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Friday, March 15, 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.

Or could we pay certain callers $20 to forget our phone number? (Memorizing your phone number, March 6, 2024) - Rex

I think you are on to something, Rex. - Shane

“I, too, remember Jenny’s phone number 867-5309 (eight six seven five three oh nigh e ninah), and I remember my phone number at the house where I lived until I was 15 (876-2406) (Memorizing your phone number, March 6, 2024). Maybe if I sing my phone numbers, I can remember them. Thanks, Tommy Tutone!” - Lori

Just remember, “One Is the Loneliest Number” and “Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.” - Shane

“Yes, the telephone was invented before I was born. But my memory seems to go back that long, and your column triggered it (Memorizing your phone number, March 6, 2024). I do remember our phone number was 3432-J, and our next door neighbor was 3432-W. She was old and rarely used the phone, so we hardly ever ended up on the party line at the same time. My dad's office number was 1606. I wonder if it was a private line for his private business because it had no letter following the number.” - Margaret

All those letters and numbers. Who could keep track? Now we just hit “send”… and hope our batteries don’t die. - Shane

“Shane, 104 days was such a good column (Johnston Living magazine, March 2024). As a Realtor, we tend to work a lot (100 hours a week) or a little (whoa….it’s Friday, what shall I do?). I tend to be the former. Some of the best advice I received was from a seasoned agent: ‘Get out your calendar in January and make your vacation plans for the entire year and plan your work around it.’ Great advice. I am living a life I don’t need a vacation from.” - Jerry

That’s a great plan. Thank you, Jerry. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. How about ‘Not true’? (Artificial intelligence disclaimers, March 11, 2024)” - John

Bingo. - 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

Cooler air continues to move in today. Even colder air starts to flow in late Saturday. We have some chilly mornings ahead of us.

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 Tacos

1. Tasty Tacos

2. Faustinos Taqueria

3. Flame the Taqueria

Read all the results now!

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

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Tucked away in the desirable Hamilton Ridge neighborhood, bordered by mature trees and a creek, this executive ranch offers a peaceful setting. Boasting more than 4, 000 sq. feet of craftsmanship, SJ Home Builders has hit the mark. Grand entry, poised to impress, greets your guests. Sun-soaked living room brings tranquility into conversations and meal time.

See the listing here.

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Iowa Stage Theatre Company - ScripTease at TeeHee's Comedy Club, a free script reading of “Mass Appeal” by Bill C. Davis. Father Tim Farley, a lover of the good things in life, is comfortably ensconced as priest of a prosperous Catholic congregation. March 18 at 7 p.m.

Broadway Today Cabaret. Michael Howland has produced many "best of Broadway" showcases for regional artists to share with lovers of showtunes. March 16 at 1 p.m.at Java Joes Coffeehouse in Ankeny.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – North Gallery. This is the final chance to appreciate regional artist Mary Muller's exhibit “Garden Walk” at the Botanical Garden through March 18.

Des Moines Art Center.States of Becoming.” Through May 12. The Des Moines Art Center’s wide-ranging exhibition explores relocation, resettlement and assimilation in works by 17 contemporary artists who either immigrated to the United States themselves or were born to first-generation immigrants from a dozen African countries, plus tiny Trinidad and Tobago. 

International jazz vocalist superstar in Des Moines. For sixteen years, Abe Goldstein and Jackie Garnett have produced intimate concerts that present the best artists in the jazz world in the “Jazz at Caspe Terrace” series. Judy Niemack makes her Iowa debut March 17 at 2 p.m. “To hear Judy Niemack’s immaculate delivery of poetic romance and lilting spirit from the classic American songbook is to believe she was weaned on it…she didn’t merely dabble in folk, opera, jazz, avant-garde and the great American standards, she studied and explored them…Few singers have a better grasp of melody, harmony and phrasing, or such a rich instrument with which to express them.” – Stuart Troup, New York Newsday.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

From the March issue of CITYVIEW

Drake Diner anchors a neighborhood

By Jim Duncan


Readers have alerted us about the avalanche of media interest in “the next new thing.” That is something that came with social media. Everyone with a smart phone is a restaurant critic, often posting while dining out. People camp overnight to be first to eat at a new Chick-fil-A or Krispy Kreme.

Not too long ago, media refused to publish a review before a new place was six months or even a year old. When The Des Moines Register still published critical food reviews, they might have done a “preliminary visit” but never a full feature before six months. Today, the entire media races to the next new place, even reviewing soft openings. Mediocre new joints get more ink and camera time than superior older places in the same genre.


Nodoguro (literally "black throat"), a big eyed, red skinned, deep water perch, has become “the whitefish toro,” and with prices to match those of blue fin tuna belly. Fifteen years ago, nodoguro was a cheap fish eaten mostly in fishing ports on the Sea of Japan. Then gourmets in California, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong discovered its high fat content. Now it is reviving the entire economy of Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. Jay Wang of Wasabi says he has been able to get some  just twice in 12 years. (Oishi Tokyo)

Popeye's is making fish sandwiches with flounder as a Lenten special. Culver's has a Lenten special Northwoods walleye.

Specials: Friday is all you can eat fried cod day after 3 p.m. at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road., Urbandale)... Mariscos El Capitan (2809 Sixth Ave., Des Moines) has some interesting new menu items. You can now get whole coconuts stuffed with three kinds of ceviche; pineapples stuffed with creamed seafood; and whole grilled octopus, tilapia or red snapper.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowa Wildlife, second place, “The Space Between,” by Grant Webster of Indianola.

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: Des Moines police and local bars gear up for busy St. Patrick's Day weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Des Moines is gearing up for another festive St. Patrick's Day in the metro, and local law enforcement is joining forces with businesses to keep everyone safe. The Des Moines Police Department said they'll have more officers out on the streets than normal, from the parade to the activities on Court Avenue. Sgt. Paul Parizek said they want to make sure everyone is having fun and staying safe....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Supreme Court to hear so-called fetal heartbeat law case in April

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court is set to hear the so-called fetal heartbeat law case in April. The Iowa legislature passed the law during a special session in July. The law would ban abortions in Iowa after cardiac activity can be detected, which can occur at around six weeks of pregnancy and before many women know they are pregnant. The law is identical to a bill passed in 2018 that faced a lengthy legal battle that ended in the Iowa Supreme Court..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Capitol leaders weigh in on second funnel week, what bills made it out and which ones didn't

In order to remain eligible, bills must be passed out of one chamber and passed through committees in the other chamber.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Bret Michaels, Dee Snider, Eva Longoria, Frances Conroy, Kellan Lutz, Mark Hoppus, Matt Thomas, Alia Bhatt, will.i.am, Paul Pogba, Kim Raver, Sean Biggerstaff

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What did the physicist get when he put coffee into a black hole? HYPER-SPACE! OR, A reallllly big stain on the universe! - Judy Anderson. Or Starbucks! - William Snyder, Rex Post. Or,  A stellar "long black" of galactic proportions! - Carolyn Rogers.

Today's riddle

Why do strawberries look down on blueberries?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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