Dealing with our frizzy summers

Keli Berry, of Denham Springs, like many here, has experienced the effect of our summers on our hair:

“ ‘Twas the normal humid Louisiana July morning when I stood in my dressing room trying to convince my hair to transform from its wiry strands of devil-may-care frizz to luscious locks of corn silk.

“I was joined, as has become the morning routine, by my 6-year-old son Andrew (aka Spikey), wearing his favorite pair of prescription sports glasses.”

She says Spikey, after fooling around with her makeup, earrings, etc., finally came across a pair of reading glasses and put them on over his own glasses:

“He slid the two sets of eyewear up and down, trying to discern the difference.

“As he bounced them to and fro on his brow, I stepped closer and then further away in time with his movements.

“Finally, in anticipation of some dramatic revelation that maybe he didn’t need such a high prescription after all, I said ‘So tell me, what’s fuzziest?’

“He took in my measure from the tip of my toes to the top of my head and replied, ‘Your hair is the fuzziest.’

“Yep, I reckon I deserved that.”

Fish story

Doug Johnson, of Watson, adds to our anchovy tales:

“Several years ago I ordered a pizza for pickup at a store in Baker.

“When I arrived and gave my name, the kid at the counter turned his head and loudly announced, ‘Here’s the guy who ordered anchovies!’

“Several employees peeked around the oven to see me, looking as if he had said, ‘Here’s the asylum escapee.’

“Made me wonder just how often they got orders for anchovies.”

Small act of kindness

I’ve mentioned before that the folks who have one of the toughest, most thankless jobs in town are the ones who pick up our trash and recyclables.

But whenever I get up early enough to see them in action (which admittedly isn’t all that often), they’re smiling and kidding around and seem to be doing their job with enthusiasm.

That’s why I enjoyed this note from Dennis T. Edmon:

“Due to recent surgery I temporarily walk with the aid of a walker - one with two wheels on the front and two tennis balls on the back.

“While I was retrieving my newspaper one morning, the recycle man was emptying our container into his truck.

“I turned around to see he had taken both empty containers - garbage and recycle - from the street to our carport.

“Fortunately, I was able to give him a quick thank-you and a wave of my hand as he disappeared down the street.

“It is good to have a day-brightener from a stranger early in the day.”

Help a dancer

If you dine in or take out at California Pizza Kitchen in Perkins Rowe from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and present a flyer, 20 percent of the purchase goes to Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet.

To get a flyer, drop by Dancer’s Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court, or email

Drop those boots!

Four Girl Scouts in Troop 10262 in Prairieville - Aly Hughes, Holli Jackson, Hannah Johnson and Jessie Schlaudecker - are collecting new and used riding boots for the horse program at Camp Marydale.

You can drop off boots at Marston Feed & Seed and Don’s Evergreen in Prairieville; Boots Etc., Adobe Western Store and Sacs Feed & Western Store in Gonzales; The Boot Store in Baton Rouge; and Dodge City Farm Supply in Denham Springs.

Boots will be collected until Aug. 13. For information, email

Special People Dept.

• Cecile Brown, of Plaquemine, celebrates her 93rd birthday Monday - at a Chinese buffet.

• Annie B. Hawkins, of Maringouin, celebrates her 93rd birthday Monday.

Thought for the Day

From Mel Prust: “A computer lets you make mistakes faster than any invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.”

Batter is better

Alan Boyd says, “When our daughter Alane was around 5 or 6 (she is now 27) we went to Sherwood Country Club for lunch.

“Her mother suggested we start with an order of onion rings, and Alane shouted, ‘I want some!’

“My wife said, ‘You don’t like onion rings.’

“Alane replied, ‘Yes, I do - I just don’t like that stuff in the middle.’ “

Write Smiley at He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.