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Friday, March 22, 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.

“Hello, Shane. I am replying to the featured list in this month's issue of CITYVIEW (Top 50 rock songs, March 12, 2024). I am glad to see Chuck Berry mentioned as the pioneer, but I think the wrong song was picked for No. 37, as it was not representative of his influence in changing pop music to rock. That song should have been ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ the ultimate rebellion against classical and pop music then.”- Carl

Good point. And we somehow left out “My Ding-a-Ling,” too. - Shane

“I gave up the fat wallet in my hip pocket when sitting on it started to cause sciatica (What’s in your wallet?, March 13, 2024). Now I carry a minimalist wallet in my front pocket. It has my ID, a few cards and a few bills, all sorted by denomination and facing the same way. I also use Apple Pay, which is more secure than actual cards because it generates a unique card number for every transaction and can’t be compromised by card skimmers.” - William

Sciatica? Sounds like you used to have too much cash in that “fat wallet.” - Shane

“Just a quick email to thank you for the Daily Umbrella email you and your staff send. I appreciate the ‘lame’ jokes that are great for old dads! Your daily column is generally enjoyable and sometimes even thought-evoking/provoking (Cargo carriers, March 18, 2024). I like the Food Dude tidbits. After seeing Monday's tidbits regarding all-you-can-eat wings at Tito’s Lounge, we headed there last night. Great find! Wings are good, and they have wonderful flatbread pizzas.” - Jeff

Lame jokes? Generally enjoyable columns? I am glad you liked the wings. - Shane

“Shane, as a veteran of multiple trips from I-35 west across Iowa and Nebraska on I-80/I-76, Kansas on I-70, and Oklahoma/Texas on I-40 and even once across South Dakota on I-90, I'll vote for Iowa as the least boring (Cargo carriers, March 18, 2024). How many times can a person be excited by U P Bailey yard at North Platte, the original Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo, the rattlesnake ranch in northwest Kansas, or even the Corn Palace in South Dakota? I finally figured out why, when I was really young, my father liked to drive at night. Even if most of those trips were north on Highway 65 across Iowa (no interstate highways yet), everyone else in the car was asleep and not groaning about the scenery — or lack thereof. To each their own. Happy travels!” - Chuck

I think you crafted our new state slogan: “Iowa. We are the least boring.” - Shane

“I always enjoy your morning words of wisdom but have never commented before today (Piggy banks, March 19, 2024). Yes, my husband still has a piggy bank, but his is a glass milk jar. In my past years, this jar would be filled with change all year, and then, at Christmas, Grandpa would proudly bring out his bank and place it in the middle of the table surrounded by grandchildren. Then it was their task to divide the wealth between them. Grandpa insisted that they leave a few coins as 'seed money.’ The grandkids are all grown now, but this remains a precious memory for them.” - Jeanie

Now that’s what I call milk money. - 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

Rain chances through this morning, then a break. A rain/snow mix moves in Saturday night into Sunday morning with little or no snow accumulation. Rain continues into Monday.

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 Hangover Food

1. Early Bird Brunch

2. Waveland Cafe

3. Mullets Restaurant

Read all the results now!

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

$1,300,000                                                        3525 Saint Johns Road, Des Moines, IA 50312

This elegant Mid-Century Modern ranch home south of Grand is in pristine condition and ready for its next owner — who will be only the third since it was built in 1963. Upon entering, you step into the sunken living room featuring a three-sided wood fireplace (with gas starter) that is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling Travertine stone.

See the listing here.

See More Homes For Sale
From the March issue of CITYVIEW

Worlds in collision

By Jim Duncan

Cecily Brown, whose one-person show at the Des Moines Art Center (DMAC) in 2016 was a major coup for the museum, is flying high after her “Death and the Maid” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith wrote a review titled “I Was Wrong About Cecily Brown.”

Smith compared Brown to El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in her apology for not appreciating her genius 23 years earlier. When we interviewed Brown in Des Moines, the vegetarian painter had just dined at Machine Shed, a very meat forward café. What did she have there? “Lots and lots of cocktails.”


Tipping news. Some highlights from a survey by Wallet Hub: Nearly three in four Americans think tipping has gotten out of control; 64% of people think a tip is something you should give when you feel like it instead of something you always have to give; nearly three in five Americans think businesses are replacing employee salaries with customer tips; More than one in four Americans tip less when they’re presented with a tip suggestion screen; 78% think automatic service charges should be banned; half of Americans say they often leave a tip due to social pressure rather than good service. (National Restaurant Association)

Big deals. Taste! To Go is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a open house at Curate (322 E. Court, Des Moines) April 3, 5-7 p.m... Cheapism, a great source of information on dining frugally, named Ottumwa's Canteen Lunch in the Alley to their list of 57 best spots to eat before you die. Nebraska was repped by Drover's in Omaha, a favorite of Warren Buffet; Missouri by Arthur Bryant's in KC; Tennessee by Gus's Fried Chicken, which now has a store in Kansas City; Minnesota by Matt's Bar & Grill in Minneapolis... Taking their name from the Scottish Gaelic word for kinship, Dàimh (pronounced dive) is a five-piece band from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. They were the Irish band in Titanic that Leo and Kate danced to in steerage. They play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Junior High Event Center.

Men and women's NCAA tourney brackets are not created equal. The men’s NCAA tournament had 26 upsets by No. 13-or-lower seeds in the first or second round over the past decade, according to Stats Perform. The women’s tournament had one.

Weekend specials. Friday brings fish fry specials to Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines), Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale), and most area Roman Catholic churches... Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 W Ashland Ave., Indianola) has a Friday special on whole catfish.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowans in Action, third place: “Flying Clowns,” by Andy Repp of Ankeny

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: No. 2 seed Iowa State rolls past South Dakota State, 82-65

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — T.J. Otzelberger was none too pleased with Iowa State's first-round draw in the NCAA Tournament, not because the coach thought his Big 12 tourney champs had done enough to warrant a No. 1 seed but because of who the Cyclones would face Thursday night....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Woman rescued from upside-down car in creek Thursday morning

DES MOINES, Iowa — A woman was transported to the hospital after a car ended up in a creek upside down Thursday morning on Des Moines’ north side...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Washington State beats Drake 66-61 in March Madness

The teams’ only previous meeting was in 1935, a 28-27 Washington State victory at home.......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday on Sunday to Lindy Vorrie!

These celebrities were born on this date: Alex Padilla, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bob Costas, Cole Hauser, Constance Wu, Fanny Ardant, George Benson, Reese Witherspoon, JJ Watt, Keegan-Michael Key, Mick Schumacher, William Shatner, James Patterson, Rick Harrison

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you get when you cross a parrot with a shark? A BIRD THAT CAN TALK YOUR EAR OFF. - Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from William Snyder, Rex Post, Chuck Golliher, Carolyn Rogers.

Today's riddle

Why were the flight attendants so stressed out?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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