Dudley Lehew of Denham Springs joins our bumper sticker seminar by recalling one with fondness “because it seemed to take a satirical poke at every bumper sticker ever produced.

“It read ‘BUMPER STICKER.’

“However, I was profoundly affected by a bumper sticker in 1978, having just returned to the South from 10 years in the Frozen Nawth and at the most serious crossroads of my life.

“No job. A family of six to support. Savings gone. In serious debt. Behind in car and house notes…

“But one morning, after dropping the gang off at school, worrying how I could possibly survive, I pulled up behind a car bearing a bumper sticker that asked, ‘Now What Was It I Was So Worried About This Time Last Year?’

“Immediately my attitude changed, because I paused and realized that NEVER in my entire life had I gone ONE DAY without food, clothes, a roof over my head and somebody who loved me!

“I knew then that if the good Lord had met those needs in the past, I knew he would continue. Everything else was gravy.”

No big deal

Bill Smith says, “Years ago I was at the lunch counter at the Walgreen’s on Canal Street.

“Two ladies, both with strong ‘Frozen Nawth’ accents, were eating ham sandwiches.

“One said to the other, ‘I don’t see anything so great about this New Orleans food.’ ”

Neglected education

Pat Crochet says, “Our son Kyle told this story about his inquisitive 5-year-old son Colin.

“Colin was sitting in the back seat of the car asking one question after another.

“Getting almost to the breaking point, Kyle told him he was driving him crazy with all the questions.

“Colin replied, ‘Dad, I can’t help it if I didn’t know anything when I was born.’ ”

Sopper’s lament

Sam Gallo wonders how can you sop up sauces without bread:

“I know times are tough, but some restaurants are going in the wrong direction, especially considering our south Louisiana culture with its rich Cajun and Italian heritages.

“I had dinner at a upscale restaurant, and was served spaghetti with meatballs.

“But no bread! I found out one must buy it.

“Then, at another ‘fine’ place, I was served gumbo — but no crackers.

“Can this be Louisiana?”

Where’s Gonzo?

His mom Jeanne Schexnayder says son Wayne Jr., aka “Gonzo Schexnayder,” is active in the Chicago theater scene, and just played Richard the Lion-Hearted in ‘A Lion in Winter.’

Jeanne knows I was a fan when Gonzo, Ronnie Stutes and others had the improv group Troupe Therapy at Cabaret Theater in the early ’90s.

Gonzo has a day job — he’s a managing editor at Modern Health Magazine.

Worthy causes

Kenny Neal, one of the top blues performers to come out of Baton Rouge, performs Wednesday at Phil Brady’s to benefit Sianna Paddie, a 5-year-old who suffered spinal injuries and lost her mother, Jenna Fabre, in a May 13 car crash.

Stefanie A. will also appear. Sarah Rosario of WBRZ-TV will host.

The $20 charge includes dinner, and it’s a non-smoking event. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, go to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/siannapaddie.

True North

Jim Carruth says the North of Choctaw Reunion on Thursday at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium gets under way at 6 p.m., not 5 p.m. as stated earlier. You’re asked to bring an item for the Food Bank.

Special People Dept.

Barney B. and Joann F. Lea of Jackson celebrate 60 years of marriage Monday.

Jimmie and Elaine Spangler of Central celebrate their 59th anniversary Monday.

Tag team

Jim Bickett has another story about the Ellis brothers, whose business — putting ID strips on the ears of female sheep — is called the Ellis Ewe Taggers.

Last fall the boys started putting the ID strips on goats.

They hadn’t realized how popular they had become until they attended an LSU football game and heard 90,000 fans in Tiger Stadium screaming “Goat taggers!”

Watch that left claw

Buddy Knox says, “I noticed an restaurant ad in The Advocate: ‘1-1/2 lb. live Maine lobster, steamed broccoli and sensation salad for $19.95.’

“My question is that since the Maine lobster is live, would I have to fight it to see who gets to eat the broccoli and salad?”

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.