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Thursday, April 27, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Welcome to the mailbag a day early. Below 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. Look for more tomorrow.

“Shane, just remember, ‘Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.’ (Significant ages, April 17, 2023)” - Dick
I am laughing… and I probably shouldn’t be. - Shane

“You've come to the same conclusions we have, as we also took a flight to JAX, Florida after a COVID hiatus (Airport annoyances, April 18, 2023). Stepping over the first boarded but yet unsettled passengers to get to our seats next to the rear wash rooms is frustrating enough but amplified by the lack of overhead space. We voluntarily choose the free checked carryon. People taking your shoes when not paying attention that the bin is not theirs is frustrating. I become even more uneasy in the cramped seating space, so putting down the shade so I can't get my bearings by the window seat occupant results in further frustration. Upon return, my wife declared I was right. The two-day trip by car, even considering Atlanta, is far more relaxing to her, as long as Danielle Steele published a new book. Sirius is a bonus, but I miss Rush in the afternoons.” - John

I didn’t know trading shoes at security check was an option. Thanks for the heads up. - Shane

“Dad was an airline pilot for Ozark. (You might be too young to remember that fine airline!) Back then, meals were hot, served on real plates with real silverware, by flight attendants who loved what they did, flown by pilots who knew how to hand-fly an airplane (Airport annoyances, April 18, 2023). We could visit the cockpit at will. Things started changing when people were hijacking airplanes to go to Cuba. Cockpit doors were sealed. Eventually, hot meals were exchanged for snacks. Flight attendants must now be alert for unruly passengers. Seats are so small I can’t fit. In short, commercial flying has become a cruel way to get from point A to point B. So much so that when I was required to go to Pennsylvania on business, I drove 18 hours rather than fly. I basically refuse to fly commercially, and it’s for all the reasons you stated in your column, and from my personal experience. I love flying and have a private pilot’s license, so it’s not a fear of the air. It’s a total disgust for what the average commercial passenger has become.” - Steve

Driving for 18 hours doesn’t sound like much fun either. - Shane

“Hi, Shane. Great observations (Airport annoyances, April 18, 2023). We could travel together! Ironically, I’m traveling to Atlanta today. Patience, patience and patience!” - Matt

I hope your travels were pleasant. - Shane

“Your column cites the many reasons, among others, why I won’t fly again — except in extreme emergencies (Airport annoyances, April 18, 2023). If I can’t drive, I won’t go. I am disgruntled by getting stuck in St. Louis at night and having two flights home cancelled, leaving me trying to catch the next one or worrying about where I am going to spend the night when I am No. 26 on the standby list. In so many places, people stop in the middle to check their phones or have a family reunion, and you have to walk around them. They seem to be oblivious to what’s around them. We have lost all sense of decency. By the way, I read your column every morning while I have my first cup of coffee. I really enjoy them.” - Lavon

I once slept two nights in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport as my flights were cancelled repeatedly due to rain. Yes, rain. Oh, well. April showers bring May flowers, right? - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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 Men’s Clothing Store

1. Mr. B

2. Backroom Clothing

3. Hensley’s Big and Tall Outfitters


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Some technical difficulties this morning with the Daily Umbrella, so no artwork. But here are the highs and lows: Today 74 and 45; Friday, 70 and 43; Saturday, 65 and 41, Sunday, 57 and 38. Monday, 60 and 38, Tuesday 66 and 44. Wednesday, high of 71. 

Warmer weather will be with us into tomorrow as breezy conditions pick up. Rain chances move in late Friday, late Saturday and late Sunday as we cool. We dry out on a breezy Monday and Tuesday.

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

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

2840 Georgetown Ave., Norwalk, IA 50211

Lovely, well-kept two story in the Legacy Golf course neighborhood with updated kitchen, powder bath, office and engineered wood flooring on main! This home offers 4 very spacious bedrooms up with 4 walk-in closets, plus the laundry room and a full bathroom!

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It's difficult to fool Iowa romantics. A survey by Social Catfish shows Americans lost a record $1.3 billion to romance scams in 2022, up 138% from $547 million in 2021. Iowa ranks No. 44 with 154 victims losing $1.5 million in 2022. Iowa has the No. 49 highest average loss per victim at $10,389.

Twin Vines in Panora (2821 IA-44) will hold a farm-to-table dinner with guest chef Aaron Holt on May 28. Holt recently took over his family farm, Doolittle Farm, which was established in 1905 by his great grandfather. The five-course dinner at Twin Vines features locally sourced cuisine, including edible flowers, vegetables, fruits and microgreens. Holt won the Chef of the Year from the Iowa Restaurant Association in 2018. $130 per person.

