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Monday, Nov. 27, 2023
Good morning to you!

We are working on our December issue of CITYVIEW magazine, which will be on stands and online starting Dec. 6. Our cover story will be on places you can sled, skate and ski in central Iowa. We don’t have the mountains of Colorado or the frozen lakes of Minnesota, but with a bit of effort and a little creativity, one can find plenty of places to enjoy Iowa’s winter weather.

As a child, my buddies and I would bundle up in our “snowmobile suits,” as we called them, and head for the hills of River View Cemetery. Yes, a cemetery. And, no, we didn’t try to swerve around the tombstones like moguls. We found a steep hill on the back side of the cemetery that didn’t have any graves at the time. That was our Copper Mountain.

I would call it sledding, but we didn’t have sleds. We had inner tubes. And the bigger, the better. Today’s fancy inflatables weren’t available when I was a kid, so we simply made do with these black, rubber donuts. Most were a standard size, but when a massive tractor-sized inner tube was available, my friends and I couldn’t strap on our snow boots and mittens fast enough. The challenge was to see how many of us could stack up on that inner tube while it slid down the hill. And, if you were lucky, you weren’t the first one to fall forward and be run over by the oncoming circle of childhood angst.

As a child, I didn’t experience ice skating or snow skiing, and it was my mother’s fault. Kind of. She told me a story of her childhood friend falling backwards on her skates and having the back of the blade stabbed into the back of her, well, you can guess. This friend had to make a trip to the doctor — with the blade still intact. No thanks. I have since tried skating a handful of times as an adult, but that image continues to be stuck in my mind.

Snow skiing certainly looked like a lot of fun, but that required ski equipment and money, neither of which I had. Once out of college with a few bucks in my pocket, I did give it a shot. The first effort wasn’t so great, though. Lessons were for sissies, I mused. So I strapped on the skis and jumped on the lift with my now-wife, Jolene. I assumed she would tell me how to unmount from the chair lift while we were being transported to the top of the hill. What she gave me instead was complete silence… and I landed head-first and then did somersaults down the hill, with my skis and poles following. Once I gathered my equipment and swallowed my pride, the next stop was for ski lessons.

So, ice skating and snow skiing are OK, but tubing is still more my style. Maybe you can relate. If you can, or even if you can’t, you should seek out a central Iowa location where you can sled, ski, skate — and even tube. Send me a note and share some of your favorite spots. And when you go, bring a tractor tire innertube — if you dare.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

View Shane Goodman's archived columns from past issues here.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The polls have closed and a record number of readers have cast their votes in the latest CITYVIEW'S Best Of Des Moines readers' poll — the metro's original and largest poll of its kind.
Winners will be announced in the February 2024 issue of CITYVIEW!

Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Chilly again today and Tuesday before we warm up into the weekend. A light rain/snow mix is possible Friday.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

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DMACC Ankeny Campus custodian Richard Villalba of Des Moines and originally from Bakersfield, California, delights in a beautiful DMACC-blue specialty poinsettia he purchased on Nov. 16 during the first day of the DMACC Horticulture Club's Annual Poinsettia Sale. The sale featured potted poinsettia plants in three different sizes and across seven different cultivars (cultivated varieties) of the popular holiday plant. Prices ranged from $8 to $20 each, with an additional cost for specialty poinsettias that were painted and/or featured a dusting of glitter or artificial snow. To create the specialty poinsettias, students learned about industry practices for using plant-safe paints, and how to add glitter and/or artificial snow to the plants after applying a fast-drying glue onto the colored poinsettia bracts. Photo credit: Lisa Schmitz for DMACC


Cacao harvests in West Africa, where the top five producers are, appear down at least 25%, worse than forecasted. Hershey has created a new division of cacao sourcing. Chocolate is going to cost even more next year.

Burger King is bringing back cheesy tots beginning Dec. 7.

Tired of turkey leftovers? Christopher's (2816 Beaver Ave., Des Moines) and Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) both have prime rib specials on Monday nights.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Support pours in for two Waukee boys after act of kindness caught on camera

WAUKEE, Iowa — Support has been pouring in for two young Waukee boys who were caught on camera doing a good deed on Beggars’ Night. KCCI first reported on the story when Liam Ireland and Avi Curtis gave away their candy. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines Police respond to more than 30 crashes during first snowfall

DES MOINES, Iowa- The Des Moines Police Department responded to 36 crashes during the hours of the first snowfall, according to their X account. Around one to three inches of snow fell since Saturday afternoon throughout central Iowa. According to DMPD’s post, the 36 crashes occurred between 3 P.M. on Saturday and 6 A.M. Sunday. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Local nonprofit pays off firefighter's mortgage as he battles Stage 4 cancer

Firefighter Mike Broderick has spent his whole life helping others. Now, his community and a local nonprofit are working to help him and his family. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Bill Nye, Elizabeth Marvel, Jaleel White, Kathryn Bigelow, Lashana Lynch, Robin Givens, William Fichtner, Allison Pill, Caroline Kennedy, Charlie Benante, Twista

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you call it when a mother bird tries to feed the wrong babies? AN ON-NEST MISTAKE! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, an aviarian accident! - Rex Post. Or, an avian adoption! - William Snyder.

Today's riddle

Which kind of ocean predator is never wrong?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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