T-Bob Taylor, our senior Panama City, Fla., correspondent, says he and other Tigers fans in that area like to wear their LSU gear as often as they can, and especially on “casual Fridays.”

He was wearing the LSU colors one Friday when he stopped by a blood center to donate.

T-Bob says when the staff saw him in purple and gold, they couldn’t wait to relate this tale:

“The office manager explained that a potential donor had walked in a few weeks ago and actually bragged about smoking THC.

“The manager ushered him out discreetly, then reminded her co-workers that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was unacceptable.

“A donor overheard the conversation. In indignation she announced to them, ‘You know, I’m not that old, but I’m old enough to remember when they didn’t have drugs like THC or LSU or any of those.’ ”

The old shell game?

That Dudley Lehew is SO cynical!

After Bob Mann told a warm and fuzzy story in the Monday column about a police officer rescuing a turtle on busy Nicholson Drive, Dudley made this observation:

“Remember, this is Cajun country, mon cher! If that officer’s name was Boudreaux, there’s a good chance that ‘poor creature’ wound up on his dinner table!”

Imelda South?

Jewel Chubbuck says the fact that police confiscated some two score and nine shoes from LSU student-athlete Jordan Jefferson “is not bad compared to the 100-150 pairs of some Baton Rouge women.”

She adds, “I checked my shoe count — only 20 pairs, summer and winter.

“But my husband used to complain about 10 or 15 pairs of expensive tennis shoes.

“My excuse (reasonable) is that I was a U.S. Professional Tennis Association member and taught tennis.”

(Jewel urges ladies to take up tennis, saying it’s fun and good exercise, and you only need one pair of shoes — to start.)

Colorful comment

Scott Hammatt says, “My 4-year-old son, Brady, was sitting at the kitchen table looking over his coloring book while learning about color combinations.

“He looked up at me and said, ‘Daddy, red and blue make purple — but purple and gold make LSU.’

“I grinned proudly and had to agree.”

Death notice

After a reader described the “murder” of the word “awesome” through severe overuse, I heard from L.P. Miller:

“Speaking of murdered words, it’s ‘incredible’ what’s happened to another good one.

“It’s worse than that, it’s awesome. …”

Worthy causes

Altrusa Club members are selling raffle tickets for books of restaurant gift certificates to benefit child literacy and homeless children’s projects.

In December, the club will donate more than 600 books to the Merrydale School and more than 350 “Bags of Hope” to homeless children’s programs.

Raffle tickets are $5, and the drawing will be Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Drusilla Seafood.

Call Jan Holmes at (225) 315-4024 or Wanda Gauthreaux at (225) 963-2260.

Help for teachers

Melanie Guillory, kindergarten teacher at Spanish Lake Primary School, says Ascension Parish teachers are writing for grants on http://www.donorschoose.org “to enrich learning in their classrooms.”

She says, “Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy to help students in need. Anyone can donate money to projects.”

Special People Dept.

A.J. and Janelle Jacob Breaux, of Gonzales, celebrate their 58th anniversary Tuesday.

Focused on food

Roy Miller says, “The childhood obesity issue was brought home to me this past Saturday when my wife and I took our 5-year-old granddaughter, Sophia, and her 10-month-old brother, Gavin, to the zoo.

“We got to an area where deer-like critters were roaming around, and Sophie exclaimed, ‘There’s a cantaloupe.’

“We plan to monitor her eating with care.”

Stop discrimination!

Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon, tells of the time Boudreaux was in New Orleans trying to cross busy Canal Street.

A police officer directing traffic yelled, “Pedestrians!” and waved the people waiting on the corner across the street.

This happened about 10 times before Boudreaux went up to the officer and asked, “Ain’t it about time you let the Catholics go across?”