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Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

In terms of outside temperatures, how hot is too hot?

I am admittedly a wimp when it comes to extreme heat. I love the cold weather. I can put on a sweater or warm socks if I get cold. But, in the hot weather, I can only strip down so much before the neighbors get concerned. I realize many of you have the opposite view. Either way, most of us would admit we are not dealing with the hot temperatures as well as we used to.

Meanwhile, our planet is truly amazing. It has proven to handle everything that has been thrown at it. Bitter cold. Extreme heat. Tornados. Earthquakes. Fires. You name it, Earth seems to take it in stride. I guess, after 4.5 billion years, you tend to learn how to react to most anything. We humans, on the other hand, are sissies. And, yes, we are getting worse. The Internet, social media and an overabundance of news seemingly announce every weather change as doomsday for us and for the planet. I am convinced the planet will be fine. We, on the other hand, are in trouble.

So back to the original question. How hot is too hot? I recall often being shoe-less as a child and the pavement being so hot it would burn my bare feet. That’s hot.

My friend Mike moved to Iowa from Yuma, Arizona, and the paint on the hood of his car was peeling from the extreme heat. That’s hot.

When the temperatures go up, the sweat drippings work their way down. Seemingly everywhere. But the image of a sweating upper lip is a sweltering sign. That’s hot.

Have you had your cell phone quit working when in the direct sun for too long? That’s hot.

Ever pulled your hands away from a scorching steering wheel in your car? That’s hot.

Have you woken up in the middle of the night in a sweat only to learn that your dog is laying over the AC register on the floor? That’s hot.

Do you remember jumping in the seat of your parents’ car with the hot vinyl hitting the back side of your bare legs? That was hot.

I have even heard that vinyl siding on homes can melt in extreme heat. That’s really hot.

What else is a sign that it’s too hot? Send me a note and let me know.

Have a thoughtful Tuesday, 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 Beaverdale Area Bar

1. The Dam Pub

2. Beaver Tap

3. Cooney’s Tavern


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Heat continues to build, with heat indices likely exceeding 100 Wednesday through Friday. Slight rain chances are ahead on Wednesday and on Saturday.

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The Barbie phenomena go on. Stu Varney reports that a New York plastic surgeon is now selling Barbie and Ken makeovers for $120,000 and $100,000 respectively. Barbie costs more because there are more options. For instance, she can choose three body and two face procedures and a butt lift can be Copacabana or Malibu style. "Barbie" the movie grossed more opening weekend money than any show this decade.

Wall Street Journal reported that tipping prompters have spread from restaurants and bars to juice shops, appliance repair firms and plant and flower shops. They found 16% of all businesses now request tips, up for 6% two years ago. WSJ suggested that companies are trying to pass wage paying on to customers.

Taco Tuesday brings super deals to La Familia (1610 Sixth Ave.), Malo (900 Mulberry St.), and Taco John's.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Two college students killed in Union County crash

UNION COUNTY, Iowa — Two students at Southwestern Community College were killed in a crash in Union County on Friday night. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a car carrying four women ran a stop sign when it entered Highway 34 at 10:28 p.m. The car was struck by a pickup truck, and both vehicles went into a ditch. ...  READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Polk County activates Extreme Temperature Plan due to dangerous heat

DES MOINES, Iowa — With the extreme temperatures hitting Iowa this week, the Polk County Emergency Management Agency has activated its Extreme Temperatures Plan. Per the plan, more than 30 cooling centers will open across the county. DART buses will also provide free rides to cooling centers. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Here's how central Iowa hospitals are preparing for heat wave amid RAGBRAI L

Temperatures are expected to reach nearly 100 degrees on Wednesday, when cyclists will be traveling from Ames to Des Moines. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

This Day in History
1978: World’s first “test tube” baby born: On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) is born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown.
2000: Concorde jet crashes, killing everyone onboard. An Air France Concorde jet crashes upon takeoff in Paris on July 25, 2000, killing 109 passengers and crew onboard as well as four people on the ground. The Concorde, the world’s fastest commercial jet, had enjoyed an exemplary safety record up to that point, with no crashes in the plane’s 31-year history.
Read more at History.com
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday These celebrities were born on this date: Matt LeBlanc, Meg Donnelly, Iman, David Denman, Katherine Kelly Lang, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Illeana Douglas, Thurston Moore, Mason Cook

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a rich elf? WELFY!

Today's Riddle

When it gets hot, what clothing item are people most like?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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