Income tax day is behind us; now it's time to file something more entertaining: requests from our readers.
Honor Hollingshead of Clearwater has been looking for a copy of the board game Upwards, but, unfortunately, not finding it. Does someone in Exchange Land have one stashed away and gathering dust, or perhaps know where one may be purchased? Call Honor at (727) 797-6360. or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reader named Alice e-mails this challenge to REXers: "Anyone who loves jigsaw puzzles as much as I do, please call me." We suspect that Alice really, really loves them, because she says she has a lot of them. But if you call, please do so on weekends after 9 a.m. The number is (727) 244-2752.
Bob Vaughn of East Lake Woodlands is giving away two complete Web TV systems: a Magnavox that was never used and a Sony that is still good. Both are complete with keyboards, plus some Sony spare parts thrown in as a bonus. Please call (727) 785-9685.
After bringing countless numbers of people and projectors together, the staff's considered opinion is that Exchange Land is the world's largest repository of projectors of every kind. Now Molly Sanger wants to put on a family slide show. She has a box full of slides, all in manual slide changers and an eager audience — but she has no slide projector. If yet another slide projector can be squeezed out of the seemingly endless supply, Molly would love to hear about it. Please call (727) 577-6563.
And, just to make us look like we know what we're talking about, or maybe just to check if Molly's on her toes this morning, this request from Andree Shelman of St. Petersburg came plopping providentially through the mail slot just as we finished reading Molly's.
Andree is recycling several pieces of slide show paraphernalia, among them a Kodak Carousel slide projector, in its own case, complete with instructions. Also up for adoption, eight carousels to hold slides, and six replacement lamps to fit the projector. And, to complete the show, a screen on tripod legs that can be raised; the screen bears the label "Lenticular by Radiant."
As far as Andree knows, all items are in working order. Please call (727) 866-7476.
Maybe your idea of a travelog is a bit different from moseying through the family slides. The next item permits enjoyment of truly breathtaking photography — with no extra equipment required.
David Poulin of St. Petersburg is seeking a new home for 30 years' worth of National Geographic magazines, all maps included and all in pristine condition. Nine years of the publication are in boxes. The lucky reader will, however, have to pick them up. David may be reached at (727) 525-8569.
Richard and Jean Tavener of St. Petersburg have transferred the family videos to DVD with little muss or fuss, but they are stumped as to how to go about editing the movies. They hope that a knowledgeable person reading this will contact them at (727) 343-7877 and offer some guidance.
Calling all artists, hobbyists and anyone else whose work requires chunks of colorful broken glass and bits of ceramic and china: Shirley Hudson of New Port Richey wants you to know that she has all of these items, ready to be recycled. Please call (727) 842-9920.
Diane Bittner of Seminole thanks everyone who called her with information on where to find handmade net scrubbers. The first call came through at 8:30 a.m. the day her request appeared, so Diane visited the caller and secured 20 of the scrubbers. No danger of running short of them now.
The ladies of Balmoral Assisted Living recently gathered for the first official ladies' luncheon and used the dessert/snack sets readers donated. Linda Pinke, the director of life enrichment at the facility, writes, "I was hopeful, given the REX record, but my hopes were far exceeded." Her goal had been to collect 100 sets. Linda wants to thank those who dropped off, or packed up, or called. Your kindness and desire to share are deeply appreciated.
Rob "Santa" Vollmar and his mom, Maryanne Freeman, of New Port Richey thank Grady Adair for the wonderful Santa Claus outfit he sent their church to use in entertaining seniors and children during the holiday season.
"Your kindness will bring much joy and happiness to our families, seniors and children. Every time we entertain, we shall think of you. May God bless you for your kindness," write Rob and Maryanne.
We were delighted to hear that Marilyn in Inverness found a reader who was the perfect fit for her late husband's 12AAA shoes. "Shoes were my husband's high priority, and I am really grateful to find someone who could use them," Marilyn writes.
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