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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

“If it’s too loud, you’re too old.”

Several rock musicians have screamed this phrase through the years, and I have seen it on plenty of black concert T-shirts, but it seems to have roots with the Motor City Madman and modern-day gun rights promoter himself, Ted Nugent.

Well, Ted. It is too loud, and I am too old. But it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when the volume knob on my stereo couldn’t turn far enough. All the music I liked seemingly sounded better louder. I am guessing the neighbors of my childhood home disagreed.

My male teenage friends and I would spend hours scouring through the pages of Crutchfield magazine to look at receivers, equalizers, dual cassette decks and, eventually, CD players. We couldn’t just pull up an Amazon app and order things back then, but I don't think we would have done that anyway, even if it were available. Ideally, we wanted to actually hear our favorite tunes play on the equipment before we bought it, but that wasn’t always possible. As such, a trip to a nearby city with a stereo electronics store was like a dream vacation.

Each one of us guys had our own stereo brand of choice. Some liked Yamaha. Other preferred Sony. I chose Pioneer. We couldn’t afford the really expensive brands, but we didn't want something from Radio Shack either. We had standards, after all.

My home stereo speakers were the size of coffee tables, but they sounded great. Woofers. Mid-range. Tweeters. The combination was deafening, at least until one of the woofers blew. Then everything sounded like it was played on a kazoo.

I also liked to crank up my Sony Walkman when I went for a run. I would pick out up-tempo, rocking songs — most anything from Def Leppard worked — to keep my legs pumping and drown out any sounds of my trying to catch my breath. The louder, the better. It worked.

My Walkman eventually died, but that Pioneer home stereo moved with me many times through the years until my wife ultimately convinced me I should sell it at a garage sale. I only hope that someone is still cranking that volume knob.

Today, I prefer spinning classic records on my turntable or asking Alexa to play my favorite music. I never thought I would say this, but music can be too loud — even if I don’t feel that old.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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 Antique Store

1. The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall

2. Memory Lane Antiques

3. The Picker Knows Antiques & Collectibles


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

The heat continues to build today along with more sunshine. Temperatures drop a bit on a breezier Thursday, but the warming kicks right back in this weekend and into next week, when we could see 90s in Iowa.

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

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Guy Fieri opened his first Iowa restaurant Monday, in Harrah's Council Bluffs. His Las Vegas restaurant is highly regarded.

This week's Wednesday-only special at Waterfront (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) is yellowfin tuna.

Chain News: Hawaiian Bros plans nine Iowa restaurants by 2027... Fareway is building a second Clive store... Dave & Busters new store in West Des Moines is looking to fill 175 jobs... Machine Shed in Urbandale is seeking permission to install a chicken coop next to the restaurant... Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (Des Moines and Ankeny) is expanding its menus with limited-edition elote offerings, including a chicken elote taco, a chicken elote bowl, and an elote side... Slim Chickens (Ankeny and Grimes) is bringing back its grilled chicken strawberry salad and adding a grilled chicken strawberry wrap. Both the wrap and the salad feature strawberries, feta crumbles, candied pecans and grilled chicken tenders.


FROM KCCI: Iowa's new private school scholarship program has 'lack of oversight', state auditor says

Starting this fall, the state will send Iowa families taxpayer dollars to pay private school tuition. Once private schools receive that money, they're not required to track how they spend it. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Construction begins on 3-in-1 multi-golf course in Grimes

GRIMES, IOWA — Golf lovers rejoice! The city of Grimes is about to begin construction on a brand new multi-golf course. The work Glenstone MultiGolf Park will begin on Friday, May 26. The course allows people to disc golf, foot golf and park golf. This will be the first 18-hole course of its kind in the United States. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Climate change affecting Iowa's allergy season, experts say

In March, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Des Moines as the ninth most challenging place to live with pollen allergies in the U.S.. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 24 in history ...

1964. Riot erupts at Lima, Peru soccer match, killing hundreds. A referee’s call in a soccer match between Peru and Argentina sparks a riot on May 24, 1964. More than 300 fans were killed and another 500 people were injured in the violent melee that followed at National Stadium in Lima, Peru.

1797: Thomas Jefferson inquires about a former flame. On May 24, 1797, future President Thomas Jefferson writes to his friend Angelica Church, inquiring casually about their mutual friend, Maria Cosway, a woman who had once captured his heart and inspired a romantically themed essay.

1844: Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph with the message, “What hath God wrought?”  In a demonstration witnessed by members of Congress, American inventor Samuel F.B. Morse dispatches a telegraph message from the U.S. Capitol to Alfred Vail at a railroad station in Baltimore, Maryland. The message—“What Hath God Wrought?”—was telegraphed back to the Capitol a moment later by Vail. The question, taken from the Bible (Numbers 23:23), had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellworth, the daughter of the commissioner of patents.

Read more at History.com.


Lots of love for old home

Couple enjoys unique features of house

By Lindsey Giardino 
Randall Parkin and her husband, Jerry, moved to Winterset in September 2020.

Prior to that, they lived on an acreage north of town but had tired of the commute to any amenities and all the work that the property required.

When looking for homes in Winterset, they knew they wanted to be close to the square and within walking distance to various activities. They were fond of old homes as well.
Thankfully, they found a place that fulfilled their wish list.

“Those two things came together,” Parkin says of finding their home just a few blocks from the square.

She shares that it’s a Queen Anne Victorian style home built around 1900. It has all the original woodwork and smaller details like doorknobs.

... Read more in the May issue of Winterset  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Tommy Chong, Bob Dylan, Patti LaBelle, Jim Broadbent, Alfred Molina, Rosanne Cash, Kristin Scott Thomas, John C. Reilly, Dana Ashbrook, Eric Close, Rich Robinson, Bartolo Colon

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What is it called when you get stuck between two llamas? LLAMA-NATED! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Rich Hoidahl. Or A spitting contest! - Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

What do you call a sheep falling down a hill?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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