Dear Heloise: Your list on how to be a good houseguest prompted me to add a few more:
If you are arriving by plane, before arranging for your flight, call your hosts and ask what time is convenient for them to pick you up, and offer to take a cab.
If you use the bathtub, don't leave a ring around it. Wash the tub.
If you find it necessary to use their phone for long-distance, do leave a few dollars on your night table before you depart, with a note or a gift certificate to a local department store.
Too much conversation can be very tiring. Give your hosts some quiet time. Bring a book, go to your room and read.
Don't overstay your visit, and do take your hosts out to a nice restaurant at least once during your stay.
When you get home, write a thank-you note listing all the things they did to make your visit an enjoyable one. -- A Thankful Host, Monroe Township, N.J.
How right you are. Following your simple hints will make you a favorite houseguest and one who is invited back. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When frying anything that splatters, cover the pan with a metal colander. It is much easier to clean, with fewer splatters. -- Teri DiVergilio, Vero Beach, Fla.
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