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Friday, Dec. 29, 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.

“Hi, Shane. I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your columns. I look forward to the written encouragement or history or memories of yours that make me remember. It also makes me laugh! I am one of those people who you wrote about recently, as I have so many routines (Habits, rituals and routines, Dec. 4, 2023). It is interesting how when we really look, we can see who we really are!” - Tina

I am glad to see that one of your routines is reading The Daily Umbrella. - Shane

“In addition to learning the same things you did about cement and concrete, part of my career was spent working around some talented engineers where I learned the recipe for concrete can be adjusted for air temperature, desired strength of finished product, and proper curing or drying of the cement (Get a load of this, Dec. 19, 2023). If your driveway is crumbling after three years, odds are the concrete used ran afoul of one or more of those variables. All of that is beyond my grasp, but I at least learned enough to ask about it! And when you and your friends were ‘pulling’ for the horn, I hope it was an air horn!” - Chuck

We were easily amused. Still are. - Shane

“When I was little, we lived in a town with a cement plant (Get a load of this, Dec. 19, 2023). It always created a white dust on everything. My mom swore that it created concrete on the outside of the windows. She had a terrible time cleaning them, so maybe she was right! Maybe the humidity and normal dirt in the air helped it harden on the windows.” - Margaret

Are you sure that suspicious white powder was from a cement plant? - Shane

“Robert Frost said the world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them (Overworked and underpaid, Dec. 20, 2023).” - Rex

Sad, but sometimes true. - Shane

“I have always liked the saying ‘Do what you love, and the money will follow.’ It never worked that way for me, but I still like the idea (Overworked and underpaid, Dec. 20, 2023).” - Dave

If that were true, I would get paid for eating ice cream. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

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

See Shane Goodman's previous columns 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

Dry conditions take us into the new year. Temperatures get chillier Sunday and Monday.

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

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The Food Dude's 2023 winners. He gives a nod to these people and things for making Des Moines better.

Brian Hardin. The Drake athletics director watched the school's team have as good an all-around performance as ever. They won conference championships in men's basketball, women's basketball, football and men's cross country. Women's soccer and volleyball teams made it to conference finals.

Ruth's Chris. The Dallas-based steakhouse company opened its largest store ever in West Des Moines. It was a smart choice. The store served 600 meals on Thanksgiving and has a similar number of reservations for New Year's Eve. This store has ten chandeliers that each cost more than Ruth Fertel spent to open her first place in New Orleans.

The District at Prairie Trail. Ankeny's 1000 acre entertainment district in the center of town filled in many pieces this year. There are now 19 restaurants and 13 shopping venues.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Happy birthday, Iowa! 177 looks good on you

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bust out your party hats and sing Happy Birthday — Iowa turns 177 years old. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Western Iowa teen accused of writing “hit list” containing fellow students

FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa — A western Iowa teen is facing several terrorism charges after she allegedly wrote a “hit list” that contained fellow classmates and school staff. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Penalties for educators who violate Iowa education law to be enforced starting Jan. 1

Teachers who fail to comply with the law will first be given a written warning by the Iowa Department of Education....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

From the Iowa Living magazines

Meet Rachel Greene
Enjoying collaboration with fellow educators

By T.K. West

Originally from West Des Moines, Rachel Greene attended Indian Hills Junior High School and graduated from Valley High School.

She then attended the University of Northern Iowa where she graduated in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in business teaching and economics. Now, Greene has returned to her alma mater to teach computer science. This is her first year teaching at Indian Hills Junior High School and her second year working in education.

“A reward is collaborating with awesome teachers, both new to the profession and veterans. The community of support I have has made the ‘I don’t know what I’m doing!’ moments feel more manageable and not exclusive to me. I have received wonderful advice and tangible classroom techniques that not all new-to-the-profession teachers receive. My colleagues are a big part of why I’m enjoying my job,” Greene says.

Read more in the December Clive Living magazine.

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Connor Elmitt today and Sarah Kramer Dec. 30!

These celebrities were born on this date: Dylan Minnette, Dylan Minnette, Paris Berelc, Jude Law, Dylan Mulvaney, Pardison Fontaine, Alison Brie, Danny Wagner, Ted Danson, Myles Garrett, Jane Levy, Christen Press, Jon Voight

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why did the kangaroo hop into the bar? IT HEARD THEY NEEDED A BOUNCER! - Gail Tomlinson. Or TO TRY SOME NEW HOP! - Rex Post. Or BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T JUMP OVER IT! THE BAR WAS SET TOO HIGH! - David Dolde.

Today's riddle

What was the bartender charged with after taking liquor home?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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