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Hints From Heloise: Cellphone etiquette

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Dear Readers: What’s with people who have POOR CELLPHONE MANNERS? Here are some hints to make you (and hopefully those around you) aware of your surroundings:

* Lower your voice and watch your language! People usually can hear everything you are saying!

* If your phone must be on in a business meeting or restaurant, put it on “vibrate” or “silent.”

* Do not text while in class, at a meeting or driving (which is illegal in most states)!

* If you are in a meeting or at lunch and must answer the phone, excuse yourself and step away.

-- Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail:

SAFETY HINT

Dear Heloise: Now that we can print out airline boarding passes at home, I always print out extras to stick into my luggage, especially the pieces I’m checking. If the luggage gets lost, the boarding pass in one of the outside pockets will let handlers know what the destination was supposed to be. So far, I haven’t lost any luggage, but you never know! -- Adrienne C. in Virginia

A good precaution. Also, be sure that each piece has a luggage tag (or two) on the outside, and always check the destination tag that the airline puts on at the airport. -- Heloise

CLEAN CANISTER

Dear Heloise: I have a set of canisters for my kitchen that are terra cotta on the outside (like flowerpots). They have grease spots on them (only on the outside). I have tried everything I know to get the grease out. I’ve tried the dishwasher and soaking in vinegar and bleach. Can you recommend anything else I can try? I hate to get rid of them, because I do love them! -- Jenny, via e-mail

What an icky situation! Try using a little dish soap (one that cuts grease), warm water and a hard-bristle scrub brush to get the spots out. Scrub and let sit for 30 minutes or so. Make sure to rinse them well to remove soap residue.

If you can’t get spots out, try the next best thing: disguise them! You can do this in several ways. Try painting on decorations, use those new rub-on transfers or mosaic them. Hope this helps your beloved set of canisters. -- Heloise

OLD PHONE DIRECTORY

Dear Heloise: When my new phone directory(ies) arrives, I take the old one and put it under the front seat of my car. Then I toss the one that’s two years old. They don’t change too much in one year’s time. Since the majority of drivers have a cellphone, this ensures that they never have to leave the safety of their car to call for auto service, a tow truck, etc. Also, most phone books now include local maps and other information that may be valuable at some time. -- Annette S., Davie, Fla.

Great idea! Just be sure to put it under the passenger seat. It isn’t safe under the driver’s side. -- Heloise

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

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