New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, Nov. 4,1993 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 5Clown suit's disappearing act is no joke to angry neighbor
by Abigail Van Buren
© 1993 Universal Press Syndicate
DEAR ABBY: Several years ago, on my way to a Halloween party, I stopped by a neighbor’s house to show her my brand-new clown costume. Later, she asked if she could borrow it to wear to a party. I graciously lent her my costume for one occasion.
When I asked her, some weeks later, to please return my costume, she said she had to wash it. Abby, over the years, I asked her repeatedly for my costume; her answer was always, “I’ll have it for you tomorrow,” etc ... but I never did see my clown costume again.
Now she says she can’t find it — once she even told me she was sure she returned it; another time, she said, “I thought you gave it to me to keep.”
She offered to buy me another costume. I think she should buy herself one and quit clowning around. What do you think?
NOTFUNNY IN LONGVIEW, TEXAS
DEAR NOT: I think your
neighbor probably let someone else “borrow” it and it was never returned. Or else she has it stuck away somewhere and can’t find it. In any case, you can replace it, or write it off as a total loss, or ask her to reimburse you for it.
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DEAR ABBY: I have never written to you before, but I hope you or one of your readers can help me with this problem. I am a 21-year-old male. I live by myself, next door to my parents. I have a really good job, working six days a week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I eat good foods, am very healthy, do not use alcohol or drugs, and get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
My problem is I cannot get up for work! I set two loud alarm clocks that run continuously. I never hear them or the phone ringing when my mom calls. At the last minute, my mom comes over and wakes me up.
I don’t want to live like this the rest of my life. I want to be independent, but no matter how hard I try ,
I just can’t get up. Any suggestions? Please help.
RIP VAN WINKLE
DEAR RIP: Ask your doctor for a referral to a sleep disorder clinic. There could be a physical problem that is preventing you from getting restorative rest from the number of hours you are sleeping.
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DEAR ABBY: For our third anniversary, my husband gave me an anniversary ring. My question: What is the proper way to wear the engagement ring, wedding band and anniversary ring? Which goes closest to the heart?
LIZZIE HOPPE, TUCSON, ARIZ.
DEAR LIZZIE: The wedding band !s traditionally worn closest to one’s heart, third finger, left hand. The engagement ring goes in front of the wedding ring. It is quite all right to wear the anniverary ring in front of the engagement ring — all on one finger.
Or, the anniversary ring can be worn on the ring finger of your right hand. Or, if the anniversary ring is of greater value (emotionally or monetari-
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ly) than the original wedding band, it is all right to wear it closest to your heart — and switch the original wedding band to your right hand, third finger. Confusing? I hope not!
DEAR ABBY: This is for “Unsure in Framingham, Mass.” whose fiancee refuses to marry him if he becomes a street cop because it’s too dangerous.
Someone should point out the fact that more people are killed or seriously injured working with farm machinery. And what about construction workers, welders and electricians? Also, building high-rise buildings, dams and bridges isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
How many lumbeijacks and loggers are killed on the job each year? I personally knew two house painters who died on the job, and one who fell off a ladder and was permanently paralyzed from the neck down.
Not along ago, 12 coal miners in eastern Kentucky were buried alive on the job. When was the last time
12 cops died at the same time? And when did 25 people die together, as did the employees of that chicken processing plant in North Carolina two or three years ago?
I would feel a whole lot safer being a street cop than being a clerk in a 24-hour convenience store.
IN GOODLETTSVILLE, TENN.
DEAR B.L.: There are many jobs with great risks, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that a career in law enforcement is safe by comparison — police face violence and death every day. Their tasks run the gamut from social worker to diplomat, from bouncer to minister. And as any cop can tell you, it requires a touch of genius to feed and clothe a family on a police salary. However, as you so aptly put it, life is not without risks — and nobody has a contract with God.
DEAR ABBY: I have been meaning to share this with you since you started your column.
I was never comfortable with tltw reference to death in that little nighttime prayer we teach our children, so I changed it for my chil dren, and their children, and now for my great-grandchildren. May I share it with you for your approval9
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
In the morning when I wake,
I pray the Lord my hand to take.
Abby, isn’t that a happier ines sage to go to sleep on? We think so.
JANICE TODD, PALM DESERT, CALIF.
DEAR JANICE: It is indeed a “happier message,” but as we old-timers would say, “I don’t think it will play in Peoria.”
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