You see all kinds of irregular drivers, including many who push, tailgate and lane swap to get ahead.
“He's late for church!,” I say when one shoots by, or prophetically, “He's on his way to a funeral.”
Recently, I saw a driver who may have been on his way to a gig, a performance. I waited, almost forever, at a long red light alongside a nondescript compact car whose driver spent the idle time drumming on his steering wheel with an authentic pair of drumsticks, keeping time to his car audio.
Temperatures near 100, all our windows were up. I could not hear the music or the sounds his sticks must have made. And alone in his car, he was so wrapped in the rhythm, drumming and mouthing the words, that he never looked my way to see that he had an audience.
The quiet performance went on for maybe three minutes until the light finally changed and each of us went our intended ways. I have no complaints. He did not delay me or the vehicles behind him, and while distracted driving can be deadly, his was distracted waiting. No crime, no foul.
Late notice: Spud and Mo McConnell reenact the radio classic, “The Bickersons,” at a dinner theater benefiting the local food bank at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Event Center, 200 Moffet Road, Houma, announces Paul Labat.
Cash wine bar is available for both dates. Tickets, meal and theater cost $50 or $400 for a reserved table of eight. Purchase tickets at www.tcufoodbank.org. All proceeds go to TCU/Good Samaritan Food Bank - Fighting Hunger in Terrebonne.
Volunteers needed to help serve meals. Call 381-1284.
Even later: The intense drama, “110 Stories,” from the 9-11 tragedy will be performed by Lafourche Parish TAG (talented and gifted) students at 5 p.m., Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Central Lafourche High School auditorium in Matthews. It opens 30 minutes before curtain time. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
“It is a powerful docudrama by Sarah Tuft that tells the untold stories of September 11th, 2001,” says teacher/director Brittany Bourque. “It is a great show to honor, remember, and maybe even learn about the horrific day that changed our country forever.” It is suggested for mature audiences, and some language and intense content about 9-11 is included.
“Don't Talk to the Actors” opens on Sunday at Le Petit. You must reserve seating at https://houmalittletheatre.com or call box office at 876-4278.
Thursday! Traffic complaints heard by the regional Houma-Thibodaux Metropolitan Planning Organization starts at 11:30 a.m. at the South Central Planning and Development Commission, 5058 W. Main St., Houma. Info: 851-2900.
Duckin' Thursday: From 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, the Duckin' Out for the Arts fundraiser for Bayou Regional Arts Council will be held. Unlikely original decoy art, silent auction, food, drink and more are included. It's free Free to council members, or $40 per person, $60 a pair, at the door. Info: www.bayouarts.org or 580-7201.
Terrebonne Homecoming: Tiger grads are invited to the Terrebonne High School homecoming game on Sept. 27, reports veteran tiger Josephine Caillouet. Of course anyone can buy a ticket, but graduates from 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010 are specially invited to a 5:30 p.m. reception in the school cafeteria. Also, grads may opt to walk the field to be presented at halftime.
A Homecoming Day parade will begin at Mulberry Baptist Church at 4:15 pm and proceed down St. Charles Street to Terrebonne High. Further details soon.
Recollections? Remember Houma's East Park Recreation Center when it was the scene, almost every weekend, of popular professional wrestling matches or traveling concerts? I understand that even Dolly Parton came there as a member of a country and western group. Call or write with events you remember from those days.
Bayou resilience? A project aimed at introducing high school students to planning for environmental changes to down da bayou communities will be implemented this school year at four high schools in Terrebonne Parish. Created by Houma's South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center with several partners, and funded through a National Academies of Sciences grant, it will enable students to develop short- and long-term resilience plans for their communities in response to environmental impacts, like flooding and coastal erosion.
The program, announced this week by center Executive Director Jonathan Foret, it is known as “Project Resilience: Empowering Gulf Coast Youth to Thrive in Transformative Communities.” For details, contact Foret at 580-7289, 232-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.