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Monday, April 24, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

In our Iowa Living magazines in May (www.iowalivingmagazines.com), we will share the stories of local pilots. Some flew in the military, others for commercial airlines and some for pure hobby. Their perspectives are entertaining reads for those of you who are fascinated by air travel and for those of you, like me, who prefer to have your feet on the ground. Look to the website each week for new stories that will be posted from the various communities we cover.

These stories got me thinking about the first time I was in an airplane. I was 20 years old and a junior in college. It wasn’t some fancy commercial flight either.

My friend, Brian, had his pilot’s license and offered to take me up in a small plane with another buddy. I reluctantly agreed. Filled with anxiety, I carefully stepped into the hangar where the plane was located. Brian opened up the gas tank, shrugged his shoulders, and said, “That ought to be enough.” I mumbled and bumbled my words more than Mel Tillis at this point, and Brian turned his back on me and walked away, holding in his laughs. I wasn’t laughing.

This was a high-pressure moment for a young man of limited experiences who just recently dropped teenager status.

Before long, we were in the air, and I was viewing the rural Iowa scenery, floating among the clouds, listening to the hum of the plane engine — until the hum disappeared, and the plane started falling. The sweat beads were forming on my forehead, and that summer tan I had was nowhere to be seen as my skin turned milky white. Then, amidst the silence, I heard the engine hum again. My prankster pilot friend laughed some more and then proceeded with a myriad of airplane acrobatics.

When we finally landed, I said a quick thank you to Brian and spent the next 10 minutes in the bathroom. That was more than enough flying for my stomach.

Later that year, I went on my first commercial flight on a Boeing 747 and was amazed at the smooth ride, a much different experience than I had with my friend, Brian.

The last I heard, Brian was a commercial pilot for a major airline. I doubt that he is pulling his practical jokes on the crew and passengers of an Airbus A380. As for his jokes on me, well, that ought to be enough.

Have a marvelous Monday, 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 Korean Food

1. Jenny Lee’s Korean + American Kitchen

2. Sook’s Korean Kitchen

3. Mandarin Grill & Sushi Bar


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Tiny rain chances are ahead today into early Tuesday morning. Expect dry and milder conditions Wednesday and Thursday before more rain chances and cooler temperatures move in Friday and Saturday. It appears warmer temperatures are possible later in the first week of May.

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

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On April 24 ...

1916: Easter Rebellion Begins. On April 24, 1916, on Easter Monday in Dublin, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization of Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launches the so-called Easter Rebellion, an armed uprising against British rule. Assisted by militant Irish socialists under James Connolly, Pearse and his fellow Republicans rioted and attacked British provincial government headquarters across Dublin and seized the Irish capital’s General Post Office.

1982: Fonda Workout Released. Hollywood royalty, Oscar-winning actress, anti-war activist. Jane Fonda fit all of these descriptions by the late 1970s and 1980s, when she emerged in her latest incarnation: exercise guru. On April 24, 1982, Fonda extended her reach into the home-video market with the release of Workout, the first of her many bestselling aerobics tapes..

1980: Rescue Attempt Fails. On April 24, 1980, an ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Drake Relays week begins in Des Moines with the 55th Annual Drake Road Races

DES MOINES, Iowa —The 55th Annual Drake Road Races were held Sunday in Des Moines. Nearly 3,000 people took on the challenge of a 5K, 10K or half-marathon. The races mark the beginning of the Drake Relays, a track-and-field event that brings together athletes from all over the world, from high school to the Olympic level. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Major flooding expected in eastern Iowa

IOWA — The Mississippi River has started encroaching into several areas along the Iowa and Illinois border. Flooding has begun in the low lying parts of Campbell’s Island in East Moline, Illinois. The main road around the island is closed to traffic and residents must use boats to reach some homes on the Iowa facing side of the island.....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Students give Painted Street a new look ahead of 2023 Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa — The 2023 Drake Relays are almost here, and students kicked off the festivities with their annual street painting event. Street painting is an annual tradition in which student organizations are invited to submit a design for a square along the iconic Painted Street. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Miranda Hansen

Seeing students make progress through classes and activities.

By T.K. West

Miranda Hansen knew she wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until working with her cousin who has autism that she took an interest in special education. Hansen graduated from the IKM-Manning Community School District where she participated in sports, choir, musicals, plays, Special Olympics, and volunteered with a fourth-grade class. She then studied elementary education with endorsements for Strategist I and II for special education at the University of Northern Iowa. Now, after two years working as a Strategist II special education teacher for Waterloo East High School, Hansen works with the special education department at Lakewood Elementary School.

“I like the culture at  Norwalk. I feel very supported by the district and the community. The PTO is amazing and has helped me build my classroom. The staff is inclusive, and I feel like a part of a team. The students are amazing and very inclusive as well,” Hansen says.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy belated birthday to Ben Lorenz, who celebrated Saturday. Happy birthday today to Abigail Goodman and Luke LeWarne.

These celebrities were born on this date: Barbra Streisand, Kelly Clarkson, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Quaid, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Cedric the Entertainer, Lydia Ko, Kellin Quinn, Austin Nichols, Chipper Jones

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call it when Iron Man does a cartwheel? A FERROUS WHEEL! - Rex Post, William Snyder, Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

What’s the difference between spring rolls and summer rolls?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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