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Friday, March 17, 2023
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“I’ve been a car guy all my life, first helping my dad wash our lone car back in the 1950s and 1960s (Keeping it clean, March 9, 2023). I mostly washed my cars by hand, and all three of my daughters know how to wash and detail a car. (I still do it for them, though!) I’ve used car washing and detailing as a way to calm down and release tension. To me, keeping a car as close to new for as long as possible is fun. By the way, my wife and I have been married 55 years, and we’ve owned 70 different vehicles. She says she can never remember what she’s driving when she comes out of a store looking for her car in the parking lot!” - Bruce

I am all for calming down and releasing tension. Some guys golf to do it. Some guys drink. Some guys gamble. You and I wash cars. Glad to see I’m not alone. - Shane

“Liked the article on car washes today (Keeping it clean, March 9, 2023. I shared with our extended family. Big family text chat happening as we speak. Ranging from 13 car washes a month (maybe a little exaggerated) to someone who is unsure if they will achieve 13 car washes in their lifetime (that’s why God provides rainstorms)!” - Dennis

Lucky No. 13, I see. - Shane

“I really enjoy your column. It is the one thing I read every day! I am 81, and you often reach back a long ways in that length of time. Great job!” - Jay

I find that if we try, we can learn that we all have much in common. Thanks, Jay. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. My father raised us with a job at New Jersey Bell (Pay phones, March 14, 2023). He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America due to his many years of service. As told by History.com, ‘The first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying: Mr. Watson, come here, I need you.’ I finish the tale that Mr. Bell was wondering why my father was not back with coffee and rolls yet. The last time I looked, there is a phone booth in Kelley, Iowa. Thanks, as always.” - John

Next time I am in Kelley, I am getting my coins out to give it a try. - Shane

“Shane, I’m close in age to you, and I think the last time I used a pay phone was to make a collect call to my parents in the mid 1990s (Pay phones, March 14, 2023). I was living four hours away and would call a couple times a month on their dime to say hi. It was before cell phones were a thing. Now our kids call us anytime on the family mobile plan. How times have changed.” - Kevin 

Do you ever wonder how many fewer calls or texts there would be if there was a charge for each one? - Shane

“Shane, you are probably too young to remember walking by one and checking the coin return slot to see if there were any coins in it (Pay phones, March 14, 2023). This was before calling cards and answering machines, and if the person on the other end of the call didn’t pick up and no connection was made, the machine would return your pre-pay coin in the coin return. Sometimes a caller would walk away and forget to retrieve their ‘dime’ and it became a windfall to a little kid who did check the slot. Free money! Of course, this was back when a dime really bought something.” - Bob

I do recall checking the coin return for that windfall, but I don’t recall ever finding one. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, 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 Delicatessen

1. Hansen’s Manhattan Deli

2. Palmer’s Deli & Market

3. B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli


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Can't wait to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Club 2000 (420 Indianola Ave.) opens at 8 a.m. with all-day breakfast and drink specials today. Norwood Inn, with famous Italian sausage sandwiches and breakfasts, will open at 6 a.m.

Krispy Kreme has ceased all production of extended shelf-life sweet treats. It has now closed both plants that made them, in Burlington, Iowa, late last year and in North Carolina this week. It seems people want their donuts fresh. Who knew?

Just when synthetic narcotics seemed to have vanquished organic drugs from the spotlight, the United Nations reports that cocaine is the fastest-growing agricultural product in the world. Both production and usage increased 25% in the last year with demand particularly rising in Africa and Asia. Explanations included the fact that the Taliban control of Afghanistan has decimated the growth of poppies (source of heroin), and addicts are turning to the coca leaf, which grows mostly in South America. Those 13 U.S. marines in Kabul did not die in vain; they died for the Medellin Cartel.

—Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You’ll want to stay close to buildings on the north side of Grand for the parade as winds will be gusting out of the northwest at around 25-35 mph. Breezy conditions continue into a downright cold Saturday. Things start improving Sunday, and we warm into the workweek. Our next rain chance comes late Wednesday.

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

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On March 17 ...

461 A.D.: On March 17, 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Today he is honored with the annual holiday of St. Patrick's Day.

1969: On March 17, 1969, 70-year-old Golda Meir makes history when she is elected as Israel’s first female prime minister. She was the country’s fourth prime minister and is still the only woman to have held this post.

1990: The former Soviet Socialist Republic of Lithuania steadfastly rejects a demand from the Soviet Union that it renounce its declaration of independence. The situation in Lithuania quickly became a sore spot in U.S.-Soviet relations.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI:  Vice President Kamala Harris makes surprise appearance at NCAA Tournament in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Vice President Kamala Harris has made an appearance at the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines. Harris attended the game between No. 16 Howard University and No. 1 University of Kansas on Thursday afternoon. Harris graduated from Howard in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Marshall County man arrested in revenge porn case

MARSHALL COUNTY, Iowa — A Laurel, Iowa man was arrested early Thursday morning in Urbandale on charges out of Marshall County for allegedly posting revenge porn of his ex-girlfriend on the internet. Rodger Roberts III, 22, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, possessing a depiction of a minor in a sex act, and two counts of first-degree harassment.. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPS set to heavily increase security budget for 2024 fiscal year

The district's interim superintendent Matthew Smith shared why the proposal of the 2024 fiscal year's security budget is a heavy one.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Following in Their Footsteps

Like mother, like daughter

Kim Tierney-Keller and Emily Keller-Lampman have a close bond. A three-generation real estate family (Kim’s father was also a Realtor with Iowa Realty in Chariton for 19 years), this mother and daughter share a love of community and helping people buy and sell homes.

Real estate wasn’t Kim’s first career. After graduating from Simpson College, she went into banking. She enjoyed it but soon realized she needed to devote more time to her family. 

“When the time was right to jump back into the workforce, my dad suggested real estate,” she explains. “But I kept thinking about the insecurity of being self-employed, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take that risk.”

... Read more in the March issue of Indianola Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Wendy Goodale March 19!

These celebrities were born on this date: Kurt Russell, Rob Lowe, Rob Kardashian, John Boyega, Brittany Daniel, Gary Sinise, Billy Corgan, Tamar Braxton, Mia Hamm, Olesya Rulin, Kyle Korver, Chris Davis

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 leprechaun who broke the law? A LEPRE-CON!- Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Kris Laurson, Chuck Golliher, Rex Post, Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

No answers required, just a joke today!

Name the top three songs by leprechaun cover bands. “It Must Have Been Love (But It's Clover Now)” by Sham-Roxette, “Shamrock and Roll All Nite” by KISS Me I’m Irish, and “Party on the Paddy-O” by ZZ Green Top Hat.

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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