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Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024
Good morning to you!

Welcome to an extra edition of the 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.

“Good morning, Shane. Your feelings about the Mahomes, Kelce and Swift overload could also be felt by fans of other teams within our state, especially about Caitlin Clark (Hold the mustard, Feb. 13, 2024). If there is a primary culprit (on the over-marketing), it's Hy-Vee. Keep challenging.” - John

Well, if it sells more mustard, then I guess it’s worth it. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Cops like to sit facing the door in restaurants, too (Whittemore-style parking, Feb. 14, 2024).” - John

They are not the only ones. - Shane

“Your column about parking was interesting (Whittemore-style parking, Feb. 14, 2024). It so happens that I do the same thing and am happy to have learned your family actually put a name to it. I have always backed into my driveway, garage, even Hy-Vee parking spaces (unless I find a ‘drive thru’ spot). All I can say is that I picked up the habit in drivers education from my instructor, Ron. I don't remember his reasoning. Or, perhaps it was this: The Smith System of No-Accident Driving." - Brent

Aim high in steering. Right on. - Shane

“I love the 5-minute rule (Phil Bode, Feb. 19, 2024). Something I will surely remember!” - Pete

It’s a good lesson for all of us. Maybe six minutes. - Shane

“What you wrote really supports an argument that being the greatest player really depends on who is saying it and what they want to use as criteria (G.O.A.T, Feb. 20, 2024). Championships help, but if a player had top numbers in not only scoring, but categories like assists that demonstrate team play rather than selfish play, that person should be able to be GOAT without a championship. Same should go for admission to various halls of fame.” - Chuck

It's all about how you position it. Yeah, 220, 221, whatever it takes. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

Kite-flying weather will be with us through the weekend. Expect an impressive warming trend into Sunday. A storm chance Sunday evening, with lingering rain chances into Monday evening.

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 Steakhouse

1. The Big Steer Restaurant and Lounge

2. 801 Chophouse

3. Iowa Beef Steakhouse

Read all the results now!

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

$290,000                                                            4530 51st St., Des Moines, IA 50310

Welcome home to a spacious split level offering 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and an office or fourth bedroom. Upon entry, you'll find a living room, a large eat-in kitchen with quartz counters, plenty of pantry/cupboard space and a doggy door to the 3 seasons porch you're sure to enjoy. The gas fireplace warms up the additional living room surrounded by built-in shelves.

See the listing here.

See More Homes For Sale
From Waukee Living magazine

Golden employees
Retirement-age workers share why they continue to report for duty.

By Chantel Boyd

The vision of what life is like “after retirement” is as unique as each individual. For some, that vision focuses on leisure: traveling to warm beaches, afternoons spent reading, extra rounds of golf, more time for hobbies, friends and families. For others, however, employment continues to be an important aspect of their lives. From those who continue full-time careers to those who put in a few hours to keep busy, work can be a key part of life after retirement age.

Five golden employees
Take a stroll in the Waukee Hardware and Rent-it Center store, and you will find employees ready to assist customers in finding that one “thingy” for the bathroom faucet, a gadget for a broken hinge or the right-sized screw for the project.

When customers arrive, employees ranging from ages 16 to 93 will assist them.
Waukee Hardware currently employs five post-retirement folks, working mostly day shifts. Karen Passig is one of those employees who began working at the hardware store more than three years ago. At age 82, she points out that she’s not the oldest person who works there. “Bob Tressel — he’s 93, and he’s worked here for 31 years,” she says.


First Annual Dogtown Lights International .GIFfest
Cruise the Drake neighborhood, affectionately known as Dogtown. Drake students’ works, with guidance from graphic design professor Neal Ward, is up in Dogtown Lights through the end of February. Next up is the “1st Annual Dogtown Lights International .GIFfest,” inviting creators to make short .gif animations. All appropriate submissions will then be animated on the lights through March 15. For more information, visit:

Des Moines Performing Arts. “Les Miserables.” Through March 3. 

Central Iowa Wind Ensemble. “Out of This World!” Performance. Sunday, March 3, 3 p.m. Franklin Events Center, small auditorium - 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines. Free tickets. 

Opening this Friday:
The Glass Menagerie” March 1-10. 

Dragons Love Tacos March 1-10.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz


Newsroom Tokyo reported that the Noto peninsula earthquake closed 50 of 58 fishing ports in Ishikawa prefecture. Ten were totaled and will not be rebuilt. The peninsula is renowned for exceptional sea bass and scallops.

Last June, Red Lobster announced that its “Ultimate Endless Shrimp” deal would become permanent. Despite raising the initial price from $20 to $25 across 2023, the popularity of the item, and lack of new traffic created by it, factored directly into an $11 million operating loss in the third quarter of 2023. Then Red Lobster reported a record $12.5 million operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2023. Minority investor Thai Union Group announced its intent to exit the company, citing a $21 million loss from Red Lobster across the first nine months of 2023. (CNN)

Thursday’s special at Red Lobster (505 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines) is skewers of grilled scallops and shrimp with rice and a side $17... Bianchi’s Hilltop's (2829 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines) Thursday special is one half of a deep fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes for $16.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowa Cities: Third place - “Iowa City Fireworks,” by Jesse Streinz of West Branch

Keep Iowa Beautiful has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest, aimed at raising awareness of Iowa's natural and environmental beauty.  To see all the winning photos, visit Keep Iowa Beautiful.


FROM KCCI: Some central Iowa libraries are making it easier to access comics and manga

JOHNSTON, Iowa — People in several central Iowa cities can now enjoy thousands of comic books for free from the comfort of their homes. There's a new program called Comics Plus that would save people time. When you look at the shelves at the library, there's a diverse collection of comics, graphic novels and manga...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Semi crashes, blocks eastbound lanes of I-80 at East Mixmaster

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A semi involved in a multi vehicle crash rolled over in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 at the East Mixmaster Wednesday evening...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa House Republicans pass multiple education bills despite pushback from Democrats

Changes to social studies and biology curriculums, as well as legislation that would make it easier to arm teachers, were debated on the house floor....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Pitbull, Melissa Etheridge, Andy Grammer, Leona Lewis, Paris Hilton, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tyrese Haliburton, Gerard Butler, Ferrán Torres, Mark Foster, Peter Scanavino, Cullen Jones, Jessica Long, Eric Kendricks, Cam Ward

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What did the poet purchase at the roadside produce stand? RHYMA-BEANS! Or, "The apple of his eye." - Carolyn Rogers. Or, Picked a peck of pickled peppers. - Rex Post. Other answers from William Snyder, Gail Tomlinson.

Today's riddle

What did the heart surgeon buy at the roadside produce stand?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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