Last Word on dripping glasses, June 22

The Virginia Gazette

Looking for …

I am having a problem with the interior phone lines in my house. If you know of a company that can diagnose and fix my problem, please reply to cambria121@cox.net. Thanks.

This is a response to an item in the Last Word in the Gazette on June 19th. It is posted under the category, "Looking for …" The person asked, "Does anyone know where to recycle old TVs at no charge?" The answer is, the person can take it to any of the Best Buy stores—but there's one at the Marquis Shopping Center right next to Water Country. Take it there and they will take any old TVs for free.

For those interested in shredding old papers: You can do that on June 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at BB&T Bank at 5236 Monticello Avenue. That's being sponsored by the BB&T Bank and Scott & Stringfellow.

On Monday morning at around 8:00 a.m., I found a set of keys with an electronic car remote control key. If they are yours, please identify the car you're driving as well as the other attachment on the key ring with your keys. I can be reached at (757) 291-4386 or rmnalis@yahoo.com

Is there a salon in the Williamsburg area that does haircuts and highlights and lowlights for under $100?

Ice water issues

A reader recently asked about "sweating" ice water glasses leaving drops everywhere. You need a Tervis Tumbler! These glasses come in a variety of sizes and designs. They are available online, at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and at the local store downtown. Absolutely no drips!

Tervis Tumbler insulated plastic glasses are wonderful! I've used them for years for both hot and cold beverages. Fill them with ice cold drinks and they never sweat! I love using them with lids. Tervis offers a life-time guarantee and will replace broken items for free. Lucky for us, Tervis recently opened a factory-owned store at 447 Prince George Street. A limited selection is also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

The person who wrote to the Last Word asking for advice on dealing with condensation on the outside of an iced-water glass must be a come-here. Bless your heart and welcome to the South.

To the lady in the silk blouse with the wet glass woes...there are people in this community with real hardships and concerns. Get yourself a straw, or more preferably, a life.

To keep water from dripping and coaster from sticking to the glass, sprinkle salt on the coaster.

For the person that had trouble drinking a glass of ice water and having it drip on her clothes and on her silk blouse and spots on her slacks : Maybe the best solution would be to put your house up for sale and move back up North. They don't have as much heat up there.

Save the soft serve

For 37 years we have been patrons of Queen Ann's soft serve ice cream. In my opinion, this icon should be saved. As I see it, the landlord is either going to have to invest $35K in a fire protection system to protect his building or be faced with an empty building that will evolve into another tear down structure on Route 143. Once torn down, the property has little value because of its size and location, and the county loses another business. The current renters spent $5,000 of their money on an a/c system. It's time to step up and do what is right. Invest $35k and you have a building with a retail value-- Don't invest and you have a tear down with no value--It's just that simple.

Time for our local celebrity, Bruce Hornsby, to step up and help save this Williamsburg landmark! After all, what is $35,000 to him when he and Ricky Skaggs made money off a song written about his father taking him to the Queen Anne Dairy Snack when he and his brothers were young and is titled "That Dreaded Spoon."

As many of you know, Queen Anne Dairy Snack is a milkshake joint on Route 143. It has been open since 1951. Queen Anne has wonderful food, desserts, and is located in a visible location. People come from all over to try Queen Anne. Bruce Hornsby even wrote a song called "The Dreaded Spoon" about Queen Anne. Today, we heard it is being forced to close because of the building age and electrical issues. I understand this will close July 30th. This is so disheartening! What can we as a community do to help save this wonderful landmark?

Free to you

I have a four-year-old push mower (Briggs & Stratton engine) that doesn't run anymore to a good home with someone who knows how to fix them. Please post your contact info in the Last Word if interested. Thank you.

Traffic lights

I agree with the previous Last Word caller. The timing of traffic lights on Monticello Avenue is ridiculous. Sitting to make a left turn for an extended period of time when nothing is coming isn't necessary. I thought we spent thousands of dollars last year to synchronize those lights. If anything, traffic is worse. Just put the lights back like they were. Thank you.

More stores?

Wow! Does anyone know what they will build next to the Food Lion Shopping Center off John Tyler Highway? How many trees were taken down for this project? Just what we need, another construction project where the tall trees have been destroyed for more black top surfaces.

Forewarned ...

To my dear neighbor, who always comes to my house and our other neighbors' whenever we have gatherings: don't be offended that we no longer want to invite you. You are taking for granted our friendship and you never reciprocate invitations. You once said it is too complicated to have parties, but we think our friends are worth the effort. So don't be surprised to be in the "black list"!

