Convenience store was well named

Bert Dorgant, of Mansura, tells of a trip through the Sonoma Valley in California he and wife Anne made with traveling partners Ken and Donna:

“Looking for a place to stay, we called and found one for $359 a night. Being retired schoolteachers, that was simply out of our league.

“When we told the receptionist we had been traveling all day, she found a room for $159 — with complimentary wine, fruit and snacks.

“The night before, after dinner at Mazzotti’s in Eureka, the food was so delicious we put leftovers in our ice chest.

“That day we checked out a couple of wineries, and were getting hungry, but our yummy Italian leftovers were cold.

“Being from Cajun land and not a bit shy, we pulled into a 7-11 and asked if we could use the microwave.

“The clerk obliged, and the next thing you know we were sitting under shade trees in the parking lot of a beautiful winery, opening a bottle of wine and eating our reheated lunch.

“Thank heaven for 7-11!”

What, no brown?

Archie and Sundra Fontenot, of Eunice, say they lived in Los Angeles “when the Cajun food craze was at its peak.

“One Sunday we had spent the day at Venice Beach, enjoying boardwalk entertainers with our friends Tee John and Pat Richard from Lafayette, who also lived there.

“On the way home we passed by Louisiana Fried Chicken, a fast food place, and saw a large banner: ‘Now serving Louisiana gumbo.’

“When we asked the young waitress for bowls of gumbo, she smiled and asked, ‘The red or the green?’

“We thanked her and said we had changed our minds.”

Mr. Nice Guy

Lenora Colledge, of Breaux Bridge, says the actor Forrest Tucker, mentioned by a reader, was indeed a gentleman:

“When my brother was in a hospital in Indianapolis, Mr. Tucker’s mother was also there. She wasn’t doing very well, but Mr. Tucker never seemed to ask for any special treatment.

“Even though he was clearly worried about his mom, he would sign autographs for anyone who asked.

“Most people (including me) left him alone, but he was never rude to those who didn’t.”

Wyoming Tiger

After a reader praised his Montana property, Kathryn S. LaFleur, of Eunice, told of a another happy dining experience at a Burke Moran restaurant:

“In 2009 my husband and I were in Cody, Wyo., (just outside Yellowstone) when we elected to eat dinner at the Wyoming Rib & Chop House.

“As we walked in, the LSU Fight Song was playing.

“We asked our waiter about it, and he told us that the owner/manager was an LSU graduate and played the Fight Song every hour or so.

“The manager came over to talk to us, and we had no hesitation in getting any Louisiana dish on the menu, even in Big Sky country.”

Worthy causes

Stanley Braud says Baton Rouge Southeast Lions Club receives 10 percent of sales revenue (including takeouts) from Chili’s on Millerville Road between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday.

Present a flyer or tell the waiter you’re helping the Lions.

Lions will also be on hand to pick up old eyeglasses.

Special People Dept.

• Adele Himel, of St. Clare Manor, celebrated a special birthday Thursday: her 107th.

• Lena Guerin, formerly of New Roads, now living in Lafayette, celebrates her 95th birthday Sunday.

• Neil Goodson celebrates his 94th birthday Saturday. He’s a native of Oakdale.

• Elaine Ventress Johnson, of Heritage Manor, celebrates her 90th birthday Sunday.

• Norma Mason celebrates her 90th birthday Sunday.

• E.C. “Slim” and Lois Nettles celebrate 63 years of marriage Sunday.

• Edward and Sylvia Ann Carrio celebrate their 62nd anniversary Saturday.

• Jimmy and Gayle Fontenot, of St. Amant, celebrate their 50th anniversary Friday.

Sticker shock

Althea Ashe says the bumper sticker mentioned by Riley Landry in Wednesday’s column (“Yes, this is my pickup truck. No, I will not help you move.”) can be ordered from Trik Topz at (800) 423-2448.

She says, “They also offer one that says, ‘Honk if you love peace and quiet.’ ”

Something extra

This one from John Torbert fits in with our bumper sticker seminar:

“A trucking company had the motto ‘We Go The Extra Mile’ printed on the back of its trucks.

“Underneath in the grime on one of them someone wrote, ‘We missed the last exit.’ ”