I’ve been enjoying our bumper sticker series, about stickers that are clever, philosophical, etc.

But Wayne Hairston tells of a truly scary one:

“Many years ago, while living in the Mississippi Delta city of Greenville, I stopped at a red light behind an older-model car with several young men inside.

“The car was at least three different colors due to an attempt to paint the entire car with a brush.

“It had a mud-grip tire on one front wheel, and all the other wheels were different colors.

“I noticed a bumper sticker on it that said, ‘Don’t laugh … your daughter might be inside.’ ”

Wow, under $20!

Rob Payer says, “The recent items regarding menu prices from local eateries in the ’60s and ’70s led me to wonder:

“I recently paid $17.25 for ONE oyster po-boy (no, not a loaf) from a New Orleans-based restaurant chain.

“In 40 years, will this too be considered wonderfully inexpensive?”

Lost and found

John Morgan says if you lose an item and happen to have a toddler in the house, just follow the kid:

“My keys came up missing, and we turned the house upside down looking for them.

“I even pulled on some latex gloves and went through the garbage cans.

“We checked the floor vents, behind furniture, everywhere.

“Then my wife dumped the cat’s litter box, washed it out and poured in new litter.

“Like a prize from a box of cereal, my keys appeared on the pile.

“For the week after the keys disappeared, my 16-month-old son kept sticking his arm in the box and pulling out clean litter.

“We think he was trying to retrieve the keys he had deposited in there.”

(Or perhaps he was trying to bury them deeper.)

Bluegrass blues

Tom Terrific writes from Kentucky that he’s “surrounded here by a sea of Kentucky blue. At least it’s a nice shade.”

He says wearing his purple and gold LSU shirt has some benefits:

“The other day a young man in Kroger’s told me he grew up in Baton Rouge.

“I have stickers on my car for LSU track and field, football and baseball. A new friend told me I needed to replace them.

“I told him I would consider it the next time UK won a national championship. He shut up.”

Mane attraction

Tommy Gilmore wonders if he’s the only one who’s noticed that the hirsute Duane (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”) Chapman rather closely resembles Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz.”

Eating for art

The Arts Council of Baton Rouge gets 10 percent of food sales at Bravo! Cucina Italiana on Wednesday. Present a flyer or mention the

Arts Council.

Call the Arts Council at (225) 344-8558.

Senior moment

The Senior Care Planning Council of Greater Baton Rouge presents a free program, “Piecing Together the Puzzle of Caregiving,” at 6 p.m. July 26 at Village Charmant Club House, Unit 203, 11375 Reiger Road.

It offers resources and tips to senior citizens, caregivers, their adult children and their families. Reservations are required before Thursday.

Call (225) 313-3854.

Special People Dept.

• Mildred B. Crump, of Maringouin, celebrates her 99th birthday Monday.

• Rita Cutler, of the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, celebrates her 92nd birthday Monday. She is a World War II veteran.

Thought for the Day

From Gerald Hubenak: “It has been said that we should make love, not war.

“Why not do both? Get married!”

Original thoughts

Fritz McCameron offers these words for our troubled times, indicating he should definitely run for office:

“At the end of the day, to push the envelope we must have more boots on the ground so we can kick the can down the road; otherwise we’ll be thrown under the bus.”

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