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Fine Food & Entertainmenti Placid By ERIN PATRICK PIERCE (Fourth. in a Series) Placid tried in vain to remember how it was he wound up in a large washing machine, as it cycled one direction, then another. His head was stuck between a pair of steel-toed boots, and his feet pinned in a small crack between a bloody chain mail shirt, and a medieval mace. His body twisted over and over each time the wash tub jarred to a sudden halt to change directions. / In addition to the pain, which was exquisite, Placid felt as if he would soon vomit from motion sickness. "At least they didn't pour the hot water in yet." Placid thought, as the wash cycle seemed to slow, then speed up again. It seemed that several hours had thus passed inside the ma- chine when a large hand suddenly appeared. It began to slap him on the cheek rather hard. A familiar voice whispered urgently in his ear, "Wake up! Wake up, damn you!" Pain seemed to flow from Placid's head, down his backbone, and into his knees. When he tried to open his eyes, he found that his eyelids hurt, too. He began to realize that his hands and feet were bound tightly with rope, and that the washing machine was only his mind trying to make sense of being tied up, prone in the bed of an old army truck as it hurtled down a mountain road. "Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!" Frank was slapping him again with a bloody hand, their faces only a few inches apart. Placid suc- cumbed to sickness as he returned to consciousness; he retched directly into Frank's face. "Sorry, Frank." Placid choked. "It's okay. You are suffering from a concussion, and possibly a cracked skull. The nausea is normal. I thought I'd lost you there for a minute!" Frank urgently whispered into Placid's ear, "Really, Padre'. I've never been so happy to be puked on!" "Where are we?" Placid chokedout again between gasps. "I don't know, but I think we can get out of this together. They didn't tie me up. Perhaps they thought I was dead." Frank con- tinued as he cut Placid's bonds with his pocket knife. "We have to move fast. Take a few deep breaths to clear your head. Here is the plan: I'll dispose of the driver and take control of the truck if you can disable the guy riding shotgun. Just be careful, he is one big SOB." Placid took a few deep breaths as instructed, and felt his head clearing. His hands and feet were still sore, and his head was pounding. He wondered if he even had the strength to get up, much less tackle anyone, but he also realized that every second he delayed increased the likelihood of them being discovered. They required the element of surprise. Afraid that opening his mouth would cause him to retch again, Placid breathed deeply through his nose, then nodded at Frank to signal that he was ready. Knife in hand, Frank quickly jumped into the cab of the truck, slit EVERY MONDAY: GET YOUR WINGS FROM THE SWAMP ANGELS UNTIL THEY RUN OUT! PLEASE SEE PAGE A-4 Downtown Cleaners now open Carol and Lott Cutrer are back in their original location renamed and extensively renovated. No longer Ponchatoula Cleaners, it is rebranded Downtown Cleaners to match the name of their Ham- mond location. The cleaners is located at 150 South Fifth Street in downtown Ponchatoula. The Cutrers plan more major improve- ments, in addition to the several renovations already in place. The business was misidentified in last week's paper. (Times Photo) Stirring the pot at Party in the Pits Jimmy Amacker (left) and Jim Coats made a little gumbo for 200 happy barbeque lovers at the Party in the Pits. Ray Clemm is pictured looking on. (Photo by Mary Haley) THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, OCTOBER 20, 2011, PAGE A-3 Wooden boats star in Madisonville Congratulations to the organizers and leaders of Party in the Pits and the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival! Job well done! ]Gator 's Den Cold Beer I Great Drinks Pizza ...... LIVE MUSIC ............ ........ V E--R-Y SUN-D-AY E ...... 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Old Hwy. 51 South, Manchac, LA 70412 Oss) 3800-700000 hA The No. ,1 way to grow job opportunities m to cut regulation and taxes Mack "Bodi" White is a champion for creating new jobs. He has consistently voted to lower taxes and downsize governmenti companies like Elmer's Chocolate Factory in Ponchatoula save jobs, and Bass Pro Shops in Livingston Parish create jobs. His eorts have brought in hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars for our economy .... As our State Senator in DistdCt 6, Bodi will continue to work hard to bridge Baton Rouge to the North Shore for our area to reach its full economic potential. ; r Bedi White. "O get the j b done. Experience to Do the Job for Us! ?