Smiley: An example of life imitating movies

Smiley: An example of life imitating movies
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My favorite holiday movie is Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story,” about Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. 

“I was sure ‘A Christmas Story’ was written about me,” says Wayne Weilbaecher, of Covington.

“When I was 8-9 years old, all I wanted for Christmas was a Red Ryder BB Gun. My mom and dad were about to scream with my aggravating them so much.

“My friends would have BB wars in the woods next to our houses. I needed that BB gun to join in the fun.

“Weeks before Christmas, when I begged my mom for the BB gun, she said, ‘No, you will shoot your eye out!’ But I didn’t let up.

“Christmas morning came, and after almost being disappointed, there it was!

“Couldn’t get dressed or eat fast enough and out the door I went flying with my beautiful present to meet the kids and see what everyone got.

“The war was on, and it wasn’t even 10 minutes before…you guessed it…I got shot in my eye. I wore glasses, and the BB broke my glasses and I got a little glass in my eye, but no real damage — until I had to tell my mother.

“I am 84, and still have my Red Ryder BB gun.”

In health news…

Lettye Harris has a malapropism example:

“Years ago Daddy and I were sitting in the mall in Houma waiting while Mama shopped.

“We overheard a conversation between two men. One told the other he was having tests for a heart problem.

“He’d failed his ‘threadmill’ test, and had to have a ‘mangiogram.’ You gotta love south Louisiana!”

Texas topper

Tales of power towers being called the Eiffel Tower by youngsters drew this from Randy Patton:

“There is a 65-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas, built about 1994.

“About the same time Paris, Tennessee, built one a little taller.

“Not to be outdone, Paris, Texas, added a red cowboy hat to the top of their ‘Eiffel Tower’ so theirs was taller.

“There is also a War Veterans Memorial in Paris, Texas, that is worth seeing when anyone visits, but the red cowboy hat is the star of the show.”

Nice People Dept.

Elliott Raisen, of Metairie, says, “Two days before Christmas my wife Sandy and I went to the Acropolis restaurant to have dinner.

“While walking from the car in the parking lot into the restaurant, a young couple helped hold doors open and waited for us.

“They sat at a table not far from us. I ordered saganaki, a flaming cheese invented in Chicago in the 1960s. It should be flamed at the table, but because of fire insurance problems, it is flamed in the kitchen.

“It is enough for four to six people. I had the waiter bring it out on two plates and sent one to that couple as a present for being so nice.

“They finished eating before we did and left. When we were ready to leave, I asked the waiter for our bill and he said that the couple paid it: a big surprise and a very nice Chanukkah present for Christmas.”

(Now you’ve got me craving that flaming cheese…)

Special People Dept.

Eunice Howard Raby, of Baton Rouge, celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 25 at Drusilla Seafood with over 60 guests. She was also given a party by her church, Neely Methodist.

Initial reaction

More about young love and bench seats in cars:

Robert Scioneaux says, “When I was younger my car had bench seats.

“When a girl was in the passenger seat as I started to make a turn, I would say we were coming to a C.O.D. turn.

“As I started to turn, she asked what that was. As she started sliding, I answered, ‘Come over, darling.'”


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