Smiley: How bad timing ended young love

Smiley: How bad timing ended young love
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Here’s a poignant tale of unrequited love that might bring a tear:

“When I was about 10, we moved to a new neighborhood,” says Dale Marks, of Baton Rouge.

“There was a nice group of kids who played together. One girl was their natural leader. She was cute and friendly and easy to talk to.

“She was the first girl I was ever attracted to. I decided to ask her to be my girlfriend.

“Unfortunately, on the day I decided to ask her, she told me she planned to run for president of the Boy Haters Club.

“I didn’t think the timing was right, so I never asked.”

His unsweet coffee

Curtis Fletcher offers “one more story” for our painfully long-running series on coffee:

“Back in the 1940s, three of us teenagers from Baton Rouge High went fishing at Head of Island with several adults.

“It was a rustic outing, where we had a skillet for frying fish and a bucket to make coffee.

“You heated the water until it simmered before adding coffee grounds. Then you let it steep, sprinkled water to settle the grounds, and dipped carefully.

“One of the older adults (over 40 was old to us back then) complained about the coffee tasting awful all evening.

“The rest of us thought he was crazy. When we washed up we found out why; he had been sweetening his coffee from the bag of cornmeal mix we had used in frying the fish!” 

Confused visitor

Tim Palmer, of Lafayette, says, “The other day I was in Jennings, looking for 12th Street.

“None of the corners had street signs, but I saw a woman walking. I pulled up next to her and asked, ‘Do you know if this is 12th or 13th?’

“She looked at me with a puzzled look and said, ‘It’s the end of the month.’ ”

Lost words

“It strikes me that we have lost a number of words,” says Martin E. Hugh-Jones, of Baton Rouge, our unpaid British/American language analyst:

“One of these is ‘cutlery.’ Folks insist on using ‘silverware,’ which is an expensive special subset of cutlery. I suspect it came from immigrants learning English while working as domestic servants in big houses.


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