Marsha Reichle tells a tale of golf and mixed emotions:

“When I was 12 my father worked in Central America for Standard Fruit, the Vaccaro’s New Orleans banana company.

“The company wives had lots of leisure time to fill, so they took up golf to balance days spent playing canasta.

“My mother insisted I fill out her foursome, and I very reluctantly agreed.

“My only interest was the putting end of the game, because I did like miniature golf.

“On the first hole I made a hole-in-one.

“My caddy was thrilled. The ladies were impressed. I was disappointed, since it meant I had no opportunity to putt.

“Alas, it took 200-plus strokes to make it around the other eight holes, with my caddy suggesting a move to the driving range to practice after every pitiful stroke.

“I doggedly insisted on finishing the round, knowing I would never do this again.

“Even the putting was boring — no windmills, no lighthouses, no loop-di-loops.

“But it cured me of golf. There’s no challenge in a game you master with your first stroke. No where to go but down.”

Cupcake allergy?

Fred Klug says, “I was watching the LSU/ULM game Saturday night, and was appalled at how few fans were left in the stands by the fourth quarter. Come on, Tiger Nation: less tailgating, more spectating.”

I don’t know, Fred — don’t you leave before the end of a really bad movie?

Enduring friendship

Susan M. Eaton tells this story of special friends:

“In 1924 Mary Frey Eaton and Hildamae Reiley Dameron met for the first time in the Sunday school/nursery at First Methodist Church on North Boulevard.

“They were infants. Both lived in what is now Spanish Town —Mary on St. Hypolite Street (North 6th Street) and Hildamae on North Street.

“They walked to Nicholson Elementary School together, and both graduated from Baton Rouge High and LSU.

“Mary married Puna, a handsome Marine, and Hildamae married Claiborne, who was career Air Force. They both lived outside of Baton Rouge for a time.

“Today they again live less than a mile apart, and get together at least once a week.

“Hildamae’s 90th birthday is Tuesday, Sept. 16. Mary will be 90 on Sept. 22.

“Both have decided on quiet celebrations — trust me, they each remain strong, independent-minded women and make their own decisions in spite of all efforts from well-meaning families.

“They do plan to gather at Hildamae’s for cake with their monthly Baton Rouge High friend’s lunch group, several of whom are also 90 this year.”

Flat nice people

Co-worker Connie Settle reinforces my contention that some of the nicest people in the world work for The Advocate.

She thanks fellow employees John Morgan and Rocky Hope for changing her tire when they noticed the flat in the company parking lot.

“Great guys!” says Connie.

Worthy causes

Lisa Broussard, of Geismar, says Raising Cane’s will donate 15 percent of all sales at the Perkins Road and Bluebonnet location on Thursday, Sept. 18, between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., to help set up an LSU Memorial Foundation Scholarship in honor of her son Christopher, an LSU senior killed in a car accident in 2013.

“You can check the LSU Memorial Foundation Scholarship page for the story of my son,” says Lisa.

Special People Dept.

Yola Mills, of Williamsburg Retirement Community, celebrates her 99th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, John Yarwood, of Walker, celebrates his 92nd birthday.

Jewell Davis, of Denham Springs, celebrated his 92nd birthday on Sunday, Sept. 14. He is a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.

Leslie V. Rivet, of Plaquemine, celebrates his 90th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 16. He is a World War II veteran.

Joe and Eleanor Novotny celebrated their 60th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 15.

Thought for the Day

From Harriet St. Amant: “Doctors say that cheerful people resist disease better than glum people. In other words, it’s the surly bird who catches the germ.”

Optimistic fan

“Smiley, no need to despair; the Saints are improving!” says Evelyn M. Edwards:

“Last week’s loss to Atlanta was by three points; however, Sunday’s loss to Cleveland was by two points.

“At this rate, next week’s loss to the Vikings should be by only one point; then the winning begins. I still believe!

“(Incidentally, you may want to rethink your season predictions).”

What predictions are those, Evelyn?

The littlest philanthropist

Linda Dalferes says, “My 8-year-old grandson filled out a donation form at church donating $50,000 and turned it in.

“My son expects the pastor to call him in to ask how he wants to set up the payment plan.”

Write Smiley at He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.