Shelly Strobel, of Watson, knows an elderly lady who put a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker on her car, and said she was thrilled by all the people who expressed their love — most often when they were behind her at a red light and it changed to green.

No idle hands

Speaking of traffic lights, Martha Wright says checking cell phones isn’t the only way to occupy ourselves at a red light:

“As I was going to church this morning, I saw a lady putting on mascara while waiting at a red light.

“Then I remembered that I used to file my fingernails at red lights, as it really bothered Malcolm whenever I did it watching TV.

“Now I find myself looking at people in their cars to see how they occupy their time while at a red light.

“We are efficient people who don’t like to waste time waiting!”

Which reminds me

Years ago a lady I knew told of giving a daily ride to work to a co-worker who lived nearby and didn’t have a reliable car.

She said the co-worker was a disorganized person, and when she honked for her she would come rushing out with her comb and makeup in hand, fixing her hair and face as they rode to work.

She would also sometimes get in the car with her pantyhose in her hand, and put it on before they reached their destination.

Now that’s an image I’d just as soon not have...

A child’s view

Mary Beth Roussel’s story shows that (1) even the youngest of us know of the ravages of cancer, and (2) the innocence of children can still break your heart:

“Yesterday, when I told my 7-year-old granddaughter, Molly Kate, that Mike the Tiger had cancer, she asked me if he would lose his fur — and his stripes.”

Go, Buccaneers!

Danny Church offers final thoughts on a new name for the New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team:

“As a long-time fan of the old New Orleans Pelicans baseball team, I just hope the Zephyrs’ new name will be a good baseball name that fits the city historically.

He suggests “Buccaneers” because of New Orleans’ Jean Lafitte connection — and because he married a blue-eyed cheerleader for the old New Orleans Buccaneers American Basketball Association team of the late ’60s.

Danny says “Blues” and “Gators” are other appropriate New Orleans names, “but I’m sure they will come up with some goofy name like Gumbos, Flambeaus, Rex or Zulus.

“Just hope they don’t use names like Eclipse, Power, Thunder, Revolution, Lightning, Liberty — all team nicknames should end with an ‘s’ in my opinion.”

Not to worry

Dudley Lehew, of Marrero, an old Associated Press hand, shows us his fondness for newspapers is still alive and well:

After my “Grumpy Old Man” gripe in the Monday column (about local TV news shows using the 6 p.m. broadcast to tease items for the 10 p.m. show), Dudley assures me I can retire before 10 and not miss a thing:

“Whatever the TV newsfolk promote at 6 p.m. what will be on their 10 p.m. news is probably already on The Advocate’s website!”

Special People Dept.

Frank and Carol Frederic celebrate their 59th anniversary on Wednesday, May 25.

Thought for the Day

From Marvin Borgmeyer: “What kind of exercise do lazy people do? Diddly-squats!”

Ultimate rejection

Now this is just sad.

Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, issues this report: “There is a large, dead nutria on the side of La. 10 in East Feliciana Parish that even the buzzards don’t want.”

Clever little beggar!

Gail Stephenson says, “Granddaughter Zelda and I shared a frozen lemonade at Zelda’s first-ever LSU baseball game.

“Perhaps sensing that mom Bonny wasn’t enthused over her ingesting large quantities of corn syrup, Zelda decided to try a tactic guaranteed to continue the flow of lemony goodness.

“She began acting like a dog, complete with arfs, woofs, and panting. Then, going into full doggy begging mode, she looked at me and asked, ‘Puppy treats?’

“How could I not reward that creativity with more of the icy treat!”

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