Correct terms

The shooting in Orlando last week should always be referred to as "domestic violence," just as San Bernardino should be referred to as "workplace violence." Any reference to any Muslim terrorist group only enables and emboldens them. To ignore them helps to shoot them with the political ring of their operation.

Medical bills

Several weeks ago I had cataract surgery. I felt that my compromised eyesight was affecting my ability to drive and putting people at risk. So, I found it necessary to do the right thing. All turned out well until I received all the ancillary medical costs. I have insurance through Obamacare and yet I have $3,000 owed out of pocket! I have gold level coverage at $1900 gross a month and still owe this outlandish amount! There is something seriously wrong with the private insurance landscape. Or perhaps there was something I should have done differently? Help!

Open classroom

The "open classroom" design planned for James Blair school will be very attractive for potential terrorists. There will be fewer places for students to hide and fewer doors to barricade.

Good commentary

Hats off to Suzanne Tingley for her article on the Blair project. She is spot on with every single comment that she made. Having lived through the same thing that she did, I can only say that when Constantino leaves, he's leaving us with a sore thumb to endure.

Recommended

There's a new produce stand in Williamsburg. Jerry's Produce, on News Road in Williamsburg, is a great new source for farm-fresh fruit and veggies, and they offer you-pick strawberries (in season). We recently purchased their pickling cucumbers and are looking forward to other veggies as they become available. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Nixon, are a friendly couple and make the purchase a pleasant experience.

I had piles of cherished slides, photos and film clips scattered everywhere. So, I seldom looked at more than a handful of them. Tom Bigford at Digitize My Images patiently helped me organize this mass of memories, restored the images and films to their original clarity and color, and assembled them with titles, music and motion on DVDs. This is a personal service that leaves you with heirloom-quality DVDs to share with family and friends. Email tbigford@cox.net or call 757-645-7004.

In case you haven't heard National Pancake House on Route 60 has a new owner and chef. The food is fabulous and reasonable. Everything is homemade and very fresh. We love to eat there, especially on Friday when the steak special with charcoaled steak, baked potato, salad bar and homemade soup is offered for $9.99.

In a recent Last Word someone wrote in "Time of need" that their senior dog was having breathing issues and they went to Middle Plantation Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Dunsmore is the vet there. I would second, third, fourth and fifth that. He is the most wonderful veterinarian I have ever met, and I have had many animals in my lifetime. So I highly recommend the vet hospital, and their number is 345-6566.

Debatable greatness?

I disagree that Mohammed Ali was the greatest fighter. The greatest champion was Rocky Marciano. He had 49 victories and 0 losses. He defended his title six times and won by knockout on five of those. The only reason that he stopped fighting was caused by a back injury while playing horsey with his little two-year-old daughter. And, let's not forget Joe Louis. He was a pretty darn good fighter, too. Thank you very much.

Last Word

I agree with the reader who complained about the number of letters ranting or raving about their favorite or least favorite candidate(s) for President of the United States or about our current and past presidents. We see and hear more than enough about these people (often repetitive) in other media without seeing the same gloats and gripes in the "Last Word" column. How about either not publishing such letters until close to the election or at least placing the category last in the column? Keep most of the subject matter to items of local interest.

Guns

I wish the people who comment here would check their facts before they make statements. After Sandy Hook, the Senate, controlled by Democrats, did not pass any legislation regarding gun control. Even some of them believe in the Second Amendment.

Nobody needs to own/have an automatic assault weapon except for active military personnel.

When there is a bombing, killing mass numbers of people, we blame the bomber(s), not the bomb. When there are homicides and involuntary manslaughters due to drunk driving, we blame the driver, not the car. Why, when there's a shooting, do you then blame the gun?

Presidential politics

The highlight of the 2012 Republican Convention was Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair. If Trump continues taking advice from the psychotic little voices in his head, he will be talking to a thousand empty chairs at the convention in Cleveland .

The Clintons seem to have reversed things -- the phrase used to be "Quid Pro Quo," but now it obviously is "Quo Pro Quid."

I continue to be dismayed by wildly inaccurate thoughts being passed on as "facts" when it comes to Hillary Clinton. In the June 15 Gazette, Last Word submissions claimed that "...she wants to get rid of our guns" and that she plans to "appoint Barack Obama to the Supreme Court." In reaction to her supposed desire to abolish the Second Amendment, two readers suggested that her Secret Service detail should be disarmed , a totally irresponsible idea given the environment surrounding the candidates at this time. Please, don't believe everything you may read on the Internet or hear from "some people." Let's try to have a reasonable discussion of the issues, without throwing around widely inaccurate and inflammatory accusations.

In response who is blaming the Republican Congress, saying that they are afraid of the NRA: I respond, "What this country needs is a strong president who has a handle on the U.S.A."

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