Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for Nov. 27, 2021

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It’s almost like clockwork…. That’s the exercise phase that hits the country the afternoon of Thanksgiving. Like most, JT piled his plate a little “too high” Thursday. It made for a great nap, but he can still feel the pounds he added. JT just might have to join the walkers and cyclists this year because with Christmas Festival weekend activities around the corner and Christmas confections being bountiful, JT doesn’t want to let a good “treat” go by.

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One of the nice things JT enjoyed over Thanksgiving week was watching the “little helpers” with their parents. JT noticed them running errands and helping get the mail from the Post Office a few times during the week. Everyone had a smile on their face going about the chores.

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It wasn’t planned… but JT happened to see the Louisiana float in the televised Thanksgiving Day parade. Natchitoches was front and center.  Just past the chomping mouth of the alligator shaped float was a street sign with Natchitoches and Lafayette listed. JT figures the crowd and television viewers probably butchered both cities when they repeated them in their head. But that’s okay…maybe they’ll head to the Internet to better understand the float and Louisiana. Kudos to Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser for this great exposure.

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Speaking of Festival Weekend….it’s here…the first Saturday in December. The parade is back, the preliminary fireworks displays have been outstanding and downtown will be buzzing with activities. Scott Innes of Baton Rouge, a radio personality who is best known as the voice of the cartoon character “Scooby Doo” since the late 1990s is the grand marshal of the parade. JT overheard one person who…let’s just say is in their 60s….tell another, “I can’t wait till Saturday so I can walk down Front Street and yell, “Scooby Doo, Where are You?”

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Sometimes JT just can’t understand! Wednesday it was announced President O’Biden was releasing 50 million barrels of oil from the nations’ Strategic Petroleum Reserves to help bring down energy costs. (By the way, one of those reserves is just north of Baton Rouge). Anyway, there are a couple of points that kind of slid under the news reports. First off is that Biden created this problem when he shut down oil exploration in federal waters immediately after taking office. Secondly, the 50 million barrels of oil is only about three days of American’s oil usage. And thirdly, he’s put the United States in a position of begging other nations to sell us more of their oil. It’s a good example to JT why politicians should stay out of economics.

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That kind of reminds JT of years ago when he was a young reporter, around the end of the year he would visit with community business and financial leaders for a financial projection into the New Year. He was talking with a local banker who chuckled when JT asked him what he thought the economy of the New Year would be. He told JT, “My college professors and banking institute instructors would roll over in their graves if they knew I was forecasting the economy.”

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