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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Good morning to you!

Extra crispy. That’s how a lot of folks are feeling today after a few days with temperatures in the 80s. For those of you reading this who are not from Iowa, that’s odd weather in this part of the country for this time of year. After all, this is April, not August. You can blame it on microwave ovens. Regardless, many of us apparently forgot what month it is — and the sunscreen, too.

My wife and I have an ongoing debate about sunscreen. As typical, she wins. In my defense, though, sunscreen is not something I learned about as a youth. We had “suntan lotion,” which, I thought, made a person tan — and smell like a coconut. My sister used it on her milky white skin, but my brothers and I went without. Our milky white skin still turned brown each summer, and I don’t ever recall having my skin peel off or getting sunburned as a kid. All this without sunscreen. Or suntan lotion. Or whatever that stuff is called.

That all changed when I was 19 years old and working construction during the summer. I was tearing shingles off a roof, a job that requires leaning over for much of the day. As typical, I was enjoying the direct sun with no hat, no sunglasses. It was an exceptionally warm day in May, so I decided to take off my shirt while working on the roof. That direct sun grilled my back like a flame-broiled burger, and, for the first time in my life, my skin peeled — like a sardine can. And not only did it peel, it bubbled and oozed and itched like crazy. I was miserable.

That burn incident was 36 years ago, and it changed my relationship with the big yellow ball ever since, as burn-and-peel became our summer ritual. Today, after chastising me for not using sunscreen, my wife tells me to put lotion and aloe on the burn. This never made much sense to me. The damage is done. Once the steak is burnt, no amount of BBQ sauce is going to unburn it.

Back to the days of my youth. I had a big mop of hair on my head back then that kept my scalp from burning and maybe even kept some of the sun out of my eyes. Today, I rely on a ball cap and my prescription sunglasses — and I keep my shirt on.

I am not ignorant to the seriousness of too much sun or the skin cancer that can be a result of it. The older I get, it is all too real. But I still sometimes forget about how my skin can fry like an egg in a matter of minutes, and I need a slight April searing to set me straight. If the choices are milky white or extra crispy, I am just fine being pale. With or without sunscreen.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

Showers and storms continue today. Some storms this afternoon may become severe. Cooling temperatures as the week goes on with an additional rain chance on Thursday.

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

From the April issue of CITYVIEW

‘Road House’ is a rollicking good time

By David Rowley

The release of a new “Road House” film sparks both curiosity and skepticism. Attempting to fill the shoes of the gritty, sweaty Patrick Swayze classic from 1989 is no small feat. Sequels and remakes often struggle to strike the delicate balance between good and so-bad-it’s-good that defined many films from that era, with many tipping away from the realm of outright bad.

However, upon viewing, it becomes evident that this “Road House” remake, helmed by “The Bourne Identity” director Doug Liman, is not to be dismissed lightly.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Thrift Shop

1. Goodwill of Central Iowa

2. Many Hands Thrift Market

3. Caring Hands Secondhand Treasures

Read all the results now!

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From the April issue of Adel Living magazine

Meet Lucas Den Herder
Meeting his math students where they are

By T.K. West

Lucas Den Herder spent the majority of his life in northwest Iowa before relocating to the Des Moines area. After graduating from Dordt University, he spent two years teaching at Western Christian before taking a leap of faith and stepping away from teaching for a year to join Youth With a Mission. As part of his new role, Den Herder spent three months training and serving in Hawaii, followed by three months of service in the Middle East. Although he says the experience was great, he missed education and was excited to return to it.

Last spring, Den Herder chose to relocate to the Des Moines area because some of his friends had moved there. When searching for a job, he says the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn district felt a lot like the community and school districts he had grown up around. Now Den Herder teaches math at the high school.


California ocean waters were closed to salmon fishing last week for the second year in a row. Not enough salmon are being found in California rivers — traditionally preferred spawning attractions for pricey Chinook (called King salmon in Des Moines markets). The fishing industry blames California government for diverting Colorado river water to agriculture and residential uses. California government blames climate change and Donald Trump. Chinook just want cooler, deeper rivers to make babies in, so they are moving north.

Of all the gin junctures in this world... Gin was invented by Italian monks in the 11th century. It became an international thing when the Dutch East India Company thought it was a preventative for tropical diseases in the 17th century. William of Orange brought it with him when that Dutchman became king of England. London dry gin standardized the world recipe making juniper, coriander, angelica, and licorice the essential botanicals and never using sweeteners. After retiring from Tanqueray, master distiller Tom Nichol came to Kansas City to help Rieger distillery create Midwestern Dry Gin with the same methods and ingredients — spirits from wheat, juniper, coriander, angelica, licorice and orange peel. Juniper Moon pours Rieger in Des Moines. But what's in a name?

Deals of the day. Django, which is now open for lunch Tuesday through Thursday, has an all night Happy Hour Tuesdays which includes half priced oysters on the half shell, cocktail shrimp, charcuterie and cheese boards and more... Tuesday brings $12 hot beef sandwiches to Paula's (524 Elm St., Valley Junction) and $4.95 gyros to Opa! (2800 University Ave., West Des Moines)... Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines) has a Tuesday special of a pound of snow crab, fries and a side for $20.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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KINGS COUNTY, N.Y. (AP) — Caitlin Clark admitted she was a bit nervous before being chosen with the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever, even though it was no surprise. "I dreamed of this moment since I was in second grade, and it's taken a lot of hard work, a lot of ups and downs, but more than anything, just trying to soak it in," Clark said...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 1 dead, 3 injured after UTV hits deer in Iowa

MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa — One person is dead and three people are injured after a UTV struck a deer in a rural area west of Muscatine Saturday night. It happened around 8:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of Burlington Road, according to a crash report from the Iowa State Patrol. Nathan Hackett, 30, was driving a Can-Am side-by-side northbound when the UTV struck a deer, left the road, and rolled multiple times...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: ESA applications through state website available April 16 through June 20

Under the Students First Act, students and their families are able to use taxpayer funds in order to cover private school costs....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Lawsuit seeks millions from Chiefs' Rashee Rice, SMU's Teddy Knox... READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: MLB Fans Share Emotional Reactions to Yankees Broadcaster John Sterling’s Retirement. ... READ MORE
YAHOO! SPORTS: Igor Shesterkin makes 26 saves as Rangers clinch Presidents' Trophy with 4-0 win over Senators .... READ MORE
2007: Virginia Tech shooting leaves 32 dead:  On April 16, 2007, 32 people died after being gunned down on the campus of Virginia Tech by Seung-Hui Cho, a student at the college who later died by suicide. The Virginia Tech shooting began around 7:15 a.m., when Cho, a 23-year-old senior and English major at Blacksburg-based Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, shot a female freshman and a male resident assistant in a campus dormitory before fleeing the building... READ MORE
2018: Kendrick Lamar becomes the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize.  ... READ MORE
1947: Fertilizer explosion kills 581 in Texas: A giant explosion occurs during the loading of fertilizer onto the freighter Grandcamp at a pier in Texas City, Texas, on April 16, 1947. ... The blast was heard 150 miles away and was so powerful that the ship’s 1.5- ton anchor was found two miles away. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Antony Blinken, Bill Belichick, Claire Foy, Ellen Barkin, Jon Cryer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,  Kelli O'Hara, Chance The Rapper, Martin Lawrence, Te'a Cooper

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 going out of business sale at an apparel boutique? A CLOTHES-OUT SALE! - Carolyn Rogers, John Zeitler. Or Permanently out of season clothing! - Mark Arends. Other answers by Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post, William Snyder 

Today's riddle

How many birds does it take to change a lightbulb?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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