Dear Heloise: Recently, I purchased several movie DVDs that were labeled “CLOSED CAPTION,” but I found that the “cc” didn’t work. I had to return the DVDs. I even purchased a new DVD player, thinking that my player was the problem. But it wasn’t!
Makes me wonder if manufacturers check to determine if the closed captioning actually works before putting it on the package. This is a big problem that needs to be addressed. -- A Reader, Omaha
When you put the DVD in, a menu should appear onscreen. Look for “options,” “settings,” “features,” etc. Closed captioning usually is an option that you have to select in the DVD menu for it to show up. -- Heloise
MONTHLY BILL PAYING
Dear Heloise: A hint: When my monthly bills arrive, I now pay them by phone or computer, but there’s always an envelope included with each bill. I use the envelopes for grocery lists. I write my list on the outside and place coupons inside. If I have a coupon, I put a check mark beside the item. I wish that you lived here and we could sit and chat for a while. -- Anne Zimmerman, Omaha
Hi, Anne! I was in your charming city years ago for a speech and got to visit Offutt Air Force Base. What a treat! I wish I could have a cup of mocha coffee and chat with you, too! -- Heloise
PACKING WITH NEWSPAPER
Dear Heloise: I was packing a box and want to pass along a hint. I pack the box by stuffing newspaper around and at the top of the items. When everything is sealed, I turn the package upside down and address that side. That way, if the address side is up, soft newsprint is on bottom for a little extra cushion. Bottoms up! -- Tom Hammond, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Dear Heloise: To help keep pillows clean, always put two cases back on them! When one case gets dirty, simply take it off, then wash the second one when needed and put two cases back on. Works for me. -- Faye in Dallas
Faye, I do the same! It helps keep the pillow clean, also. -- Heloise
HANDY SERIAL NUMBERS
Dear Heloise: When I get to the store, I always wish I had model numbers of things like the humidifier (to buy filters) or the size of the air-conditioning filters. I started putting the information into my cellphone under “contacts,” and the model number or measurements in the phone-number section. Now I always have the information I need. -- Marcia, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: Upon returning from a trip and unpacking, I toss a couple of dryer sheets into each piece of luggage before closing and putting away. When opened for another trip, it’s fresh and clean-smelling. Any musty or closed-in odor is eliminated. -- Jean Milici, Torrington, Conn.
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