DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’ve been wanting to ask for a long time, so after reading the Dec. 21 column where someone asked about the dog, Chopper, on the Travelers Insurance commercial and the name of the announcer on WCSH news, I thought I’d write.
A few years ago on one of the local channels, a group of military men were being discharged and were all standing at attention. One of the men’s little boy hollered “Daddy” and left his mother’s side. He started to walk toward his dad, but then found it was easier to crawl the rest of the way.
I think he got as far as to hang on to his dad’s leg. Since his dad was still at attention, all he could do was put his hand on the boy’s head.
Why don’t they show that more often? Same with the serviceman who went to school to surprise his sons.
The other good one is the young girl singing the national anthem at a hockey game. She forgets some of the words, and the whole audience joins in to help her finish the song.
And just recently where the serviceman kneels to greet his young son, and it was a great surprise to his wife. We really need to see these scenes often. — Touched, Lewiston
ANSWER: You can see all those scenes and many, many more at youtube.com. A quick search revealed videos on “soldiers returning home,” “soldiers surprising their children,” “soldiers at the airport” and even “soldiers surprising their dogs.”
Sun Spots is sorry, but she does not know of any TV channel that reruns these clips, as they are no longer “news.” Perhaps someone will show them to you on their computer.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Re your column of Jan. 19, a couple of websites that I have found useful in locating hard-to-find light bulbs are atlantalightbulbs.net and 1000bulbs.com. Hope this helps. — Steve Lunt, email@example.com
ANSWER: Sun Spots came across those sites as well as others, but the inquiring reader did not have a computer, so a local source was preferred. Often ordering can be done via phone instead of online, so Sun Spots provides a phone number when available. In this case, they are 888-988-2852 (Atlanta) and 800-624-4488 (1000 Light Bulbs).
DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is in response to the inquiry about light bulbs and LED lamps. Bulb Direct is a source. They have an extensive free catalog and can be reached at 800-772-5267 or at www.bulbdirect.com. I hope this helps. — G.Nadeau
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m writing to let you know that the bubble light bulbs (Dec. 22 request) are on sale at Miles Kimball. A string of lights (No. 310844) are $17.99; replacement bulbs are three for $7.99. The phone number is 800-546-2255; address is Miles Kimball, 250 City Center, Oshkosh, WI 54906 or online at mileskimball.com Sale ends Jan 22. — Barbara, Mexico
ANSWER: Sun Spots is sorry she did not get this letter in time for the sale. She checked the products online and found the replacement bulbs are now $9.99, and the string of lights are out of stock. But perhaps the reader can order the catalog so she can watch for the pre-Christmas sales this year.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read Sun Spots every day, lots of useful information. On Jan. 19 someone wrote in asking for colored nightlight bulbs. If I understood the request right, they were looking for the colored bulbs for window candles.
If this is what they were looking for, they can find them at christmaslightsandmore.com. They have the c7 nightlight bulbs in Christmas colors for $5 per box of 25 (all one color), but they did have all the standard colors. Hope this helps. — D.R., Irishrn2@roadrunner.com
ANSWER: The phone number and address for this site are 5215 E Sugarloaf Circle, Mesa, AZ 85215, 866-445-4449.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: For the person looking for larger tart burner bulbs, contact a Scentsy dealer; they have 15 watt bulbs. — No Name, No Town
ANSWER: Scentsy dealers can write Sun Spots if they want their name and phone number in the column.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have just finished reading your Jan. 19 column about the wick-free tart warmers that melt the wax by just using a small light bulb. I have the warmers that come from Scentsy, but they are very much like the ones from Walmart.
I buy the 15 watt bulbs from Scentsy for about a $1. Or I’ve ordered them from the local hardware store. I hope this will help you. These are the safest things. No flame, nothing to start a fire with and smell nice. — Carthage via email
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