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Friday, Nov. 17, 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 sincerely hope this experiment with self-check-out goes the way of the dinosaur (Self-checkout kiosks, Oct. 23, 2023). But that was said of business casual and the relaxation of business dress codes, and here we are, 25 years later, still suffering with sloppy dress, awkward ensembles and horrible fashion. Next thing we will see is people performing self-checkout in their pajamas… or WORSE. Count me OUT. I will just stay at home and order delivery. Seems to me the happy compromise would be to have self-check-out ONLY for people with less than eight items. The rest of us who actually like human beings and being waited on by capable individuals can stand in line for the check-out clerk.” - Lori

You may not have noticed, but the way the employees dress today seems to directly correlate to the way the shoppers now dress. - Shane

“Shane, your comments today remind me that the timing of my life has been interesting on the new technology front (Generational change, Nov. 8, 2023). My first visit to my grandparents’ retirement farm in northern Iowa was greeted with newly installed electricity, water pumped from a well about 50 feet outside the kitchen door, an outhouse on the other side of the house from the door you used to get to it, and a wood-burning stove in the kitchen for both cooking and heat. Within the first few years, and before I turned 10, the farmhouse got a kitchen with running water and a propane gas stove and a bathroom was added to the house, but the hand crank wall phone on an eight-party line was still there. I think the ring was two longs and a short. Didn’t really matter as everyone listened to their neighbors calls. My aunt in town had a phone still manually connected to the party she was calling by an operator. I was visiting from the big city where we had a dial telephone and only a two-party line. 

"By the time I was in college, radio common carriers were competing with Ma Bell for mobile telephone service and, in a few short years, that gave way to cell phones, which, of course, are now essentially minicomputers. Home and office phones went from dial to push button touch tone to wireless phones and from black to colors and back to gray or black.

"My grandfather’s career path had him driving a school wagon pulled by horses before there were school buses. He drove a gasoline tanker truck before there were gasoline pipelines.

"Manual typewriters gave way to electric typewriters which or course yielded to personal computers, etc. The Encyclopedia Britannica yielded to the Internet and Google. Frozen foods, TV dinners, microwaves, etc. A lot of change in 78 years!” - Chuck

What amazes me the most is the relatively short amount of time that all this change happened in. - Shane

“I'm typing this note on my phone instead of using the speak feature while my wife balances the checkbook (Generational change, Nov. 8, 2023). We prefer paying cash at restaurants especially when tipping. Thanks for thoughtful reading.” - John

Your wife must be paying for all that technology you are spending money on. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, 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

Cooler highs start today, and a Monday rain chance is ahead.

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FROM KCCI: Changes coming to busy, accident prone I-80 construction zone ahead of winter

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Construction season is winding down, and it's been especially dangerous in one work zone. For months now, KCCI has been telling you about repeated crashes along Interstate 80, between Jordan Creek Parkway and Grand Prairie Parkway in West Des Moines. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Former Ames nurse practitioner facing federal sex trafficking charges

AMES, Iowa — A former Ames nurse practitioner is now facing federal charges for allegedly sex trafficking 14 victims and sexually exploiting a minor. On Thursday, a federal grand jury issued an indictment charging Carl Markley with 15 counts of sex trafficking by fraud and coercion, one count of sexual exploitation and attempted exploitation of a child, and one count of possession of child pornography. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa State Board of Education releases proposed rules, punishments for SF 496 enforcement

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Wednesday, the Iowa Board of Education released a set of proposed rules to a 'book ban' law Gov. Kim Reynolds signed in May 2023, already impacting the current school year. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Secret Santa exchange? Food, cooking and arts editors for Wall Street Journal suggest a collection of four 100 ml (two and a half shots each) bottles of rare cognacs from Ferrand. $55.

IHOP happy hours (after 3 p.m.) now include sandwiches, breakfasts and sundaes beginning at $6. The chain has turkey dinners again through the holidays.

Fresh Thyme (2900 University, West Des Moines) is offering apple, pumpkin and sweet potato pies for $4.99 through Thanksgiving Day.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Featured event
Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines
Nov. 18-19

Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang returns to Des Moines in a brilliant showcase of Grieg’s famous and distinctly Norwegian Piano Concerto. The program begins with Glinka’s heroic and exuberant Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture followed by Florence Price’s heartfelt Andante moderato. Shostakovich’s tragicomic Symphony No. 9, a cynical critique of the political and artistic oppression he experienced in Stalinist Soviet Russia, closes the concert.


Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Jolene Goodman and Tim Boesen!

These celebrities were born on this date: Director Martin Scorsese, Actor Danny DeVito, TV Personality RuPaul, Actor Daisy Fuentes, Actor Rachel McAdams, Actor Lauren Hutton, Country Singer Aaron Lines, Guitarist Isaac Hanson, Actor Raquel Castro

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you get if you throw a lot of books into the ocean? A TITLE WAVE! - Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml. Or, A FREE LIBRARY FOR A SCHOOL OF FISH! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, A CENSOR'S PARADISE! - John Zeitler. Or, SALTY STORIES! - S. Hill Watkins

Today's riddle

What do you get if you cross a programmer and a lifeguard?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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