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Friday, Nov. 3, 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.

“I detest self-checkout, as it seldom seems to work correctly for me (Self-checkout kiosks, Oct. 23, 2023). Frustrating when they close down more regular checkout lines so you either have to wait longer for a real person, or reluctantly use self-check.” - Don

You are not alone, Don. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Speaking of theft, there is a story told by a comedian whose name escapes me about his time as a big box self-serve checkout Pit Boss (Self-checkout kiosks, Oct. 23, 2023). He claims that some people tried with limited success to imitate the beep sound to make it appear they were properly scanning their items. That said I hate the diversity of function displays not only at retail stores but gas pumps, too. Appreciating your thoughtful writings,” - John

I am with you. We shouldn't have to know how to do computer programming with COBOL or Java to buy groceries or fill up our vehicles with gas. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. While I don’t go to work early on a regular basis, I do get out at ‘oh dark thirty’ as my family and friends say (Before the sun shines, Oct. 24, 2023). I have been walking or working out with two neighbors on a regular basis for almost 20 years. We used to meet at 4 or 4:30 a.m. to meet up and walk 2-4 miles in the early years. Now we are between 2-3 miles a day, and we meet between 5 and 5:45 a.m. (They are both retired now, and I am not.) I also threw in some workouts at Orangetheory Fitness in Clive at 5 a.m. for over eight years. As one of my coaches at OTF used to say, ‘Your workout is 4% of your day.’ I love getting my day off on a good ‘foot’ every day. We walk Monday through Friday all year long. The only days we skip are wind chills below zero, pouring rain and lightning. Otherwise, we button up and get our day off to a great start!” - Lu Anne

Once again, you are my hero, Lu Anne! - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. As I was reading your column on getting on the road early in the day, I felt compelled to reach out to you (Before the sun shines, Oct. 24, 2023). I think you and I, because of age, upbringing, etc., are a lot alike. I read your columns, and I often find that I have pondered the same things you convey. However, for me, they are passing thoughts, whereas you do a brilliant job of capturing the moments and getting them down on paper. It is good for me to know that I am not on an island with my obscure observations.” - Brian

I think we are both on an island, Brian. The question is, which one of us is Gilligan? - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
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Looking good overall. A slight chance of rain south on Saturday. Otherwise, nice November weather ahead!

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FROM KCCI: Auditor says more than $17K missing from Iowa Athletic Commission books

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand says more than $17,000 is missing from the Iowa Athletic Commission's books. The announcement came after an investigation into former program planner Dawn Chamberlain.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 78-year-old Johnston woman charged with livestock neglect after dozens of horses seized

DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa — A Johnston woman has been charged with dozens of counts of livestock neglect following the seizure of 46 horses from a property in rural Dallas County. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 33034 165th Street on Wednesday in connection to an ongoing livestock neglect investigation. Deputies found 46 horses that needed veterinary care and they were seized as part of the investigation. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'Ahead of schedule': Fleur Drive construction in final phase

The massive road reconstruction project on Fleur Drive started in 2019 and is still going — but it looks like there's an end in sight. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Doe, a deer, a female deer. The reason our bird feeders are always empty. Photo/Paul Houston. Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Sports Notes
From ESPN.com:
NFL: Titans 16 Steelers 20
NBA: Wemby drops 38 points in career night in Spurs' win. Spurs 132 Suns 121

Taco John's begins a buy-one get-one for $1 Monday on three popular menu items.

Tonight is the opening of Moberg Gallery's 20th anniversary show. It's a cause for celebration. The gallery's growth from strictly local to worldwide has been as important to Des Moines' art scene as anything else. Way to go TJ and Ryan. 5-8 p.m. at 2411 Grand Ave.

Tune in Saturday at 10 a.m. when Kitchen Insider welcomes the amazing dynamo that is Trang Pham of Egg Roll Ladies. Her story made me tear up, and I am a grizzly old man.                                                                      

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Weekly fuel report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 11 cents, averaging $3.19 across Iowa according to AAA. The national average on Wednesday was $3.46, down 8 cents from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 17 cents this week with a statewide average of $4.51. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $5.17 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 6 cents higher than the national average of $4.45.

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

Propane prices were down 1 cent with a statewide average of $1.54 per gallon.

Home heating oil prices fell 46 cents, with a statewide average of $3.91 per gallon

Natural gas prices rose 17 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $3.55/MMbtu

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

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Brian Buethe on Nov. 4!

These celebrities were born on this date: Kendall Jenner, Dolph Lundgren, Roseanne Barr, Kate Capshaw, Dennis Miller, Ever Anderson, Adam Ant, Phil Simms, Courtney Barnett

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why are baboons always drinking in the park? BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY MONKEY BARS! - Gail Tomlinson.

Today's riddle

Why did King Kong climb to the top of the Empire State Building?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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