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Friday, Sept. 1, 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.

“Connie said it would be like this (TV weather reporting, Aug. 21, 2023)!” - Pam

A lot of people are smiling right now (including me), but the younger readers of this newsletter have absolutely no idea who you are referencing. That’s OK. Keep smiling. - Shane

“This was a great segment on aging (The age you stop feeling young, Aug. 29, 2023). I think of this often and actually was reading this and listening to a podcast of Dr. Maya Angelou. She said about her 80s. Paraphrased. If you live with moderation, you will live a long life… but not too much moderation.” - Jackie

That reminds me of another saying I try to live by: “A little bit of everything is good; too much of any one thing is bad. Thanks for the note, Jackie. - Shane

“I used to see a 93-year-old man, wearing an AC/DC concert T-shirt, working out nearly every day at the gym (The age you stop feeling young, Aug. 29, 2023). Some days, he made me feel young; other days, he made me feel old. Every day, he inspired me.” - Mike

And he has now inspired me, too. I appreciate your sharing that. - Shane

“I have to tell you about an experience I had this week that really touched me (The age you stop feeling young, Aug. 29, 2023). I was at the local grocery store to get my propane tank exchanged. I was waiting next to the propane tanks, and four young boys out for a ride on bicycles stopped and asked, ‘How are you today, sir?’ At first, I was shocked that they would stop to talk to a senior citizen but soon realized they were genuine. Three of the boys had bikes but the fourth had what I think was an electric scooter. I'm not sure as he had a five-gallon bucket for a seat. We had a nice visit about what they were doing and when school was starting, etc. They were very pleasant and a joy to visit with. I've told many friends about our encounter and how it impacted me. After they left, I thought about how much society has changed from when I was their age. Kudos to those boys who made my day… and their parents, too.” - Frank

A five-gallon bucket for a seat? An empty propane tank might be more comfortable to sit on. Either way, they sound like nice kids, and you probably made their day. - Shane

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 Mobile Bar Service

1. Your Private Bar

2. The Sippin’ Six

3. Apres Bar Co.


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

The heat starts to build today and continues to build this weekend. Our next rain chance doesn't come until next Wednesday.

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

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"Split brain spending" is now an American thing. Theory is consumers want cheap deals on things like air fares but will pay dearly for amenities, like good booze on board. Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas-based carrier with fares that can dip under $40, added Johnnie Walker Blue Label for $35 a shot on flights this summer. The liquor goes for $300 a liter at airport duty-free shops and can top $80 a shot in restaurants and nightclubs. No other U.S. airline sells it on their flights. Spirit and Frontier also added high end booze to their low fare airline menus.

Earlier this week we wrote that Bud Light had lost its title as top selling beer to Corona. Alert reader Rex Post reminded us that it's Modelo Especial that now leads. Snoop Dog's Corona commercials are just so cool we got confused.

Football is back! Sully's (860 First St., West Des Moines) and Front Row (9956 Swanson Blvd., Clive) have all day Happy Hours on Sundays.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Des Moines nonprofit pays $200K in settlements for taking service dogs back from clients

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two Iowa families are receiving settlements from the nonprofit organization that took their dogs. Des Moines-based Paws and Effect has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 in settlements over the two dogs. The organization trains dogs to become service animals.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Arrest made after car crashes into childcare center in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — A 19-year-old was arrested after he allegedly crashed his car into a childcare center Thursday morning. At around 7:30 a.m. emergency crews responded to a report of a car vs. building crash in the 100 block of East Douglas Avenue.... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'Outright voter suppression': Advocates respond to Iowa AG's voting material appeal

In a Wednesday statement, Bird claimed that forbidding election materials to be written in any language other than English will help "protect election integrity".. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Power Read

Volunteers needed to read with kids

By Jackie Wilson

Reading for a half hour a week to an elementary student might seem brief; however, those minutes are impactful for a child.

The Everybody Wins! Iowa and its Power Read program has paired mentors or “reading buddies” with students for the past 20 years.
Last year, 415 students with 412 mentors put in 5,279 volunteer hours. The reading takes place at 28 Des Moines-area school sites, including West Des Moines schools, Crestview School of Inquiry, Crossroads Park and Hillside.

Executive Director Karen Ligas says that reading with kids is important.

Read more in the August issue of  West Des Moines/Jordan Creek Livingmagazine 

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday on Saturday to Gloria and Georgia Davis!

These celebrities were born on this date:Angaleena Presley, Barry Gibb, Boney James, Boyd Holbrook, Gloria Estefan, Joe Trohman, Lily Tomlin, Maury Sterling, Scott Speedman, Tim Hardaway, Zoe Lister-Jones

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call it when a butterfly rules over a kingdom? A MONARCHY! - Angela Ossian, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, John Zeitler, Kris Laurson

Today's riddle

What do the Eiffel Tower and a tick have in common?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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