r THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • B7 FAMILY CIRCUS DENNIS THE MENACE 9-19 C3002 BH KMTW, . DM.byKlnQFMtu_, - vmw.famllyclrcus.com guess that limb got too heavy for the X_._ _. 1—. Li. 1 _| !i . •« * tree to,hold it up." ^YOU'RE LUCKY, MR.WILSON. You ONLY A COMB WITH 7HR££" TEETH." BEETLE BAILEY YOU FIXEP GIZMO UP WITH A PATE LASfNISHT? YES. LET'S SEE HOW HE MAPE OUT 6REAT/ I BEAT HER AT *TOMB RAI PER"THREE TIMES GARFIELD ANP THE WINNER OP THE UGUV BABV PAGEANT 15... •[ ' IF UITTU6 ROBERTA ^ WILL BE ASKEP TO THE PROWS UITTUE ROBERTA SACONSKI' NO PICTURES WIZARD OF ID TrVEKIN<£ WIUU N0W PMrNTtf EUMlNATe R7VERTY FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE \MV\tePER s '<S<3tE i wv\\sPeR GIGGLE THEM AC.tDALLV/ SPOKE TO US!! BLONDIE WHAT'S HE DREAMING ABOUT, MOM? GOLF, FISHINS, OR BOWLING? NO, THAT'S HIS -•^ SAUSASEANO PEPPER SMILE \ WOW.' YOU'RE INCREDIBLE, MOM.' GEECH DlLBERT OUR DRESS CODE POLICY UJILL GO BACK TO BUSINESS * ATTIRE. AND I UJILL KEEP CHANGING THE DRESS CODE UNTIL I FIND THE CLOTHING STYLE THAT rAAKES OUR PROFITS GO UP I LATER, AT THE SARTORIAL ALCHEKY LAB UJATCH OUT. THIS hIGHT SPARK. Annie's Mailbox KATHY MITCHELL/MARCY SUGAR DEAR ANNIE: I recently spent a Wednesday afternoon running errands and transacting business, then met friends for dinner at a local restaurant. While waiting in each of these places, I observed two things that bothered me about the employees. First, many women were inappropriately dressed for the workplace, and second, several employees were chewing gum with their mouths open. Why do women think it is OK to wear off-the-shoulder tops, exposed bra straps and low-cut blouses at work? Gum chewers look like cows and make enough noise to irritate everyone within earshot. They snap and chomp, and occasionally spray the area with saliva. When I turned in a form at the bank, the gum-chewing employee spit on my hand along with the form. I had to stop at the ladies room to wash it off. When my friends and I went out to eat later, we noticed several gum- chewers working in the kitchen. There was no way to prevent the food from being sprayed. We left in disgust. Have I lost perspective? Please, Annie, tell me if I have the wrong idea about this. — No Spitting Here Dear Spitting: Your standards are neither too high nor too fussy Unfortunately, too many people these days have no standards at all. If women knew how unprofessional they looked with bra straps hanging out of their work clothes, they would stop. The same goes for the cow-like gum chewers. Close your mouths when you chew! Wear proper clothes to the office! Enough already! DEAR ANNIE: My husband and I recently received an invitation to his cousin's wedding. Inside the invitation was a small card, asking guests to contribute to a bank account established for the purpose of buying the couple's first home. We are of limited means. The expense of traveling out of state, staying in a motel, meals, and so on, will be costly If we are forced to give the couple a cash donation, they will know exactly what we spent. My husband said we ought to stay home and can put the cost of travel toward a more generous cash gift. Any advice? — Poor Relations in Denver Dear Denver: You are under no obligation to contribute to the bank account. Buy whatever gift you can afford, attend the wedding, and enjoy yourselves. DEAR ANNIE: I'd like to say a few words to "Still Upset in Ohio," whose newborn son has eczema. She got into an argument with her neighbor over how often to bathe the child. I am a parent of a son who suffers with this skin condition, and I can tell you, doctors often disagree on the best treatment. One pediatrician told us to bathe him only once a week. Another said to bathe him every day. We finally settled on bathing him in warm water for 20 minutes a day and then applying a thick lotion to his skin. That works for our son, but there is no guarantee it would work for hers. Eczema is a frustrating condition, and doctors cannot recommend a one-size-fits-all treatment. Please tell her not to blame her neighbor for trying to help. "Upset" is going to need all the friends she has. — Mother of an Eczema Sufferer Dear Mother: No one knows better than one who has lived through it. Thanks for your words of wisdom. — Write to Annie's Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org REAL LIFE ADVENTURES CLOSE To HOME MGVfi-S, 4W) 2 Y Ht \y t $0 2' //v /t^y WG/Y SCHOOL \ v "Dude, Where's My Car" explained. "Uh-ohl Coach! Paper cutl Very bad paper cut! Oooool Owl" Dr, Paul Donohue HEALTH DEAR DOCTOR: My sister lives in a large city far from us. She called to tell me that her husband has been acting strangely and that doctors have diagnosed him as having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. My husband and I have never heard of it. (I had my sister spell it so I could write to you.) Please explain it and its treatment. — V.M. Creutzfeldt-Jakob is a rare disorder. Only one in a million people comes down with it. Its cause is a peculiar germ called a prion. Prions are composed solely of protein. There is no other life form like them. Most affected and infected people are over 50 years old. How people get it is not known. It is, however, known that it does not spread from one person to another, so your sister is not at risk of catching this illness. The time from infection to onset of symptoms can be decades, so slowly do its manifestations appear. Many symptoms are similar to Alzheimer's disease. Memory and rational thought flee. Personality changes are common. An individual who was once cheerful and gregarious becomes cantankerous and avoids people. Unlike Alzheimer's, once symptoms appear, death usually follows somewhat rapidly. One feature of -this disease is muscle jerks — purposeless and uncontrolled movements. That feature and a unique EEG (brain wave test) aid in distinguishing it from Alzheimer's disease. There is no treatment. I wish I had some upbeat words, but I don't. DEAR DOCTOR: About a month ago, we returned from a visit with my in-laws, who live on a farm. They have no indoor- plumbing. I have had a sore on my right hip since staying on the farm. It is not healing. I think it might be a spider bite. Could it be? We have heard stories about brown-spider bites from others who live in the same area as my in-laws. — H.D. The brown recluse spider story runs along the following lines. When the spider bites, people feel no pain. In a few hours, however, the bitten site stings and hurts. The skin around the bite turns red. For many, the story ends in two or three days without any lasting sign. In some, a blister forms at the site of the bite. It enlarges and eventually breaks. A raw sore appears, and that sore can take months to heal. '• ; , At this stage, it is impossible to say with certitude if you are the victim of a brown recluse spider. If what happened to you follows the above outline, a case can be made for a spider-caused sore. At this point the cause is somewhat immaterial. You must see a doctor. A sore that jhas not healed in one month needs attention. It might heed antibiotics to ci?re any infection. It might need clearing away of dead skin. It might even need a skin graft if the sore is large. — Write to Paul Donohue, M,D,, P.O. Box . 530475, Orlarylo, FL 328^3-6475. AXYDLBAAXR is LONGFELLOW One letter stands.for another.'In this sample, A is used .for ;$£, three,'t|§ ! .i Xjor tjje,.,t\wj,O's i) , etc. SIngle letters,', apostrophes, thejength and formation of the words are all hints. 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