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Monday, Sept. 25, 2023
Good morning to you!

Are you worth more dead or alive? That’s a question many people ask, especially when reviewing life insurance policies.

I recently had a term life insurance policy expire. I bought it a few decades ago, and it was very inexpensive. I just bought another one last week. It’s not so cheap this time. I get it. I’m much older. I’m less healthy. And, let’s be honest, I am going to die sooner. The insurance company makes plenty on most of the young folks so it can make up its losses on us older ones. It’s simple math.

Meanwhile, many people don’t have any life insurance. These are the same folks who don’t worry about their funeral expenses. They will be dead, they reason, and it won’t be their problem. That’s true, but it is a problem for those who are left behind to clean up their messes.

I had a good friend who was married with two young children die nearly 20 years ago. We all worried about his family, but he planned properly with life insurance, so that was one less thing they had to fret about. It makes a person think, and it should.

As part of this new life insurance policy approval process, I had to have a physical exam. Height. Weight. Urine test. Blood work. And 93 medical history questions. You know the drill.

My height has decreased. My weight has increased. My blood and urine are, well, blood and urine, but they seem to mix together some now due to my not-so-friendly kidney stones. And those medical history questions aren’t as easy to answer as they used to be.

I have been proud to say that I don’t take any medications. My wife says that’s silly. Soon, it will likely be irrelevant as my cholesterol levels rise. The frustrating part is how these levels and others change so much from one physical to another. After one exam, the doctor wants to put me on a pill for the rest of my life. The next exam, I am told how my counts look exceptional. I would like to say that I changed my diet and exercise, but I didn’t.

When having my most recent exam, I asked the nurse about this. She explained how some of the tests can be impacted, positively or negatively, by what a person eats in the prior 24 hours.

So, in cases like these, I guess we really are what we eat. And depending on whether this insurance policy is approved or not, I may be worth more dead than alive.

Have a magnificent Monday, 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 theatrical venue

1. Des Moines Community Playhouse

2. Des Moines Civic Center

3. Hoyt Sherman Place


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

We have small chances for spotty late-day showers or storms late today and late Tuesday. Most of you will stay dry. A nice midweek is followed by a warming trend to round out September.

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

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The splendid Wilson Orchard of Iowa City, where James Beard semifinalist Matt Steigerwald runs the kitchen, announced plans to open a facility southwest of Des Moines, near Cumming. Iowa cider houses rank with those anywhere and Wilson is one of the two best.

Smithsonian has a story by Herriot Lee-Merrion in its October-November issue that tells an amazing tale of Choctaw generosity and Irish gratitude. In 1847, the Choctaw, fresh off the Trail of Tears and complete dispossession of their native lands, heard about Irish suffering during the potato famine. The impoverished Indians took up a collection and sent it to help the Irish. Last year, Irish donors led by U2 drummer Larry Mullen took up a collection to send $2 million to Native Americans for COVID relief, on behalf of their ancestors. It seems the Irish do not forget everything except grudges after all. They never forget a kindness.

Mickey's Irish Pub (50 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee) has a Monday special of 34 ounces of your choice of draft beers for $5.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

This year in history
1957: Little Rock Nine begin first full day of classes. Under escort from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, nine Black students enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 25, 1957. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent 1,000 army paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order. Read more.
1789: Bill of Rights passes Congress
1970: “The Partridge Family” premieres on ABC
1978: A Pacific Southwest Airlines jet collides in mid-air with a small Cessna over San Diego, killing 153 people on September 25, 1978. The wreckage of the planes fell into a populous neighborhood and did extensive damage on the ground.
Read more at history.com.

FROM KCCI: Iowa fire departments and military personnel team up for unique training experience

Fire departments from Des Moines, Ankeny, Johnston, Grimes and Council Bluffs participated in the drill..... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Driver hospitalized after car vaults off exit ramp into traffic on I-235

DES MOINES, Iowa — A driver was hospitalized with serious injuries after their car vaulted off of an exit ramp and landed in traffic on I-235 Friday afternoon. According to the Des Moines Police Department, a car was exiting off of eastbound I-235 at the 31st Street exit when their car left the roadway. The car then vaulted off of the ramp and into eastbound traffic on I-235. Police said the car rolled multiple times before it collided with a pickup truck. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: City of Des Moines responds to frustrated business owners along Ingersoll Avenue

"They are behind schedule. They are months behind schedule," said City Engineer Steven Naber, referring to the construction crews. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Cory Holland!

These celebrities were born on this date: Will Smith, Mark Hamill, Michael Douglas, Heather Locklear, Donald Glover, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Madsen, Cheryl Tiegs, T.I., Scottie Pippen, Aida Turturro, Clea DuVall

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What kind of music do pirates listen to aboard a dingy? ROCK AND ROW! - Carolyn Rogers, Lori Bluml. Arhhhhh and B (R&B) - Gail Tomlinson. William Snyder says, Aaagrrrgghhh. Don’t you know that aren’t any radios on dinghies? Rex Post offers: OLD DJ term- Pirate Radio. Or Row, row, row your boat. - Craig McCann

Today's riddle

What happened after the rock musician messed up in the middle of a number?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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