NOTES FROM a columnist's cuff: It sure has been warm lately. Even the huge mounds of snow in the corners of shopping center parking lots have finally melted . . . After complaining that baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn had "ruined" his Oakland franchise, Charles O. Finley is asking prospective buyers to pay $12,500,000 for it. One is left to wonder how much Finley thought the franchise was worth before Kuhn ruined it . . . If you think the Postal Service uses inferior glue on our postage stamps - and many District Liners do - Elizabeth Fry suggests that you check out the USSR's stamps.She says the stickum on Soviet stamps is so bad that "the Russians have a pot of old-fashioned glue as standard equipment in all their post offices" . . . Rear Adm. Frank L. Pinney Jr., USN Ret., concedes that home heating plants that burn fossil fuel lose efficiency when they must run long, but he suggests that this does not apply to electric furnaces. According to Prof. Siechi Konzo, the expert I quoted, Adm. Pinney is right. If your house is equipped with an electric heat pump, Adm. Pinney says it saves energy to dial down at night. Then wait for the morning sun to warm things up a bit before turning up your thermostat again. If you have to get up early, use a small protable heater or two in your bedroom or bathroom if necessary.
CAN a modern filling ststion survive without credit card business? When Gene D'Onofrio of Baltimore decided to switch from name brand to unbranded gasoline, his biggest worry was the 1,500 gallons of business his customers had been charging to their name brand credit cards each day. But he was able to sell the unbranded gas for less and discovered that he immediatley picked up 1,500 gallons of new business per day . . . Thousands of military families in this area will b interested to know that a revised edition of "The Encyclopedia of Military History" by R. Ernest Dupuy and Trevor N. Dupuy will be on the bookstands next week. This massive (1464 pages) work has been updated to include every military action from ancient times through our involvements in Vietnam . . . Nine-year-old Linda Botsford asks, "What has four legs, eats oats, has a tail, and sees just as well from either end(" If you promise to make your complaints to Linad, not to me, I'll give you the answer she supplies: "A blind horse" . . . Mrs. F. H. West wonders why NBC newcasters say, "It's 15 minutes past the hour," but never say what the hour is. My guess is that it's because the network's news service spans several time zones, so only local announcers can give a precise time for a given city.
YOU COULD call it the biggest tip of the biggest tip of the season, I suppose. When a fail sent waiter Gus Panaranda of the Golden Table to the hospital, one of his "temporarily regular" customers gave him a check for $1,000 to take care of the hospital bill. The generous customer is a temporarily regular customer because his a foreign service officer who ate at the Golden Table almost every night during his vacation stay in this country. He was so upset when I found out about his generosity that I have decided to withhold his name. The next time President Jimmy Carter wants to withhold something from The Washington Post, maybe he ought to ask a soft touch like me . . . Was anybody else troubled by our recent boxing story that told of boys aged 7 and 8 trading punches, or was I the only one? Headgear or no headgear, I think it's dangerous for kids that age to be hitting each other - especially in the head . . . On page 17 of the February Washingtonian there appears what is no doubt meant to a devastattingly clever gibe titled, "The Best of Post Retractions and Corrections." On page 23 there are three corrections of errors made by the Washingtonian . . . Bernard Ries reports that there is an eatery in Anderson, S.C., named "The Greasy Spoon Restaurant," and one in Tampa called "The Question Mark." How's that for truth in advertising?