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Submitted by Karen Palau, she said:

I would like to respond to Bob Branco’s article entitled “Life at the YMCA.”  I too have been working out for 11 years now.  If one is physically able to exercise, I recommend it to feel better, look better, and become healthier.  As we know, one must exercise more and eat fewer calories as we age.  I try to run on the treadmill for an hour as many times a week as possible.  I also had a trainer for one summer and found that to be a great addition to my treadmill workout.  Exercise is addicting and I’ve passed on my love for exercise to my youngest daughter.  I recommend exercise of any kind to Matilda Z. readers as a way to reduce stress and maximize good health.  Thanks for the article, Bob.


Edward Zolotarevsky responded to Carl Belnap’s computer question.  He said:

Hello Carl,

When I turn on my PC, the hard drive starts whirring and the fans start spinning.  This creates a hum.  Putting my hand on the fan verifies that it’s blowing air.  If you need more proof, press the CD drive button.  If the PC has power, the CD drive opens.  If there’s no power, the CD drive will not budge.

Edward Zolotarevsky


Roy McCutcheon wrote in, saying:

I enjoyed your short comments on daylight savings time.  First of all, the term is a misnomer. It should be called daylight shifting time because all it does is shift things an hour. It doesn’t save any daylight, it just shifts it. It’s really an idea that’s come and gone. With no benefits at all, it should be discontinued and we should remain on standard time year-round. I remember reading a study released last year stating the time switch had no discernible benefits on energy use at all. The day of the time change also sees an increase in auto accidents and other types of accidents due to sleep deprivation. It’s time to stop these shenanigans and keep the time on standard year-round.

Roy McCutcheon

Reading, Pennsylvania


In response to Feature Writer Lynne Tatum – A Moving Experience, Abbie wrote:

In response to Lynne Tatum’s article about moving, the last two times I moved, I hired three guys from the local homeless shelter. The facility has a program that allows residents to hire clients so they can gain work experience. Both times, the men arrived on time and were courteous and helpful, and I doubt they would have cared if their clothes got dirty. I only paid them $10.00 an hour, which is cheaper than a moving company would have charged. Perhaps homeless shelters in other towns have similar programs.


Tim Hendel also responded to Carl Belnap’s computer question.  He said:

Carl Belnap said he has a problem knowing if his laptop computer is on or off.  My computer is also so quiet when it boots up that you can’t tell if it is on or off.

As it happens, all computers, especially laptops, cause interference on an AM radio which is near the computer.  I use this to know if my computer is on.  Tune your AM radio to the lower part of the dial, about 540 Kilohertz–be sure it is not on a station.  Hold it near the screen and turn the computer on.  You will hear a great deal of noise in the speaker.  When you turn the computer off, the noise will not disappear immediately, as it takes the computer a few seconds to shut down.  Then the noise will go away. Practice to get used to the kind of noise your particular computer generates.  Problem solved!

Tim Hendel

Huntsville, Alabama


Elaine commented on Carl Belnap’s computer question as well.  She suggested:

I’d like to comment on Carl’s question about knowing whether you computer is on or off.  My desktop computer plays music when it comes on and plays a different sound when it shuts off.  Windows has a number of different sounds a person can choose from to indicate different things such as when a person has email or when an error has been made.  Windows sounds can be turned on or off.

Elaine Johnson

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