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Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024
Good morning to you!

I wrote a column a few years ago that was a parody of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1987 hit, “Jammin’ Me.” It spurred a number of responses from many of you, all in good fun. The purpose was to take a poke at some of the people, places and things that have been in front of us way too much lately, some positively and some negatively. I hope to make this an updated version each year. Listen to the song again here, and then check out this year’s take below.

“We got you… in a column. We got you against the wall.
You got no… where to go. In these “treacherous” snowfalls.

Take back… Meghan Markle. Baby, nothing in your Twitter feed.
Take back… hand sanitizer. Baby, drop MyPillow need.

You're jammin' me, you're jammin' me. Quit jammin' me!

Baby, we can keep you, painted in a column. You can unsubscribe, but it's not over.

Take back… Facebook’s slander. Take back your Netflix plan.
Take back… the Tiks and Toks. Of your life in Caitlin Clark land.

Take back… Aaron Rodgers. Take back that warming glow.
Take back… Taylor Swift. Give 'em all some place to go.

You're jammin' me, you're jammin' me. Quit jammin' me!

Baby, we can keep you, painted in a column. You can unsubscribe, but it's not over.

Take back… all the terrorists. And the iPhone’s peeping eye.
Yeah, take back… cancel culture. Better check your computer’s AI.

You're jammin' me, you're jammin' me. Quit jammin' me!

Take back… political ads. Take back your Amazon store.
Take back… that carbon pipeline. They're trying to build outside my door.

You're jammin' me, you're jammin' me. Quit jammin' me!

Baby, we can keep you, painted in a column. You can unsubscribe, but it's not over.”

Now keep singing this all day, and let me know which ones I missed.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Fog, freezing rain and freezing fog are possible to start the day today. Rain and sprinkles will then linger into Thursday, when fog is again possible. Highs stay steady.

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

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!
Addy announces bid for at-large Des Moines City Council seat

Dr. Claudia Addy, a podiatrist who currently works for an auto salvage auction company, as a substitute teacher and at the box office of Wells Fargo Arena, is running for the at-large Des Moines City Council seat.

The Des Moines City Council voted Monday night to fill the seat in a special election. The seat was held by Connie Boesen and became vacant when Boesen was sworn in as the newly elected mayor. The date for the special election has yet to be determined by the county auditor but will likely be a Tuesday in March.

Addy has also worked at the Great Ape Trust and previously ran for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and the Iowa House.

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Liquor sales grow. Air quality suffers. Tourism grants announced. Register circulation drops.

The IABD (Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division) released its annual report for the 2023 fiscal year. It reported a total revenue of $478,259,852, which is a 3.34% increase from 2022. Unsurprisingly, $445,830,313 of that came from liquor sales.

It appears many Iowans enjoy the Christmas spirits considering December had the highest liquor sales with $42,863,859. However, the most gallons of liquor were sold in August with 587,359.

Iowans cut back their consumption of wine and beer as the number of gallons sold for both dropped from last year to this year. The amount of native beer sold did increase 5.22%.


Carrefour, one of the world’s biggest grocery chains, is dropping PepsiCo products from roughly 10,000 stores across five European countries. Carrefour says it’s taking a stand against high prices. (WSJ)

Kraft is rolling out its first new flavors of Singles in ten years. Jalapeño, Garlic & Herb, and Caramelized Onion will be in stores soon. The last flavors added to this product line were Sharp Cheddar and Pepper Jack. (Today.com)

Today's special at Angry Goldfish (2301 SW Ninth St., Des Moines) is hot beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy for $11.50.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Iowa bill would allow teenage child care workers to watch younger kids unsupervised

Iowa lawmakers are looking for ways to address the lack of accessible and affordable child care. Some are looking to expand the responsibilities of teenage child care workers to help, but others say that's not a solution....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Remains of Iowa pilot killed during WWII in France finally accounted for

WASHINGTON, DC — The remains of an Iowa native killed in the fighting in the European theater during World War II have finally been identified. The remains of Muscatine-native Theodore Willhite were accounted for in September of last year, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Tuesday...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Southeast connector project gets a boost with INFRA grant

The project will transform Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, connecting it with U.S. Highway 65......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday David Boberg!

These celebrities were born on this date: Neil Diamond, Aaron Neville, Yakov Smirnoff, Phil Lamarr, Mary Lou Retton, Matthew Lillard, Ed Helms, Tatyana Ali, Keech Rainwater

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 green onions sing Bee Gees tunes? CHIVE TALKIN' - Kris Hazelton, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson. Or Root vegetables that started the whole world crying!- Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

What kind of croc hangs out in back passages around town?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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