Our mention of haikus, plus the upcoming holidays, resulted in several readers offering seasonal thoughts in that Japanese poetic form:

For instance, Vic McDearman says, "Saw a shooting star last Wednesday, hence a haiku:

"Shooting star tonight

Streak of light leading us on

Guiding to Christmas"

And Karen Poirrier, of Lutcher, came up with two seasonal messages:

"Green and red lights blink

Carolers sing of his birth

Children dream of gifts"

And this one:

"A baby is born

Three wise men follow a star

Sing hallelujah"

Loving Louisiana

I also liked this haiku, from Patrick Cougevan, of Mandeville:

"Out on the bayou

Sights and sounds fill my senses

Sportsman's paradise"

Inked out

Herbert A. Landry Jr., of Slidell, recalled his days in the Navy and as a New Orleans police officer when he saw an article about a man with a tattoo on his chest that read "Do not resuscitate:"

"One of the best tattoos was a New Orleans wanted criminal with 'Be stupid' on his forehead.

"Some years ago I saw a young man in Charity Hospital without a shirt on, and he had cartoon characters tattooed all over his chest and back — Sylvester and Tweety Bird, Tom and Jerry, Yosemite Sam, the Road Runner and Wiley Coyote…"

But this one is my favorite: "While in the Navy I saw a sailor with ladies' names tattooed on his arms — but they had lines tattooed across them. They were ex girlfriends."

Grin and bare it

John R. Baker says, "I was amused by the article in Thursday's Advocate about the man who, after a traffic altercation, stripped naked and jumped on a nearby vehicle.

"I began to muse — if the perp had jumped onto a GM vehicle of a particular make, would he have been Buick-naked?"

Expert crasher

So far our "wrong place" items have been about folks who inadvertently wound up at the wrong event.

But Sue Conran tells of a deliberate party-crasher:

"Your story about attending the wrong party reminded me of something that happened to us back in the early '80s.

"We had a dear friend, Susie, who worked for U.S. Sen. Russell Long in his office here.

"From time to time she would get his tickets in the loge section of the Superdome for Saints games.

"On one Sunday we were with her, her date and another friend of hers along with his son and the son's friend.

"One seat was left. After the game started, a gentleman made his way down the row to the vacant seat. He was very pleasant, and happily accepted drinks, hot dogs and other snacks from our three guys.

"He did not buy, nor did he offer, and he disappeared as soon as the game ended.

"Susie asked me who he was, and I said I had no idea — I thought they knew him. No one had a clue.

"We all admired the way he pulled it off, and were a little embarrassed for being such easy marks."

Special People Dept.

—Naomi Flowers celebrates her 103rd birthday on Friday, Dec. 22.

—Nettie Jarrell, of Baton Rouge, celebrates her 100th birthday on Monday, Dec. 25. She has ushered at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Norwood for 81 years.

—Woodrow "Woody" Templet Ferguson, of Gonzales, celebrates her 99th birthday on Monday, Dec. 25.

—Mary Maxwell, of Liberty, Mississippi, celebrates her 99th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 30.

—Camille Laborde, of Morganza, celebrates her 90th birthday on Monday, Dec. 18.

—Mack and Helen Bruner, of St. Amant, celebrate their 69th anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

And off we go

It's time for the final installment of my Well-Deserved Vacation, when Lady K and I visit Bubba's Exxon, Motel and Bait Shop in Back Brusly for the holidays.

Bubba's chef, Large Marge, is back after an enforced visit to a parish facility due to a misunderstanding involving a cleaver. She promises that her famous "Roasted Mystery Bird" will not involve any endangered species.

We're a little concerned about Bubba's promise of "romantic candlelight evenings." The last time he told us this, it meant he hadn't paid his electric bill.

Oh well, anyhow, have a fine holiday yourself. See you next year.  

Louisiana Haiku

Christmas memories

Gifts of apples, pears, pecans

Poor family's love

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0371 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Follow Smiley Anders on Twitter, @SmileyAndersAdv.