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Friday, April 5, 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.

“Technically, my first watch was probably at age 9 (Watches, April 1, 2024). My father died, and his 20-year-old Bulova was there to wear for church and other good occasions. I didn't like having it on when I was playing outside with neighbor kids, so I didn't wear it. Sometime around age 12, I bought my own Bulova. I remember when I was younger, Arthur Godfrey used to have a commercial on his morning radio show where he played a bovine mooing and then said, ‘What's a matter cow, did you have a bull of a time?’ Then along came former network news anchor John Cameron Swayze with ‘takes a licking and keeps on ticking’ for Timex watches. I may have had one for everyday use. I don't really remember. As I got older, I always had two watches — one for ‘dress’ and one for physical labor and other informal situations. The second was basically cheap enough that if it wasn't able to take the licking, throwing it away and replacing was not a burden. I never had a watch as a fashion statement, but then I have never been much of a fashionista. Have a good time!” - Chuck

I appreciate the Arthur Godfrey reference. My favorite quote of his is, “I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.” - Shane

“I had never thought about it, but I don't think I ever owned a wrist watch (Watches, April 1, 2024). My dad had a whole drawer full of them. I suppose I never had tight schedules to worry on. Maybe I never owned any other jewelry either, except tie pins before they started sewing labels on that could keep ties tucked. I did have many pins that CVBs gave away to promote their towns. Wore them on vests and floppy hats.” - Jim

Those who grew up in the north central or northwest part of Iowa may recall the kids TV show “Canyon Kid's Corner” that aired on KCAU in Sioux City from 1953 to 1985. Host Jim Henry famously donned a vest covered in buttons much like you are describing. I tried to create a similar vest of buttons but couldn’t collect enough to make it work. - Shane

“Loved your column this morning on peace (Peace begins with a smile, April 2, 2024). I enjoy how you analyze by song. So, this is how you think?” - Joe

Partially, yes. The remainder of my thoughts come from 1970s TV commercials. - Shane

“You're right - parentheses make no sense to use anymore (Phone numbers, April 3, 2024). Hyphens, dots - my real question regarding phone numbers is, when I punch in Shane Goodman's, who else is picking up?” - Brad

The answer, of course, is Mark Zuckerberg. - 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.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

Calm winds today with sunshine and a high in the upper 50s. Warmer but breezier conditions Saturday. Rain chances return Saturday night and Sunday. We should have at least some breaks in cloud cover for Monday’s eclipse.

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 Server
1. Nate Foreman, Lynn’s on Merle Hay

2. Ted Blackwood, The Big Steer Restaurant and Lounge

3. Zoey Osteen, Gastro Grub & Pub

Read all the results now!

Featured home for sale
Attention, Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

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From the May issue of Adel Living magazine

The gift of a future
Residents share their stories of organ transplants.

By Chantel Boyd

“I was given two gifts of life experience, which enabled me to get married, have four children, travel, and enjoy athletic and outdoor activities,” says Jim Steinberg, recipient of two kidneys donated by long-time friends.

Jim is thankful for this bonus time. “I am grateful for seeing my children grow up and being involved in their lives,” he says.

The best memories Jim has made since his organ donations have been attending daddy-daughter dances and other adventures, such as “traveling with my family to Australia, Hawaii, Yellowstone, etc.; piloting a small airplane; and attending and competing in the Transplant Games of America with other recipients, donors and their families.”


Don't diss Jesus in the land of cheese and vinegar. Andrea Saltini's controversial painting of Christ's body being sexually violated was vandalized March 28 in a deconsecrated church outside the great food city of Modena. The artist, who also paints still life portraits of canned sardines, was attacked and hospitalized when he intervened. The exhibition of the painting has sparked a petition for its closure signed by 30,000.

Keep your eye on the ball? Fuhgeddaboudit! Queens is the most ethnically diverse place in the U.S., maybe the world. To honor that, the New York Mets’ Citi Field serves wildly diverse foods from Queens vendors both permanent and rotating. The ballpark’s concessions have twice been named best in all baseball by USA Today. Among new foods this year is a French onion soup burger with a side of soup to dip it in for just under $20.

Weekend deals. The I Cubs' Sunday home games offer a family package of four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $64 (additional tickets can be purchased for $13 each)... All brats and dogs are $1.69 this Saturday and Sunday at Kwik Stars... Bartender's Handshake (3615 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines) has late night Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights with some $2 beers, $2 Amaro, $2 off house cocktails, and $2 pretzels.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: New Des Moines school board member named

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Public Schools has a new school board member. The school board chose Skylar Mayberry-Mayes to replace long-time member Teree Caldwell-Johnson....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Living History Farms looking to become year-round attraction

URBANDALE, Iowa — Living History Farms is looking to expand and become a year-round attraction. According to Living History Farms, their current climate-controlled indoor space isn’t big enough to support the growing demand for year-round programs, which is why they’re launching the Cultivating Our Future Capital Campaign to raise money for an expansion project...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Police identify man killed in Des Moines' first homicide of 2024

The deceased person has been identified as 18-year-old Jacob Matthew Brown. This is Des Moines' first homicide of 2024....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Brad Lundquist and Greg Baker!

These celebrities were born on this date: Christopher “Kid” Reid, Juicy J, Lily James, Max Gail, Mike Eli, Mike McCready, Mitch Pileggi, Paula Cole, Pharrell Williams, Daniel Caesar, Sterling Brown

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What happened at the impromptu party at the Chinese zoo? PANDA-MONIUM! - Shane Goodman, Carolyn Rogers. More answers from Rex Post.

Today's riddle

What happened at the impromptu party at the Chinese zoo?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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