HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COMICS & PUZZLE - Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

DEAR HELOISE: I’ve served as chap­lain on many cruises and rec­om­mend four use­ful hints:

Get to the port city one day ahead of time to avoid travel de­lays.

Buy the cruise lines’ air pack­age. If there is a prob­lem with a de­lay at the end of the cruise, the cruise line will help re­ar­range flights home.

If you want to avoid the ex­pense of ex­cur­sions, go to one of the taxis lined up at the port; ask what the fee would be for two hours (or what­ever time you want) to see the best things in that port city.

Don’t com­plain! Some people have one foot on the ship and still have one foot on the gang­plank, and they al­ready start to com­plain.

— J.K.C. in Ne­braska DEAR J.K.C.: I loved your sug­ges­tions, es­pe­cially the last one. Just sit back and re­lax on a cruise. Go with the flow and have a great time.

DEAR HELOISE: I have been to many ho­tel prop­er­ties through the years, large and small, and most have the same fault: the place­ment of a full-length mir­ror op­po­site the bath­room door. This en­ables any­one in the room to see some gross im­ages in the bath­room. Wouldn’t it be better to place the mir­ror on the en­trance door to the bath­room? Just won­der­ing.

— Wil­liam C. DEAR WIL­LIAM: I spoke to a se­nior con­sul­tant for a ma­jor ho­tel chain, and he said that plac­ing the mir­ror on the op­po­site wall al­lows others in the room to use the mir­ror if some­one else is in the bath­room. He sug­gested ask­ing the per­son in the bath­room to please close the door.

DEAR HELOISE: I had no idea that bone china re­ally had bone ash in it. What kinds of bones are used, and where do they get them? Am I the only one who never thought of “bones” when talk­ing about bone china? — Judy C., Or­ange, Calif. DEAR JUDY: The man­u­fac­tur­ers of bone china use finely milled cow bones from slaugh­ter­houses or ren­der­ing plants. The best china gen­er­ally will have be­tween 30 per­cent and 50 per­cent bone ash. This is mixed in with the var­i­ous clays used to make the china, be­cause bone ash helps to pre­vent the porce­lain from de­vel­op­ing fine cracks, and to strengthen the din­ner­ware. Bone china ac­tu­ally is very strong.

HELOISE

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