Keith Horcasitas has an “only in Louisiana” tale of revenge:

At the funeral for his 99-year-old aunt, Sister Joselia Kleinpeter, in Chatawa, Mississippi, his Uncle Ray lightened the solemn occasion with a story about two of his late brothers, Arthur and Francis Jr.

“At the old Sacred Heart Church on Canal Street in New Orleans, there were two large holy water fonts.

“My uncles used to try to get back at some unsuspecting ‘mean nuns’ in the following way: they slipped into the fonts some crawfish they’d dug from Bayou St. John nearby!

“We don’t know if the nuns got bit when using the fonts!”

Economy move

John Engelsman, of Baton Rouge, has come up with a way to save the state money:

“Jim Garvey, BESE president, recently boasted that cancelling their April meeting saved the state $10,000.

“Just think how much they’d save by cancelling ALL their meetings!”

Indeed, if this was expanded to include other state agencies’ meetings, there’s no telling how much money could be saved.

John adds, “I don’t seek compensation for this brilliant idea, Smiley. Like you, I live to serve.”

Can you dig it?

Robert Day has more on the jive-talking Diggy Doo, a great DJ on Baton Rouge’s WXOK in the early days of R&B:

“He would sign on, and off, I believe, by saying, ‘Like a snake in the lake, too slim to swim; like a roach on the poach, to smooth to move; nobody do it like the Diggy do it!’”

Cover story

I keep getting nostalgia items about devices from our past:

“Yesterday,” says Moe K., “we ran out of fat-free half and half for morning coffee. I located a can of milk, and had to use a church key (found in the tool box) to cut holes. Then we stored the can with a plastic cover.

“Now we are wondering about the metal cover used in days of yore to puncture holes and cover the milk can all in one. No plastic back then.”

That’s one I don’t recall — my mom used an ice pick to punch a hole in a can of evaporated milk. Not sure what she covered it with in the fridge, if anything...

Thanks, Crawfish-Man

Years ago Tim Edler wrote a series of books about “Crawfish-Man,” a Cajun superhero, and even had a costume he’d wear when talking to kids about avoiding drugs, etc.

He tells of this “humbling experience” at a sportsmen’s show in Gonzales:

“My wife Becky and I had a booth for our Cajun food products, and also had a small display of my books.

“A young woman with her young daughter came over to the books and asked my wife if I was Tim Edler.

“She grew up in Baton Rouge, and told us her dad, who recently passed away, would read her ‘Crawfish-Man’s Fifty Ways To Keep From Using Drugs.’

“With tears in her eyes, she said, ‘I took the Drug Oath, and it saved me!’

“You just don’t know what it meant to me, to have tried to do something good so many years ago, not knowing the outcome or if anyone would ever be helped — and 34 years later that incredible moment happened!”

Nice People Dept.

Keigh Ballard says Charles Kelly, of Sears in Baton Rouge, deserves some recognition for going out of his way to help her with a problem with her ice-maker.

Special People Dept.

Lena Roshto celebrates her 90th birthday on Saturday, March 26.

Ellis and Sylvia Peak celebrated their 70th anniversary on Thursday, March 24.

Andrew and Marian Jones, of Morgan City, celebrated their 63rd anniversary on Tuesday, March 22.

Consuming passion

Bo Bienvenu, of Prairieville, says, “I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet in just 3 hours and 30 minutes.”

Getting deep

“Sometime you have to laugh to keep from crying,” says Algie Petrere, who dried off this old story as a comment on our recent deluges:

A torrential rain soaked southern Louisiana; the next morning the resulting floodwaters came up about six feet into most of the homes there.

Mrs. Boudreaux was sitting on her roof with her neighbor, Mrs. Thibodeaux, waiting for help to come. Mrs. Thibodeaux noticed a baseball cap floating near the house.

She saw it float far out into the front yard, then float back to the house; it kept floating away from the house, then back towards the house.

Her curiosity got the best of her, so she asked Mrs. Boudreaux, “Do you see dat baseball cap floatin’ away from the house, den back again?”

Mrs. Boudreaux said, “Oh, yeah, das my husband. I tole him he gonna cut the grass today, come hell or high water!”

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