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Friday, Feb. 16, 2024
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.

“If someone is unable to answer my yes/no question, I take another run at them, ‘Do you speak English — did you hear the question?’ (Yes or no, Feb. 7, 2024)” - Rex

And if they don’t speak English? - Shane

“Shane, while reminiscing about favorite cereals I had a couple of other things to add to your list (Cereal box prizes, Feb. 12, 2024). First of all, my favorite was Sugar Corn Pops. (Still are, but I can’t remember the last time I ate them as I usually have steel cut oats when I do have cereal.) First, I remember on the back of boxes were 45 records, or something to that order. I think they played OK, but if it got a bend in it, it definitely made for a bumpy sound. Also, another treat for my two brothers and me when we would go camping was the mini-multiple choice packages. After mom would purchase these at the grocery store, we would each take turns and mark our box choices for the camping trip. It always worked out for each of us to get our top two favorites if not all our favorites.” - Lu Anne

Those are two great cereal memories. I also remember the one or two boxes of awful cereal in those mini-boxes that nobody seemed to want. And did you ever try using the mini-box as a bowl like the package suggested? I cried over that spilt milk. - Shane

“After reading your column on breakfast cereals and the toys they used to include, one thought did cross my mind (Cereal box prizes, Feb. 12, 2024). Did you wait until almost all of the cereal was consumed to retrieve the toy from the bottom of the box, or did you immediately pour the entire contents into a big bowl to get at the toy right away? Silly question. What kid could wait that long to play with a free toy? I'll bet you were a big fan of Cracker Jacks, too.” - Bob

That is a silly question, Bob. I dug in elbow-deep in the full cereal box, of course. And as for the sugar-coated popcorn and peanuts, “the more you eat, the more you want.” - Shane

“I'm still waiting for a 5-in-1 truck that I used a mail-in coupon from Post Cereal and a dollar for (Cereal box prizes, Feb. 12, 2024). It's only been 60 or so years, but I still check Informed Delivery each day to see if it still might be forwarded from Saddle Brook to Iowa. It is the U.S. Postal Service, so I still have hope.” - John

That’s weird. They sent me two. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

We’ll see light snow come to an end as the morning progresses, with a half inch to two inches of accumulation possible in the Des Moines area. A chilly, breezy weekend follows, then warming next week.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Gluten Free Food
1. Destination Grille

2. Louie’s Wine Dive

3. Gastro Grub & Pub

Featured home for sale
Attention, Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

$525,000                                                                     775 S.E. Plumwood Lane, Waukee, IA 50263

5 bedrooms, with 4 on the second floor and 1 on the first, 4 baths, 2 fireplaces, second-floor laundry, a pantry and study. The basement is finished and the home has 3-car attached garage.

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The Cork in Johnston
By Jackie Wilson


When walking into a bar, an instant vibe is set off. Is it a dive or too high-end? Or does it get lost in the shuffle, trying to please everyone?

At the Cork, the vibe matches what they do successfully — focus on unique wines. The Cork 50131, located at 6205 Merle Hay Road in the Johnston Town Center, opened December 2022.

The Cork offers about 175 different wines. Posted on their chalkboard is a list of 15-20 rotating wines by the glass, including bubbly, whites, rose and reds. The majority of the wines are available by the bottle. There’s no corkage fee. If you don’t drink it all, take it home. But who has that problem?


Wall Street Journal tracked the Consumer Price Index over the last 12 months and found that the biggest food price hike, of 29%, was for frozen drinks and juices. The biggest price drop, also just under 29%, was for eggs. Among fresh fruits and vegetables, the biggest price hike was for tomatoes and the largest drop was for lettuce. Among drinks, the biggest price rise was for carbonated beverages. In the meat category, beef and veal prices totally outpaced everything else. Within the services category, car insurance rates grew the most.

As predicted here last year, Japanese seafood is re-focusing on the U.S. market. Japanese scallops are being advertised on TV in Des Moines for the first time. Coming mostly from Hokkaido's legendary fishing waters, Japanese scallops are often considered the best in the world. China has banned them, so, their loss... our gain. (Japan Times)

It's Lent, and that means Friday fish fries at local Roman Catholic churches (St. Anthony's is our favorite) and some restaurants: Tupelo Honey (665 Grand Ave., Des Moines), Culver's, Barntown (9500 S.E. University Ave., West Des Moines), The Hall (111 S. 11th St., West Des Moines), and Lachelle's (2716 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines) among them. For information on church dinners there is this source - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1724930164404810/

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com



The record is hers: Iowa star Caitlin Clark breaks NCAA scoring mark ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Republican lawmakers propose changes to governor’s AEA proposal

DES MOINES, Iowa — At the beginning of the 2024 Iowa legislative session, Governor Kim Reynolds teased proposed changes to the state’s area education agencies at the top of her Condition of the State speech....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Angel Reese among those congratulating Caitlin Clark

15,000+ erupted Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye as Caitlin Clark broke the NCAA scoring record, and the applause was just as loud on Social media....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Mahershala Ali, Lupe Fiasco, LeVar Burton, Ice-T, Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Clarke, The Weeknd, Amanda Holden, Matthew Knight, John McEnroe, Valentino Rossi, Janice Dickinson, Coby White

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What is it called when you store your money from work in a vase? URN-ED INCOME or URNINGS! - Carolyn Rogers, Lori Bluml. Other answers: William Snyder, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson

Today's riddle

How did the farmer find his lost cow? 

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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