I think it was Friday, or maybe Saturday, when at least 20 jet skis came from the Bayou Pigeon direction heading to the Spunky Monkey and were unable to reach it due to the mass of water lilies. I stood on my porch when I saw them all milling about and spoke to one as they proceeded to head back north. These were really big jet skis, with one and two riders each. The woman I spoke with said they had all come from Houston and Dallas and were pretty disappointed not to be able to reach the Spunkey Monkey.
I didn’t have time to talk to her long and I assume they didn’t come all that way just to stop at the bar, but they must have driven on water quite a way to get here. Either Bayou Pigeon or Pierre Part and I think the nearest gas station on the river would be Pigeon. I think Mr. Corley must have been pretty disappointed also, to lose so much business.
The only successful water traffic lately has been an airboat owned by a local person who takes families for rides. The lilies don’t bother him at all.
My husband said one tow boat passed but I didn’t see it, and I assume it didn’t have any problems since the bridge opens downstream.
As I write this, I’m looking forward to the Sheriff’s luncheon on July 27, right after the commodities distribution. I’ll tell you about it next week.
The shooting in Aurora, Colorado has been such a horrific event. I saw in a Baton Rouge paper a picture of the shooter in the courtroom with his bright orange hair, kind of drooping over, almost like he was sleeping. For sure, the man has got something wrong with him mentally to do such a thing, but I hope lawyers don’t use that as an excuse to get him free.
I attended a seminar on Identity Theft given by the Attorney General’s office. Several frauds the speaker mentioned were ones I have experienced recently.
Two friends, whom I knew really were out of the country, but the email “claimed” they needed money to get home, which I knew wasn’t true. Perhaps not fraudulent, but certainly annoying were the calls I’ve received telling me I could get a home security system free by replying, etc.
One couple at this meeting said someone had called them about something – they didn’t say exactly what – but the wife said when she told the caller that her name was Mickey (which it was) and her husband was Donald (also true), the caller hung up.
The speaker said a lot of fraudulent calls and/or scams are coming from Canada and Nigeria, and the Attorney General’s office could not do anything about those. I think she said you would have to go to the FBI for those. Hmmmmmm!
Registering on the Do Not Call lists for landline and cell phones helps, but does not stop all strange calls. And now that so many people have only cell phones, that access will probably increase.
I did hear that people who lost someone in the Aurora shooting had asked the media to not show the shooter’s face on TV because they didn’t want him to get more attention than necessary. And no cameras in the courtroom. I hope both of those happen.
This guy doesn’t deserve any publicity. Doesn’t all this just want to make you want to shout, “Hey, I’ve had problems in my life, too, but I didn’t go out and shoot 70 people?”
I want to watch the Olympics! Now there are some people who deserve to be watched! I’m rooting for Michael Phelps!
Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.