Charles Young, of New Orleans, says, “My youngest daughter, Pam, was getting ready to go to the polls Tuesday when her 5-year-old, Sissy, asked her why she had to vote.

“She answered that she needed to help pick our leaders.

“Sissy quickly replied, ‘But Mommy, Drew Brees is our leader.’”

Deep in the heart of…

Several readers (two is several, right?) have asked about our Well-Deserved Vacation.

Unfortunately, our original destination — Bubba’s Exxon, Motel & Bait Shop, in Back Brusly — had overbooked due to the International Alligator Skinning Contest and Cook-Off.

Bubba graciously offered to share his double-wide with us, but since his three Catahoulas also live there we thought it might be a bit crowded.

So Lady Katherine and I headed west, to visit friends in Fredericksburg and San Antonio, and see Texas while it’s still in the U.S.

We dined well, on barbecued brisket in Conroe, schnitzel and brats in Fredericksburg, enchiladas in San Antonio, etc.

And we didn’t neglect cultural events — a Saturday dance in Luckenbach to a cool country band, Monday night blues outdoors in Fredericksburg, and in San Antonio, a Halloween Eve performance of “The Rocky Horror Show” featuring the lovely ladies of RuPaul’s Drag Race (“over the top” does not begin to describe it).

It was a fine week, but we were glad to roll into Baton Rouge in time to take part in Halloween festivities and catch all those political attack ads we’d been missing.

It’s a weird place, but it’s home...

Population explosion

Tom Simoneaux, of Paincourtville, says, “The number of fans at this year’s LSU-Ole Miss game was 102,321.

“I will bet you that in coming days that number will swell to 200,000 or 300,000 fans.”

(Right. Billy Cannon tells me that judging from the number of folks who told him they saw his historic 89-yard punt return against Ole Miss in 1959, he figures the crowd must have numbered upwards of 250,000.)

Happy returns

Buck Blouin, of Prairieville, says, “About the Cajun radio station KBON and the DJ’s request to his listeners not to request so many sad songs:

“My suggestion is, start playing them backwards and they become happy songs — because you get your job back, you get your wife back, you get your family back, you get your truck back, etc.”

New York version

Francis Celino, the Metairie Miscreant, says our series on church funnies reminds him of the little girl from New York who prayed, “Lead us not into Penn Station…”

Honest People Dept.

G.L. Dighton says, “I found an envelope stuffed in my gate containing a check that apparently fell out of my car when I voted at Wedgewood Elementary School Tuesday.

“I have no idea who the Good Samaritan is who found it, but hope they read your column and know I am grateful for their honesty.”

Good job!

Frank Kean, of Baton Rouge, says, “I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the organization and execution of the early voting at the Louisiana Archives. A first-class effort.”

Worthy causes

Joe Balfour says on Sunday, Nov. 9, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has its annual 5K walk-run in New Orleans’ City Park to raise funds for medical research. Visit purplestride.org/neworleans.

Special People Dept.

Helen Daviet, of Williamsburg Retirement Community, celebrates her 98th birthday on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Willie Roubique Sr., of Fordoche, celebrated his 96th birthday on Monday, Nov. 3. He is a World War II Army veteran, serving in Europe.

Mortimer Squires Jr., of Williamsburg Retirement Community, celebrated his 95th birthday on Friday, Oct. 31. He and his wife, Aline, relocated to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina. He is a 1941 LSU petroleum engineering graduate.

Lena Hebert Usie, of Breaux Bridge, celebrated her 94th birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Sadie Reagan Spruill, of Old Jefferson Community Care Center, celebrated her 94th birthday on Oct. 28.

Elaine “Mimi” Umphrey celebrated her 93rd birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 5. She has been honored as one of the oldest living LSU graduates.

Caroll and Patricia Beattie Boles, of Central, celebrated their 59th anniversary on Oct. 25.

Thought for the Day

From Tootie Hart, of Hammond: “Who says there’s no fall color in Louisiana? There are orange barrels everywhere.”

Just us kids

Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, says, “When I answered the phone the recording said, ‘Hello, seniors.’

“I hung up.

“My sister said, ‘Who called?’

“I told her it was the wrong number, because he wanted seniors — and we are only in our 60s.”

CONTACT SMILEY: by email at Smiley@theadvocate.com, by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.