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Friday, April 7, 2023
Good Friday 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.

“Good thoughts on working from home (Showing up, March 29, 2023). The problem is most every 20-something now thinks it is his or her right to work from home in pajamas! The younger generation grew up on their phones and believes that's how the world works now. They are not use to dealing with people face to face. That scares the living poo out of them!” - Richard

You may be right, but members of past generations surely seemed to think they had the rights to certain things, too. And members of other generations surely disagreed with them as well. Now get back in your Buick and leave those kids alone. - Shane

“Punch in the mouth (Punching back, March 30, 2023)? I would probably punch back; however, I would definitely punch back if one of my children were punched. ‘Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned.’ ” - Diane

Few things in life are scarier than an angry mother. - Shane

“If Chuck Norris punched you, you wouldn't have a choice to punch him back... because you'd be dead. (Punching back, March 30, 2023)” - Jeff

Exactly. - Shane

“Do the old, electric, metal percolators count (Built to last, April 3, 2023)? Got one from maybe before the 1980s. Great to make coffee or just hot water. Just hoping my kind of coffee does not disappear from store shelves one of these days!” - Diane

Those are good to the last drop! - Shane

“Cars are much more reliable than they used to be at the cost of ease of repairs (Built to last, April 3, 2023). I gave up changing my own oil probably 30 years ago when I could no longer contort myself under a compact one we purchased.” - John

Another planned obsolescence? - Shane

“Nice column on coloring eggs, Shane (Easter eggs, April 4, 2023). It made me think of the year we lived in Boston and the friend who stopped by while we were helping our 5-year-old daughter color Easter eggs. Our friend, a lifelong resident of Manhattan (the one in New York), said something about how rabbits lay eggs. Huh? She wondered what was with the stunned stares from her Iowa friends. Nothing, we said, laughing when she repeated the remark. Yeah, she believed it. This was before Google, so I'm thinking she went home and checked the encyclopedia. Rabbits are mammals? Go figure.” - John

Ha! And New Yorkers say Iowans are naïve? We just think buffalo have wings. Thanks, John. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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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 Wine Selection at a Restaurant

1. Louie’s Wine Dive

2. Mulberry Street Tavern

3. Urban Cellar


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Oak Park won't open before Aug. 15, but the ambitious restaurant has rented the old Starbucks space in the Temple for Performing Arts to test menu items.

Harbinger will not reopen tonight as planned, after a winter hiatus. They now intend to reopen Tuesday, April 11. Remodeled bathrooms and floors took longer than promised. Has that ever happened before?

Friday nights are Surf & Turf nights at G Migs with 10-ounce roast ribeye dinners at $25. Add garlic shrimp for $3.50. (128 Fifth St., Valley Junction).

Chris Vance's annual show opens at 5 p.m. today at Moberg Gallery. This is always a big, fun affair.


— Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Let's not ruin this 7-day graphic with lots of words...

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

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On April 7 ...

1994: On April 7, 1994, violence fuels the launch of what would become the worst episode of genocide since World War II: the massacre of an estimated 500,000 to 1 million innocent civilian Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda.

1961: On April 7, 1961, President John F. Kennedy sends a letter to Congress in which he recommends the U.S. participate in an international campaign to preserve ancient temples and historic monuments in the Nile Valley of Egypt. The campaign, initiated by UNESCO, was designed to save sites threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

1979: On April 7, 1979, nearly a year after his brother Bob pitched a no-hitter, Houston Astros pitcher Ken Forsch tosses his first career no-hitter. Ken and Bob become the first—and only—brothers to pitch official no-hitters in Major League Baseball history.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Des Moines Water Works disguises booster station as house in Polk County neighborhood

POLK COUNTY, Iowa —The green house just southwest of Ankeny on Northwest 26th Street was just built about a year ago. It has a long driveway and beautiful landscaping. But the commuters driving by on their way to work won't ever see a car pulling into the garage or the morning paper delivered to the front door. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: One person seriously injured in crash on I-235

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on I-235 Thursday evening. Des Moines Police said the driver of the car was allegedly speeding and lost control, which resulted in the car flipping onto its top near the 63rd Street exit. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 1 dead after crash on Highway 210; suspect charged with homicide by vehicle

51-year-old Duane Sievert of Maxwell was traveling east on Highway 210 when he was rear-ended by a vehicle traveling at approximately 130 mph. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Overcoming the fear

Getting behind the wheel

Jerry Stratton, the associate principal at Summit Middle School in Johnston, began working in the district in the spring of 1992 as a student teacher. He subbed for a year and then was hired to work as a teacher the following fall. He has held many different positions at the high school including coaching football, wrestling and baseball, along with teaching driver education. Though he's no longer at the high school as a teacher or administrator, he still teaches kids how to drive. In his role as a driver education instructor, he has helped many students get over their jitters when it comes to learning to drive.

“I've been teaching for, I believe, 25 years now,” he says. “I got started after I had a student who was a passenger in a fatal car accident, and I wanted to help students and staff feel safe behind the wheel.”

... Read more in the April issue of Adel Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy birthday this weekend to: Randy Clarkson and Gary Ross on April 8 and Tim Daugherty on April 9.

These celebrities were born on this date: Jackie Chan, Russell Crowe, Francis Ford Coppola, Grace Hightower, Tiki Barber, Tony Dorsett, David Otunga, Eric Wareheim

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What’s the best food to eat before a workout? MUSSELS! Or: Hamburger if you want great buns! - Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

Why did the bored man want to become a chef?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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