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Friday, Feb. 2, 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.

“Shane, I read with interest your article on the relationship between the size of a person's toes and their personality, but, frankly, now I'm confused (Long toes, Jan. 22, 2024). I always thought that if your big toe is the longest, it meant you loved to go shopping. If your second toe is longer, it meant you were a homebody. A long third toe meant you were a carnivore, especially fond of beef. And a prominent fourth toe meant you were always hungry. And finally, a significant little toe indicated a bladder problem, because it went ‘wee, wee, wee’ all the way home.” - Bob

Hook. Line. And “stinker.” You got me, Bob. Thanks for the laugh. - Shane

“Shane, thanks for the walk down memory lane with the story about Casey Kasem (American Top 40, Jan. 29, 2024). I loved his shows and even looked forward to the top 100 shows on New Year’s Eve. Some other greats that I listened to were Wolfman Jack’s ‘The Midnight Special.’ (I would listen to this on Saturday nights when babysitting after the kids were asleep while waiting for their parents to return.) Another was Dick Clark in ‘American Bandstand.’ All of these icons shared the music industry in a unique way, and I always looked forward to hearing them each week.” - Lu Anne

I can still hear the static from my AM transistor radio as I tried to tune in WOW so I could listen to the Wolfman. And what was a Saturday without watching “American Bandstand” and Dick Clark? We can sometimes forget how influential these folks were in the music industry. - Shane

“Lovely column (Visiting, Jan. 30, 2024)! Happy Tuesday!” - Joe

Do you find any irony that in a column about the lack of face-to-face communication, you texted this message to me? - Shane

“I remember when we would go back to visit my grandparents (Visiting, Jan. 30, 2024). I was just a little thing, maybe 5 or 6 and used to get all cleaned up to go ‘visiting.’ I hated it at the time, but, in retrospect, I don’t know why. I’d get so much attention. Sure I got slobbered on by sweet old ladies, but that was a small price to pay for good old fashioned rural Iowa baked goods that were always present when we went visiting. And I don’t remember Mom calling in advance; we just dropped in and were always so warmly welcomed, and they were thrilled to see us. All of those precious old people are gone now, including Mom, but I can still feel their kisses on my cheeks and smell the baked good aromas from their little houses with the doilies on the back of the couch. Precious memories!” - Lori

That all sounds wonderful to me. Except the doilies. - Shane

“My father was emailing and texting me more than he called because he got used to ‘visiting’ that way (Visiting, Jan. 30, 2024). But, growing up, the ‘visiting’ you described in your column was the way my parents did it (and, by extension, my sisters and I) in rural Minnesota, at lots of ‘pot lucks’ and ‘fish suppers’ and family get-togethers. Since I’m probably in the ‘low chat percentile,’ I’ve found it’s easier to keep conversations shorter by texting or emailing.” - Rick

Make sense to me, but I hope to still see you at the fish supper. - 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.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Mild temperatures roll on into next week. Western Iowa could see a few showers early Saturday morning.

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 results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!

Best-kept secret on the local restaurant scene

1. Simon’s

2. Early Bird Brunch

3. Bistro at the Iowa Culinary Institute at DMACC


Featured home for sale
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The tournament boom

By Colson Thayer

The Iowa High School Athletics Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) bring in thousands of fans with their annual tournaments at Wells Fargo Arena each year. Athletes, families, friends and students alike make their way to downtown Des Moines to celebrate the year’s athletic achievements and cheer on their respective teams at boys state wrestling and boys and girls basketball. Fans pack the stands during the events, but what are they doing when their favorite athletes are not competing? Oftentimes, they are contributing to the local economy.


What is America's number one coffee town? How about doughnuts? Clever Real Estate, a data company, ranked the 50 largest cities’ coffee cultures based on Google searches and per capita numbers of coffee and doughnut businesses. Portland was the top coffee city with 27.8 coffee shops per 100,000 residents (12.6 is the national average). Eight of the top ten cities were in western states and three of the top five were in California. Providence was the top town for doughnut shops.

The French government ordered a force of 1,400 gendarmes to police farmer protests Monday. The farmers were protesting green environmental rules that have cut their profits. France is the largest agriculture producer in Europe.

Fareways are having a sale on USDA Choice T-bone steaks Friday and Saturday only - $8.88/lb. Fresh Thyme (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) is selling raspberries, strawberries and blackberries for $2.50 each through Tuesday.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Caitlin Clark and Iowa are drawing sold-out crowds, big ratings even on road. She says ‘it’s crazy’

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Caitlin Clark has been a must-see attraction all season, with sold-out arenas where some tickets have gone for thousands of dollars on the secondary market. The prices are only expected to go higher as the Iowa star approaches the NCAA all-time scoring record over the next few weeks. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Gov. Reynolds introduces bill that critics say erases trans Iowans’ existence

DES MOINES, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds introduced a bill that critics say is an attempt to systematically erase transgender Iowans’ existence. Dubbed the LGBTQ Erasure Act by critics, HSB 649 would legally define the word mother as only being female and the word father as only being male, would require transgender Iowans to have birth certificates and drivers or state licenses that list their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity, would require state agencies to only recognize Iowans as their sex assigned at birth, and redefines the term equal to not mean ‘same’ or identical’...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Indianola police arrest man after 'road rage incident' leads to car chase

INDIANOLA, Iowa — A suspect is in custody Thursday afternoon after leading Indianola police on a car chase through Warren County.  Officers responded to a "road rage incident" on North Jefferson Way at around 12:30 p.m. When they arrived, the suspect drove away from the officers, leading police on a car chase, a press release states......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday on Sunday to Kurt Mumm!

These celebrities were born on this date: Brent Spiner, . Christie Brinkley, Jack McGee, Kim Zimmer, Shakira, Tom Blyth, Duane Chapman

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 the same riddle runs two days in a row? AN OOPS! Or, AN EGREGIOUS ERROR! 

Today's riddle

Why does it cost big bucks to get a new rocket off the ground?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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