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Dear Smiley: The recent mention and admiration of the food-obsessed writer Calvin Trillin made me very happy.
I agree that he understands the Louisiana dining experience better than any other New Yorker.
His article on Boudin is a great example, but I also love New Yorker’s work on January 12, 1981, a government-funded program that puts the entire town of Nakitosh on a prettykin diet.
Dr. Pritikin promised that his diet, along with exercise, could reverse cardiovascular disease with a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
In a very interesting report on Trilin, he described the townspeople. Many of them bought a bag of Mrs. Wheaty’s meat pie, which Cajun ate in a completely different way than Prettykin’s regimen and fried secretly at midnight. With pork lard.
It is no exaggeration to say that this project did not make good use of government funding.
Trilin also wrote a similarly entertaining story about the efforts of the Luizians to feed nutria.
I can say more about Mr. Trilin, but instead I encourage you and your readers to look for his work, sit down and enjoy a good reading.
Dear Smiley: This is another LSU cheering story for your consideration.
When her husband Pat and his brother (who had 13 children) get together to talk about growing up at Grand Point, this favorite never fails to bring a lot of laughter.
Their dad, Curtis “China” Mothern, was one of the enthusiastic LSU fans on the Illinois Central train from Ratcher to Baton Rouge in the mid-1960s.
After one match, he admitted that he was confused by the cheers of “Bush a Luck, Bush A Luck, Wai Back”.
Mother’s children are convinced that the misunderstanding of “Push M Back” may have been attributed to Jack Daniel’s in a paper cup.
Dear Millie: That last line cannot be true. At that time, alcoholic beverages were not allowed at Tiger Stadium, and an announcement was made before every match.
Dear Smiley: Here is an example of the difference between our English and the Queen’s English.
In 1972 I was hired as an automotive technology training instructor at Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in the United States. They were preparing to introduce the Civic in the US, and one of my jobs was to develop a US shop manual for technicians.
Translation from Japanese was so difficult that Honda recommended getting the information from the UK, where the Civic had already been introduced.
The troubleshooting part of the UK manual states that in a “no start” situation, “use a torch to check for the presence of fuel in the tank.” (“Torch” is the English word for “flashlight”.)
Needless to say, we have revised that statement.
Dear Smiley: As a kid, I knew that the dirt ring around my neck (as mentioned in the previous column) was “Mr. Minerva’s necklace.”
I grew up on a dairy farm in Bogalusa, so I had a dirty neck every day.
Apparently, Bogalusa had a young woman who “invented” a necklace of clay beads because she had never played with the soil and took a bath. My mom said her name was Minerva.
So every night my mom told me to take a washcloth and wash away the “Miss Minerva necklace”.
This tradition is still strong in my home. Whenever any of my five grandchildren spend the night, they are faithfully told to take a washcloth and wash away the “Miss Minerva Necklace”.
My grandson asks me what Minerva looked like. I don’t know the answer, but I’m sure you’ll find it because I’m wearing a dirt bead necklace.
Dear Smiley: Thanks to Dr. May Wagoner for the historical background and correct spelling of “Laissez lesbons temps rouler”.
To come across the same idea, I heard a lot of screams: “AAAAAAYeeeeeeeee!”
Yeah, I don’t even know how to spell it.
Dear Smiley: The husband puts the dill pickles in the gumbo.
Dear Karen: I’m sorry, but this column doesn’t deal with marital issues.
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