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Katie Nachod, of New Orleans, says, "I like to tell folks one of my few claims to fame is that I was the second person in New Orleans to read John Kennedy Toole's hilarious novel 'A Confederacy of Dunces.'

"Friend and co-worker Tim Slaughter had plucked it off a cataloging cart at the New Orleans Public Library and was reading it in the staff lounge.

"No one had heard of it at that time, but the library received copies of all titles published by LSU Press.

"He was sitting on a sofa reading, laughing uproariously, and I asked him what in the world was he reading that was so funny.

"He showed me the cover and offered to give it to me when he finished. Just a couple of days later, he passed it on to me, and I found it every bit as sidesplitting and thought-provoking as he did.

"I am a bit ashamed that we delayed for about two weeks other people's joy in the book by keeping it from being catalogued and put into circulation until we had both finished it."

Double trouble

Ted Landaiche addresses those forward-looking folks who sought to avoid long lines for gasoline by embracing new technology:

"You think finding gas is a problem? Imagine the future when we are supposed to go all electric. Good luck finding a place to plug in your car should another Ida occur."

Childspeak revisited

Shooter Mullins offers this example of the way kids express their thoughts:

"A child queries his parent at bedtime as follows: 'What did you bring that book I didn't want to be read to out of up for?'"

Nice People Dept.

  • "So many kindnesses show up when things like Hurricane Ida happen in south Louisiana," says Linda Dalferes, of Baton Rouge. "When a good part of our fence fell down, our young firefighter neighbor took it upon himself to haul it out to the front of his property for the city to pick up. He knew my husband shouldn’t be trying to do that at his age. Guess he’d rather take care of it than to have to revive Joseph, and then me."
  • Donald Landaiche, of Donaldsonville, thanks coach Chris Schexnayder and the Ascension Catholic School football team "for cleaning people’s yards after Hurricane Ida. They cleaned my yard in 30 minutes. It would have taken me days. With teamwork like that, I’m sure a championship is in the future."
  • Keith Horcasitas, of Baton Rouge, thanks "the woman who got out of her car and took charge of the other cars trying to get scarce gasoline at an Exxon station. They were coming in from all directions. She helped us line up and created a system to keep order, while she herself lost a spot in the process."

Special People Dept.

  • Tolley Fletcher, of Walker, celebrates his 97th birthday Thursday, Sept. 9. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a gunner's mate aboard the battleship USS New York during the North African invasion. He served aboard a sub chaser during the Normandy invasion and was training to serve aboard a submarine when the war ended.
  • Eva Mae Ezell Purser, of Meadville, Mississippi, celebrates her 95th birthday Thursday, Sept. 9.
  • Eugene C. "Butch" Irwin III and Edna A. Irwin, of Covington, celebrate their 60th anniversary Thursday, Sept. 9.

Thought for the Day

From Marsha R., of Baton Rouge, who got it from "Anonymous:"

“I get most of my exercise these days by shaking my head in disbelief.”

Sounds fishy

Here's a language confusion story from "The Original Carencro  Buzzard:"

"A young couple from Virginia, distant cousins of my wife, came to visit us in Lafayette. At some point, the young man saw my pirogue in the garage. It’s a beauty, hand made by a local craftsman.

"He asked about the name I hand lettered on it: 'Patasa,' the local name for our sunfish.

"'What’s a patasa?' he asked.

"'That’s a sac-á-lait.'

"'What’s a sac-á-lait?'

"'That's a crappie.'"

Which is as far as I'm going with that conversation. …


Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Follow Smiley Anders on Twitter, @SmileyAndersAdv.