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Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
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, when a conservative president is elected, we always hear the left in Hollywood say they are ‘moving out.’ So who has actually done it, and where did they go (Patriotism, Feb. 6, 2024)? Oh, and how do they like there 'freedom' there?” - Jim

Hollywood celebrities have a choice and a right to live most anywhere they want to live. And we have a choice and a right to not really care. - Shane

“If I get the BS runaround (Yes or no, Feb. 7, 2024), I usually say, ‘I’ll take that as a no.’ If I’m not corrected, I’ve punched through the nonsense.” - Bill

Good idea, Bill. Keep punching. - Shane

“Good morning. How do I deal with people who have trouble answering a yes or no question (Yes or no, Feb. 7, 2024)? I don't vote for them!” - John

Good idea, but would there be anyone left to vote for? - Shane

“Two great columns in a row (Patriotism, Feb. 6, 2024) and (Yes or no, Feb. 7, 2024). It’s funny watching the senators ask the FBI or homeland security straight-out yes or no questions, and they never get a straight answer.” - Doug

There must be college classes today on how to not answer questions. - Shane

“Have you stopped beating your wife (Yes or no, Feb. 7, 2024)?” - John

I had to read that one twice. OK, you are right. Not ALL questions can be answered with yes or no. - Shane

“Shane, NO (Yes or no, Feb. 7, 2024). That is all.” - JP

Carry on, my wayward son. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Cooler today with an evening shower possible. Otherwise dry and mild February weather continues into next week.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.


I’ll Make Me A World In Iowa 2024, Iowa’s African American Festival, is Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Horizon Events Center, 2100 N.W. 100th St., Clive. Admission is free. Festival headliner is Christian Keyes. Featured speaker is Dr. Joel Tudman. Performances include the Zu Zu African Acrobats and a gospel singing contest. Also featured: soul food, wellness expo, kids carnival, animals of Africa, art activities and historical presentations. Visit worldiniowa.org for more information.

Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre. “Finding Nemo Jr.,” Feb 9-18. 

Ankeny Community Theatre. “The Odd Couple (Female Version).” Feb 9-18. 

Once in a While Productions. “The Vagina Monologues.” Feb 9, 11, 14. 

Des Moines Performing Arts. “Company.” Through Feb 11. 

Tallgrass Theatre Company. “Equus.” 

Des Moines Community Playhouse. “Our Town.”

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Ingersoll Area Restaurant

1. Eatery A

2. Sakari Sushi Lounge

3. Lachele’s Fine Foods

Featured home for sale
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Love will keep us together
By Jim Duncan

Irina Kharchenko laughs at the old Yiddish joke, “You know how to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans.” A wildly unpredictable combination of setbacks and serendipities led her and husband Dmitri Iakovilev to their new home in central Iowa.

The couple met in the Black Sea resort Sochi, the host of the 2014 Olympics. Irina moved there with her family from Moscow when she was in second grade.

“Sochi has a semitropical climate; it’s Russia’s Florida. So, I thought I was done with cold winters,” she laughed.

Everyone in her family had been teachers, pilots or engineers, but Irina wanted something more adventurous.


Americans are now, and for the first time, spending more than half their food budgets at restaurants according to stock analyst Jonathan Hoenig. He recommends EATZ & Associates for information, and Potbellies (PBPB) and Wingstop (WING) stocks to take advantage of this trend. (Fox Business)

Wallace Centers of Iowa is hiring a Chef/Director of Food Programs. That means overseeing the farm and gardens and running the farm-to-table dinners, luncheons and teas. 

Tomorrow is the beginning of the lunar new year. This is a two week celebration. San Francisco's famous New Year's parade is Feb. 24. Mandarin Noodle House (8759 Northpark Rd., Johnston) has the most extensive traditional Chinese menu in the metro. 

Fridays at Bianchi's Hilltop (2829 Hubble Ave., Des Moines) bring Chicago Italian beef sandwich specials of $12 for lunch. Dinner has specials on BBQ rib dinners - $18 for half racks, $24 for whole.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Caitlin Clark points tracker: Hawkeyes star less than 40 points away from all-time NCAA record

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa senior Caitlin Clark became the 15th NCAA Division I women’s player — and third Iowan — to surpass the 3,000-point mark in a win Dec. 6 against Iowa State....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa teachers could soon be allowed to carry firearms in schools

DES MOINES, Iowa — Teachers in Iowa could soon be allowed to carry firearms in schools if a new bill introduced on Wednesday by House Republicans is passed....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'It's about protecting the citizens': Advocates rally against carbon pipelines

A bill proposed in the Iowa legislature would establish oversight over the Iowa Utilities Board and require courts to determine if eminent domain is applicable....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

I once again forgot what month it was and yesterday wished happy birthday to Jan. 8 celebrators... So,Happy Birthday Eric Smith, who celebrated yesterday, and Zack Thompson on Feb. 10.

These celebrities were born on this date: Carole King, Jason George, Joe Pesci, Judith Light, Mia Farrow, Michael B. Jordan, Tom Hiddleston

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What is the difference between a thief and a church bell? ONE STEALS FROM THE PEOPLE. THE OTHER PEELS FROM THE STEEPLE! - William Snyder, Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers. OR, An "A" - steal and steel "bell" - Carol Boger. Or, they are brassy in different ways! - Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Why didn't the angry farmer divorce his wife when she traded their prize milking cow for a book of poetry?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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