Dudley Lehew offers evidence that our parents were smarter then we thought they were when we were kids:

“Our home, across from Grace Baptist Church on Richland Avenue, was built by my mom and dad from wood salvaged from a World War II military barracks.

“The floors were beech, an extremely tough hardwood.

“And they sometimes needed to be waxed, a chore I hated as a kid because it involved a lot of paste wax and hard repetitive rubbing with wool cloths.

“In my teen years my wise mother, the late Jimmie Corinne Lehew, knew that she would have a big struggle getting me to wax the floors.

“My childhood friend, Anne Fogleman McCain, now a fellow resident of Denham Springs, reminds me of my mother’s ‘skating party’ at our home.

“She invited all my friends over, cleared the living room, tied remnants of a wool blanket over our feet and provided cookies and soft drinks while we ‘skated’ on newly applied paste wax until the floor was bright and shiny!

“Anne says she still has scars on her knees to prove her participation.”

Educational experience

James Christopher says, “The front page of Saturday’s Advocate puzzled me.

“A headline said, ‘LSU AgCenter poised to declare exigency.’

“Then, just under that, ‘Move would allow staff, research, service cuts.’

“Then, just under that, ‘LSU Board approves $700,000 annual salary and contract for new women’s basketball coach.’

“Is it just me, or is something wrong with this picture?”

Not all barbecue

Leroy Marler has some advice for hungry LSU Tigers fans passing through Livingston, Texas, on their way to Dallas for the LSU-Oregon football contest:

“At the intersection of U.S. 59 North and U.S. 190 West is Manny’s seafood restaurant.

“The owners are migrants from Louisiana.

“The food is passably good — they have to bend the seasoning rules just a tad to please cowboy palates, but there are plenty of table-served spices to correct this.”

Leroy says the fried crawfish tails and Manny’s shrimp dishes are especially recommended.

Worthy causes

Dream Day Foundation benefits from the Southern Independent Riders’ Fifth annual Poker Run on Saturday, starting and ending at the Sugar Patch Lounge in Port Allen.

Registration of bikes and cars starts at 10 a.m.

There will be music, food, an auction, door prizes and a tattoo contest, and Junior and Willie from “Swamp People” will be on hand.

Go to http://www.sirmsla.com.

Gift computers

The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council donates five refurbished desktop computer systems to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library at a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Goodwood Library.

Nancy Jo Craig, CACRC executive director, says the non-profit organization is “committed to the reduction of electronic waste through recycling and reuse.”

Supper time

Girl Scouts Louisiana East and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants in Baton Rouge, Houma, Slidell, Metairie and New Orleans have a “Scouting for Supper” event from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

When customers mention Girl Scouts, Chuck E. Cheese will donate 15 percent of the sale to support the program.

Flyers can be found at http://www.gsle.org or at council offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Special People Dept.

Peggy and Donald Lee Betz celebrate their 50th anniversary Wednesday.

Sleep on it

Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon, says, “I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.”

Truth in advertising

George Lane sent over a picture of a BP T-shirt with the comment “I hope it was made before April 20, 2010.”

The message on the shirt was “We’re bringing oil to American shores.”

Ultimate lagniappe

Jennie LeJeune Corbin, of Bunkie, says our series on S&H Green Stamps reminds her of this bittersweet event:

“Way back we bought a used car, and found 21 books of Green Stamps under the front seat.

“Turns out the stamps were worth lots more than the car.”