* “Perhaps the clerks are from the South, where it is common courtesy to ask, and her reply should be: ‘I’m fine, thank you. How are you?’ It only takes a minute and gives you a much better feeling,” wrote Betty, via e-mail
* “When they ask, ‘Did you find everything?’ they don’t mean it. I have told them on several occasions that they were out of something, or had expired products on the shelf. The next time I go to the store, those same items are still on the shelf,” wrote Kate in Texas
* “I stepped up to a teller at the bank one day, and she said, ‘How are you?’ and I said, ‘Considering I have a bad back, a bad knee, emphysema and neuropathy in my feet, I am pretty good.’ Her reply was ‘Wow.’ And I told her I always wanted to say that to someone who said, ‘How are you?’” wrote A Reader, via e-mail
What a response! Keep your great letters coming! -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Other uses for egg cartons:
* Keep earrings and rings in one.
* Use as a paint palette for children.
* Store nuts and bolts in one.
* Sort beads.
* Start seedlings in one.
SEND A GREAT HINT TO:
P.O. Box 795000
San Antonio, TX 78279-5000
LETTER OF LAUGHTER
Dear Heloise: Love reading your column in our Ventura County (Calif.) Star. The advice on cleaning backpacks made me smile, and I thought you’d enjoy a funny story. When my daughter was in second grade, I was noticing that her schoolwork appeared to smell like wine. Each day, the odor was stronger, and I wondered if her teacher enjoyed a bit of wine in the evening while grading papers. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a snack bag with fermenting grapes, well-sealed but undetected for several weeks! -- K.J., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: Instead of using cardboard boxes to move, I purchased a number of deep plastic tubs with lids. They were great for storage even after the move. When I no longer needed them for storage, I discarded the lids, cut out the bottoms, filled them with garden soil and planted herbs. Our climate supports the growth of the herbs nearly year-round, the spring blooms are beautiful, and I no longer have to pay for them at the grocery! -- Judi in Arkansas
Dear Heloise: When medications need a refill, I turn the bottle upside down on my nightstand to remind me that I have to get it refilled. -- Mary in Pennsylvania
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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