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Friday, Aug. 11, 2023
Good morning!

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.

“Good morning, Shane. The beginning of your story brought back memories (The locker, July 31, 2023). When I introduced my wife to New Jersey, she fell in love with ‘Packards’ Italian sausage. We would fill a cooler with ice and parboiled meat for our trip home. One day I was in a Dahl’s grocery store on the south side of Des Moines and chatting with a very Italian lady and asked her about good Italian sausage here in Des Moines. A young man standing nearby beat her with the Graziano Brothers answer. Packards was torn down before long and replaced by a Target. She still has not found a comparable tuna salad sandwich (only transported freshly made by plane) from the neighborhood Hackensack deli. Thanks for great reading.” - John

And now I am suddenly hungry. Thanks, John. - Shane

“The butter cow is my favorite Iowa Fun Fact to share with Californians (Butter cow trivia, Aug. 1, 2023). They can’t wrap their minds around it. Why would we sculpt a cow out of butter each year? I don’t have a great answer either, but it’s fun!” - Sara

Tell them, “It beats sculpting smog!” - Shane

“Freedom to Flourish is also the name of a book (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023). I wonder if it is already on Gov. Reynold’s shelf?” - Stephany

It may be on the banned books list. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. I enjoy your thought-provoking morning musings (Twitter, Aug. 7, 2023)! Doesn’t Elon Musk look like he is one of the actors (aliens) in ‘Men in Black’? Hmmm!” - Patty

The man has a great head of dark hair — even if it's not his. - Shane

“Shane, I couldn’t help but notice your out-of-touch, behind-the-scene comment this morning (Twitter, Aug. 7, 2023)! You think you’re clever because you get to make your point without most of your readers having any clue what you’re doing. In my opinion, that’s cowardice and even slimy. I don’t like that you threw The Chicks and Lady A in with your list of nonsense name changers. As I’m sure you are well aware, The Chicks changed their name because they didn’t want their name associated with American slavery. Which I HOPE you could agree was the right thing to do in this day and age. Lady A changed their name for the exact same reason. Two thumbs down.” - Andreah Moyer-Stevens. (Yep, it’s hyphenated. I bet you have an opinion on that. I’ve heard it before.)

Everyone has the right to change a name. Some will agree with it. Some will think it’s silly. But cowardice and slimy? Now that’s nonsense. Have a wonderful day. – Shane

“Thank you for the joy you bring to me every morning. I was born in Des Moines in 1950 and lived there until I came down to go to school at Arizona State University. I am so glad to have been born and raised in the Midwest and know the beauty and excitement of silent falling snow, lightning bugs, squirrels, and lush green grass and trees. But I quickly fell in love with the big sky and warm sun of Arizona and never moved back to Iowa. My cousin in Des Moines sent me one of your articles, and I was immediately hooked! Your reminiscence of days gone by bring back such wonderful memories… and I so enjoy your sense of humor! I just wanted to say thank you for your writings and to let you know how much I look forward to them. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.” - Jodie 

Thank you, Jodie. I am glad you are enjoying Arizona, but you still sound Iowa Nice to me.

Have a fantastic Friday, 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.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines® readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best local bartender

1. Kevin Caughron at Early Bird

2. Bruce Huckfeldt at Shotgun Betty’s

3. April Melroy at Mannings


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Rain moves out of the area this morning, and we're left with a hot one. We may see a couple of storms pop up in the afternoon. Saturday and most of Sunday look dry before a storm chance moves in by late afternoon and evening.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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The world food crisis may have found a savior. Field pennycress, a plant in the Brassica family related to mustards and cabbages, is being cultivated and cross bred to turn its high oil content, about 50% higher than that of a soybean, into diesel and aviation fuel. That would free corn and beans for food use and reduce their price.

Stand-alone bakery sales topped $7.7 billion in 2022, compared with $6.1 billion in 2018, according to data from Sundale Research. The Wall Street Journal has introduced "The Croissant Theory" which says bakeries must sell out, or stop making items, because food waste can not be tolerated in an era of ingredient inflation, labor shortages and heavy competition from fast food.

Friday is prime rib night at Whatcha Smokin' (Hwy 17, Luther). Saturday is the only day they smoke beef ribs.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: 8 more Hawkeyes, Cyclones charged in gambling investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa — Seven current or former players for the University of Iowa and Iowa State University football teams and a Hawkeyes graduate assistant have been charged in connection with an investigation into illegal sports wagering. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Breasia Terrell’s mother, Aishia Lankford, speaks before trial: ‘I’ve been waiting 3 long years for this day’

Breasia Terrell’s mother, Aishia Lankford, spoke to Local 4 News before the start of the trial of Henry Dinkins, who is accused in the death of the 10-year-old. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police: 1 dead following crash at intersection of 2nd and Holcomb Avenues

DES MOINES, Iowa — One man is dead following a crash in north Des Moines, police said in a press release.  Des Moines police and Des Moines Fire Department rescue personnel responded to a report of a crash involving two cars at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Holcomb Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Avalanche safety expert … in Iowa?

Bowman stresses education and preparation for snowmobilers.

By Rich Wicks

Todd Bowman’s garage in rural Altoona contains a lot of things you wouldn’t expect to find in Iowa. He has racing snowmobiles, mountain snowmobiles and avalanche safety equipment. But that’s because, as Bowman says, “I spend three months out of the winter in Colorado. There’s a few of us from Des Moines that rent a house out there.”

His passion for fun in the snow began when he was young.

“I’ve been riding snowmobiles since I was a kid, and I got into racing snowmobiles probably 15 years ago,” he says. “And I’ve been back into mountain riding since 2008. I got involved in avalanche awareness and safety probably around 2014.”

Avalanche safety is a deeply personal issue to Bowman, since a good friend died in an avalanche several years ago, he says. Plus, he has emergency response experience.

Read more in the July issue of Altoona  Living magazine 

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Chris Hemsworth, Hulk Hogan, Viola Davis, Embeth Davidtz, Anna Gunn, Ashley Jensen, David Henry Hwang, Sophie Okonedo, Charlie Sexton, Harry Connick Jr., George Clooney, Julia Roberts

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What job did they give the dentist who joined the army? A DRILL SERGEANT! - Sherrie Colbert and Markie Harper, S. Hill Watkins, Dewayne Johnson, Josie Siefken, Carolyn Rogers, Irving Stone, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson

Today's riddle

What do you call a group of angry drivers in an Egyptian traffic jam?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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