Last week, as jazz fans poured out of the Manship Theatre after enjoying a performance by the legendary McCoy Tyner and his quartet, we joined on Third Street a sizable group of younger folks.

They were strolling between the many new downtown restaurants and bars, at about 9 on a Wednesday evening.

The scene made Baton Rouge look like — dare I say it? — a real city.

I only wished the Metro Council members who view “downtown,” like “diversity,” as a dirty word could have been down there to see how the times are changing.

The ultimate fan

Ricky Lee, of Wilson, says one evening he observed a hearse traveling southbound on Interstate 110 with an LSU flag waving from its antenna.

He says, “I guess this gives a new meaning to ‘die-hard fan.’ Only in Baton Rouge. …”

Unprepared Scouts

This tale, from Sonya Hebert, recreation director at the Southeast Louisiana War Veteran’s Home in Reserve, shows that you’re never too old to shake up younger folks:

“One day we were visited by Boy Scouts.

“Mr. Lebo Cantillo, an Army veteran, was sitting in our Center Core when two Scouts came and sat down beside him.

“Mr. Lebo has a little stuffed dog he carries in his walker.

“As the Scouts were visiting with him, he pulled out the dog and began telling him to behave and quit barking.

“One of the little Scouts looked at the other one and said, ‘I think that one is a crazy one.’

“They then quickly exited the Center Core.

“All the veterans sitting there had a good laugh, especially Mr. Lebo.”

A vote for plastic

A Eunice reader says in regard to Claude Nall’s ode to newspaper rubber bands, in the Monday column:

“I would gladly trade him some rubber bands for a dry newspaper.”

The reader says plastic bags, like the ones The Advocate uses, are the answer — if the end is tied to keep out water on rainy days.

(I should add that Claude wasn’t as concerned about a dry newspaper as he was about having ammunition for rubber band wars. …)

Happy returns

Wanda L. Magee thanks “the person who found my watch at the Bed Bath & Beyond off Siegen Lane.

“The store didn’t have the name of the person, so donations have been made to the Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade and St. Jude Children’s Hospital in honor of this kind deed.”

Looking for people

Jim McCurry is looking for merchant mariners “to represent your service at Baton Rouge veterans’ events.”

Call (225) 266-2589 for more information.

Worthy causes

A raffle party Thursday at Chelsea’s Café from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. benefits Rebecca “Radbecca” Breeden, writer and former Spanish Town Mardi Gras Queen, who’s a cancer patient.

Prizes include a flat-screen TV, spa package from The Massage Center in Zachary, $100 gift card to Chelsea’s, $150 gift certificate to Noelie Harmon Boutique, and more.

Tickets are $5, available at Noelie Harmon before the event and at Chelsea’s that night. You don’t have to be present to win.

For information or to donate a prize, contact Terri Devall Babin at

Special People Dept.

• Jessie Myrl Rushing, formerly of Amite and Greensburg, now at Sherwood Manor, celebrated her 98th birthday Monday.

• Mary Benedict, of Fordoche, celebrated her 98th birthday Sept. 20.

• Estelle Chrismond, of Marksville, celebrated her 95th birthday Saturday at Marksville Baptist Church, where she’s been a member for more than 60 years.

• Carrie Wallace, of Port Allen, celebrated her 90th birthday Monday.

• Ted and Dottie Varnado’s 60th anniversary is Tuesday. They celebrated by singing a duet in church.

Thought for the Day

From Mel Prust: “To avoid trouble and insure safety, breathe through your nose.

“It keeps your mouth shut.”

Possessive tense

Billie Roman offers this Childspeak story:

“When my son Joey was 4 and his sister was 6, I would always tell them to put their bikes in the utility room when they were finished.

“One day Joey said, ‘Mom, I’m putting the bike in mytility room.’

“For a long time after we referred to it as the ‘mytility room.’”