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Reader Exchange: If the shoe fits, you can wear it

Our readers must be pretty blase by now. In this column they've watched the oddest, least likely topics achieve unpredictable levels of interest: movie projectors, electric organs, old trophies, discarded feathers, aged sheet music and mismatched silverware. But who ever thought we'd have a run on odd-size shoes?

Well, we do, if two requests on the subject presages a trend. The first turned out very well indeed, so let's tackle another. Mary Sue Beeler's dad recently died and left several pairs of his good dress shoes, sizes 9 1/2 AA and AAA. Mary Sue writes, "Because he had such narrow feet, he had a very hard time finding shoes, and when he did they were expensive."

Her dad's three pairs of dress shoes (leather, laced, moderately worn) and two pairs of white Rockford walking shoes (good condition, but worn) are available to a reader with narrow feet like Dad's. Mary Sue's dad always wore innersoles to keep the interiors of his shoes fresh.

"I know that such narrow feet are rare, but so was my dad. I'd love to know that he had company in the foot department," Mary Sue adds. Please call (727) 573-9116 to arrange shoe pickup/delivery.

A St. Petersburg REXer who reads Reader's Digest large-print books has book-wormed her way through a dozen volumes that she would now like to pass along to other readers who need large print.

She also asks if anyone has a wheelchair no longer being used (it need not be motorized). The cane she has relied on is no longer helpful or safe, and her walker is useful for only short distances. Please call (727) 526-1733.

Orpha Bowen has been trying to obtain tree mulch from some tree trimmers, but she hasn't had any luck. She hopes a tree trimmer reading this may be able to bring her some and thereby earn her everlasting gratitude. Orpha may be reached at (352) 796-3962.

It happens to the best of us. Just when we're convinced we're pretty good at doing something, along comes an example that flummoxes us. Take Bill Studdiford of St. Petersburg, who has had years of computer experience but suddenly finds himself baffled by a program. The dastardly conundrum is Pinnacle Studio, used to make satisfactory DVDs from his Sony HandiCam videocamera.

Bill's question: Is there a Pinnacle Studio support group or some introductory training in this program available in a school or community club in Pinellas County? If you know of one, please contact Bill at (727) 898-3218 or As Bill says, "It's not pleasant being baffled!"

The High Point Neighborhood Family Center, a nonprofit organization funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board, will be opening a new facility in June at 5812 150th Ave. N, Clearwater, FL 33764. Caroline Brown, who works at the center, wants readers to be aware that all children's classes are free. The new music/media room needs a donated piano and other musical instruments, and the center is requesting volunteer music teachers. If you'd like more information, or have a donation, please call Caroline at (727) 331-9970.

On a recent windy day in St. Petersburg, a robust gust toppled Jean Cavaliere's patio table and shattered its glass top. She loves her patio set and hopes to locate a reader who wishes to part with a round 4-foot glass table top that can replace the broken top. Or, if you wish to discard an old round glass patio table, Jean will remove the glass for her table. Please call Jean at (727) 422-6875.

Betty Eaton, who lives in the Weeki Wachee area, is trying to hunt down slider bingo cards for members of her church. When these folks go on lengthy bus rides, they like to pass the time playing bingo. Some bus companies provide the cards, but Betty wants to be prepared for those that don't. If you can help, please call (352) 596-6143.

Kathy is hoping to locate a golf cart no longer being used that her folks can drive around their trailer park: to the pool, down to get their mail, short hops like that. Her mom, who has driven for 75 years, recently had her license taken away, and the family fears the sudden loss of that freedom to move about may dramatically decrease the parents' enjoyment of life. Inasmuch as the folks have few worldly goods, they are pinning their hopes on finding a cart that is being given away. Please call (727) 522-4776.

Lorraine Taylor of Seminole is looking for a new home for her Hewlett Packard deskject 612C printer, in good condition. It must be picked up. Please call (727) 397-6702.

Bob Rehmer's HP CRT monitor works fine, and he would like to find a new, needy home for it. Please call (727) 536-3207.

Nedda Honig is looking for a doggie stroller in good condition, preferably in northern Pinellas. Please call (727) 938-2767 or


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Reader Exchange: If the shoe fits, you can wear it 05/09/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 9, 2008 4:30am]
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