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Monday, April 3, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

Built to last. Those three words aren’t used as often in today’s throw-away society. We buy cheap things. We use them until they break. We throw them away. Repeat. Sound familiar?

Some things do last a lifetime or more, though. Items like cast iron skillets and cooking pots seem indestructible. I remember my mom cooking in a skillet that looked like it was more than 100 years old — and it may have been.

Garden tools can last for decades, too, including shovels, rakes and hoes. My garage is full of the proof.

I have written in the past about my dad’s old Thermos vacuum bottle that he took to work every day full of hot coffee. It had more dents than a college car, but I bet it’s still being used by someone, somewhere today.

Why don’t many of today’s products last? Some say it is because of the use of plastic. Others claim it is due to flaws in mass production. And then there are those who state it is from the manufacturers’ “planned obsolescence,” a policy of designing products with artificially limited useful lives or purposely frail designs. I think they are all right.

A coffee maker should last a lifetime, but it doesn’t. Try to find a working coffee maker from the 1980s. Plastic. Mass produced. And if it really did last forever, you wouldn’t need to buy another one. I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but I love the single serve pod coffee makers. I have had three in five years. And, again, I don’t drink much coffee.

I am often annoyed by the extended warranty plans that are pitched to me with seemingly everything I buy now. How about making the product so exceptionally well that I don’t need to worry about any type of warranty?

The lack of repairmen (or repairwomen) is maybe the greatest sign of our throw-away society. The logic is, why pay to get something fixed when you can buy a new one for about the same price? I get it, and I fall prey to it as well.

Nowadays, that new mobile phone or computer or tablet you bought gets outdated quickly. Whenever I get the message that software can no longer be updated on my model, I get the not-so-subtle hint to upgrade. Of course, you can’t just buy the new phone or computer or tablet, though; you also need to buy the assortment of new chargers and accessories.

So, built to last may not describe many products today, but, fortunately, some things still stand the test of time. If you need to borrow my cast iron skillet, just let me know.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

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

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Tacos

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2. Tacos La Familia



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Holland is trying to reduce "sex, drugs and binge drinking" tourism from English-speaking countrymen. They are targeting 18-35-year-old men who use key words "cheap hotel," "pub crawl" and "drugs” in Internet searches of Amsterdam.

Halal Guys from New York is opening places in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Trostel's Greenbriar (5810 Merle Hay Road) will host a five-course dinner with Chalk Hill Wine Estate, one of Healdsburg's best. April 13, $120.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

 It’ll be a little breezy and cooler today, and we’ll see a slight rain chance in the afternoon and evening. Things get busier again on Tuesday, with much warmer temperatures, breezy conditions and chances for strong storms later in the day and at night. We get cooler after that, and it stays dry into the weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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On April 3 ...

1882: One of America’s most famous criminals, Jesse James, is shot to death by fellow gang member Bob Ford, who betrayed James for reward money. For 16 years, Jesse and his brother, Frank, committed robberies and murders throughout the Midwest.

1996: At his small wilderness cabin near Lincoln, Montana, Theodore John Kaczynski is arrested by FBI agents and accused of being the Unabomber, the elusive terrorist blamed for 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 during an 18-year period.

1860: On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express captivated America’s imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system.

Read more at History.com.


At the turn of the century, it was estimated there were roughly 40 million bison in North America. That means if every bison lined up head to tail, they could stretch around the Earth 2.7 times! The photo, by Paul Houston, was taken at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City. The current population at the refuge is around 50.


FROM KCCI: One dead after shooting in Des Moines

A man is dead after a shooting in Des Moines on Saturday afternoon and police have launched a homicide investigation. The incident happened near the intersection of 6th and Indiana avenues around 2:45 p.m. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Record-setting $40 million lottery ticket sold in Iowa

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Someone in Dubuque took home a ticket that won the Lotto America record-setting jackpot. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: At least 7 tornadoes touched down in Iowa on Friday, including an EF-4

The most significant damage occurred with a long-track tornado, which initially touched down around 3:37 p.m. Friday in northern Wapello County and then stayed on the ground through Keokuk, Washington, and portions of Johnson Counties. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


The support of her community

Proper received love and care during cancer diagnosis

By Lindsey Giardino

Stephanie Proper and her family moved to Bondurant seven years ago from Minnesota. Proper is originally from Newton and was familiar with the area, but they chose to settle in Bondurant for several specific reasons.

“One being it was close to work without actually being in the city and, most importantly, we had heard great things about the community and the schools,” Proper explains. “We wanted our kids to be a part of a smaller school district so they weren’t just a number in a system.”

Another reason the family chose Bondurant was because Proper’s brother-in-law had recently retired from the military, and her sister, brother-in-law and their kids moved to Bondurant as well.

... Read more in the March issue of Bondurant Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Belated Birthday Cory Boatright, who was born on April 1.

These celebrities were born on this date: Alec Baldwin, Eddie Murphy, Amanda Bynes, Paris Jackson, Jane Goodall, Adam Scott, Matthew Goode, Jennie Garth, Wayne Newton, Rachel Bloom, Picabo Street

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What card game do they play in Egypt? GIN MUMMY! - Sara Kinley, Carolyn Rogers. Or PYRAMID SOLITAIRE! - Gail Tomlinson. OR "pharo" instead of faro (One or UNO in Arabic, - Mike Chiston

Today's Riddle

Why isn't there a clock in the library?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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