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By Kim Boccia (Contact) | 52 entries

The gifts you keep on giving — to someone else

One Christmas season, I was a little behind on my family gift exchange shopping — OK I forgot! So I looked around the house to see what my sister and brother-in-law would want. I had an alarm clock radio that was brand new (OK, slightly used) that I knew he would like.

Have your pet spayed or neutered

After meeting with a Chief of Police, I found out that there’s a method to their madness. The police don’t necessarily pick and choose where to patrol the speed, and they don’t get to set a speed limit just to “trap” people. Not only do they have a trained eye for speeders, they have access to a lot of technical resources. You should respect the speed and the officers who enforce it to keep your community safe. Just Saying…

Speed traps: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

(In response to last week’s column) After doing some research, the best advice from the fashion experts is: “stay out of your child’s closet.” Women, no more minnies with leggings, sorry. Men, no socks with sandals, ever. You can follow the fashion trends, but make it the trends of your age. There’s more to life than looks. I know, I didn’t believe it at first either, but it’s true. It’s time we sit back, and enjoy the ride — and I don’t mean in a red convertible Corvette.

The scoop on your dog’s poop

As far as sneaking the snacks into the movies, it’s a big no-no. Apparently, the movie theater owners aren’t the big, mean people I thought they were. The reason they jack up the prices of candy is to help keep the ticket prices lower. There’s a whole marketing angle that I won’t get into, but I think there is a compromise to be made here. If you’re going to be a shady character and sneak your own candy into the movies, then maybe purchase your drinks from the theater’s concessions. This way you’re still shady, but not quite as shady. Hopefully, when things turn around with our economy, we won’t have to be shady at all anymore. Just saying…

Bad Smoke Signals

As teenagers and young adults, I think we’ve all made our share of stupid mistakes. Some of us are left with unwanted tattoos, old pictures of poor haircut choices, or like my husband, two earring holes in one ear (sorry honey, but it’s true). Some may be considered fashion statements, lapses in judgment, or the result of a drunken stupor, and while they may make for a good laugh later in life, none of them can cause cancer like smoking does.

Why talk when you can text?

Untitled document (In response to last week’s column) The consensus of whether or not adults should learn the ways of new technology is — yes, with some exceptions. Most readers said they didn’t want to be bothered with learning the digital ways, but they didn’t want to be left behind, ...

Riding the wave of new technology

Untitled document (In response to last week’s column) I didn’t receive much feedback on this one. Either I’m the only one who thinks talking to an outside source is the best way to go, or nobody wants to admit that they agree. I’m not surprised. Like I said, counseling is ...

Counseling isn’t just for crazy people

Untitled document (In response to last week’s column) It turns out there are a lot of angry people on the street. Some are willing to admit it, but most are in denial.  I guess that goes without saying due to the arrogance of those who think they do no wrong. ...

Do you have road rage?

Untitled document (In response to last weeks column) Although I appreciate everyone’s support, I am not starting a new diet. I wish I had answers for those who are, though. If I knew what the right routine was for weight loss I would be busy showing off in “Daisy Dukes” ...

Introducing the brand new you

Untitled document (In response to last week’s column) Surprise, surprise — not too many women are fans of spitting. Unfortunately, I heard every woman’s gross, detailed stories of their personal spit encounters. I even got an entertaining phone call from a lovely gentleman stating that “real” men spit, followed by ...

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