Pump­kins present a predica­ment

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Mysa -

Dear Abby: A few days be­fore Hal­loween last year, a friend brought her two grand­sons for a visit. They were ex­cited to find a pump­kin in my yard and man­aged to get it into my house. No sooner did I reach for the phone to tell my neigh­bor what they had done than she came bang­ing at my door ac­cus­ing the boys of theft! To make peace, I handed the pump­kin to her with my apolo­gies.

This morn­ing I no­ticed two pump­kins have ten­drils that have crept through the fence and are now grow­ing on my prop­erty.

More than one per­son has told me, “They’re on your prop­erty, so they be­long to you.” I think a fair so­lu­tion is to keep one pump­kin and give her the other. But “Crabby Cathy” might have other ideas. What do you say? Pump­kin Pil­ferer In Pe­taluma, Calif.

Dear P.P.: Your “crabby” neigh­bor was cor­rect. Your friend’s grand­sons DID help them­selves to her pump­kin, and it was wrong. If you pull the trick you’re plan­ning, you may es­ca­late an al­ready un­pleas­ant sit­u­a­tion be­yond pump­kin sea­son, and I don’t rec­om­mend it.

Dear Abby: I vol­un­teer for a group that sup­ports a cause close to my heart. Our group sup­ports the lo­cal chap­ter in any way we can, and we’re cur­rently pre­par­ing for a fundraiser.

In an ef­fort to get do­na­tions I have con­tacted some large na­tional busi­nesses and some small lo­cal ones. I try to send an email if I can, so I won’t in­ter­rupt the owner dur­ing busi­ness hours and get an an­swer ei­ther when busi­ness is slow or after hours.

Many of the small busi­nesses have not re­sponded, and it has been well over a month since I con­tacted them. Would it be rude to con­tact them again to en­sure they re­ceived my orig­i­nal mes­sage, or would it be bet­ter if I went in per­son to talk to some­one? I un­der­stand not ev­ery busi­ness can af­ford to do­nate, but hav­ing a def­i­nite an­swer would be help­ful.

Wel­com­ing Do­na­tions

Dear Wel­com­ing Do­na­tions:

I have al­ways be­lieved the per­sonal touch is the best, par­tic­u­larly when you’re putting a “touch” on some­one for money. Busi­nesses are of­ten so­licited for do­na­tions by mail and email, and the re­quests usu­ally go straight to the trash. By pay­ing a call on these busi­nesses, if only to sched­ule an ap­point­ment so you can talk, you may have bet­ter luck.

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