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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

I recently went on a short trip with my wife and traveled via airplane. Since the onset of COVID, we haven’t made many airline trips. As such, I had forgotten about the types of folks who drive me nuts in airports. If you are one of these people, I apologize in advance — or maybe you can enlighten me as to why you partake in these annoying habits.

Surely you have stood behind people who stop in the middle of walkways, oblivious to the fact that the line is stacking up behind them. Searching through their carry-on bags. Fumbling with a purse or wallet. Talking on their phones. How these folks get on or off the moving walkways is beyond my comprehension. But could they simply move to the side and get out of the way instead of standing in the middle and gripping handrails on both sides, preventing anyone from passing?

You have also likely seen the apparently dehydrated people who bring gallon-size water bottles through security and get all riled up when they are asked to dump them out. Seriously, they didn't see the 27 posted notices on the way in or hear the security guy yelling out the rules?

Then there are the “hurry up and get on the plane” people. These are the folks who are in zone 6 but budge in line with the zone 2 people. What’s the hurry? The plane won’t leave until everyone is loaded. And the less time I spend in that traveling tin can, the better. I understand that some travelers want to make sure their carry-on bag gets a spot in the overhead cabinets, but so what if they don’t? They are simply stored underneath and can be picked up on the way out.

I am not annoyed by my seatmate wanting to wear headphones. In fact, I see it as a plus, until he or she cranks it up so loud everyone within 10 feet can hear it — and then sings along out loud. Please. Stop. Now.

One would think that ,when the plane lands, these annoyances would be over. Oh, no. Then there are the “hurry up and get off the plane” people. These are the ones who stand up and get in the exit lane first, only to continue to stand there for the next 10 minutes. They elbow their way in front of those seated ahead of them, and why? So they can get to baggage claim and wait?

Speaking of baggage claim, how about the people who crowd the carousel as closely as they can. At the entry. Elbows out. Aggressively standing over each bag that pops out like it’s a game of Slap Jack. They could stand back a few feet and let others whose bags are on the conveyor belt access them, but that would be too much to ask for these folks.

Some might say I am not a patient traveler, but I disagree. I follow the rules. I wait my turn. And I recognize when I need to get out of the way. There is a solution for those who choose not to — the automobile.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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 Restaurant Supply Company

1. Bolton & Hay, Inc.

2. Hockenbergs

3. Iowa-Des Moines Supply


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After watching nearly 600 restaurants close permanently since 2020, New York City had its best day in years Monday for restaurant openings with 15 new cafes, including expansions from Los Angeles and London.

Iowa Restaurant Association head Jessica Dunker said Saturday that she believes Iowa fared better than all other states for restaurant survival during COVID. "During the pandemic, we noticed tremendous loyalty to local restaurants with people picking up dinners. Afterwards, they had developed a habit of doing that.”

Tuesdays are not just for taco bargains. Paula's (524 Elm St., West Des Moines) Tuesday special is hot beef sandwiches with real mashed potatoes. At Eastside Eddie's (3517 E. 26th St.) it's for beefburgers, mac & cheese, and broccoli cheese soup.

— Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A beautiful, breezy day is ahead with a metro high hear 66. We get even warmer tomorrow, though rounds of rain chances start in the morning Wednesday and last into Thursday morning. We get cooler again into the weekend.

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

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On April 18 ...

1906: San Francisco earthquake. On April 18, 1906, at 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing an estimated 3,000 people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock waves could be felt from southern Oregon down to Los Angeles.

1942: Doolittle Raid. On April 18, 1942, 16 American B-25 bombers, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet 650 miles east of Japan and commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, attack the Japanese mainland.

1958: Ezra Pound Released. A federal court rules that Ezra Pound should no longer be held at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for the criminally insane in Washington, D.C. Pound had been held for 13 years, following his arrest in Italy during World War II on charges of treason.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: 'It's behaving a little bit unusual': Iowa DNR warns about bobcat threatening pets and people

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a bobcat in Warren County is "emboldened" and not afraid of people. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Indianola police officer loses fingers in high speed pursuit

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Police officers have always been the thin blue line protecting the community from the dangers of evil. “We are just willing to take those risks to achieve our objectives,” said Sergeant Scott Dwyer with the Indianola Police Department. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa Senate considers legislation changing child labor standards

Senate File 542 would allow teenagers age 14 to 17 to work in certain restricted industries as part of work-based learning programs. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Overcoming fears

Floating on air

When Joy Appenzeller found out her stepson, Al Appenzeller, was buying a hot air balloon, her first thought was that he was crazy.

“I knew he often got nervous and anxious flying in airplanes, so I didn’t understand why he would want to fly a balloon,” she says.

When you live in Indianola, hot air ballooning is not just a sport; it’s like being part of a family. Al finds it funny that Joy thought he was crazy all those years ago, because these days, in his ballooning family/community he’s lovingly called “Crazy Al.”

“As a pilot, it’s fun to watch people marvel at how large a balloon is and how much work it takes to get one inflated and ready for flight,” says Al. “The flight experience is different for everyone, but most quickly realize how peaceful it is and how you can hear people below so clearly as they welcome us floating over their home or property.”

Al wanted Joy to experience a balloon flight with him, but her fear of heights and the thought of being in the air not attached to anything kept her on the ground — even though she knew Al was a great pilot.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Mark Snell!

These celebrities were born on this date: Kourtney Kardashian, Conan O'Brien, David Tennant, Britt Robertson, Eric Roberts, Maria Bello, America Ferrera, James Woods, Jeff Dunham, Melissa Joan Hart, Rick Moranis, Alia Shawkat, Hayley Mills

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Where does the general keep his armies?  IN HIS SLEEVIES! - Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers, Judy Anderson, Michelle Hoops, Eric Mangels, Mike Chiston, Celeste Tilton. Or, in his general store! - Dennis Porter

Today's Riddle

Submitted by Carolyn Rogers: How did the brass player fix his broken instrument?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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