Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Alana S., Maine

DEAR READ­ERS: To­day’s Sound Off is about bring­ing an­other per­son to a job in­ter­view.

DEAR HELOISE: It should be com­mon knowl­edge that you don’t bring your kids, hus­band or boyfriend or mother to your job in­ter­view. It’s one of the quick­est ways to be elim­i­nated as a can­di­date for the job. And yet, just to­day I was about to in­ter­view a young woman of 23, and when I called her name, her boyfriend got up and said he was go­ing into the in­ter­view with her to see to it that I didn’t ask any ques­tions that he didn’t like.

When I said he was not go­ing into the in­ter­view, he said he had a few ques­tions he wanted to ask. I asked them to leave my of­fice. Un­less you need an in­ter­preter, which is al­lowed, you shouldn’t bring an­other per­son with you to an in­ter­view for a job.

— Karen in Louisiana

DEAR READ­ERS: Trans­par­ent tape has many uses be­sides wrap­ping gifts, such as:

When trav­el­ing, pack a small dis­penser of tape for mend­ing a loose hem.

In an emer­gency, you can tape a cut fin­ger and pre­vent bac­te­ria from get­ting in.

The matte tape can be ap­plied to a num­ber of things to al­low you to write your name.

DEAR HELOISE: I know there must be oth­ers like me who like their soft drinks cold but the ice melts and di­lutes the drink. I pour soft drink into an ice cube tray and freeze it. When I use th­ese, as they melt, they don’t di­lute my drink but still keep it cold.

— Bil­lie M., Texas

DEAR HELOISE: For beach­go­ers, there are some things you should al­ways pack in your beach bag:

Sun­block — ev­ery­one should use it, but this is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for chil­dren and very fair-skinned peo­ple who burn rather than tan.

Meat ten­der­izer — this is good to have on hand if you are near an ocean that has jel­ly­fish. Mix a lit­tle wa­ter with the ten­der­izer to make a paste, and ap­ply it to the af­fected area.

Slip-on shoes or rub­ber thongs for the feet — by mid­day, sand can get ex­tremely hot, so don’t go barefoot to the beach.

A hat (one with a wide brim is best) — shield your head in the hot sun, as well as your eyes from ul­tra­vi­o­let rays.

Bot­tled wa­ter — stay hy­drated; I can’t em­pha­size this enough. 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


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