Roy Robison, of Baton Rouge, offers a timely comment: "It's ironic that these big-time college football programs include those smaller colleges on their schedules and refer to them as 'rent a wins.'

"But if that lesser team happens to beat the big boys, the victor doesn't have to give back the money it received.

"Put simply, if you rent a car, you get a car. So if you rent a win, shouldn't you get a WIN?

"But we all know … it don't work that way."

Believing in bears

Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville, offers an animal story:

"My good friend (now deceased) Jimmy Daigle drove home late one night and woke his father.

"He said, 'Dad, I hit a bear on the road on the way home and damaged the car.'

"At that time, there probably were no bear sightings in this area since LaSalle.

"His father said, 'Son, you’re drunk; go to bed.'

"Lo and behold, on investigation the next morning, it was determined that the damage and long black hair were proof that he did hit a BEAR.

"We were all amazed that a 'l'ourse' was in our community. Now, there are many bears throughout south Louisiana."

Masked cat?

Tom Cagley, of Baton Rouge, earlier told of using a mirror on his bird feeder to frighten away a persistent squirrel.

Here's the rest of the story:

"A week later, just before bedtime, I looked through the window in my study at the feeder. I thought it was a large, dark cat on top of the feeder. I retrieved my pinhole flashlight and shone it on the animal.

"It stared back at me from a dark mask where his eyes were supposed to be and, head down, did a perfect back-flip onto the patio and tore off for the backyard. I noticed the cat had a striped tail, too.

"I took the feeder down the next morning."

Singing our song

Marion Denova says our mention of Baton Rouge songs reminded him:

"Back in my time (early to mid-'50s), we enjoyed a local band known as The Four Aces.

"They played a tune with these words:

"'There a place way down in the USA,

They call it Baton Rouge, L.A.

You can go to the north

You can go to the south,

You'll came right back and say shut my mouth.

They call it Baton Rouge. …'

"If anyone can remember it, let me know."

Special People Dept.

  • Marian Baltzer celebrates her 100th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Drusilla Seafood in Baton Rouge.
  • Virgie Panepinto celebrates her 97th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 3.
  • Mercy Aydell Lobell, of French Settlement, celebrates her 92nd birthday Tuesday, Oct. 3. She is a retired state employee.
  • Marie Craig Matherne, of French Settlement, celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 3. She is a retired educator.

Language barriers

Ray Schell, of Prairieville, says this about our seminars on the subject of "GPS voices, dialects, geographical locations and even Cajun French."

"Your readers' responses have been both humorous and informative. However, I think one of the most valuable things we could do is encourage the United Nations to set up a universal language with set rules and pronunciations.

"From my limited foreign travel, I truly believe it would be a language very similar to English as it is now practiced but devoid of some confusing problems.

"One of those would probably be to do away with many Cajun French and other ethnic pronunciations. When the letter 'h' was used to start a word, it would be pronounced as 'h' and not be silent."

Thought for the Day

From Marvin Borgmeyer: "I used to wonder what it would be like to read other people's minds. Then I got a Facebook account, and now I'm over it."

Well, actually…

Larry Sylvester says, "An item in a recent column began with 'This actually happened. …'

"Could it be that some of your column writers might include a story about something that did NOT actually happen? If that is the case, then in whom should I put my faith?"

(Our column writers never let the facts stand in the way of a good story. …) 

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