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Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024
Good morning to you!

When I was a youngster, I did all I could to avoid haircuts. The barbershop gave me anxiety. I am not sure why, but I wanted my hair as long as it could be. For the most part, Mom allowed that to happen, despite Dad not being a fan. It was the 1970s, after all, and long hair for guys was all the rage. It wasn’t a hippie hairstyle of that era but involved clean and combed hair instead. In my younger years, I had an Adam Rich bowl cut. By junior high, it was parted in the middle and feathered back. John Travolta. David Cassidy. Leif Garrett. Andy Gibb. You get the idea.

By sixth grade, I determined that I wanted to participate in the sport of wrestling, and wrestling had specific rules about hair length in competition. So, I had to make a decision on what was more important to me — my hair or my wrestling. I opted for a haircut, and I actually started to like going to the barbershop. As a sophomore in high school, I even had my hair cut over my ears for the first time. I didn’t regret the decision.

I chose to cut my hair because I knew I had to follow rules to participate. That was my decision. I knew the rules before I started, and I knew what the consequences would be if I didn’t adhere to them. It helped me to understand teamwork over individualism, and I learned to appreciate that. It was an important life lesson.

During my senior year at the state wrestling tournament, I stepped on the scale to weigh in. I made weight, but the referee at the scale told me I needed to shave before he would officially register me. I knew I needed to be clean-shaven to wrestle, but it slipped my mind that morning. The problem was that I did not have a razor on me, and none of my teammates did either. I frantically asked around and eventually found a guy on another team who dug a rusty razor out of their team’s medical kit. No shaving cream, of course, but I made do. With some hand soap in one hand and that rusty razor in the other, I cut up my face like chopped liver and then rushed to find that referee so I could compete. He smirked when he saw the blood dripping off my face, but he told me I was good to go. From that point on, and all through my competitions in college, I was always clean-shaven at weigh-ins.

Times have changed. Rules have changed. Consequences don’t seem to exist. Many wrestlers now have long hair and beards, for a variety of reasons. In that happening, and in the dissolution of so many rules in all walks of life today, we have seemingly lost an important thing called discipline. Athletes in many sports today are seen wearing necklaces and earrings while competing, and they have long hair halfway down their backs, often covering their names and numbers on their jerseys. There is a place for individualism, yes, but it is not on the court, the field, the track or the mat.

Those simple disciplines stick with a person for life. The lack of them does, too. I have not wrestled competitively for 34 years, but take a look in my desk drawer at work, and you will find a razor.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

A nice start to today before cold air plunges into Iowa. We’ll see a few sprinkles in the afternoon followed by light snow and strong winds. Chills will be near 0 Wednesday morning. We then climb out of the basement into weekend warmth again.

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 Seafood

1. Waterfront Seafood Market

2. Splash Seafood Bar & Grill

3. Laughing Crab

Read all the results now!

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From Altoona Living magazine

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

By Chantel Boyd

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.

Early riser
Lou Ann Seavey continues to work well past retirement age.  “I work at Hy-Vee in Altoona. I’m 70 years old and show up at work at 4 o’clock in the morning,” she says.

Lou Ann had a completely different career for decades. “I was an Avon representative for over 40 years,” she says.


Pork coffee is now a thing. Starbucks released “Abundant Year Savory Latte” in China for the new year. The drink combines braised pork flavor sauce with espresso and steamed milk, with extra pork sauce and pork breast meat for garnish. It is priced at 68 yuan ($9.45), according to the Starbucks delivery app. (CNN)

Breakfast foods are projected to grow sales by nearly 6% a year for the next four years. A Fox Business story suggested that U.S. lifestyles are becoming increasingly more "on the go."

Tuesday special deals at Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) feature spaghetti with meat sauce for lunch and with meatballs for dinner.

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Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowa Cities: First place, “Sunset at Gray’s Lake,” by Terry Holdren of Cumming.

Keep Iowa Beautiful has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest, aimed at raising awareness of Iowa's natural and environmental beauty. The annual contest offers both amateur and experienced photographers the opportunity to tell Iowa's story through their lens.

"The winners of this year's photography contest truly captured the beauty and essence of our state," said Andy Frantz, Keep Iowa Beautiful executive director. "We were thrilled with the quality and competitiveness of this year's submissions. Congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding contributions to preserving and celebrating the spirit of Iowa."

Over 600 photos were entered in five categories that encapsulate the beauty and spirit of Iowa. Winners of first, second and third places won $100, $75 and $50 respectively in each category. To see all the winning photos, visit


FROM KCCI: Iowa Legislature passes bill to repeal gender balance requirement on boards, commissions

A bill to repeal gender balance requirements on state boards and commissions is heading to the governor's desk to be signed into law. Iowa House lawmakers advanced Senate File 2096 in a 62-33 vote on Monday. Iowa Senate lawmakers approved the bill last week in a 32-15 vote.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Fire rips through restaurant in downtown Redfield on Monday

REDFIELD, IOWA — Multiple Dallas County fire crews battled a fire in downtown Redfield on Monday afternoon that severely damaged a bar and restaurant. Crews from Dallas, Guthrie and Madison Counties were called to the Dexfield Diner & Pub around Noon on Monday. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Teacher pay increase proposal moves forward in the Iowa House

The House Education Committee and Appropriations Committee advanced a bill that would increase the minimum teacher salary to $50,000 as early as July 2026......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Adam Baldwin, Adrian Smith, Brandon Beemer, Chelsea Clinton, Donal Logue, Grant Show, Jake Clemons, Josh Groban, Tony Gonzalez, Daniel Gibson, Callum Wilson

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why are violinists happier than guitarists? THEY DON'T FRET! OR, THEY ARE NOT AS HIGH STRUNG! - Shane Goodman. Or, Guitarists are "pick"y and "fret" a lot; violinists enjoy fiddling around! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, Because they get to draw instead of pick! - Kris Laurson. Or, Fewer strings to deal with. - Rex Post

Today's riddle

How was the bewitched frog's performance at the opera house?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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