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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

I have never purchased a lottery ticket. I told people that when I was ready to buy one, it would be the grand prize winner. They thought I was being cocky. I was, but I really felt I could time it right and win. Lately, I have been feeling lucky. Then the proverbial 2x4 hit me across the forehead.

Yes, I was late to the game on the whole COVID thing. After 30 months without showing symptoms, I figured I must be one of the lucky ones. I had my two vaccinations and was intending on getting the booster shots, but, for one reason or another, I just never got around to them. I guess I became a bit overconfident.

Then reality set in, and so did COVID. In my neck. In my back. In all my joints. Even in my teeth. I ached everywhere. Sweats. Fever. Chills. All the fun stuff. The worst part was the feeling that someone dropped a cement block on my chest. I took two COVID tests and showed positive with each one. Now, more than two weeks after the symptoms started, I still have the COVID cough and some recurring symptoms. But, for the most part, I am feeling fine.

I have certainly been sicker before, and I am sure I will again. I will get through this ordeal, much like many of you have. It is a reality of life now and something most of us will be dealing with every year. Hearing about Dr. Fauci being infected with COVID did not raise my confidence level.

Prior to this, I really thought I was one of the lucky ones. I had COVID-like symptoms and was quite sick during February of 2020 before most of us knew what COVID was. Could have been COVID. Could have been influenza. If it was COVID, the antibodies likely protected me from infection for a couple of years, but that doesn’t really matter now.

My feeling of invincibility to COVID reminded me of my chicken pox episode as a child. While all my grade school classmates and friends were infected with this, I wasn’t. Not a single pock, chill, fever, headache. Nothing. Then, in eighth grade, right before I was to step out on a wrestling mat to compete, I noticed a few red dots on my skin. I didn’t feel sick, and I assumed it was just teenage acne. Later that night, the spots multiplied, and the chills, fever and headaches came. Reality set in that day, too. Who gets chicken pox in eighth grade? Me, that’s who.

COVID, too. So much for being lucky. I think I will hold off on the lottery ticket for a while.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will increase for the Des Moines area again this afternoon into Thursday morning before tapering off by Thursday evening. The rest of the weekend looks dry and warm. Expect rain chances to increase again late Monday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Boone Scenic Valley Railroad to offer 'rail bikes' this month

BOONE, Iowa — Boone, Iowa is steeped in railroad history. The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad is a popular spot for locals and tourists and it is now making room for Rail Explorers. A company offering rail bike tours, that will share the Boone and Scenic Valley railroad lines. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines Airport spared from travel chaos, other airports not so lucky

DES MOINES, Iowa — According to the Des Moines International Airport, an estimated 26,815 passengers traveled through the airport this Fourth of July holiday weekend. Luckily on the Fourth of July itself, the airport saw zero cancelations.... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Firework complaints down in 2022, West Des Moines police say

"Interestingly enough, we actually have less calls for service reps or reference fireworks this year compared to the last couple years," said Sgt. Jason Bryan. .… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Cleaning Company
1. The Queen of Clean
2. By George It’s Clean
3. The Approved Cleaners


Corgi love

By Jackie Wilson

Orth’s second Corgi, Piper, was rehomed after being found in bad shape with her previous owner.

Stumpy legs and a full-sized body. That’s the reason Emily Orth likes her Corgi breed of dogs. The process of getting her two Corgis, Waylon and Piper, prompted her to start “Adopt A Corgi.” The Facebook group currently has more than 86,000 members and serves as a resource for current and potential Corgi owners across the U.S.

Before Orth acquired Waylon, she read three books about the Corgi breed. She knew they were herd dogs and difficult to adopt since the breed is popular, so she found a breeder with a Corgi. By the time Waylon was two years old, she was “itching” for a second dog.

From the June issue of CITYVIEW

From the Food Dude

A large number of the 800 plus McDonald's in Russia reopened Monday with a new logo, which looks like Bangladesh flag, a new name which translates to "cash register available," and new owners who used to be franchise owners in Siberia… This week marks the 15th anniversary of Smokey D's... Nathan's hot dog champ Joey Chestnut not only won his 15th contest but did it on one leg with aid of crutches (one must stand up to aid gravity) and did it despite being interrupted by a pig rights protester. Chestnut body slammed the protester and returned to his galloping pace of gulping.

MLB, July 5:  Twins 8 White Sox 2, Cubs 8 Brewers 3, Astros 9 Royals 7, Braves 7 Cardinals 1 ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs, July 5: None. Tonight, Iowa Cubs v. Indianapolis
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent, George W. Bush, Kevin Hart, 14th Dalai Lama, Geoffrey Rush, Jae Crowder, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why couldn't the athlete listen to her music?
SHE BROKE HER RECORD! Got it Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson


What did the kitten have at its  birthday party?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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