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Friday, Jan. 12, 2024
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 wanted to comment about gazing at nature to feel ‘settled’ (Staring at the sky, Jan. 3, 2024). When the next millennium was upon us (remember the panic that computers everywhere would fail?), I wandered into my backyard that New Year's Eve and stared at the stars as hard as I could. Another millennium was nothing to the stars; they'd been around for eons. It reminded me that those stars will survive no matter what we do on this planet. It was one of those 'peace on Earth' moments.” - Shirley

How true. All hail the Big Dipper! - Shane

“I try to read your column every day. And, like most things in my life, I try to put you into a pigeon hole (Staring at the sky, Jan. 3, 2024). But then you write a column like you wrote today. Really? Now you’re a poet? Loved it.” - Joe

You got something against pigeons? - Shane

“I appreciate nature and the power and awe of creation even more as I have grown older, and I have really perfected the ‘my mind wanders aimlessly.’ (Staring at the sky, Jan. 3, 2024)” - George

Practice makes perfect, or something like that. - Shane

“I'm being accustomed to this format of receiving information (A newspaper evolves, Jan. 8, 2024). I'm pretty much detoxed my need to hold paper. I hope you don't have to go electronic with CITYVIEW, but, if so, I'll adjust. But I'm not going to pay $19-plus for the electronic Register!” - John

We like having CITYVIEW in print, too, and we don’t charge our readers a dime for it, in print or online. I am glad you are one of our 100,000-plus readers. - Shane

“Shane, I loved your column this morning (Snow happens, Jan. 9, 2024). Having been a supervisor in an office for several years, I can relate. I was motivated to make it to work when it snowed, so I could answer the phone when my co-workers, who lived much closer, called in to say they couldn't make it in. I worked for the State of Nebraska for 42 years, and they NEVER close. The last time I remember them closing was probably in 1983 or 1984, and my husband and I were headed to work with our small child in tow, to first drop him off at daycare, when we heard the announcement on the radio that the State offices would be closed that day. My husband turned the car around and took our child and me back home, and he headed back to work. I am retired now and can enjoy snow!” - Marla

I am fascinated by the psychology of what makes one person motivated to beat the snow and another to roll over and go back to bed. There is a personality match in there somewhere, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet. - 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

Snow continues into the evening, with 7-10+” expected in the Des Moines metro area. Wind will be gusting in excess of 40 mph, and it stays breezy into Saturday. Then COLD.

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

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Des Moines Performing Arts. “STOMP.” Jan. 12-14.

Pura Social Club. "A SMASHing Cabaret.” Jan. 13. 

Tallgrass Theatre Company. "Broadway Karaoke.” Jan. 14. 

Iowa Stage Theatre Company. “Scriptease.” Jan. 15. We'll be reading "The Book of Will” by Lauren Gunderson, directed by RAC member John Robinson.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz


Fans at Monday's Michigan vs. Washington championship football game were treated to Houston "hospitality." Beers cost $12.65 to $16.55 and water went for $6.95. Washington had eliminated Texas in the semifinals. Coincidence?

Jan. 19 is National Popcorn Day. Des Moines owes a lot to the treat. The origins of the Blank family fortunes, as in our zoo and hospital, evolved from Abraham Blank's chain of movie theaters and Myron Blank's invention of the original movie theater popcorn machine that filled the air with the seductive aroma of coconut oil. For international flavors https://www.popcorn.org has recipes for spicy Korean barbecue popcorn, coconut curry cashew popcorn and Madras curry popcorn.

Irina's Steak and Seafood (650 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines) is offering half-priced steaks and appetizers on Sundays and Mondays. They also have the best background music in town for people who love the era of Ella, Frank, Satchmo, Tony, Dino and Ray.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Here’s what we know about the 2024 presidential candidates’ tax proposals

Creating a flat tax. Eliminating the federal gas tax. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who are vying for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, threw out some catchy phrases about their tax plans at CNN's debate on Wednesday. But they did not provide many details...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Finally some beautiful weather! Snowmobilers praise ‘best conditions in years’

Nearly a foot of heavy, wet, sticky snow—with falling temperatures promising to give it all an icy glaze! It sounds like… “It’s definitely a very, very exciting weekend for the snowmobiling community!” says Jason Lamoureux, of Hicklin Powersports in Grimes, who rides snowmobiles in his spare time..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines International Airport served record-breaking 3 million passengers in 2023

The record-shattering totals were led by a whopping 891,310 American Airlines flights in and out of Des Moines in 2023...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday on Saturday to Al Meyer

These celebrities were born on this date: Dominique Wilkins, Issa Rae, Jeff Bezos, Howard Stern, Melanie Chisholm, Oliver Platt, Zayn Malik, Rob Zombi, Jeremy Camp

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 frozen pickle hanging from the roof? AN ICEPICKLE! Or perhaps a Pickicle or dillcicle! - Jeri Motsick, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Vern Willey, Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

What do you call the feeling you’ve been in a craft brewery before?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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