Darrell Davis says, “The cold weather and the trainers’ preparation for Saturday night’s LSU game in Arkansas reminded me of how much times have changed.

“The Thursday night before the 1978 Liberty Bowl, I was working late at Goudchaux’s Main Street store.

“I was in the men’s department when up walks coach Cholly Mac (LSU football coach Charles McClendon).

“The weather forecast for the game in Memphis was cold and windy.

“Coach Mac wanted to buy all of the long handles we had in stock to outfit the team.

“Together, we emptied every counter, drawer and back stock room of long underwear.

“We loaded several large boxes into his car. He paid with his Goudchaux’s charge card.

“Maybe the reason LSU lost (to Missouri) was because they were not outfitted in Nike high-tech undies but Hanes, Fruit of the Loom and Healthknit.”

No texting here

Ernie Gremillion uses this example to explain to his friends why he has canceled texting on his cellphone:

“A friend comes to my house and I ask the friend a question.

“His response is ‘Let me type my answer on your computer so you can read it.’

“I respond, ‘Wouldn’t it be easier for you to just say the answer?’

“I rest my case.”

Running joke

Hodges Mercer, “The Slidell Jokester,” offers this week’s silliest idea (so far):

“Regarding the recent stories about bulls or reindeer running through the streets, I have a great idea!

“Some south Louisiana town should hold an annual ‘Running of the Nutria!’

“Local trappers could round up a few dozen and release them into the downtown streets, and participants (after fueling up in the local saloons) could run with the nutria while wearing fake yellow teeth!

“It would be a real hoot and make that town famous!

“Boudreaux and Clotile from the New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team could be honorary starters!”

Nostalgia Corner

Myrtle Bolen Forbes, of Baker, says just because you were born at the old Baton Rouge General Hospital on Government Street doesn’t mean you’re an old person:

“My dear sister Pat Bolen Longino, eight years younger than me, was born there on May 1, 1945, and she is a long way from being old — she has more energy than anyone I’ve ever seen.

“Now, me, I am a dinosaur — I went to the old Beauregard School on St. Ferdinand Street.”

Happy returns

John Bilisoly thanks “profusely” the person who found and turned in his daughter’s LSU-Alabama football ticket that she had lost in the LSU Bookstore before the game.

John says his daughter Inez DiRosa “had driven from The Woodlands, Texas, that morning expressly to watch her niece Mary Bahlinger perform as drum major of the Tiger Marching Band at the final home game.”

Special quilt

Dana Territo, of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, says in February she asked in this column for quilters to work on a “Charlie’s Place” quilt.

“I received several responses, and since that time, a group of three ladies and myself have been working on creating the 8-foot-by-8-foot quilt.

“The ‘Quilt to Remember’ will hang at the Louisiana State Archives through November, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month.”

It will wind up at the Alzheimer’s Foundation in New York and join other quilt panels at events across the nation.

Worthy causes

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital benefits from an offer by The Melting Pot of Baton Rouge to mark its 15th anniversary.

In addition to other special offers, guests who donate $10 to St. Jude through Dec. 14 receive a “Donate and Dine” card worth $20 off a future purchase.

Special People Dept.

Jeanette Harper, of Slidell, celebrates her 92nd birthday on Wednesday.

Pearl and John Gaidry, of Lafayette, celebrate their 65th anniversary on Wednesday.

Sign language

Dan Burkhater, the Carencro Curmudgeon, blames these signs on Daylight Saving Time — but then, he blames everything on Daylight Saving Time:

“Ever Open Cafe: Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

“One Day Sale: Friday and Saturday.”

Officially old

Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, says it’s official — he has reached geezerhood.

He came across a story on Facebook and found himself agreeing with it:

It’s about a gent who stops by the local Hooters for some hot wings and a cold beer with friends.

Noting the attractive young ladies working there, one of his buddies asks him which one he’d like to be stuck in an elevator with.

And he replies, “The one who knows how to fix elevators.”

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.