New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Donating blood good for life
By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN
DEAR ABBY: I just donated blood to the American Red Cross Blood Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and I’m enclosing a piece that was handed to me on my way out.
I hope you will print it. So many people are not aware of how important it is to give blood — especially now that our blood bank supply has become critically low. Thanks!
NEW YORK DONOR
DEAR DONOR: You gave more than Mood. You gave me an item that will (I hope) inspire more blood donors. Bless you.
WHAT GOODIS A BLOOD DONOR?
A blood donor is good for people who go through windshields and red lights. For somebody with leukemia.
For people being operated on. For barefoot kids who aren’t careful. For people into feudin’ and fightin’.
For hemophiliacs so they can be as normal as possible.
For daredevils. For people undergoing dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant. For people who fool around with guns. For little kids who manage to uncap a bottle of something poisonous.
For people who are burned pretty bad. For new mothers needing a transfusion. For new babies who need a complete
change of blood supply. For people having open-heart surgery. For cancer patients. For people with a severe case of hepatitis. For kids who fall out of trees or whatever. For anybody any age with bleeding ulcers. For people in the wrong place at the wrong time. For the very tired with severe anemia.
For people who run into things. For people who are in a lot worse shape than most people you know.
A BLOOD DONOR IS GOOD FOR LIFE
DEAR ABBY: You recently had a letter in your column concerning a dog that barked continuously all day long (and many weekends) when his owner left him along. Naturally, this disturbed the neighbors.
A man I work with had the same problem with a neighbor’s dog, only this dog owner worked nights and slept days, and his dog barked all night while he was at work. The neighbors complained but got nowhere. Finally they all got together and took turns staying up in shifts to tape-record the dog’s barking. Then they placed the tape directly under the owner’s bedroom window with the volume on '‘high” and forced to dog owner to listen to his own dog barking for eight hours straight. Of course, he didn’t sleep a wink, but he got the message.
He apologized to his neighbors and sent
his dog to dog obedience training school.
IT WORKED IN COLORADO SPRINGS
DEAR WORKED: This “give-’em-a-taste-of-their-own-medicine” techinque should work anywhere.
DEAR ABBY: How do you feel about women shaking hands with other women when they meet or say goodbye? How about women shaking hands with men? I suppose a woman in business does this automatically, just as a man shakes hands with another man.
Don’t you think a handshake is somewhat masculine? Whatever happened to the warm smile and friendly hello?
DEAR PITTSBURGH: In my view, offering a hand to shake Is a friendly gesture whether it's woman to woman, man to man or woman to man.
And nothing “happened" to the warm smile and the friendly hello. Both men and women use them — alone, or accompanied by a handshake.
(If you’re single and want to know how to meet someone decent, see page 20 of Abby’s booklet for people of all ages, “How to Be Popular." Send $2, plus a long stamped (37 cents), self-addressed envelope to Abby, Popularity, P.O. Box 38923, Hollywod, Calif. 90038.)
Man keeps hobby on track in model store
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Some boys never grow up. After more than 50 years, a light still shines in David McDonald’s eyes when conversation turns to model trains.
“I began playing with my brother’s when I was still crawling,’’ McDonald recounts. “I’ve always been interested in model trains.’’
McDonald, 52, received his first train set 44 years ago on Christmas Day. “My dad wrapped each (of the seven cars and the locomotive) individually. That was the most presents I ever got."
He no longer has to wait until Christmas. Fifteen years ago he opened his model train specialty shop, “The Golden Spike," in Fort Smith.
“Model railroading has really changed over the years,” he said. “It was crude when it first started — you just watched the trains run."
Today's enthusiast demands a more intricate layout, more detail in the equipment, McDonald said.
Prior to World War II, model trains were built of tin and cast iron on a scale of a quarter- inch to the foot, he said. Today’s trains are more detailed plastics, woods and metals at an eighth-of-an-inch to the foot.
Landscapes, though seldom replicas of actual towns, are lifelike, with trees, mountains, people and cars. “The real hobbyist tries to make the design as real as possible," he said, pausing to take a sip of coffee from a Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway mug.
McDonald, who was once an auditor for a railroad, advises newcomers to the world of model trains to begin on a small scale.
“Most people start out with a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood," which costs $75 to $150 to outfit with trains and scenery, he said. “If they really get interested in it, it won’t be their last one."
Though he does not believe model railroading is as big as it used to be, McDonald said the hobby could be on the verge of expanding with recent advances in technology. Video cassettes have made it simpler to design and wire sets. “We’re getting into the computer age now."
McDonald said some enthusiasts were beginning to use computers to switch trains and match cars with certain types of industries — “Just like a real railroad." He said an example of computer railroad switching would be on display Feb. IS at Westark Community College when the Westark Model Railway Association holds its annual swap meet.
Each railroad hobbyist has his own particular area of interest, McDonald said. “There’s more than just the modeling facet of it."
McDonald said many people collected such items as railroad books, pictures and equipment. And, he said, “Dining car china has become a big collectors’ item."
Although the average age of the model train buff has increased to about 35, McDonald said one thing had remained relatively the same over the years — it is a world dominated by males.
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Color the key for spring look
NEW YORK (AP) — There will be strong emphasis on color in jewelry for spring, reports Kae McCuiloch, fashion director of the Jewelry Industry Council.
Pearls, in natural colors as well as permanently dyed hues, will be popular, with pink, gold, blue and cream making a strong showing. Colored pearls mix and match with gemstones and monochromatic or contrasting color schemes.
Colored gemstones will be used as the centerpieces of pearl necklaces, she notes. And simple strands of pearls will be embellished with faceted gold or diamond rondelles between each pearl, or stations of varicolored stones.
In proceedings pending before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), local exchange telephone companies are requesting authority to charge AT&T Communications of the Southwest, Inc., for use of their facilities These proposed charges are higher than AT&T Communications can pay at current Texas long distance rate levels. To position itself to be able to implement rates that are sufficient to produce revenues that will recover the costs facing the company, AT&T Communications must now file for rate relief to be able to implement rates that reflect the costs of access that are ultimately imposed on the company.
While AT&T Communications does not want to increase its Texas rates, an increase would be required to recover the increased access charges AT&T Communications will have to pay to the local exchange telephone companies under several proposals pending before the Commission. These access charges at the proposed increased levels represent more than 80 percent of AT&T Communications’ operating expense in Texas
Accordingly, AT&T Communications, in accordance with the Public Utility Regulatory Act and the rules of the PUC, hereby gives notice of the company’s intent to implement a new schedule of rates for long distance calls within Texas. The proposed rates will be effective January 28, 1984, unless otherwise determined by the Commission. All customers and classes of customers would be affected by AT&T Communications' proposed rates.
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