After a reader told of following the wrong limo while heading to a wedding reception, Phyllis Callahan, of Plaquemine, chimed in with this tale:

"Years ago my ex-husband was a pallbearer for a friend in New Orleans. Leaving the funeral home, I had to drive our car to the cemetery by myself.

"I followed the limousine that was behind the hearse when leaving the funeral home.

"Arriving at the cemetery, I didn't see anyone I knew, not even the pallbearers.

"I asked the woman beside me if she was a friend of the deceased. She said yes, her husband was a pallbearer, and she had followed me from the funeral home in her car.

"A funeral director came up to us and asked if we were having a problem, and we told him we didn't see anyone we knew.

"He explained there had been two funerals at the same time, and both processions left the funeral home at the same time, from opposite exits.

"We had followed the wrong funeral procession to the cemetery in Metairie, which happened to be next to the one we wanted.

"We drove over to the other cemetery to say our goodbyes to Dr. Rodrigues. Moral: Make sure you know whose hearse you are following."

Which reminds me

Back when I was doing public relations for the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, I was often called upon to represent the chamber at various events, many of them cocktail parties and many of them at the Capitol House, now the downtown Hilton Hotel.

One evening a co-worker and I attended such a party for a group that had invited the chamber staff. We found the party going full blast at one of several meeting rooms on the ground floor of the hotel, so we went in and got name tags, ordered drinks at the open bar, and started munching on some excellent hors d'oeuvres.

Gradually it dawned on us that we didn't know a soul at the party. And from the conversation around us, it appeared it wasn't the event we were supposed to attend.

My buddy went out to check, returning to sheepishly inform me that the right party was in the meeting room next door. We eased out as unobtrusively as possible…

The boudin solution

Stephanie Hyde, of Baton Rouge, says this about our seminar on kale:

"Folks need to use more imagination! Here's my recipe for a delicious kale dish:

"Take one bag of baby kale; lightly sauté in olive oil. Open one or two links of Billy's Smoked Boudin (remove from casing) and sauté with the kale until hot and getting browned and crispy.

"Eat — better than dirty rice! Even better; use as the filling in omelets with your choice of cheese and festive adult brunch beverage. You're all welcome."

Special People Dept.

  • Adele Jewell McKinney, of Greenwell Springs, celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • E.J. Aucoin, of Reserve, celebrates his 92nd birthday on Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Herb and Linda H. Whitman, of Denham Springs, celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 9. Linda, a long-time column contributor, adds, "Contrary to popular belief, we are happy — even after 50 years together."

Making nice

After I ran a note in the Thursday column from "Alabama Wildman" about the enviable success of the Alabama football team, he pointed out that I left out the part where he graciously thanked LSU "for beating Auburn, which helped us reach the playoffs again."

He adds, "The hatred for Alabama is unbelievable in this state."

"Hatred" is an ugly word, Wildman. Let's go with "intense dislike."

Thought for the Day

From Shirley Fleniken: "Did you know dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the edge of the pool and throw them fish?"

Dead reckoning

Richard Kaplan, of Baton Rouge, adds to our old expressions:

"My father used to say, when someone well-known passed away unexpectedly, 'There are people dying these days who never died before.'"

Louisiana Haiku

Our winter panic

Close school, office, hunker down

A snowflake sighted


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