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Friday, Nov. 10, 2023
Good 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.

“The downside is the amount of shrinkage (retailer speak for theft or loss) retailers are experiencing (Self-checkout kiosks, Oct. 23, 2023). I know for a fact there have been times I have accidentally not scanned an item in my hurry to be done and to keep the line moving. Out of frustration. I said, oh the heck with it, and walked out without paying for that individual item. These frustrations are turning into moral dilemmas for many of us and, quite frankly, I shouldn’t have to be put in that situation. I am to the point I am ready to buy EVERYTHING online because at least the check-out system on an online point of sale is smooth, transparent and easy to operate most of the time. I see more retailers, especially the small mom and pops, losing market share to online retail as customers just don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of self-check-out.” - Lori

I am with you, but I don’t think the commandment reads, “Thou shall not steal, unless thou are in a hurry to be done and keep the line moving.” - Shane

“My grampa had such a soft heart (Bats, Oct. 31, 2023). I remember my brother and my cousin standing in the backyard of Grampa’s house throwing rocks at the bats that circled his home. Of course, I wasn’t allowed to play with them, so I was thrilled when Grampa came out and threatened to take a switch to them if they didn’t stop. And I will never forget when Grampa found a dead bat in his yard (natural causes not boys). He actually had tears in his eyes as he dug a hole in the yard to bury it, as he did with all the little creatures he came across that he had to lay to rest. I’m sure, if asked, he could have recited all the good they do for the environment. I always knew he was a man born way ahead of his time, and, once again, his love of bats proves it.” - Lori

He didn’t have a sidekick named Robin, did he? - Shane

“I just started reading today's Daily Umbrella (Mood rings, Nov. 1, 2023). Yes, I have an old mood ring. I gave it to my mother in the 1970s and have inherited all her stuff. So I ran to the drawer where I have it all, and there, in all its glory, is the mood ring. Had a hard time getting it over my aged knuckles, but it worked. Yellow with a bit of purple on an outside edge. So what does that mean? At least not that I'm dead, I guess.” - Margaret

It means you are wonderful. Thanks for the note, Margaret. - Shane

“Shane, I did have a mood ring as a kid in the 1970s (Mood rings, Nov. 1, 2023). However, after the Vikings’ fourth Super Bowl loss, it turned bright red, then black, and cracked. Never wore it again.” - Kevin

You didn’t give that mood ring to Kirk Cousins, did you? - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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FROM KCCI: Wife of Iowa man who allegedly shot at teens now faces her own charges

CORNING, Iowa — The wife of a Corning man facing multiple felonies for allegedly shooting at a truck filled with three teenagers last week now faces charges of her own. According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, Cole Inman, 38, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of child endangerment, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and reckless use of a firearm. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 1 dead after semi-truck hits concrete truck in Humboldt County

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Iowa — One person is dead and another is injured after a semi and a concrete truck collided near West Bend on Wednesday. It happened just after 5 p.m. at the intersection of 110th Street and Birch Avenue, according to an Iowa State Patrol crash report. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines business left wondering: Who keeps dumping tires on my property?

The property manager says they've been burning through cash quickly over the last several months all because someone keeps dumping piles of tires on their property. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Veterans Day is Nov. 11

In Japan, bears are attacking humans at record pace. That's an economic concern because it threatens the nation's booming tourism business, particularly for hikers. A small crop of acorns is blamed.

In the North Cascades National Park area in Washington, the DNR is planning to reintroduce grizzly bears to several western counties. Some residents are upset. One U.S. Senator is trying to make the move illegal. The DNR thinks the bears would be good for "overall ecology."

Raising Cane's opened their third area store this week, at 8550 Birchwood Court in Johnston. Also on that street, Wasabi appears near an opening.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Weekly fuel prices

The price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 8 cents, averaging $3.11 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices are down 43 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.41, down 5 cents from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 14 cents this week with a statewide average of $4.37. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $5.13 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 2 cents lower than the national average of $4.39.

Wholesale ethanol held steady and is currently priced at $2.16.

Propane prices held steady with a statewide average of $1.54 per gallon.

Home heating oil prices fell 33 cents, with a statewide average of $3.58 per gallon.

Natural gas prices fell 46 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $3.09/MMbtu.

Tips for saving energy on the road or at home are available at energy.gov and fueleconomy.gov.

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday to Aaron Burns Nov. 10 and Tyler Nash Nov. 11!

These celebrities were born on this date: Sinbad, Tracy Morgan, Roland Emmerich, Ellen Pompeo, Miranda Lambert, Kiernan Shipka, Mackenzie Foy, Josh Peck, Eve

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

How are rabbits like calculators? THEY OFTEN MULTIPLY! - Kris Laurson, William Snyder, S. Hill Watkins, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml

Today's riddle

What do you call a bison that is a great poker player?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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