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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

There are some things in life I just don’t understand, despite my numerous efforts to attempt to figure them out. Maybe I am not trying enough, or maybe I just don’t care. I’m not sure. I understand the basics, but I still can’t comprehend the fine details. Maybe you can relate.

Let’s start with how wind energy is stored. Those massive turbines somehow capture “energy.” I just can’t grasp what a box of energy looks like.

On the same subject of wind, I am amazed how highway sounds travel loudly at times and barely at all other times. The house where we once lived was peaceful many nights and sounded like a race track on others. My meteorologist neighbor explained the factors in great detail to me, but I still don’t get it.

I do understand the basics of how a gasoline engine works, but I don’t care to dig in too deep. Still, the idea that a liquid can power an engine to move a car is amazing.

How about transmitting sound through a phone line? Or even more amazing, going through the air? And let’s not even talk streaming videos. To be honest, I never truly understood how audio or video could be on a tape. Through the air? Forget it.

Then there’s the Internet. I know Al Gore has it all figured out, but I can’t quite grasp where all this “cloud” stuff is actually stored. And who has ultimate control over it?

How do our taste buds actually work? What makes one food taste so great and another so awful? And how can that differentiate so much between humans?

On a much simpler note, why can’t I get grass to grow in the bare spots of my lawn? I use fresh seed, topsoil and plenty of water. The result? Still have fresh seed, topsoil and plenty of water. No grass. Ugh.

Weed killer can now differentiate between grass and weeds. How? I can’t even match up the Tupperware lids and containers, but this stuff that used to make an additional toe grow can now sort Kentucky Bluegrass from Creeping Charlie. Amazing.

Well, before you send me the answers to these mysteries, you should know I have come to the resolve that my brain can only hold so much information, and I don’t want to clutter it with certain things. I am perfectly fine not knowing how some things work, just as long as they do work or I can find someone to fix them when they don’t.

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 Downtown Bar

1. 300 Craft & Rooftop

2. Hello, Marjorie

3. Tonic


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

The heat will subside a bit over the weekend as we have our best chances for rain Saturday and Monday.

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

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In a story titled "It's Taylor Swift's Economy and We're All Living in It," Wall Street Journal reported Swift's concerts in Minneapolis and Chicago broke all-time records for hotel occupancy. Those cities have hosted Democrat National Conventions, World Series and Super Bowls. Swift personally spends six days in each concert site, and so do her adoring fans. In Nashville, the Country Western Music Hall of Fame rushed a Swift costume show to coincide with her appearances there. It sold out every day. The museum had never been sold out previously. When Swift announced she is going to perform in Australia, Air New Zealand added 14 additional daily flights to Australia for the duration of her visit here.

Cracker Barrel (11701 University Ave., Clive) has a new bargain. Buy a dinner and get a take-home dinner for just $5.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Planning ahead: A look at major road closures and expected traffic delays in Des Moines during RAGBRAI

DES MOINES, Iowa — Fifty thousand cyclists are expected to descend on the Des Moines metro area on Wednesday. City officials and RAGBRAI organizers want people to plan ahead of the big day, as traffic delays caused by major road closures are expected. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Urbandale prepares to thin deer herd with Urban Hunt

URBANDALE, Iowa — It was the final meeting of the year in Urbandale — an awfully domestic setting, for a pretty wild topic. “It’s just not healthy to have too many deer packed into too tight of a spot,” says wildlife biologist, Andy Kellner of the Iowa DNR. White-tailed deer are now packed into metro cities like Urbandale. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: UPS drivers to get higher pay, AC in trucks under new deal struck with union

A strike, which could have begun in August, could have been a major issue in the U.S. UPS delivers about a quarter of the nation's packages each day. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

This Day in History
1775: U.S. postal system established
1990: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law
1975: Van McCoy’s “The Hustle” is the No. 1 song in America: “The Hustle” would earn Van McCoy a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and give him the biggest hit by far of his tragically shortened career (he died of a heart attack in 1979). The impact of the record went well beyond its commercial success, however. As “The Hustle” climbed the pop charts, it took an already substantial dance craze and turned it into a cultural phenomenon, with variations like the Latin, the Line and the New York Hustles popping up on dance floors nationwide.
Read more at History.com
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Brooke Pulliam and Paula Becker!

Happy Birthday These celebrities were born on this date: Sandra Bullock, Mick Jagger, Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Monica Raymund, Elizabeth Gillies, Taylor Momsen, Darlene Love, Jason Statham, Gary Cherone, Cress Williams, Dorothy Hamill, Danny Woodburn, Caitlin Gerard, Eve Myles, Roger Taylor, Francia Raisa

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
When it gets hot, what clothing item are people most like? A SWEATER! - Shane Goodman, Cyote Williams, Gail Tomlinson, Peri Van Tassel, Lori Bluml

Today's Riddle

Why is a dog’s nose in the middle of its face?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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