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Friday, Sept. 8, 2023
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.

“If I do not look in the mirror, I do not feel old (The age you stop feeling young, Aug. 29, 2023).” - George

And if you break a mirror? - Shane

“I am a 53-year-old woman who still feels like she’s 20 (The age you stop feeling young, Aug. 29, 2023)! One of my best friends is 30. Age is just a number. I just had a 35-year class reunion, and my mind can’t wrap my head around that because I don’t even feel 35.” - Kelly

Listen to modern music. You will feel old soon. - Shane

“Clubbing in your twenties meant dancing and drinking all night long. Clubbing in your fifties means going to Costco (The age you stop feeling young, Aug. 29, 2023).” - Rex

Shopping for Bengay, right? - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Nice homage to Bob Barker (Come on down, Aug. 30, 2023). My mom was on ‘The Price Is Right’ in the 1950s. Memories are a bit cloudy about specifics for that experience, but I remember my Army father hauling a small speed boat with shark logos on the sides to his new assignment in Colorado Springs from Philadelphia.” - John

Everyone needs a speedboat with shark logos. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Awesome column this morning (Come on down, Aug. 30, 2023)! Thank you for sharing personal details and things you remembered about Bob and his shows.” - Pennie

None of us are perfect, but in the world of so much hatred and divide, Bob Barker brought a smile to many faces. - Shane

“You wrote in a very kind way of telling the incident with Dian Parkinson and Bob Barker (Come on down, Aug. 30, 2023). It's part of the complete story. Since you don't watch the show, but I sometimes see a little bit as it proceeds one of my wife's soaps, it is not in the classy way Bob did things that Drew throws the notes he reads as he reveals the winner of the showcase on the floor. Seems disrespectful to the crew.” - John

Only two people know the true story, and one of them just died. In terms of Drew’s approach, he certainly has some big shoes to fill. - Shane

“Pretty much covers it (Salute to working Americans, Sept. 4, 2023). Well said!” - Chuck

I appreciate your comments, Chuck. Pretty much. - 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 nonprofit

1. Animal Rescue League of Iowa

2. Hard to Love

3. LifeServe Blood Center


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

A string of great September days is in progress. Rain chances start to increase on Sunday and linger into Monday as temperatures cool into the 70s to start the next week.

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Boneless, skinless, chicken breast prices fell from $3.60 a pound in June 2022 to below $1 by January, according to the USDA. Wall Street Journal reported that Tyson, the largest chicken producer in America, ramped up production of chicken, raising more of their own to avoid middle men after COVID eased. They overdid it and now are closing major chicken plants to cut costs. And restaurants are now pushing "boneless wings" which are breasts.

Popeye's new specials include a 5-piece dinner with two sides and two biscuits for $10.99.

Saturdays when Iowa plays Iowa State are a prime time to find a table at Flying Mango. Mango has no TVs.

Restaurants around the metro had computers crash and could not accept credit cards Thursday night. Hospitals had similar problems.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Missing Des Moines man found dead in car in Marion County

LOVILIA, Iowa — A Des Moines man who was reported missing in mid-August was found dead Wednesday in Marion County. Larry Freeborn Sr., 79, of Des Moines, was found dead in the vehicle he had been reported driving when he went missing, according to a news release from Des Moines police. The vehicle was found in Lovilia, Iowa — about 55 miles southeast of Des Moines — on Wednesday after Marion County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a vehicle that had been located in a creek... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Mountain lion caught on camera in Indianola — again

INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Department of Natural Resources said a mountain lion was seen roaming around Indianola — again. According to a Facebook post by the Indianola Police Department, the mountain lion was captured on a camera in the northwest part of the city..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Davenport releases causes of fatal partial building collapse

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The City of Davenport has released the findings of what caused the fatal partial collapse at 324 Main Street. The report was completed in partnership with the City of Davenport, White Birch Group, LLC and SOCOTEC Engineering Inc. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

This Day in History
2022: Queen Elizabeth II dies; Charles becomes King
1986: Oprah goes national
1974: Ford pardons Nixon. In a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard M. Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. Ford later defended this action before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.
1943: Italian surrender is announced
See more at www.history.com
Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday to Kerry Jordan today! Celebrating tomorrow are Addie Davis and Joy Davis. Celebrating Sunday is Tammy Pearson.

These celebrities were born on this date: Pink, Martin Freeman, Brooke Burke, David Arquette, Wiz Khalifa, Eric Hutchinson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Gaten Matarazzo

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What does a donkey do when you tell him a joke? HE HAWS! - Brent Antisdel, Gary Winter, Lori Tabbert, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, William Snyder, Kris Laurson, Lori Bluml. Or, He laughs his rider off! - Mike Chiston. Or, He laughs something else off! -Carolyn Rogers. Or, He gives you a couple of “bucks” for making him laugh! - S. Hill Watkins

Today's riddle

What did the donkey do when he got cut off while driving?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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