Thursday's special at the marvelous Tacos La Familia (1610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines) include three fried tacos, stuffed with choice of meats and served with cups of birria or consome for dipping, $10, and margaritas for $6.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Iowa business leader and philanthropist John Pappajohn dies at 94

DES MOINES, Iowa — John Pappajohn, an impactful Iowa business leader and philanthropist, has died, KCCI confirmed. He was 94. Pappajohn, along with his wife, Mary, were well known for their namesake — the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines. She died in March of 2022. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Adventureland changes chaperone, bag policies

ALTOONA, Iowa — Adventureland is putting in place a chaperone policy for the upcoming season. Guests aged 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old to enter the park after 4 p.m. It was a policy the amusement park first tried out during Phantom Fall Fest last year. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Judge says Nunes not defamed by story about Iowa dairy farm

Nunes served for 19 years in the U.S. House before leaving Congress to run the social media platform Truth Social. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Esteemed author leads gathering about Water Quality
"Can Iowa’s Water Be Saved?” at Plymouth Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines. A presentation by Neil Hamilton and a panel discussion with Iowa agriculture and water resources experts. Iowa faces serious water quality issues due in large part to agricultural waste and run-off. What can we do to stop the damage and begin the process of restoration? An in-depth discussion of Iowa’s water quality issues, presented by Plymouth Church Creation Care & Justice Committee, will be Sunday, April 30, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Waveland Hall, Plymouth Church. A free light lunch will be offered from 12:30-1:15 p.m. More info: https://beaverdalebooks.com/event/panel-discussion

Woodland Cemetery prepares for 175th Anniversary
Historian Mike Rowley has launched an ambitious project to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Des Moines’ oldest cemetery: Woodland Cemetery. Rich in history, this September a day will be designated to invite Iowans to stroll through the cemetery and experience reenactors, storytellers, historians and more bring the history of the pioneers and community-builders, as well as a surprisingly diverse population, come to life. For more information, to volunteer time in developing some of these stories, contact Mike directly at MJR1825@gmail.com.

Ballet Des Moines
“She." April 27-30. This company continues its trailblazing intimate performance experiences through the language of dance. An evening of powerful beauty created by the dance world’s leading and emerging female voices: Jennifer Archibald, Shannon Alvis and Stephanie Martinez. This triple bill provides audiences a unique blend of artistry, athleticism and joy, as these award-winning choreographers explore themes of identity, self-expression and belonging. https://www.balletdesmoines.org.

- John Busbee’s The Culture Buzz

On April 27 ...

4977 B.C.: Universe created. On April 27, 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets.

1994: South Africa has first multiracial election. More than 22 million South Africans turn out to cast ballots in the country’s first multiracial parliamentary elections. An overwhelming majority chose anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela to head a new coalition government that included his African National Congress Party, former President F.W. de Klerk’s National Party, and Zulu leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s Inkatha Freedom Party. In May, Mandela was inaugurated as president, becoming South Africa’s first Black head of state.

1956: Rocky retires. On April 27, 1956, world heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano retires from boxing at age 31, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. Marciano ended his career as the only heavyweight champion with a perfect record–49 wins in 49 professional bouts, with 43 knockouts.

Read more at History.com.


A perfect landing

Montgolfier exhibit finds permanent home at National Balloon Museum.

By Becky Kolosik

Hot air balloons are a common sight in Indianola. But do you ever wonder how these aviation masterpieces came to be? Thanks to Jean-Pierre Lair, Indianola is now home to a piece of that history — an exhibit that he designed and painted showcasing the first flight in 1783 in France.

The historic flight took off from the park of the Château de la Muette in Paris, going a distance of about 5.6 miles before landing 25 minutes later.

Lair has always been fascinated by the first flight. Born and raised in Paris, he studied aeronautics and then spent most of his life living in France, working on aircraft. Lair is also an artist.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Ann Appleseth!

These celebrities were born on this date: Jenna Coleman, William Moseley, Ace Frehley, Sheena Easton, K CAMP, Herm Edwards, Darcey Bussell

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What kind of dog do ducks keep biting? THE PURE BREAD ONES! - Gail Tomlinson. Or THE SLOW ONES! - William Snyder, Rex Post. Another Spring Roll vs. Summer Roll answer: You can get Spring Rolls at most any Chinese restaurant, but Summer Rolls around only once a year! -Gary Barr

Today's Riddle

How do squids get to school?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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