Nancy LeBlanc came across a Louisiana online site called “Father’s Day Auctions.”

She says, “They have some good items and services for the dad who has everything.

“I especially like ‘Law Firm — Felony Representation in Jefferson Parish.’

“Happy bidding, everyone!”

Youth movement

“Indy” questions a statement made recently by state Rep. Harold Ritchie when he was discussing a plan to increase cigarette taxes.

He said, “… but I know young people are more price sensitive than adults.”

Says Indy, “Whoa, he sure doesn’t know my daughter! Or my nephews … or my nieces. …”

Swamp for a day

It’s been 29 years since Lionel Kleinpeter and his merry band celebrated Independence Day by riding around False River in decorated boats.

The event has grown into a major celebration, and the 29th annual False River Fourth of July Boat Parade should be one of the biggest ever.

The theme is “Swamp People,” which will give boat decorators ample opportunity to “choot” the works.

Judging starts at noon on the island side of False River, with the parade at 1 p.m. Decorated piers will be judged at 11 a.m.

The parade captain is Branden Barker. Call (225) 202-1041 or email Or check out the parade on Facebook.

Going green

Our recent mention of S&H Green Stamps reminded Bayou Jeaux of this tale:

“Years ago in our aviation days, we traded for a Cessna that had an alternator light rather than a gauge.

“The light was either green for OK or red for malfunction.

“The light stayed on red, and mechanics could never find the problem, saying that it was OK to fly as is.

“We solved the problem by simply sticking an S&H stamp on the light — giving it a nice green hue.”

Flood stories

Recent mention of books about the 1927 Mississippi River flood reminded Bill Sierichs of William Faulkner’s short novel, “Old Man.”

In this 1939 story, a Louisiana convict is given a skiff and the task of rescuing flood victims.

His adventures include saving a young pregnant woman, a stay in a Cajun cabin and an arduous trek back to the prison.

It’s fiction, but the account of the misery dealt out by the 1927 flood rings true.

Taking on Baja

Just got word that Justin “Tyler” Perkins, of Pride, and Jay Nelson, of Baton Rouge, placed second in their category — short wheelbase 4x4 — in the 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 off-road race, held June 4-5 in Ensenada, Mexico.

They achieved their feat driving a Jeep Wrangler.

Justin is a Baton Rouge firefighter and Jay is a deputy for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Love and H8

Gaynell Ables of Central says, “While driving through Mississippi last Friday I spotted a vehicle with a prestige plate that read ‘IDH82BU.’

“Funny thing was, it wasn’t on a Benz or a Jag. It was on an older model Kia.

“Oh, to be so thoroughly satisfied with your station in life!”

Predator invasion!

From our “As If We Didn’t Have Enough To Worry About” file comes this alarming story from Therese Chappuis:

“While returning home to the Garden District from work at 6:30 a.m. Friday, I turned onto Hundred Oaks Avenue.

“As I approached the intersection of Parker, to my astonishment a fox walked across the road and into one of the neighbors’ yards.

“I hope I see it again, as this is my regular route home.

“In the meantime, early risers may want to keep their eyes on the lookout for the four-legged visitor.”

(And keep a close eye on your miniature poodles …)

Special People Dept.

Celebrating 65 years of marriage Wednesday are Alfred “Buck” and Margaret Bayhi.

Glen and Jeanne Parker celebrate their 60th anniversary Wednesday.

Vision quest

“Small town courts have their share of funny moments,” says Bo Bienvenu.

“In a small South Louisiana town, a skeptical lawyer was questioning a witness’s ability to clearly see a crime committed at night.

“He said to the witness, ‘You told the court you could see well enough to identify my client from two blocks away late at night.

“’Would you please tell the court how far you think you can see clearly at night?’

“The witness replied, ‘Mais, I can see da moon. How far is dat?’ ”