Dear Heloise: I wanted to agree with the letter in your column about radio stations just giving their call letters and not their location. I've complained about that for years.
I remember once driving through western Pennsylvania to my home near Akron, and hearing tornado warnings for the broadcast area. Not knowing where the broadcast was coming from, I didn't know whether I should stop and seek shelter or continue on my way. Fortunately, I came across no bad weather, but I would have felt much safer if I had known where the station was broadcasting from. The call letters mean nothing to travelers not from the area. Shirley, Cuyahoga Falls
Let's hope that by bringing this up again, radio stations will take some initiative and start announcing call letters and location. Managers? What do you have to say? Heloise in San Antonio
Dear Heloise: I buy a salad from fast-food restaurants at least once a week. The containers that they come in are really nice, and this is how I reuse them:
I make a salad at home and bring it to work in the container.
I take goodies to my grandmother in them.
I use them for pet dishes.
I started a couple of plant cuttings in one. Shirlene in Texas
Dear Heloise: I read about gifts for those who are hard to shop for or who have everything, and I had a hint of my own that I'd like to share.
For my brother and sister-in-law, who are elderly and don't wish to have more gadgets or knickknacks, I made a video on the computer of some old and new pictures of the family, set to music. It was their 60th wedding anniversary, and I burned the video to DVD so they could watch it on TV. I think they were pleased. If you don't know how to make one, find someone knowledgeable and have that person make it for you. D. Smith, Baytown, Texas
Dear Heloise: To thread a frayed shoelace, try using a match to melt the end. If the lace is nylon, it will melt very easily and can be reshaped as it cools. I learned this at the ice rink some years ago. Betty, via e-mail
The shoelace will be very hot, so use caution. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I am fed up with these stupid companies that send promotions via fax. Twice now, my machine has run out of paper because they used it all up, and I had been waiting for important faxes to come in while I was away from my office.
Yes, they give you a number to call to remove my number ... but they don't buy me more paper and ink for the fax machine or solve my business problems because I never got an important message. Mad in Minnesota
I agree! Arggh! Heloise
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to (210) HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.
King Features Syndicate