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Don't be the office lobster

June 5, 2014 - Brett Van Waus
If you see what looks like a life-size lobster walking down Main Street, at a city council meeting or on the second floor of the Times-Republican, don’t worry, it’s not a giant lobster— it’s just me. I’ve spent countless summers on the beaches in Croatia from about 1 to 7:30 p.m. and never got a sunburn. I thought it was impossible for me. I was wrong. After spending a weekend at the Wakonda County Club for the Principal Charity Classic and a couple hours at the pool, for the first time in 23 years, I got sunburnt by the hot Iowa sun. After applying a lot of aloe vera and researching online, I’ve learned some new summer sun tips I thought I should share in my weekly blog to prevent other people from becoming a lobster. Apply sunscreen. Apparently, you can still get some color without the burn. Wear sunglasses. By wearing sunglasses you will most likely get raccoon eyes, however I’d take that any day over wrinkles under my eyes. Wear a hat. The head holds your brain— one of the most important parts of your body. By wearing a you protect yourself from getting over heated, you shield your eyes and can help prevent headaches. Stay hydrated. I’ll never forget last summer when I was at a lake in Des Moines and I was so hot when I walked back to my car I blacked out. A random patron at the beach gave me some water. With those sips of cool water I gained my sight back. Staying hydrated is very important. Although we are all glad the snow is gone and the sun is out, the sun can also be dreadful. Take advantage of the warm weather and stay safe in it. After-all, there’s only room for one life-size lobster in this town.



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