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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023
Good morning to you!

Welcome to an extra edition of the 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.

“Hi, Shane. I am a long-time reader, first-time enabler. Des Moines still has a great shoe-shiner downtown at the Down Town Hair Professionals barber shop on the skywalk (The Shoe Shine Man, Oct. 5, 2023). His name is Kenny Neighbors. He worked for me in my shop in 801 Grand for many years. After I sold it. he went to work there. He is a great guy. Give him a try!” - Brian

I am in! Thanks for the tip. - Shane

“Shane, per your column, I think our dads, along with Ronald Reagan, would have gotten along just fine (Dress codes, Oct. 9, 2023). My dad would have been 115 this Saturday.” - Mike

The Mount Rushmore of well-dressed men. - Shane

“Shane, I agree that dress codes are good (Dress codes, Oct. 9, 2023). I’m old enough to have been dressed in a suit and tie most of my career. Then came business casual, and I joined in but still believed suit and ties were better but not cheaper than business casual. Your friend’s story reminded me of the wheat jean craze in the 1960s. Almost every guy who wore them also pressed them with creases to appear well-dressed. I’m thinking you are younger than I and probably didn’t live through the wheat jean days. So pressed blue jeans aren’t so bad in my book.” - Len

A wheat jean craze? I was in more of the “Billie Jean” craze. Parachute pants and all. - Shane

“Schumer was out of line, and Manchin, Romney, Grassley and others correct; the U.S. Senate and House should have a dress code appropriate for what the work is supposed to be (Dress codes, Oct. 9, 2023). That said, what is a woman’s corresponding dress code to a man’s coat and tie? Is there a difference between dresses, skirts, pants suits? What is the difference in appearance between a lady’s pants suit and a man’s casual suit?” - Chuck

In this day and age, I’m not sure you can even ask that question. - Shane

“Shane, I just wanted to thank you for your daily commentary. I have been following you for over a year and appreciate your thoughts and honesty. Sometimes it is like you are reading my mind. This story about your deer accident paralleled mine within a week (Oh, deer, Oct. 10, 2023). Like you, I was driving along when the deer jumped out of a steep ditch. I hit the brakes, missing the first, but the second deer jumped right into my vehicle. What is tragic about my accident is that I had gone eight years with a company vehicle without a deer hit (many close calls), but I was only 30 days into my new truck with less than 2,500 miles. Oh, well.” - Wayne

You weren’t reading this while you were driving, were you? Be careful. We are working on a podcast version for guys like you. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

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

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FROM KCCI: Handgun found in student's backpack at Urbandale High School

URBANDALE, Iowa — A school resource officer found a loaded handgun in a student's backpack Wednesday at Urbandale High School. In a statement, Urbandale Community School District officials said two students who were suspected of vaping were taken to the high school office. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: ARL rescues 100 dogs from filthy conditions in Carroll County trailer

One of the toughest years in the history of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa just won’t quit. This week, 100 dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation in Carroll County. Small and medium-sized dogs were crammed into a filthy mobile home, living in their own waste — some in small cages and others on countertops... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Suspect admits he killed Natalee Holloway on Aruba in 2005, pleads guilty to extorting her mother

Van der Sloot is not charged in Holloway’s death, but has pled guilty to trying to extort the teen's mother years after her disappearance. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Oct. 20-29.

Iowa Author Awards Dinner
Friday, Oct. 20. Keynote speaker Pulitzer Prize-winning author Andrew Sean Greer headlines one of the region’s most anticipated literary fundraising events. The Des Moines Public Library Foundation will hold this annual celebration of literature at the Embassy Suites. 

Heritage Art Gallery
The Greater Des Moines Exhibited returns for regional artists to submit their works. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 20. Artists within the Greater Des Moines region can submit up to three works to be blindly judged by the juror this year, Edgard Camacho. 

Des Moines Symphony
Discover Scheherazade” Concert includes “Re(new)al: Percussion Quartet Concerto,” featuring Grammy-nominated group Sandbox Percussion. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m. 

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

Fall colors at Gray's Lake. Photo by Sharon Vickery
Sports Notes
Yesterday's action from ESPN.com:
ALCS - Game 3: Astros 8 Rangers 5: TEX LEADS SERIES 2-1
WNBA Finals - Game 4: Aces 70 Liberty 69: LV WINS SERIES 3-1

California's drought is officially over most places but its lingering effects include a bad season for salmon hatcheries. Salmon fishing will remain banned in the Sacramento River and Pacific Ocean.

Cha Cha's Hiland Bakery reopened yesterday at 3615 Sixth Ave., Des Moines. The doughnuts are back and now keep company with a new line of cheesecakes and other delights.

Thursday is fried chicken day at Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) Winter menus are back at Paula's (524 Elm St., Valley Junction.)and Eastside Eddie's (3517 E. 26th, Des Moines). That means creamed dried beef on toast, with hash browns today at EE.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Weekly Fuel Report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 8 cents, averaging $3.29 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices fell 8 cents from last week’s price and are down 35 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.58, down 8 cents from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa held steady this week with a statewide average of $4.26. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $5.09 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 38 cents less than the national average of $4.64.

Wholesale ethanol held steady and is currently priced at $2.16.

Propane prices were up 2 cents with a statewide average of $1.54 per gallon.

Home heating oil prices rose 23 cents, with a statewide average of $3.87 per gallon.

Natural gas prices fell 16 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $3.10/MMbtu

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:Ciara Renee, Evander Holyfield, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Holliday, John Lithgow, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Ferguson

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Which kind of monster is safe to put in a washing machine? A WASH AND WEAR-WOLF! - Carolyn Rogers, Gail Tomlinson. Also valiant effort by Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Why wasn't Dr. Frankenstein ever lonely?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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