Dear Heloise: It's easy to identify with one of your readers complaining (in the Monday Sound Off section of this column) about the LOUD VOLUME IN MUSIC STORES. I want to sound off, too, because it seems a lot of people think that louder is better, and t his is not just in music stores, but also in many churches nowadays.
Whatever happened to sane, pleasant volume levels of music? I'm not deaf, nor do I want to become deaf, and such extremely loud music is offensive to real music lovers who want to hear music at enjoyable levels.
The young people who drive around with their radios or stereos literally blasting are only demonstrating their own cravings for attention.
There's no way they can enjoy that distorted sound that is terribly offensive to the sensibilities, especially ears.
I'm not sure how to educate those young people (some of whom are just trying to act young) about the hearing loss they're bringing upon themselves and anyone else in or near their vehicles, but I'm sure the hearing-aid manufacturers appreciate them. -- Jim Markgraf, Spring, Texas
I hear you just fine. I've had to edit your letter a little (for space), but the message is clear. I agree. When I'm in my car with the windows up, air conditioning on and the radio on and I can hear the boom, boom, boom of the vehicle behind me, it's too loud! You are right -- later in life they are going to be visiting a hearing specialist. Readers, comments? -- Heloise
Here are six travel essentials to remember to take on your next trip.
a small flashlight (and batteries)
an alarm clock
a bright-colored pillowcase if you take your own pillow
a small sewing kit
a first-aid kit (just in case)
a few extra days of prescription medications.
Dear Heloise: Please remind your readers to keep magnetized objects (such as the magnetized screwdriver Linda of New York was using to pick up dropped pins and needles) away from computerized sewing machines and other computerized objects. -- Janice Rothlauf, Silver Spring, Md.
Dear Heloise: I have a small space between my washer and wall. When I drop something down there, I put double-face tape on the end of a yardstick and pull the object right out. -- M. Wilfong, Logansport, Ind.
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