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Friday, Feb. 23, 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.

“As Midwesterners and Americans, we have the right to be for, against or indifferent to any pro sports team or player (Hold the mustard, Feb. 13, 2024). For how many decades did people obsess over the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, or even the Nebraska Cornhuskers? The hate on the Chiefs is irritating because a lot of it seems driven by people in major markets who maybe are jealous that a small-market team is getting the job done. The fact that a political movement is trying to play off of it just makes it worse. Taylor Swift is not responsible for how many times a sports broadcast TV camera gets a shot of her. It is fair to say Mahomes and Kelce are overexposed in advertising, but, like most pro athletes, they have a window of opportunity and are making the most of it based on current market conditions. If you follow that overexposure, you'll see a lot of their positive actions rather than stories of social misconduct. Having lived near ISU for 50 years, I am interested in Brock Purdy and want to see him succeed. I seldom watch an entire football game, but when I do, I just want to see a well-played competitive game with decent officiating. All this other stuff is just noise, and I can tune it out.” - Chuck

One thing is for sure. The celebrity-obsessed media loves to build people up… and then tear them down. - Shane

“When the parking lot is full for an event when everyone is trying to leave at the same time (school programs, Cyclone football or basketball games), it is much easier to nose out and get into the traffic flow if you have backed in (Whittemore-style parking, Feb. 14, 2024).” - Don

Good point for parking lots. But for angled street parking? - Shane

“I knew a guy who made mention to me that before he interviewed any potential employee, he would walk out to the parking lot to see how they parked and to have a quick look inside their vehicle (Whittemore-style parking, Feb. 14, 2024). He said if a candidate backed in, or his or her car was a mess, he would have a different set of questions than he would have for someone who did the opposite. He said what he learned over the years was that candidates who backed in were always in a hurry to leave work and didn't seem as dedicated. And those with a messy car seemed to carry those organization skills over to their work area. It didn't deter him from hiring the best candidate, but it did set a course for him to follow.” - Jim

Burnout marks on the pavement are probably a bad sign, too. - 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

A cooler day ahead, followed by yet another warming trend into Monday. Rain Tuesday could change to light snow Wednesday.

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

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

Best Local Japanese Food

1. Wasabi

2. Sakari Sushi Lounge

3. Akebono 515

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1980: U.S. hockey team beats the Soviets in the “Miracle on Ice”: In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, on February 22, 1980, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.
1945: U.S. flag raised on Iwo Jima: February 23, 1945: During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event.
From Grimes/Dallas Center Living

Golden employees
Retirement-age workers share why they continue to report for duty.

By Ashley Rullestad

The vision of what life is like “after retirement” is as unique as each individual. For some, that vision focuses on leisure: traveling to warm beaches, afternoons spent reading, extra rounds of golf, more time for hobbies, friends and families. For others, however, employment continues to be an important aspect of their lives. From those who continue full-time careers to those who put in a few hours to keep busy, work can be a key part of life after retirement age.

Smiles times two
Larry Trager worked for John Deere Financial in Johnston for 33 years before retiring in 2020. He chose the company based on their reputation, benefits and people. He started part-time while going to college at AIB and switched to fulltime when he graduated.

After retiring, Trager found himself sitting around too much in the mornings watching television, so he forced himself to have a schedule that would get him moving in the mornings. Now, he works at Hy-Vee in Grimes doing Aisles Online shopping for people in the morning four days a week. He also owns a photography business, Lens Art Photography by Larry Trager. 


Wendy's introduced its first breakfast burrito this week. It's a monstrous wrap with two fresh cracked eggs, six strips of bacon, breakfast potatoes, two slices of American cheese, and cheese sauce. They also introduced a chicken ranch wrap, which McDonald's discontinued, and pomegranate blueberry lemonade.

Table 128 announced a reopening date of March 11 on S.W. Ninth downtown Des Moines and will also open Hugo’s Wood Fire Oven at the same time, on University. Talented restaurateur/chef Jacob Demars (R/I, Marlene’s at Sevastapol Station, Barbarian) will be T128 chef.

Saturday only specials include smoked prime rib at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale) and smoked "Dino" beef ribs at Whatcha Smokin? (403 Iowa Ave., Luther). Both places have prime rib specials on Friday but MS's are not smoked then.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Central Iowa city plans to put up cameras to catch speeders on Interstate 80

NEWTON, Iowa — Speed cameras are coming to Newton and will be set up on I-80. In a city council meeting on Monday, council members voted unanimously to move forward with the speed camera project. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Sioux County Deputy Sheriff, partner charged with neglect by Iowa DCI

... The charges come as a result of an Iowa DCI investigation. According to the initial complaint, both Haverdinks, who are foster parents, allegedly “had prior knowledge of a child in their care committing numerous acts of sexual abuse and sexualized acts against other children [under their care].” However, they allegedly did not take action to protect the other children from the abuse. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DART looks to expand to new facility, saving taxpayer dollars

Renovating the current location would cost $63 million taxpayer dollars, so DART is opting to build a new facility with federal grant money.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Aziz Ansari, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Fred Biletnikoff, Josh Gad, Michael Wilton and Niecy Nash, Emily Blunt, Dakota Fanning, D'Angelo Russell, Jamal Murray, Casemiro, Andrew Wiggins

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Which part of a room is always warmest? THE CORNER, WHICH IS 90 DEGREES! - Jayde Vogeler, Gail Tomlinson. Other answers included THE SUNROOM - Angela Ossian. Or Where a ‘Heated’ argument takes place. - Mark Arends. Or, the HOT CORNER. - William Snyder. Or, from Rex Post: Wherever the love of my life stands or Where cats are hogging the heat.

Today's riddle

Which member of the rock band does the weirdest stuff on stage?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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