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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 29, 2004

Island Life Shorts

Advertiser Staff

Reader's Tip

Earlier this month, Advertiser readers noted that many newer cars don't come with ashtrays. One reader suggested using a soda can or water bottle as an ashtray, but another said it may be too dangerous to try to drop a lighted cigarette into a little hole.

In response to that Nov. 8 item, Teresa Herring of 'Ewa Beach recommended an empty soup can or small glass jar — which have wide mouths and fit snugly in beverage holders — filled with sand.

"But of course," Herring said in her e-mail, "the No. 1 solution is just quit."

Got tips? E-mail zserrano@honoluluadvertiser.com.


Avoid holiday stress

Starting to feel the holiday grind? Consider these stress relievers, courtesy L.C. Industries, makers of travel-related products:

• Take slow, deep breaths several times daily, especially in situations that may cause you stress.

• Learn to say no when asked to do something you either don't want to do or don't have time to do.

• Exercise regularly; take a walk, ride a bike or join a gym.

• Limit caffeine, alcohol and sugar in your diet, and drink plenty of water.


Prevent water pollution

Polluted runoff occurs when rainwater moves over the ground, picking up debris that makes its way into streams, storm drains and, eventually, the ocean. To protect our precious aquatic environment, the city Department of Environmental Services asks that you:

I Keep sidewalks and curbs fronting your property clean by sweeping up debris and disposing of it in the trash.

I Also sweep sidewalks and driveways to keep them free of excess dirt and sediment runoff from landscaping.

I Gather grass and tree cuttings and dispose as green waste, or compost them.