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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Hot summer days have me thinking about taking a soak in some water. I grew up swimming mostly at my hometown’s city pool. My wife grew up swimming mostly in a private lake. We both learned to appreciate pools and lakes, but there are stark differences that we often debate. Please allow me to explain.

1. If a fish was found in a public swimming pool, lifeguards would be blowing whistles, and swimmers would scatter. In a lake, fish are expected — along with snakes and other creatures of the deep.

2. Fish do their dirty work in lakes. A fish being in a swimming pool is one thing. But if a fish defecated in a swimming pool, the rest period would begin immediately, and the pool would be drained.

3. If you touch the bottom of a lake with your feet, they sink into something soft. If your feet sink into something soft in a swimming pool, you should be concerned.

4. Pools are often heated and comfortable to be in regardless of the outside temperature. The only heat in lake water comes from the sun — and only on the top layer.

5. Although accidentally swallowing pool water isn’t pleasant, it is much better than accidently swallowing lake water and having diarrhea for two days. Yes, I speak from experience.

6. When diving into a swimming pool, one generally knows what to expect. In a murky lake, rocks, logs and other debris can offer an unpleasant surprise. As such, you never quite know what you are getting into.

7. I never knew what algae was until I started swimming in lakes. In a pool, the staff simply adds more chlorine to clear things up. In a lake, you simply stay out of the water.

8. I do know what swimmers itch is. If you don’t, it is a reaction to tiny parasites in the water that burrow into your skin while you're swimming or wading in warm, calm water. These parasites can’t survive in people, so they soon die, but not before itching like crazy. I don't recall ever getting swimmers itch in a pool.

9. I had brown, Shaun-Cassidy-like hair as a kid, but it turned almost blonde in the summer from all the sun and the chlorine. The whites of my eyes also turned quite red after hours in a swimming pool. Blonde hair was fine. Red eyes weren’t.

10. Of course, as I am learning, lakes do provide a true serenity and a nature refuge that you can’t experience in a pool full of screaming kids.

Regardless of where you prefer to swim, you should take full advantage of it now in the July heat. Because, as we all know, the winter snow will be upon us before we know it.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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 Appliance Store

1. Warners’ Stellian

2. Metro Appliance

3. Royal Flooring


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances continue into Saturday, with the best of those chances coming during the first part of today and during the morning and afternoon on Saturday. We get a little break from the heat before it builds again next week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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FROM KCCI: Smoke in Iowa’s air increases risk of sudden cardiac arrest

DES MOINES, Iowa — Smoke from nearly 500 separate Canadian wildfires continues to choke the Midwest. The hazy air began to move in earlier this week to Eastern Iowa. On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources posted a map to their Facebook page showing unhealthy air over two-thirds of the state. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: WATCH: Iowa woman who lost home in 2001 tornado wins $2 million lottery prize

CLIVE, Iowa — An Ottumwa woman who lost her home in a 2001 tornado won the Iowa Lottery’s $2 million Powerball Prize. Tammy Gordy, 56, and her husband Steve lived in Agency in 2001 when the community was damaged by a tornado. The Gordys lost their home in that storm...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: UnityPoint Health says their Des Moines sites currently have no COVID patients

CDC data shows that 31 patients statewide have been admitted for COVID-19 in the past week, an 11% drop from the previous week. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


America imports more bananas than any other fruit. In dollar terms, bananas are the sixth most valuable import. Yeah, bananas are a great value.

In New York, pizza man Scott Laibado threw pies at City Hall to protest Mayor Eric Adams proposal to outlaw NYC pizza ovens fueled by coal or wood. Adams has refused to press charges and asked to meet with the chef.

In metro Des Moines, Centro (1003 Locust St., Des Moines) makes pizza in a coal-fired oven and Cosi Cucina (1975 N.W. 86th St., Clive) makes them in a wood-fired oven.

What is the most expensive fruit? Answer One. The Sekai Ichi apple can grow to be more than 2 pounds and is said to have a subtle sweetness and soft flesh. In Japan, where these apples are mainly grown, the trees are hand-pollinated. The price varies between $30 to $40 each.

— Jim Duncan

On June 29 in history ...

1613. The Globe Theatre burns down. The Globe Theatre, where most of Shakespeare’s plays debuted, burns down on June 29, 1613. The Globe was built by Shakespeare’s acting company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, in 1599 from the timbers of London’s very first permanent theater, Burbage’s Theater, built in 1576. Before James Burbage built his theater, plays and dramatic performances were ad hoc affairs, performed on street corners and in the yards of inns. However, the Common Council of London, in 1574, started licensing theatrical pieces performed in inn yards within the city limits. To escape the restriction, actor James Burbage built his own theater on land he leased outside the city limits. When Burbage’s lease ran out, the Lord Chamberlain’s men moved the timbers to a new location and created the Globe.

1972: Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

Read more at History.com.


Ankeny Chamber SummerFest

Let the fun begin: July 7-9

By Ashley Rullestad

For more than 50 years, Ankeny Chamber SummerFest, presented by Karl Chevrolet, has brought Ankeny and the surrounding metro area together for three days of music, carnival rides, great food and fun. Every year, committee members, staff and volunteers work to bring the festival to life. Organizers are thrilled to be back July 7-9 with a full slate of events for the second year in the celebration’s new location — the District at Prairie Trail.

Read more in the June issue of Ankeny Living Magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Camila Mendes, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Lawrence, Gary Busey, Lily Rabe, Richard Lewis, Melora Hardin, Kawhi Leonard, Ian Paice, Scarlett Johansson

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Did you hear about the group of crocodiles that performed parody songs? THEY WERE A PUN CROC (PUNK ROCK) BAND!

Today's Riddle

What’s the name of the funniest mountain range in the world?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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