Smiley is on his Well-Deserved Vacation, but he’s left behind some items from past columns.

Street smarts

Quoting former Baton Rougean James Carville, George F. Will mentioned Baton Rouge’s Florida Street in his Newsweek column.

Will cited Carville’s story about his thwarted attempt to have Florida Street traffic lights synchronized when he was an aide to Mayor Pat Screen as an example of how liberal “eager beavers” are confronted with the harsh realities of government.

Carville called from Washington to report that the folks at Newsweek heard from several Baton Rouge readers who objected to Will’s use of “Florida Street” rather than “Florida Boulevard.”

James said when he lived here it was known as Florida Street, or simply Florida, by anyone with any roots in the community.

“I’d have to question the pedigrees of any Baton Rougeans who called it Florida Boulevard,” he said. “They must be Yankees!”

Consider the alternative

Y. Wright offers this thought on aging:

Age isn’t really

all that bad;

it’s just so very,

very sad!

However, as

some sage once said,

“Very sad

beats very dead.”

The paper chase

Blanche Navarre says her granddaughter asked her if she and her friends had ever “wrapped” a house when they were young:

“I told her that it would be pretty hard to wrap a house with a Sears & Roebuck catalog.”

A moving tale

Joe Guilbeau, of Plaquemine, says George Washington was really born in Louisiana near Breaux Bridge.

One day he came home and told his father he had chopped down a little cypress and could not tell a lie.

His father replied, “George, we will pack up the family and move to Virginia. You are entirely too honest to be a politician here in Louisiana.”

Legal but lonely

Irwin Dupuy is frustrated.

His 1993 car insurance is paid up, and his inspection sticker and license plate are both current. All registration and insurance papers are properly stashed in his glove compartment.

He’s been driving all over town, he says, and “I can’t get a darn state trooper to stop me!”

Ultimate sacrifice

Jewell Hotard says, “My husband, Alvin, an avid fisherman, frequently shops at Duco’s in Pierre Part.

When he asked Nancy if the worms were guaranteed to catch fish, she responded, “No sir. But they will die trying!”