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Friday, Oct. 6, 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.

“Good morning, Shane. Traveling as I have for 60-plus years, I've noticed that cars seem to be much more dependable today than they were in my early days of traveling (Dollars and sensors, Sept. 26, 2023). As you and your daughter found out, you are fortunate to have a friend who could fix the car for you. Repairing a car on the road is not as simple as it once was. For years, I used to change my own oil until I had a Ford Probe that was next to impossible to crawl underneath. Since then, I always go to a shop to have the oil changed.” - John

Supporting our local repair shops helps keep the economic engine rolling, too. Thanks, John. - Shane

“Rye bread is now available marbled (The bread you eat, Oct. 2, 2023). Reubens have a choice of Russian vs. Thousand Island dressing, though Russian is not offered as much as TI. Don't forget the English muffin and the croissant. Happy eating!” - Diane

Russian? Tear down that wall, Diane! - Shane

“I don’t care if you’re allergic to gluten, or sensitive or gluten free or whatever (The bread you eat, Oct. 2, 2023). In my opinion, if you don’t eat bread, you cannot be trusted. Especially if you don’t eat the white, squishy Wonder bread type.” - Lori

I knew I liked you, Lori. - Shane

“It is a bit frustrating to come upon a stop light when in a hurry but I love it when it happens to the driver who passes you at a high rate of speed and they come to a stop light (Traffic lights, Oct. 3, 2023)! Can you imagine their frustration!” - Diane

Yes, I can imagine the frustration. It is me. - Shane

“I was chuckling when I read your column (Superstitions, Oct. 4, 2023). My superstition is crazy stupid. When I am working out on my treadmill, as the timer starts getting closer to 13 minutes, I will look away until it passes. As if I will stumble and fall off the treadmill if I glance at the number 13.” - Kevin

This is why I never trust a treadmill. - Shane

“The only one we drummed into us as children is if we sat too close to the TV, we would get radiation poisoning (Superstitions, Oct. 4, 2023). If that is true, my glow is not due to my healthy vigor. Dang it!” - Lori

But we had to sit close to the TV so we could change the channel for our parents. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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Thailand's domination of international rice exporting can be glimpsed in the rice room of C Fresh Market (801 University Ave., Des Moines) where even "Sweet Japanese Rice" bags read "Product of Thailand."

Lzaza (1409 23rd St., Des Moines) has reopened. The South Asian buffet is as good as any in the metro and it's offered daily. On Sundays, an impromptu children's fashion show usually breaks out.

Wong's Chopsticks (5500 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines) has a good dim sum service on Saturday and Sunday. No carts but lots of choices among the classics.

Big Grove (555 17th St., Des Moines) is advertising a Hawkeye-Purdue watch party Saturday. Sports bars are struggling with the streaming services taking markets away from satellite and cable services and adding more costs to their overhead.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Truckers block lanes to stop high-speed police chase in southwest Iowa

UNION COUNTY, Iowa — Authorities in southwest Iowa say two semi-truck drivers helped stop a high-speed chase Wednesday on Highway 34. Union County Sheriff's Office deputies located a woman suspected of assault driving westbound on the highway. When they attempted to pull Marissa Waigand over, she "intentionally drove into the south ditch at a high rate of speed, then re-entered Hwy 34 eastbound reaching speeds of 100 mph," according to a news release from the sheriff's office. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Jason Momoa coming home to Iowa to promote new handcrafted vodka

NORWALK, Iowa — One of Iowa’s favorite home-grown superheroes is coming back to the state later this month to promote his newest business venture — handcrafted vodka. Jason Momoa, best known for his role as Aquaman/Arthur Curry in the DC Universe films, will be in his hometown of Norwalk on October 16th at a bottle-signing event for Meili Vodka. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Small box of giraffe poop seized from Iowa woman at MSP airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the feces could carry disease, especially with the passenger's intended use for it. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Weekly Fall Color Report

Fall in Iowa delivers a stunning spectacle of fall colors: red, yellow, orange, and purple leaves abound. Enjoy a fall drive and take in all the beautiful colors! 

Lots of vibrant colors in northeast Iowa from sugar maple, sumac, Virginia creeper, ash, walnut, basswood and cottonwood. This week and next will be best to enjoy a fall leaf-peeper road trip to the beautiful Driftless Region. 

Sumac, dogwoods, Virginia creeper, and poison ivy are showing red in north central and northwest Iowa. Hard maples are showing more orange and some red.

Hard maples are showing red, yellow and orange in some areas in central Iowa. Sumac are bright red and crimson. Drought stress is causing some early leaf loss which will reduce overall colors.

Scattered white ash are showing some purple in southeast Iowa. Urban maples are starting to show red, yellow, and orange.

Coffee trees are starting to turn yellow in south central Iowa. Drought stressed maples are changing color, especially in urban areas. 

Shrubs and trees are turning color on drier slopes in west central Iowa. Fall prairie flowers are in bloom.

White ash are turning purple in southwest Iowa, along with dry slope cottonwoods. Most species that turn yellow (cottonwood, silver maple, black walnut, hackberry, elm, buttonbush) have started to turn.

Tips for saving energy on the road or at home are available at energy.gov and fueleconomy.gov.

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Elisabeth Shue, Jeremy Sisto, Britt Ekland, Ioan Gruffudd, Jacqueline Obradors, Emily Mortimer, David Hidalgo, Amy Jo Johnson, Brett Gelman, Stefanie Martini, Tony Dungy

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a sad coffee? DEPRESSO! - Carolyn Rogers, Chuck Golliher, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post. Or BLUE BREW! - Mike Chiston, Shane Goodman. Or A Brooding Brew! - Brendan Comito.

Today's riddle

Why did the pianist keep banging his head against the keys?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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