DEAR ABBY: I am a straight-A student, so you know I am quite intelligent. In fact, I worked out a nearly foolproof plan for being with my boyfriend instead of living at home where my parents have rules and stuff. First, I just disappeared from my grandparents' place. Then I went to the apartment my boyfriend rented. We figured there was no way anyone would find me there. I mean, it is like 15 miles from where I usually hang out. The apartment was very cool. I had my own air mattress and several dvds. No cable, though. Anyhow, after about three weeks, numerous law enforcement people came to the apartment and demanded that I come out. Instead, I went into the attic and burrowed into the insulation to hide. Was that wrong? -- ITCHING TO KNOW
DEAR ITCHING: Yes, it was exactly the wrong thing to do. These days, construction experts are recommending insulation values up to R-49. By disturbing the material in that attic, you significantly reduced the R-value in that particular area. Also, I am sure that is why you are itching.