While this column normally devotes its space to researching analyzes of major global issues, our readers sometimes get lost in stupidity. This is one of those occasions:
Russ Kercher, of Mandeville, says: “It’s a shame our meteorologists are lacking in spirit.
“Otherwise, they would have chosen the name ‘Ginger’ instead of ‘Grace’ for our latest storm.
“Think how fun they might have had to report that Fred was dancing in the Gulf of Mexico, closely followed by Ginger!”
Those crazy Kahoons!
Robert Day tells this story of language:
“My brother, Dr. John Day, enjoys sharing this story of driving with graduate students across Mexico en route to a marine research station on Campeche Bay.
“The car was owned by a student at UL (then USL) and had the mandatory ‘Ragin’ Cajun ‘sticker on the rear window.
“He said that everywhere, when they drove slowly or stopped, they could see Mexicans saying, ‘Raheen Kahoon? Que es Raheen Kahoon?'”
Bo Bienvenu, from Prairieville, says: “When I was doing service work in Brazil, I liked interacting with my contacts, teaching myself a bit of our respective languages.
“A trip I was in a hurry to complete and was interrupted by the rain.
“After the rain stopped, we got back to work. With the clouds returning and the sound of thunder, my contact stood up and said, ‘Sounds like swear chicken! “
“We both had a good laugh at my visual explanation of my term.”
Bo, I’m assuming you’re using the word “expletive” to protect the delicate sensibilities of our gentle readers from the actual, shorter word you more than likely uttered in reality. Am I right?
Students at work
After recounting my adventures with British sports cars, I heard Tony Falterman, from Napoleonville, with his:
“The submission on the Austin-Healey Sprite reminded me of one of my businesses at LSU Law School.
“After my freshman year, the Law Dorm was doomed and my new home became the Pentagon barracks.
“After a few days there I met a first year law student who had an MG Midget that needed engine repairs.
“We took the engine out of the parking lot, transported it to his bedroom on the second floor, and converted the empty bed in his bedroom into an engine mount.
“A service was done, the engine lowered and placed in the Midget, and it was on its way! We didn’t have time to open a store.
“I’m pretty sure if we had been caught the offense would have been costly.”
Curved and narrow
Speaking of small British sports cars, Bill Huey of Baton Rouge says: “I think we tend to forget that these cars were designed to run on tracks as wide as a driveway, if that’s the case. I was terrified of driving in England, especially around the corners. “
Dudley “T-Dud” Lehew, of Marrero, says: “Re: The current reader’s examples of substituting ‘waters’ for ‘o’ in our language – could there, perhaps, be a Boudreaux or a Robicheaux somewhere in our deepest swamp who greets each day with a strong coffee while he reads your column in his Adveauxcate? ‘”
Special Persons Department
- Jim and Alice Skelly, of Pearl River, Mississippi, “passing through New Orleans, Kenner and Metairie”, celebrate their 61st birthday on Thursday August 19.
- Connie and Mike Leonard, of Prairieville, celebrate their 54th birthday on Thursday August 19.
The resurrection blues
Elizabeth Honeycutt, from Dallas, Texas, said: “I saw the article online called ‘Life After Five’ in Baton Rouge being postponed indefinitely, and thought they might have changed the name of “Live After Five”.
“Then I read the article and realized it must have been a typo. It reminds me of what my boss Don Reulet used to say: ‘If you don’t believe may the dead come to life, stay until closing time. ‘”
Which reminds me
I once heard the manager of a small office say that his 5:01 p.m. parking lot looked like the deck of an aircraft carrier when planes took off for battle.
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