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Friday, Dec. 8, 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.

“I always make our bed and have passed this habit onto my husband because making your bed is the first thing you can accomplish in your day (Habits, rituals and routines, Dec. 4, 2023). And I like everything being neat.” - Samantha

As Ben Franklin said, a place for everything, and everything in its place. - Shane

“I loved reading your hat column this morning (Hats off, Dec. 5, 2023). I, too, remember when there were ‘hat’ rules, but it is fun to sometimes see all the new varieties of styles, etc. Thanks for a fun read. Have a great holiday season.” - Kay

Hats also seem to fall into our habits, rituals and routines. At least for me. When I do wear a hat, it looks much like the ones I wore as a younger man. That may explain why Dad was still wearing those goofy hats in his later years. - Shane

“On an anniversary trip to Scotland in 1999, my wife and I ventured to the Isle of Lewis, part of the Outer Hebrides Islands (Hats off, Dec. 5, 2023). A devout place, there was only one public establishment open on Sundays, and the ferries did not run between the islands and mainland on Sundays. We went to services at a local Church of Scotland. Upon entering (and picking up our copy of the King James Bible, of course), my wife immediately noticed that she was the only female not wearing a hat. We entered anyway. After the service, the pews dismissed orderly, front to back, with an individual from one side of the aisle exiting with a person from the other side of the aisle, so I let my wife go first. The person across the aisle would not go with her — so she went by herself — and the person then walked out side-by-side with me. The next day on the 2.5-hour ferry ride, we talked to the on-board beverage vendor for a bit and he said, ‘You were in church yesterday at Callanish, right?’ My wife, with a smile, said, ‘Yes, I was the woman without a hat. Am I going to hell?’ We had a great laugh about it.” - Brad

I assume you bought her a hat? - Shane

“Our CD changer has about 25 Christmas CDs loaded all the time (Christmas songs, Dec. 6, 2023). These are grouped by music type — traditional carols, hymns, vocals, instrumentals, jazz, country, etc. After our last move, we finally downsized our Mannheim Steamroller Christmas collection from 10 to just three remaining CDs. We have a similar number of general music CDs loaded all the time. Our joy from Christmas music, with all that is out there, makes the season too short to spend a lot of time loading and unloading any kind of recordings. To the dismay of our children, even digitally! Merry Christmas.” - Chuck

You should break out the Jim Nabors Christmas 8-track. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, 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

One more mild day. Rain moves in tonight into early Saturday. Cooler temperatures follow.

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

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This man was in Wal-Mart wearing a costume. He said it's the best $4 he'd ever spent at the thrift store. Photo by J. Frank

Jazz saxophone artist Damani Phillips, director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of African-American Studies at the University of Iowa, jazz night on Saturday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. at Unity Church.

Jazz at Caspe Terrace. The next show bringing international jazz artists to the perfect acoustics of this intimate performance hall features Ken Peplowski (clarinet/sax) and Glenn Zaleski (piano), Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Abe Goldstein and Jackie Garnett continue to share their love of the best in the global jazz world with central Iowa. For tickets and information, contact Abe at abegold1951@gmail.com or 515-279-6452.

Des Moines Performing Arts. "The Wiz.” Dec. 12-17.

Iowa Stage Theatre Company. "A Christmas Carol.” Dec. 8-17.

Des Moines Playhouse. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "All Is Calm," through Dec. 17. 

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz


TND (the National Desk) reported that West Virginia is advertising its western rivers for superb winter fishing — of big walleyes and muskies particularly. Why? No ice and lazy old fish who think they are safe in the winter.

WSJ reported this week that both Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A are doubling down on expanded drive-thru lanes. Chick-fil-A is opening a four-lane drive-thru in Atlanta that expects to sell 750 meals an hour.

Sunday brings pasta specials to Irina's (650 S. Prairie View Dr., West Des Moines) with eight dishes all priced $18-22.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Part of Waukee under boil advisory after water main break

WAUKEE, Iowa — A boil advisory has been issued for the southwest side of Waukee after a water main break. The break happened Thursday morning in the Daybreak neighborhood, causing leaders at Sugar Creek Elementary to dismiss students early... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Bird crashes through helicopter windscreen, hits pilot in the head: ‘Aircraft was full of bird guts and feathers’

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – A pilot working with a critical-care helicopter service in Iowa has returned to work after a bird crashed through the windshield and struck him in the head last month. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police investigating body found on south side

The deceased person was found near SW 42nd Street and Willow Creek Avenue, which is close to the Des Moines International Airport....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports notes
NBA: Pacers 128 Bucks 119; Pelicans 89 Lakers 133
NFL: Patriots 21 Steelers 18
From the Iowa Living magazines

Early Risers

24-hour shift

By Jackie Wilson

Riley Noggle works 24-hour shifts as a firefighter and paramedic at the Polk City Fire Department. She needs to be ready to go by 6 a.m. to begin her shift.

When she first took the job, she lived in Newton and had to be up at 4 a.m. and be out the door by 4:50 a.m. since it took her “exactly 52 minutes” to drive to Polk City.

In June, she and her husband moved to Polk City, giving her almost an extra hour to sleep in. She's usually in bed by 8 p.m.

“I call myself Esther because I'm like an old lady who has to get to bed early. I have a strict sleep schedule,” she explains. “I never know when I'll be able to sleep on my 24-hour shift.”

Read the rest of the story in the North Polk Living magazine!

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Chrisette Michele, David Harewood, Ingrid Michaelson, Kim Basinger, Wendell Pierce, Dominic Monaghan, Drew Doughty, Hannah Ware, Jen Ledger, Josh Donaldson, Mike Mussina, Phil Collen

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Where do owls on a budget like to go shopping? THE OWLET MALL! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from Carolyn Rogers,. At WHO MART! - William Snyder, Irving Stone. WHOO KNOWS? - S. Hill Watkins

Today's riddle

After Jack punched his computer and broke his hand, what kind of help did he need?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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