Lauren Davidson tells how a baking mistake led to a king cake being named after a hospital:

The radiology team at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge held a king cake party, and “everyone brought in a king cake from a different location around town.

“They voted on their favorite, and the winner was a caramel apple pecan cake from Calandro’s Supermarket.

“One of the team members posted the result to Facebook and Calandro’s saw it. Of course Calandro’s was very excited, but also a little confused.

“As it turned out, Calandro’s didn’t have that flavor of king cake. The bakery manager explained that they accidentally made two of those king cakes, and the folks from Our Lady of the Lake happened to buy one with the mixed-up fillings.

“But because it was so popular here, Calandro’s has decided to name the new flavor after us — Our Lady of the Lake Caramel Apple Pecan.

“So there you have it. Just like how penicillin was an accidental medical discovery, so was this wonderful king cake!”

Not so bright

Lisa Disney says our recent complaints about motorists driving without putting on their headlights “reminds me of a time back in the ’70s, when some of us who worked together were out somewhere at night, in separate cars.

“As we were leaving, the beautiful redhead (probably not her natural color — just saying) with us started leaving with her headlights off.

“We waved her down to let her know to turn her lights on before she pulled out of the well-lit parking lot.

“This was her response: ‘But I can see.’

“Our response: ‘Yes, you can, but we can’t see YOU.’”

Way with words

Joel d’Aquin Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge, says our mention of quaint old sayings reminds her of her grandmother, Kitty d’Aquin, who described someone less than truthful as “full of prunes.”

Here’s another one she used often:

“When I was a little girl with long hair, it would often get tangled and need brushing. She would look at me and say, ‘Tsk, tsk, tsk, your hair looks like a squirrel’s nest! Let’s go brush it.’

“And to this day, I still think of her brushing my hair whenever I see a squirrel’s nest in a tree.”

The write stuff

Column contributor Joe F. Cannon, a former newspaper reporter in Oklahoma whose hobby is story writing, offers a free writing course to our readers:

“I envision encouraging people to write stories that can be left behind for future generations. In my career, I have found that many only need encouragement to get started.”

(I agreed to mention this only if Joe promised not to encourage anyone to write a daily “items” column. We have enough of those.)

Joe’s at

Nice People Dept.

Bob and Ivy Landry, of Belle Rose, thank “the gentleman with the EATEL group who paid for our meal at Subway in Cut Off. Thank God for such nice people.”

Special People Dept.

Lula Randolph, of Baton Rouge, celebrated her 105th birthday on Jan. 27. She is a native of Greenwell Springs.

Alton Segura, of New Iberia, celebrates his 100th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 4. He was the longtime owner of A and A Appliances.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, retired Army Lt. Col. Phil A. St. Amant celebrated his 98th birthday. He is a veteran of World War II (European Theater) and also served during the Korean War era.

Esther LeJeune Mabile, of Luling, celebrates her 93rd birthday on Thursday, Feb. 4. She grew up in Back Brusly and later lived in Napoleonville.

Sarah Harrison, of Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, celebrates her 93rd birthday on Thursday, Feb. 4.

“Miss Nomie” Lambert, of Sorrento, celebrates her 92nd birthday Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.

Hilary Otillio, of Metairie, celebrates his 90th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 4. He was a Marine MP in the Pacific and occupied Japan during World War II.

Stringing him along

T-Bob Taylor, of Panama City Beach, Florida, offers this tale to guitarists everywhere:

“A woman was being accused of attacking her husband with several of his guitars.

“The judge asked her, ‘First offender?’

“She replied, ‘No, first a Gibson, second a Fender.’”

Short story

While the tale above was directed at guitarists, Algie Petrere has one that will be best appreciated by golfers:

It was a sunny Saturday morning and Joe was beginning his pre-shot routine, visualizing his upcoming shot when a voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker: “Would the gentleman on the women’s tee please back up to the men’s tee, please!”

Joe was still deep in his routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement: “Would the man on the women’s tee kindly back up to the men’s tee!”

Joe had had enough. He shouted, “Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot!”

Contacting Smiley

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