I don’t know if you people appreciate the hazardous nature of a newspaper person’s job.

For instance, Advocate music writer John Wirt tells this story about his adventure while in New Orleans to do a story:

“I spotted a red Advocate box by St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square — the first time I’d seen Advocate boxes in New Orleans.

“I thought, ‘On my way back from my appointment, I’m going to buy an Advocate in New Orleans.’

“So later, as I approached the box with the intention of buying a paper, I saw a werewolf sitting on the Advocate box.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, am I going to have to ask this werewolf to move so I can buy a paper?’

“Turned out it was a guy in a werewolf suit. His hairy feet were facing away from the side of the box where the quarters go and the paper comes out.

“I walked around the werewolf, put the quarters in, grabbed a paper, went on my way. No bite marks, not even a growl.”

(Well, John, we knew we were entering dangerous territory when we took on New Orleans. …)

Going to sea

Lady K and I couldn’t spend our Well-Deserved Vacation at Bubba’s Exxon, Motel & Bait Shop in Back Brusly.

Seems Bubba had double-booked, and we found our room occupied by folks attending a meeting of the NSA (Nutria Skinners of America).

Not wishing to argue with people carrying sharp knives, we headed south.

On the New Orleans docks we fell in with a gang of crazed Norwegian sailors, and wound up aboard their boat for a trip to Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan and Cozumel.

It was a relaxing voyage — we were horizontal most of the time, either on deck or on various beaches.

The only excitement was at the Roatan Marine Institute, when a dolphin stuck her tongue in my ear — and then swam away, the tease. …

Worthy causes

  • Donna Day says David and Melissa Sutton, of Zachary, and their two little boys “lost everything, including four pets, in a house fire the morning of Nov. 27. They escaped with literally the clothes on their backs.”

Donna says an account has been set up at Chase Bank locations for the family.

  • On Thursday at 7 p.m. a “This Amazing Place Fundraiser” at Healing Place Church arena, 19202 Highland Road, benefits a group dealing with “transitional living needs of aging-out foster children and homeless boys 16-21.”

The evening includes dining, music, motivational speakers and door prizes. For information or tickets, visit thisamazingplace.org.

Special People Dept.

  • Eula Day Jenkins celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 26. She lives in St. Helena Parish but has an Amite address.
  • Rudolph Boullion, of Baker, celebrated his 99th birthday Thursday.
  • Mildred Raiford Garrison celebrated her 93rd birthday Sunday. Daughter Margo Murphy says Mildred retired from Goudchaux’s with 42 years of service, and “dressed many young collegiate males during her many years there.”
  • Willie Honeywood Smith celebrated her 92nd birthday Nov. 24 with family and friends watching her alma mater, Southern University, win the Bayou Classic over Grambling.
  • Marguerite Guillotte, of Charenton, celebrated her 90th birthday Thursday.
  • The Rev. Roosevelt and Wintress Henley celebrated their 74th anniversary Nov. 28.
  • Murray “Buddy” and Julia Hawkins celebrated their 70th anniversary Thursday. Both are LSU graduates (Murray was honored with the naming of LSU’s Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering). They were married by phone in 1942, during World War II, while Murray was in the Navy in the South Pacific and Julia was back in Ponchatoula.
  • Donald and Muriel Gomez celebrate their 68th anniversary Wednesday.
  • David and Sandy Wilson, of Baton Rouge, (high school sweethearts in Vivian) celebrated their 56th anniversary Saturday.
  • John and Jeanette McGurk celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday.

Faithful fan

Marvin Borgmeyer says, “Everyone who attends an LSU football game knows the routine after LSU gets a first down: you yell ‘Geaux Tigers’ three times and then spell out ‘L-S-U,’ raising your hand with each letter.

“A young boy at St. George Catholic Church on a recent Sunday must be an LSU fan.

“When Father Mike asked the congregation to raise their hands to pray over the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) candidates, this little Tiger fan raised his hand three times, saying ‘L-S-U.’

“Luckily, Father Mike is a big LSU fan, so all was well — especially since LSU had beaten Ole Miss the night before!”

Skinny but sexy

Going through my junk mail file after a vacation is always interesting. I’m sure to find something like the book I just came across, described as “an erotic story about weight loss.”

I declined to request a review copy — but I was tempted. …

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.