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Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023
Good morning to you!

I don’t get on the road in the wee hours of the day too often, except when I have an early flight at the airport or I am driving out of state. On those 4 a.m. or so travels, I often wonder about the other folks I see driving at that time. Why are they up so early? Where do they work? Where are they traveling? Are they leaving from home or heading home?

I agree there is something rewarding about getting an early start on the day. It gives me the feeling of having a head start on others. Crossing a few tasks off my list before the sun comes up starts the day off right.

For some folks, though, this isn’t a once-in-a-while thing. Their jobs or activities or habits have them rising early every day.

When I was in high school, I worked at a convenience store/gas station. On occasion, I would work the graveyard shift. Even in a small town, this was an exposure to another world. I would see the factory workers heading to their shifts or heading home, filling their tanks with gas and buying a few supplies. I would see the route delivery guys ensuring that milk and bread and soda and beer were in the stores. And I would get to know the late-shift police officers who would stop in. For the most part, it was quiet, which is exactly how most of the folks who choose to work those hours like it.

Getting up early wasn’t so easy in my younger years, but it seems to be more challenging to sleep in now, even when I can. I used to laugh at all the retired guys who were at the café before 6 a.m. drinking coffee. It's all starting to make sense now. Even the coffee.

Do you know folks who rise before the crack of dawn every day? Are you one of them? Send me a note and let me know your stories. And be sure to check out our Iowa Living magazines cover stories during the month of November, as most of them will be dedicated to those who truly are early risers. We uncover the when and why and how as we interview these folks who prefer — or are required — to get a head start on each day.

Be sure to bookmark www.iowalivingmagazines.com and check out those stories throughout the month of November.

See you before the sun shines, 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.

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Warm and dry weather continues through the morning hours, then rain chances kick in this afternoon and stick with us, off and on, into Friday morning. Much cooler air moves in for the weekend, with another rain chance on Sunday.

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FROM KCCI: Man enters plea after body found in car along I-80

POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — The man charged with murder after a body was found in his car has pleaded "not guilty." Jihad Gasaway of Cedar Rapids entered that plea on Oct. 19 in Poweshiek County Courthouse. He is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Suspect hits 3 Waukee Police vehicles during weekend chase

WAUKEE, Iowa — An Adair man allegedly crashed into three Waukee Police vehicles during a chase late Saturday night — causing thousands of dollars in damage. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa Death Collective hopes to change the conversation around death

Death positivity characterizes conversations about death and dying as honest and healthy, rather than morbid or taboo. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports Notes
Yesterday's action from ESPN.com:
Rangers 11 Astros 4: ALCS - Game 7: TEX WINS SERIES 4-3
Diamondbacks 5 Phillies 1: NLCS - Game 6 SERIES TIED 3-3
San Francisco 17 Minnesota 22

Fall foliage at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Photo/Paul Houston

Send your fall and Halloween decoration photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


Wall Street Journal wine expert Lettie Teague reviewed the latest round of Rosso di Montalcinos. Those Tuscan wines used to be considered much inferior to their pricey cousins Brunello di Montalcino. Though both are made in same place, Teague said that the Rosso brands (she tried 15) are closing the gap. Brunellos usually cost $100 a bottle, more than triple the average price of Rossos.

Taco Casa (2598 Douglas Ave., Des Moines) reopened yesterday. Their 50-year history in Des Moines was revived by new owner Chris Pagliai, a life-long fan.

Tuesdays bring $1.49 grilled cheese sandwiches and $1.99 soups to local Kwik Stars.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

“Viking for Life”
By Jackie Wilson
Rob Haspels is a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. He clears his schedule to cheer on his team in person at the U.S. Bank Stadium or watches games on TV. He owns team jerseys, patches, horned helmets, Vikings memorabilia — and lots of purple gear.
But his most impressive expression of dedication to his team is when he got inked with a Vikings tattoo. The tattoo on his arm signifies he is “Viking for Life.”
Rob is a member of the Vikings World Order (VWO). The club was established in 1997 and consists of hundreds of members. The VWO is not just for celebrating victories or watching games; it is also a charity organization.
Read more in the latest issue of the North Polk Living magazine.
Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Sammy Jordan and Amelia Lewton!

These celebrities were born on this date: Drake, Kevin Kline, BD Wong, F. Murray Abraham, Shenae Grimes, Bill Wyman, Zahn McClarnon, Michael Trent, Ben Gillies, Monica, Adrienne Bailon Houghton, Tim Pocock, Eliza Taylor, Hudson Yang

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why did the ghosts go to a bar? - FOR THE BOO-ZE! - Jayde Vogeler, S. Hill Watkins, Lori Bluml. TO LIFE THEIR SPIRITS! - Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers, Mike Chiston, Rex Post. FOR GHOUL'S NIGHT OUT! Shelly Adams, Judy Anderson. Also responding; John Zeitler

Today's riddle

What do you call a haunted chicken?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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