G.M. Beauford, of Lakeland, tells of a “food and football” moment:

“One day Cousin Azema and her two sisters cooked all day making a big pot of gumbo.

“The boys were running through the house, tossing the football. It fell into the pot. “The cooks just picked it up, wiped it off, and everyone ate the gumbo ‘anyhow.’

“And ‘Mr. Football’ said the gumbo was delicious.”

Crawfish alert

Time for the annual Crawfish Report by Jay Huner, of Boyce:

“We had a mild, wet summer. That sort of climate means survival and reproduction of crawfish in burrows in ponds and the Basin should be excellent.

“The only fly in the ointment, however, is the ongoing issue of White Spot Shrimp Virus, which can be deadly to pond and wild crawfish populations.

“WSSV appeared about the time I retired from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, around 2005. It is associated with shrimp imported from Asia and processed along the Gulf Coast.”

(As if we didn’t have enough to worry about)

Do it yourself

Audrey F. Schilling says mention of old Baton Rouge General on Government Street “reminds me of a short stay there.

“My mom was instructed to bring two sets of sheets and pillowcases. We did not get those back!”

Creative nicknames

Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville, says, “Your recent articles about ‘mister’ reminded me of all the people I grew up calling Mr. or Mrs.

“I have no idea of some of their real names.

“There was Mr. Goon, Miss Pachoon, Mr. TB, Mr. Tic and Mr. Blow (brothers), Mr. T-man, Mr. TJ, Mr. Schec, Mr. Pete, Mr. Teeter.

“I could go on and on …”

Paula Coussan King, of Gretna, says, “My father was one of 11 children. Most of the boys had nicknames.

“Uncle Doucet was called Uncle Pappy.

“Uncle Ambrose was called Uncle Do.

“Uncle Paul was called Yo.

“Uncle Riolan was called Uncle Crap.”

(Paula says Uncle Riolan’s wife didn’t care for his nickname, for some reason)

Fighting words

Winston Day, who had requested a recording of the Istrouma High fight song, says, “One of your faithful readers, Belle Borskey Gascon, has given me a digitized version of the iconic song by the IHS band.

“I look forward to featuring it on my Saturday radio show on WBRH, but there is a slight problem — the version is instrumental.

“Belle supplied me with the lyrics, but I can’t sing! Smiley, would you consider doing the vocal?

“Or might it cause folks to tune to another station?”

(Actually, it would mean the end of radio as we know it)

Nice People Dept.

Loretta Toussant says, “I would like to thank the East Baton Rouge EMS unit paramedics who transported my 77-year-old dad to Baton Rouge General Mid-City Saturday night.

“After he was situated in the emergency room, I was so touched that they actually took the time to come back to see how he was!”

Marie Greco says, “On Oct. 30 on North Street, a group of Entergy employees were working, and when the hearse carrying my Aunt Joanne Nicholas passed by them, they all stopped and took their hats off in honor and respect. My heart melted!”

Special People Dept.

Josephine Bologna, of Metairie, celebrates her 98th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 8.

On Sunday, Nov. 2, Mary Louise Montagnino celebrated her 92nd birthday.

Dr. Thomas J. Wilcox Jr., of Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, celebrates his 91st birthday on Friday, Nov. 7.

Margie Sibley Coxe and John E. Coxe Sr., of Walker, celebrate their 69th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 7.

Thought for the Day

From Marvin Borgmeyer: “As the weather gets cooler, I am reminded of the famous quote: ‘Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.’”

Literal interpretation

Joan Waguespack Barré, of Metairie, says, “Willard Scott’s experience with ‘all you can eat’ chicken for $3 brings to mind the time my husband Carl went through the drive-thru at one of the fast food restaurants when our children were young.

“He placed the order for the foods of their choice, and said, ‘One chicken nugget,’ meaning an order of nuggets.

“Sure enough, when they got home there was a box with one chicken nugget in it.

“We still laugh about it many years later.”

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