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Monday, May 15, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

Like most teenage kids, I liked posters — and I had some classics. The Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit poster. The Evel Knievel wheelie and cape poster. And more KISS posters than I could count.

The problems were where — and how — I could hang them.

Of course, my bedroom was the only room in the house where my posters would be allowed. Mom didn’t think the Fonz should be hung up in the kitchen. I understood.

Mom’s rules on how posters could be applied to the wall were the real trick. Pushing thumbtacks into the sheetrock was out of the question, as that left holes in the walls. Using tape to adhere them to the walls might work, if it was the right tape that didn’t take off paint or leave residue behind. And that chewing-gum-like stuff that was supposed to stick to the poster and the wall sounded great, except it left an oil-like stain on the posters.

The last option was the only option, at least from Mom’s perspective. She didn't really care what happened to my posters, but the walls were not to be marked up in any way. Period.

Do you ever notice how some of your parents’ rules stick with you throughout your lifetime? Mom’s instructions on not using thumbtacks and tape were based on her being the one having to patch and paint the walls in our home. When my kids were wanting to hang posters in their rooms, I had the same rules — and I wasn’t even the one who painted.

Mom’s rules also apply at our workplace today. I cringe when I see items that employees have taped or thumbtacked into walls or woodwork, as I know how much I paid to have those walls painted or woodwork repaired. I gladly supply bulletin boards to anyone who needs them, but some folks just can’t resist the temptation to tape, staple or push tacks into sheetrock.

How about you? Which of your parents’ rules stuck with you for a lifetime? Shoot me a note and let me know.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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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 Car Dealership (Foreign)

1. Willis Automotive

2. Toyota of Des Moines

3.Ramsey Subaru of Des Moines


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will continue today as our weekend system slowly wanders south and washes out. We'll see warmer temperatures again starting tomorrow. Our next rain chance comes late on Thursday. The upcoming weekend looks nice!

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

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Hawaiian Bros plans 10 locations in Iowa by 2027. They specialize in plate lunches with meat, macaroni salad and rice, and, yes, Spam is a star attraction.

Bret Petersen of Martin Brothers Distributing writes that 30% of restaurants are willing to substitute lower-cost items on their menu, and 40% have modified portion sizes in response to soaring food costs. Both are less objectionable than rising prices.

Ceviche Bar (223 E. Walnut St., Des Moines) offers Cuban sandwiches for just $6 on Mondays.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: In Iowa, DeSantis warns of GOP ‘culture of losing’ as weather sidelines Trump’s event in the state

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Warning of a Republican “culture of losing,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sought Saturday to weaken former President Donald Trump’s grip on the GOP as he courted voters in battleground Iowa. DeSantis, expected to announce his 2024 presidential campaign any day, briefly flipped burgers and pork chops at a picnic fundraiser in Sioux Center that drew hundreds conservatives to the northwest corner of the state. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: DMPD officers save infant from hot, locked car

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police officers saved a two-week-old infant from a hot, locked car on Thursday. Officers arrived at the Primary Health Care Clinic in the 3500 block of E 29th Street and found a two-week-old infant inside of a locked car. ....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMACC wins district title, advances to 9th straight NJCAA World Series

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The Des Moines Area Community College softball team is headed to the 2023 NJCAA DII World Series. The Bears defeated Central Community College on Friday afternoon in a best of three series to win the Northwest Plains B title.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 15 in history ...

1804. Lewis and Clark. May 14, 1804: One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

1973: Skylab. Skylab, America’s first space station, is successfully launched into an orbit around the earth. Eleven days later, U.S. astronauts Charles Conrad, Joseph Kerwin, and Paul Weitz made a rendezvous with Skylab, repairing a jammed solar panel and conducting scientific experiments during their 28-day stay aboard the space station.

1787: Constitutional Convention. On May 14, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin to assemble in Philadelphia to confront a daunting task: the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as defined by the Article of Confederation. Although the convention was originally supposed to begin on May 14, James Madison reported that a small number only had assembled. Meetings had to be pushed back until May 25, when a sufficient quorum of the participating states—Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia—had arrived.

Read more at History.com.


Can creations benefit food pantry

When viewing a sculpture, an onlooker might notice the artist’s creativity, use of colors and the inspiration behind the artwork.

However, for the can sculptures located in Waukee, the main goal is to feed the hungry.
Waukee Area Christian Services hosts a can sculpture contest for which various companies and organizations make a sculpture out of canned or boxed goods. Last year, four companies participated in the contest, bringing in a total of 3,615 pounds. The Trailhead International’s sculpture weighed in at 2,423 pounds. The average sculpture was 400 pounds of food. Veridian Credit Union won the contest.

For 2023, about 10 companies are participating. Winners will be announced at the WACS Un-Gala Fundraiser at Kinship Brewing on April 27.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Andy Murray, Brad Shultz, Brian Eno, Chazz Palminteri, David Hartley, David Krumholtz, Emmitt Smith, George Brett, Russell Hornsby

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
OOPS! Forgot to change Friday's riddle, so here is an extra chuckle: "I love my kids. Not enough to flip the fish sticks halfway through cooking, but I love them."

Today's Riddle

What do you get when you cross a caterpillar and a parrot? 

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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