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Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023
Good morning to you!

Hats off to you. Or maybe hats on. The answer primarily depends on where you are at, what sex you are, and what generation you are from. Or does it?

Many people wonder if it is wrong to wear a hat indoors. According to Southern Living, hat etiquette does still exist. The story cites the Emily Post Institute, which says removing hats “traces back to medieval times when knights would remove their helmets to identify themselves” and to show a “gesture of respect.” Hat etiquette also has roots in Christianity, the story claims, as it has long been considered customary for men to remove their hats upon entering a church. But that’s just men. For women, apparently, it is OK to wear hats in church.

I remember the church pews of my youth having metals clips on them, and I would click them up and down during the service until Mom threatened to put my nose in one. Those clips, I was clearly told, were for men’s hats. Yet, I never saw a hat in one.

The U.S. Flag Code says men — not including those in military service uniform — are to remove their hats during the National Anthem, the pledge of allegiance and when a United States flag passes by during a parade. Once again, women are not required to do so.

Historically, men's hat etiquette designates that all hats should be removed upon entering indoors. Historically, women's hat etiquette designates that dress hats are allowed to be kept on indoors. And, of course, hats are always welcome at the Kentucky Derby.

Baseball caps, beanies or berets. Trucker hats, turbans or top hats. Hats are certainly not in short supply. In fact, Wikipedia lists more than 140 types of hats with photos.

Meanwhile, when to wear or not wear a hat is seemingly all over the board. Pro golfers remove their hats to shake hands. Orthodox Jewish men wear hats, even in church. In 1983, the Catholic church removed its mandate that prohibited men from wearing hats in church. And some teachers and principals have given up asking kids to remove their hats in the classrooms.

My father, like most men from his generation, almost always wore some type of hat when outdoors. Indoors? Never. And the men of his time seemingly always removed their hats whenever the American flag was involved. I try to follow suit, but I find fewer and fewer people joining me.

Bad hair day? Supporting your favorite team? Covering up a bald spot? It doesn’t matter. Wearing — or not wearing — a hat today seems to be, for the most part, a personal decision.

Who knows? Those hat clips on church pews might even make a comeback.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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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This week's recipe from the Iowa Living Weeklies:
(Family Features) This festive and elegant appetizer can be served with crackers, toasted bread and apples as the centerpiece for any holiday gathering. See the recipe here.

McDonald's is rolling out changes to its core product after seven years of research and taste testing. Big Mac was the No. 1 target, and the two all-beef patties are now cooked in smaller batches for a more uniform sear. There’s more special sauce. The lettuce, cheese and pickles have been rethought to be fresher and "meltier," and the bun is now a buttery brioche, with the sesame seeds more randomly scattered for a homemade look. WSJ reported that McD was worried about new chains — Smashburger, Five Guys and Shake Shack particularly — winning customers with better searing methods.

Federal Reserve's "Beige Book" released last week reported that chaotic conditions of crime without punishment in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City were a problem for business growth. The average price of a hotel room in Manhattan last week was $850, with new laws cutting the available B&Bs in half while immigrants take up close to half of all hotel rooms. There will be no trip to the Met (opera) this year for this reporter. This has to be killing Broadway, where 20% of customers are tourists, too.

Among the Christmas and Hanukkah treats at Trader Joe's (6305 Mills Civic Pkwy., West Des Moines) are Danish butter cookies and rosemary trees.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Des Moines high school teacher honored as Iowa's 2024 Teacher of the Year

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines teacher is the 2024 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Iowa Department of Education honored Des Moines Hoover High School English language learning teacher Ann Mincks in a ceremony Monday morning at Hoover. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: City of Des Moines opens bidding for $20 million plan to replace Walnut Street Bridge

DES MOINES, Iowa — The City of Des Moines opened bidding for a nearly $20 million plan to replace the Walnut Street Bridge at the City Council Meeting Monday night. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 9-year-old Waukee boy dies after falling into pond, family member says

Aiden James-Harrison Smith's family told Local 5 he was a talented athlete, competing in Waukee’s youth football and baseball leagues. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports highlights
NFL: Bengals 34 Jaguars 31: Evan McPherson drills a 48-yard walk-off FG for the Bengals in OT
From the Iowa Living magazines

Early risers
Residents share experiences working while most others sleep.

By Ashley Rullestad

While most of us are catching our last few Zs before dragging ourselves out of bed, others have long been awake and busy, many of them making it possible for us to get our days off to a good start. After all, someone has to make the donuts, brew the coffee and deliver those energy drinks to the shelves. Others rise and shine to care for the early morning needs of patients in hospitals, residents of care centers and women in labor. The list of those working while we sleep goes on, and some of them share their experiences as early risers in this month’s cover story.

Morning show
Max Schaeffer is used to early mornings. After all, he's been getting up before dawn for more than 30 years. The Iowa radio personality is in his 37th year working full time in the industry here in central Iowa, currently as one-half of “Max & Amy in the Morning” on Newsradio 1040 WHO.

For about 33 of those years, Schaeffer has been working the morning shift. Early on, the morning shows started at 6 a.m., but soon moved to a 5 a.m. start, so now he's out of bed at 3:15 a.m. and at work by 4:30 a.m., five days a week.

Of course, early starts have pros and cons.

Read the rest of the story in the Ankeny Living magazine!

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Patrick Clemmons and Diane Goodman!

These celebrities were born on this date: Lauren London, Alexandra Beaton, Keri Hilson, Frankie Muniz, Catherine Tate, Kali Rocha, Christian Yelich, Anthony Martial, Josh Smith, Quinnen Williams

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What happened after the giraffe swallowed a dictionary? Now he has thesaurus throat! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, It enjoyed the word salad. - William Snyder.  Or, Word vomit! - Mary Fowler. Or, It became an expert at vertical Scrabble words! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, He regurgitated a wordy excuse! - Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Why do giraffes have such long necks?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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