I love stories about the way kids view those of us in our, ahem, "golden years."

For instance, Pat "Papa" Ginn, of Baton Rouge, got this story from his daughter, Mary Coppock, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama:

"Our grandson Garrison, age 7, is reading a book about the 1916 shark attacks on the East Coast.

"He said, 'Mom, the shark attacks happened 100 years ago! I thought about asking Papa if he remembers seeing it on TV, but then I realized they didn't have TV's back then.'"

Love bug gumbo?

Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville, tells our readers plagued by a seasonal pest how to deal with the problem in a uniquely south Louisiana manner:

"In reference to the item in your column on how to eliminate love bugs, the solution is quite simple:

"Make up a recipe for them, and then tell everyone that they are protected, like 'gros bec' or some other species of wildlife protected by state or federal regulations!

"They would soon become endangered."

Nice People Dept.

Josie Marble, of Pride, says, "Last Friday I ate lunch at Crawford's Two restaurant on Staring Lane in Baton Rouge with three of my fellow TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) friends following our weekly meeting.

"Yes, we do have to eat lunch — even though we are trying to lose weight.

"When we went up to the counter to pay our bills, we learned that they had already been paid.

"When we asked who had paid them, our server said it was the man in the purple shirt who had already departed.

"He made my day, and I would just like to thank him for his act of kindness."

(And if he was wearing a purple shirt, he was no doubt an LSU Tigers fan, who are known for their kindness and generosity…)

Shelter from the storm

Russ Wise, of LaPlace, says our recent tales of lousy weather reminded him of this adventure:

"About 15 years ago what was supposed to be the world's shortest cruise (overnight to the Bahamas, one day on the beach and overnight back) was extended by a day because of an offshore storm.

"My wife, son and I decided to rent a 'Bahama Buggy' — a former VW Beetle with a roofless fiberglass shell — and explore the island.

"We, of course, got caught by the storm, and ducked under the canopy of a roadside service station to wait it out.

"When it became clear that the rain wasn't going to end anytime soon, the owner turned two large garbage bags into ponchos for my wife and son, and added a pair of Walmart-style plastic bags for their heads.

"I guess she decided that I was already wet…"

Pete's lagniappe

One more remembrance of the late Pete Fountain, the great New Orleans clarinetist:

Joe L. Herring, of Baton Rouge, says when he was with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the '60s he hired Pete and his band to play at a joint banquet winding up conferences of the American Fisheries Society and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, held in the same hotel:

"I think Pete and the band enjoyed this group more than most they played for. During their short breaks, they enjoyed talking fish and game with wildlife personnel from the U.S., Canada and other countries.

"I had contracted with them for an hour and a half, but they played for an additional hour at no charge.

"Pete really had an interest in the fish and wildlife resources throughout the United States."

Thought for the Day

From Marvin Borgmeyer: "I am great at multi-tasking: I can waste time, be unproductive and procrastinate all at once!"

Special People Dept.

—Estelle Chrismond, of Marksville, celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 24. A party is planned for her on Sunday afternoon at Marksville Baptist Church.

—Frances Plaia celebrates her 98th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 24.

—Pigeon Major Thibaut, of Oscar, celebrates her 95th birthday on Friday, Sept. 23.

—Buddy and Gloria Mazzeno, of Metairie, celebrate their 72nd anniversary on Friday, Sept. 23.

—Clint and Connie Crosier, of Slidell, celebrated their 54th anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 22.

—Nicky and Charmelle Guercio, of White Castle, celebrate 50 years of marriage on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Signs of safety

Two final Burma-Shave sign memories. Ann Russell recalls this 1950 reminder about speeding:







And an anonymous reader says this 1959 gem on the danger of careless passing was spotted on La. 1 north of Grand Isle:







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