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Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Good morning to you!

Do you remember when your billfold or wallet was an incredibly important storage device? And not just for men. Women relied on their version as well. It kept cash, credit cards, receipts, family photos and a variety of notes. Of course, too much stuff could end up in a Costanza explosion, so moderation and occasional clean-outs were key. In time, we had to replace our wallets due to wear and tear, and breaking in new ones wasn’t pleasant.

The popularity of cell phone cameras with seemingly endless storage has all but eliminated the need to keep hard copies of photos in a wallet. Even the phrase “wallet-size” photos is from days gone by. I used to have a variety of photos in my wallet. Today? None. On my phone? Too many to count.

I still keep my credit card receipts in my wallet, although I am not sure why. In the old days, I would save them and cross-check with my credit card statements that came in the mail to make sure all the charges were correct. Now I hand them over to my wife, who does our bill-paying online, and she says, “What do you want me to do with these?” For those of you who do keep receipts like I do, have you noticed the disappearing ink? I don’t think the blank receipts would do me much good if I ever needed them anyway.

I continue to store my credit cards in my wallet, but I seem to use them less and less. The gas station is a common place for me to swipe, but for other purchases, I seem to be ordering through apps or online purchases that have my credit cards stored more often than not. It concerns me, but I am doing it more and more.

And finally, cash. Yes, good, old-fashioned cash. I continue to love it and use it, as I don’t want to give Big Tech any more of my data than they already have. Strangely, I still have this odd fetish with cash, too, as I turn all my bills the same way and put them in order by the bill size. Admittedly, I don’t carry much cash, but I do like to have enough to buy lunch when I need to.

We most all would admit that we store more and more of our necessary items on our phones today rather than places like billfolds or wallets. I just have to wonder if we are setting ourselves up for our phones to have a Costanza explosion, too. That won’t be pretty.

How about you? What kind of “stuff” do you still keep in your wallets or billfolds?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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

Nice weather today again. Thunderstorm chances increase by this evening, and the rain looks to stick with us into Friday morning. A cooler weekend is ahead.

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 Chicken Wings

1. Jethro’s BBQ

2. Gerri’s Bar & Grill

3. The Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill

Read all the results now!

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From the March issue of CITYVIEW


The dehumanizing formula of a school shooting

By Douglas Burns

We were all in the formula, the algorithm of horror that is a modern school shooting. Death for some, dehumanization for others.

In covering the Perry school shootings Jan. 4, what struck me was the hope-stealing realization that so many students and families seemed prepared for their roles.

The students I talked with, the parents, all seasoned in the last decades of school violence across the nation, had heard the scripts before — just not in their city, their schools. It is collective marination in madness. They’ve been coached in catastrophe through consumption of hundreds of news accounts on shootings.


Wiener woes in the city of Brotherly Love. After 27 years, the Philadelphia Phillies are discontinuing their popular Dollar Dog Night promotions. Last year, unruly fans got into wiener fights at one game and stopped another game by flinging hot dogs on the field... The number one baseball park for sausage consumption is not in Milwaukee, as many suspect. It's in San Francisco, which few would suspect. They actually eat wieners there and rarely ever mistake them for weapons. (MLB)

How many condiments can you mix on your burger? Kraft Heinz is peddling its new “Heinz Remix,” a customizing sauce dispenser. Using a digital touch screen, diners can mix a “base” of ketchup, ranch or barbecue sauce with “enhancers” such as jalapeño, smoky chipotle, buffalo, mango and more, producing more than 300 potential combinations. The device will feed information back to the company, making it “an insights engine,” according to Kraft Heinz’s "Vice President of Global Disruptive Innovation." (WSJ)

SPECIALS: Tito’s Lounge (3916 Urbandale Dr., Urbandale), home to top notch cevapi, pljeskavica, beef tenderloin skewers, smoked prosciutto and smoked kulen, offers $9.95 half pound burgers and wraps on Wednesdays... Kwik Stars feature eight pieces of fried chicken this Wednesday for $9.99.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowa Water, Honorable Mention:  “Connecting the City,” by Silas Hanneman of Altoona

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.

Send your photos of beautiful sights in Iowa to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.


FROM KCCI: Unfinished Waukee 55+ housing development files for bankruptcy

WAUKEE, Iowa — The owners of a multi-million-dollar, 55+ housing development in Waukee have filed for bankruptcy. Now, contractors, investors and buyers trying to move in are wondering what's next.....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Bondurant’s plan to redevelop downtown into ‘Grain District’

BONDURANT, Iowa — The City of Bondurant has adopted plans to redevelop its downtown. The redevelopment will be called the Grain District and will see its grain silos transformed into hotel, condo, and retail space. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 1 detained after shooting involving 'multiple juveniles' near Merle Hay Mall, DMPD says

Police say "multiple juveniles" were involved in the shooting, which happened near a Des Moines mall around 5:30 p.m. on March 12.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Adam Clayton, Annabeth Gish, Candi Staton, Coco Gauff, Common, Dana Delany, Danny Masterson, Emile Hirsch, Tristan Thompson, Kaya Scodelario, Noel Fisher, William H. Macy, Harry Melling

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What color is a belch? BURPLE! - Clare Baker, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post. Or Black - like smoke belching from a chimney! - Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

What did the bleu cheese receive when it won the cheesy Olympics?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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