Hazing, a hot topic in columns, isn’t always popular. It can lead to bullying of newcomers and harmful behavior.
But sometimes it’s just silly. For example:
Baton Rouge’s Keith Horcasitas recounts “The Line” when he was a freshman at De La Salle High in New Orleans.
“Leontine Street was closed to traffic and a straight path was laid down the street with rope holders. Each senior had a large plastic trash can filled with flour and water.
“The freshmen slowly walked down the ropeway and were inundated with flour paste. We picked some up and threw them back at the seniors.
“Teachers were there to keep the line moving and keep seniors from getting out of hand, but that didn’t mean they weren’t fair targets.
“At the end of the line, other teachers, including the brothers, were positioned on ladders to hose us down.
“My only regret is that ‘The Line’ was taken away by the school board when we became seniors.”
Praise the lard
Doug Becnel continues our “Sammich” discussion:
“When I was growing up in Edgard, my father raised cows, chickens and pigs. Every winter we slaughtered a pig from which we filled a ceramic pot with lard.
“My favorite sandwich was made by spreading lard on a slice of bread and sprinkling it with salt and black pepper. It would be interesting to know if anyone else enjoyed it.”
Which reminds me
Years ago my friend Myron Tassin shared about school lunches growing up in Cottonport.
He said everyone brought homemade sandwiches and swapping sandwiches was a common practice.
One day, Myron said, he saw a kid offer to trade his peanut butter and jelly sandwich and ask his buddy, “What kind of sandwich do you have?”
“I have a goose sandwich, me,” said the other boy.
The swap was made, and then the recipient of the “goose sandwich” exclaimed, “Hey, that’s a fat sandwich!”
The boy who had switched places with him then said, “Oh, that’s how you say it!”
Speaking of home remedies, Sandra Sandona says, “In my Italian-American neighborhood in Illinois, kids with colds were also given Vick’s chest rubs.
No fat blood here
“Your stories about home remedies reminded me of my favorite remedy, even though it can only be taken in the spring,” says Baton Rouge’s Gail Stephenson.
“When the weather in north Louisiana got warmer and the sap started to rise, Grandpa would dig up bits of sassafras tree roots. Grandma boiled the roots to make gallon glasses of red sassafras tea, which we drank with lots of sugar.
“Grandma said the tea would thin your blood and give you energy. After that, there were no more idle people in our family!”
Special Persons Department
- Virginia Hager of Metairie, a retired parish school teacher, celebrates her 98th birthday on Tuesday October 4th.
- Allen Crochet from Baton Rouge celebrates his 91st birthday on Tuesday 4th October.
Jim Mestayer of Baton Rouge says, “The articles in your column about meeting celebrities reminded me of an experience I had a few years ago.
“Paul Newman was shooting a movie, ‘The Drowning Pool,’ in the Franklin area, and I was an extra.
“In between scenes I asked him if he would mind taking a picture with me. He replied: ‘Not at all.’
“We stood side by side while a friend raised his camera and held and held and held.
“The camera was broken!
“I didn’t get my picture but I had a kick out of the moment.”