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Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023
Good morning to you!

We often hear our parents or grandparents tell us how things were done in their day, and we marvel at the changes that have taken place in such a relatively short time.

Imagine walking through a foot of snow to use the outhouse when nature calls. Or riding a horse into town as your only form of transportation. Or sitting around a wood stove in the middle of a home to warm up. I recall my mother telling these stories and more. In the big picture, it wasn’t that long ago when they took place.

Do you ever wonder what stories we will tell future generations about the things we used to do?

How about telling time on a standard wall clock? You know, the big hand, the little hand, etc. I saw an online post the other day of a student’s drawing from a teacher’s request to draw a picture of a clock showing 10 minutes after 11 o’clock. The student drew a digital clock reading “11:10.” Sigh. Will standard wall clocks become a thing of the past? Have they already?

I was paying cash for a sandwich at a convenience store the other day and, as typical today, my change was automated into an attached metal bowl for me to scoop up. I asked the clerk what percent of their customers pay in cash now, and he told me about 20%. That seems to be about right. According to fortunly.com, cash accounted for 18% of all payments in the U.S. during 2022.

I vividly remember learning how to count change in school. One has to wonder if this is — or even should be — taught today. I do recall taking my then-4-year-old daughter Samantha to a store when she wanted to buy something with her own money. She didn’t know the difference between a dime and a dollar yet, so she just kept taking more coins out of her little purse and putting them on the counter until the clerk told her she had enough. We all smiled, but Samantha did the most as she was so proud of being able to buy something and pay for it herself.

Many of us are resisting the transition from vehicles with gasoline engines to those running on electric batteries. Despite our hesitations, the trend is undeniable, and we will see more and more electric cars on our roads and highways in years to come. Will the gasoline engine as we know it today go by the wayside in another decade or two? Doesn’t seem likely, but my grandpa couldn’t envision the automobile replacing his horse either.

How about you? What do you do today that will be viewed as archaic in another generation? Send me a note and let me know.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

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

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FROM KCCI: Election results: Central Iowa bond referendums

Polk County voters approved the use of $350 million in bonds to pay for a new terminal and other improvements at the Des Moines International Airport, according to unofficial results. Airport officials say because the project is funded by a loan from the county, it saves the airport some $3 million a year in interest. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Connie Boesen wins race for Des Moines mayor

DES MOINES, IOWA — For the first time in 20 years, the voters in Des Moines have chosen a new mayor. On Tuesday evening, Connie Boesen held off a close challenge from fellow Des Moines City Councilmember Josh Mandelbaum to win the race to replace Frank Cownie. The unofficial results from the Polk County Auditor’s office show Boesen winning with 48% of the vote to Mandelbaum’s 45%. Denver Foote and Christopher William Von Arx finished with less than four-percent of the vote each. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Election results: Metro school boards, school funding ballot measures

See who won school board seats in Ankeny, Des Moines, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Waukee. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports Notes
From ESPN.com:
College Football Playoff rankings reaction and 12-team bracket

Wall Street Journal (WSJ) released their top Midwest colleges report. Drake ranked as seventh best small college (97th overall nationally). Iowa State was eighth best large college (145th overall) and Iowa tenth best large school (160th overall). Way to go Bulldogs.

WSJ reported Monday that cereal sales have declined 1% a year for a decade. That was part of an explanation why Kellogg broke into two companies — one cereal and one snacks based. Snack sales have been increasing for a decade as more people are eating on-the-go. But, with obesity drugs starting to cut into snack sales, was Kellogg behind the curve again?

Popeye's is now taking orders for once-a-year Cajun turkeys. They are precooked and frozen and cost $99, including shipping. Every year they sell more of them than ever. Your local Popeye's may have them for pick-up at a lesser price.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Iowa Living magazines feature
Early risers

Residents share experiences working while most others sleep.

While most of us are catching our last few Zs before dragging ourselves out of bed, others have long been awake and busy, many of them making it possible for us to get our days off to a good start. After all, someone has to make the donuts, brew the coffee and deliver those energy drinks to the shelves. Others rise and shine to care for the early morning needs of patients in hospitals, residents of care centers and women in labor. The list of those working while we sleep goes on, and some of them share their experiences as early risers in this month’s cover story. (See all of our magazines at www.iowalivingmagazines.com)

Jeremy Kruse is a welder by trade, and he must arrive at work before sunrise.
He leaves his home in Adel before 4:30 a.m. every workday to get to work on time.
"I have been getting up early for so long that I have a built-in alarm clock,” he says.

READ MORE in Adel Living!

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Wayne Johnson and Christianne Jordan-Rigaud

These celebrities were born on this date: Alfre Woodard, Bonnie Raitt, Bucky Covington, Dania Ramirez, David Muir, Giancarlo Stanton, Gordon Ramsay, Jessica Lowndes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Lauren Alaina, Riker Lynch, SZA, Tara Reid

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why did God create just one Yogi Bear? BECAUSE WHEN HE TRIED TO MAKE ANOTHER, HE MADE A BOO BOO! - Dennis Porter, Gail Tomlinson, Amy Schnurr. Thanks for all the wonderful answers : Two would be too much to bear! - John Zeitler. Not enough picnic baskets to go around! - Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Which famous rabbit was an anethesiologist?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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