your buildings for rotted and soft wood; the nest may be under those boards. Then spray them with ant killer. Better yet, call an exterminator who can help you locate the source.”

Doretta Briede says you can use Terro-PCO Liquid Ant Bait by Nisus, which worked for her.

And John Browne, of New Orleans, says they’re called “pharaoh ants” and live in walls.

He offers a simple extermination method:

“When I see the pesky critters on my kitchen counter, I massage them with the tip of my index finger.”

Scotch break

An old Scottish tradition, the Kirking of the Tartans, takes place Sunday at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church.

The Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge presents this colorful event at 10:15 a.m., with its Caledonian Pipes & Drums.

After 10:45 a.m. worship service, there will be a fish fry at 11:45 a.m. for $10, with the Baton Rouge Scottish Country Dancers. (Sorry, no haggis — or single malt either, I don’t imagine. …)

Contact Christopher Albright at (504) 473-3672 or

Art alert

Art by students at Westdale Middle School will be displayed starting Thursday at a 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. event at McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton law firm, 340 Florida St.

Special People Dept.

  • Jack Jones celebrated his 96th birthday Tuesday.
  • Alta Stutzman, originally from Fort Adams, Miss., now living in St. Francisville, celebrates her 93rd birthday Thursday.

Thought for the Day

From Harry Clark, of Lafayette: “They say the first 40 years of childhood are the hardest.”

Of scents and snuff

After Bob Downing told of being directed to the school supplies aisle when he asked a drugstore clerk where to find a styptic pencil, Bowdre McDowell, of New Orleans, told a similar story:

“While shopping in a drugstore, I asked the employee in the shave and cologne department what was available in Royal Copenhagen.

“I was advised that I would find that in the tobacco department.”

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