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Reader Exchange: The great bay area electronics swap

By Linda D. Cole and Ingrid L. Kohler, Times Staff Writers
Published November 24, 2007


Whether you had a traditional family dinner with all the trimmings or you simply munched a turkey sub while composing end-of-the-semester term papers, the staff hopes your Thanksgiving was a good one.

If you have recently updated your laptop, here's a chance to help a youngster who is eager to find his way onto the Internet. Cindy of St. Petersburg confesses that the little she knows about computers she has learned from her grandson, Jeremiah, who is 6. He has been interested in the technology since age 4, and a working laptop that is no longer needed could greatly expand his horizons.

Cindy is also seeking gently used baby items it's a girl! for a single mom who is down on her luck. Cindy can pick up laptop or baby things if you aren't located too far away. She may be contacted at (727) 327-1276.

Gerry Neely of Palm Harbor has something in common with so many of our readers: She's a knitter. In fact, she has contentedly clicked her needles for more than 50 years and is professional enough to have sold her patterns and creations. However, she currently is having trouble finding outlets from which to sell her wares.

So, if any of you entrepreneurs have point-of-sale suggestions for Gerry's mercantile operations, please call (727) 787-0530 and clue her in.

Ruthann Lubahn of St. Petersburg uses a pneumatic compressor segmental machine for her legs. This equipment provides circulatory benefits that include preventing leg clots in sedentary people. Because of the topic's technical nature, plus the fact that Ruthann needs only specific parts of the machine, we are hoping that readers who might be able to help Ruthann will give her a call. That way they can discuss what's needed without our introducing errors that may result from our general unfamiliarity with the most basic medical equipment. (Tongue depressors and Q-Tips are basically us.) Please make that call to Ruthann at (727) 521-1916.

Ruthann would like to find a 10-foot aluminum ramp that would enable her to maneuver her wheelchair into her friend's Chrysler minivan.

Also, Ruthann's handicap makes working from home necessary, andshe uses a computer to do so. However, her elderly computer's monitor has gone black. Ruthann hopes to be able to trade a convection oven with a microwave that she has used only twice for a good computer in the range of those made from 2000-2004. Here's hoping a second reader needs to recycle a computer this week.

Obviously some electronic restructuring is going on among our readers: Maggie Hall of Dunedin reports the recent demise of her Canon Pixma 1500i. Her family has five generic black cartridges and one generic colorcartridge for someone with a printer like the dearly departed or for the others compatible with the Pixma. (These may be Canon BJC 2000, 4000 or 5000.) E-mail (first come, first served).

Instructions alert! Caroline Murphy of New Port Richey has a Rival Crockpot that she'd like to use soon, but she has no manual to get her going. She surely hopes another "pot" owner will help resolve this difficulty. Caroline may be reached at (727) 847-6662.

Warren Boldt of St. Petersburg would find shopping a bit easier on his 83-year-old legs if he could round up a three-wheel walker with hand brakes. He'd also like to recycle some men's pants and shorts (extra large), some new, others used very little. Please call (727) 823-4008.

Ella Gunst of Largo wants that massage table you no longer use. Please call (727) 391-8086.

Got a tall cat tree? We suspect the tree is tall, not the cat, but whichever, Rosemary Karek is eager to take one off your hands, or your paws, as the case may be. Those of you with cats don't need to be told about these indoor structures that let our feline friends climb to their heart's content. Please call (727) 546-5352.

Thank-you notes

Marilyn of Tarpon Springs, who was looking for Kleen-Rite carpet cleaner, thanks everyone who called to help. One kind caller even sent along half of her own supply.

Anna Angell of Clearwater writes that after she offered a free wig to a needy person, a young man rode his bicycle 20 miles round trip on a very hot day to pick it up for his mother. That kind of devotion is always comforting to hear about.

Norma Holt says thanks to everyone who advised her about her problem with old reel-to-reel tapes. A special thanks goes to Alan, who provided instruction so Norma can do them herself. She is going to give it a try.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.


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