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Friday, Nov. 24, 2023
Good morning to you!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Shane, I read your column with great interest (Sick days, Nov. 14, 2023). I agree that COVID has more people calling in sick (with any symptom closely related to COVID). Let me say this upfront — I don't enjoy working around the workplace hero that brings their germs to work. But, I have a question, does ‘sick and tired’ of your boss count as a valid reason to call in sick?” - Kevin

Well, we would likely agree there are people who are truly sick and need to stay home, and then there are people who are looking for an excuse to sleep in. More importantly, there are people with serious illnesses who need paid time off. Sick and tired of their boss? Might be time to find a new job. - Shane

“Working for the State of Iowa, we could donate sick leave for those who had a serious illness or new employees who did not have any built up to cover their illness (Sick days, Nov. 14, 2023). That is a nice benefit.” - John

That is a very caring and giving benefit. What a great idea. - Shane

“We send out about 20 Christmas cards each year (Christmas cards, Nov. 15, 2023). They all have religious themes and religious messages. Our Knights of Columbus council sells religious Christmas cards, religious yard signs, etc. after weekend masses.” - George

Tis the reason for the season. - Shane

"Here is your toaster without a cord. (No cords, Nov. 21, 2023)” - Jeff

Let me guess. The wind is your hair dryer? - Shane

“Shane, don’t forget, you will need a new adaptor to charge your phone in your car, too (No cords, Nov. 21, 2023).” - Ron

Or I could hard-wire it! - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

View Shane Goodman's archived columns from past issues here.

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FROM KCCI: Mysterious dog illness confirmed in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Cases of a mysterious dog illness are showing up in Des Moines. In fact, one local veterinarian says she first saw it in September. Sick dogs exhibit symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge and lethargy. It can also cause a respiratory illness and pneumonia that does not respond to antibiotics, perpetuating the dog's symptoms and, in a few severe cases, leading to death. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Donations keep turkey smoking tradition alive for Des Moines barbershop

DES MOINES, IOWA — A local barbershop gives away turkeys to those in need in the community, but the annual giveaway was put at risk when the smokers it always uses were no longer available. Rob Presswood owns Platinum Kutz Barbershop in Des Moines, and this year for his turkey giveaway the business he rents from no longer had the supply of smokers for him. He was notified just a couple of days ago...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPD: Woman killed in overnight crash identified

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have identified the woman killed in an overnight crash on Thanksgiving.  Police say 66-year-old Connie Allison was the passenger in the vehicle that crashed near the intersection of SE 8th Street and Emma Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Sarah Hyland, Colin Hanks, Danielle Nicolet, Stephen Merchant, Katherine Heigl, John Squire, Gary Stonadge, Garret Dillahunt, Conleth Hall, Brad Sherwood, Scott Krinksy, Chad Taylor

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Which primate is both frugal and cowardly? A CHEAP PANSY! - Gail Tomlinson. Rex Post offers: cheap skatemunkey or fraidy tightwadape. Carolyn Rogers offers: A wimp of a chimp who scrimps.

Today's riddle

What do you call it when a mother bird tries to feed the wrong babies?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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