I was reminded of what dangerous times these are for dieters when on the same day a friend dropped off a Zulu king cake, a Girl Scouts representative presented me with two sample boxes of their famed cookies.

I’m kind of a purist when it comes to king cakes, so I haven’t tried the Zulu version, which is covered in thick chocolate and sprinkled with coconut chunks.

It is evidently the “wretched excess” of king cakes and might change my preference for the plain variety of the cakes forever.

As for Girl Scout cookies, we’re told that orders are being taken from now through Feb. 1, with booth sales in the 23 parishes of Girl Scouts Louisiana East from Feb. 27 through March 15.

“Digital Cookie,” an online platform, allows girls to sell cookies online for the first time.

You can get information at www.gsle.org.

Since king cakes seem to always appear at the same time as Girl Scout cookies, how about a “thin mints king cake” or a “Samoas king cake” or … well, you get the idea.

Remember, you saw it here first!

Radio days

Fond memories of New Orleans radio station WWL continue to pour in:

Nick Carrier, of Napoleonville, says, “In south Louisiana, when asked we generally answer, ‘Yeah, I had a couple of beers’; ‘Yeah, I got a couple of bucks on me,’ etc.

“In 1950, my aunt Nedra Talbot Delatte, a resident of New Orleans, took me to the WWL studio, and we both wound up in the booth with Henry Dupre on the ‘Dawnbusters’ live morning show.

“Mr. Dupre asked this 7-year-old pup how long was his visit to the city — ‘a couple of days?’

“I responded, ‘Yes sir, about three weeks!’ He lost it!”

Lynn Oswalt says, “References to WWL radio bring to my mind one of the first ‘talk radio’ personalities, Bob Ruby.

“He was an innovator and entertained his audience, as I recall, by finding unique stories in the newspaper or from other sources and making follow-up phone calls.

“He would call anywhere in the world to talk to people. Many of those calls were very funny as well as informative.

“He also had a descriptive phrase for the type of day we have had several of recently.

“On cold, damp days, he would say something to the effect that ‘It is a downright grungy day in old, downtown New Orleans.’ ”

And here’s one more tale of accessing clear channel WWL from far away:

Leslie Fogleman, of Ponchatoula, says, “While serving in the Air Force at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, WWL came in loud and clear on those cold nights as I worked security on B52s and KC135s.

“I could watch the night sky as the Northern Lights danced across the sky and listen to music from high atop the Roosevelt hotel.

“I enjoyed that ‘jass’ music!”

Catty remarks

Marvin Borgmeyer asks, “Why do women like cats?

His answer: “Cats are independent; they don’t listen, they don’t come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they are home, they like to be left alone and sleep.

“In other words, every quality they hate in a man, they love in a cat!”

He adds, somewhat cattily: “I seem to recall that Lady Katherine loves cats!”

Head cases

Continuing our seminar on baseball caps and the wearing of them:

“Barber Bob” Irwin, of Amite, points out what was no doubt the first instance of wearing a baseball cap backward — when catchers turned them around so their masks would fit.

And Jim Wilcombe says, “I found the mention of baseball caps interesting. I always thought that the bill was to shade one’s eyes.

“Does wearing it backwards mean one has eyes in the back of one’s head?

“How about wearing it cocked to one side: does that mean that person is cockeyed?”

Special People Dept.

Bobbie Martin celebrates her 95th birthday on Monday. She is a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.

Worthy causes

Charlie Bourgeois says there’s a way to provide financial help for Sterling Everidge, a deaf man who is now a quadriplegic because of a stray bullet that hit him in September:

“His means of communication, the use of his hands, is now impossible. Now he can only mouth his words to make himself understood.

“He and his wife Rebecca have a very difficult path to travel. You can find out more and make a donation by visiting ‘http://gofundme.com/js529c.’ ”

Thought for the Day

From Shirley Fleniken: “I don’t trip over things; I do random gravity checks!”

Leave ’em guessing

Algie Petrere says, “When I die, I want my last words to be, ‘I left a million dollars under the ...’ ”

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.