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Hints From Heloise: Cannot compute

Dear Heloise: I do not have a computer at home, and my neighborhood library doesn’t have computers to use, either. Do you have any suggestions on where I can GO TO USE A COMPUTER? -- A Reader in Texas

Contact community or senior centers in your area. There also are office, print and shipping stores that have computers available for a small fee, but it might be worth it, because there is always someone to help you. -- Heloise

P.S.: You are correct: Many, many smaller community libraries do not have the funds for computers!


Dear Heloise: Regarding the use of “BCC” to keep addresses private: Having worked in businesses (military and civilian) for 30-plus years, I could not agree more. Use BCC if you do not want the “to” recipients to be aware of the other (BCC) recipients.

Perhaps it is regional, but what I and others find more the norm is that BCC means “Blind Courtesy Copy” vs. “Blind Carbon Copy.” The use of “CC,” either with or without the “B,” means the correspondence is for information only, no action required.

In the age of typewriter/carbon copies, there was no need to put “CC,” as it would have been obvious from its appearance that it was a carbon copy. (Heloise here: The paper itself was an onionskin, thin paper, much like tissue paper, and many times was colored pink, blue, etc.) -- F.L.S. in Texas

I’m with you! Please, folks, don’t forward or send an e-mail with numerous e-mail addresses. It’s NOT cool. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: A great way to keep the inside of any motor vehicle smelling nice is to take 1 / 4 of your favorite fabric-softener sheet and put it under the front seats. Works great! -- Tom in Oxnard, Calif.


Dear Heloise: For those who have sliding closet doors and find that they get off the track, here is a simple solution to get them back on and make them slide easily: My husband rubbed a dry bar of soap along the top and bottom of the doors. -- Grace D. in New York


Dear Heloise: I’ve found a beauty shop with great lighting. My blond hair looks blond, inside and outside the shop. I have left several beauty shops because of their lighting. In the shop, my blond looks great, but outside the shop, my tint looked reddish or gray. -- D.J. in Ohio


Dear Ladies: If you want to change out your purse and are in a hurry, stow necessities (makeup, pens, etc.) in clear zippered bags. This makes it easy to pull out and change bags quickly. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I hated to throw away the glass microwave turntable, and I found that it worked great for serving different cheeses when wine tasting. Just place a round doily on it. -- Gil S., San Antonio

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

2012, King Features Syndicate



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