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Friday, April 19, 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.

“You nailed it on this one (Stainless steel tumblers, March 27, 2024). Kids carry these around at school, too! America’s obsession with accessories!” - Aaron

Maybe they should be carrying books instead. Just a thought. - Shane

“You wrote that some conspiracy theorists made claims that, during Monday’s solar eclipse, the United States was going to declare martial law, the government would imprison people in their homes, a portal would open to another dimension, aliens would land, and the world would come to an end (Round objects, April 10, 2024). Some are also claiming the very same thing about one Donald J. Trump this election cycle! I guess he puts the DON in Armageddon. I digress. Thanks, Shane!” - Tim

You have seen “Men In Black,” right? Don’t open locker C-18. - Shane

“Hello, Shane. My former boss forwarded your morning message to me today (Sock it to you, April 12, 2024). You mentioned my dad, Fritz Nielsen. How random, and how fun! Dad passed away in September 2022 at age 96. He also wore socks with sandals! Fun sock story…my mom, Sandy, knitted my dad a pair of argyle socks for their wedding. He still had those socks in his sock drawer when he passed. Thanks for making me smile today.” - Judi

Your dad was a wonderful man, Judi. I have written about my many lessons from him before, and I most certainly will again. - Shane

“I understand your pain (Today’s TV remotes, April 15, 2024). We have five remotes in one room. The older CD player and sound system are separate from the TV, TIVO and sound bar. I put my wife in charge of these years ago. I can turn them on and off, change channels or CDs, and adjust sound. After that, it is beyond me. I recall seeing the remote at the Gettysburg farm home of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. It had been custom built in the early 1950s. As I recall, it was a cube-sized box about 8 inches on a side with a phone-like dial. It was attached to an electronic cable about the size of a garden hose. The cable ran along the wall to the other side of the room where the TV was located. The Eisenhowers could dial the channel number they wanted and then listen to the remote go clunk, clunk until reaching their channel choice.” - Chuck

That sounds like one more reason to like Ike. - 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

Frost is possible the next few mornings. We’ll see highs in the 50s through the weekend, warming to the 60s next week. Slight rain chances Monday and Wednesday.

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

Jake Christensen at the original Thai Flavors

By Jim Duncan

Jake Christensen is a developer who has repurposed many of East Village’s 19th and early 20th century buildings, including E300 (Zombie Burger). That was a ground-up construction on a vacant parking lot with one of the largest residential geothermal systems ever in Iowa. We asked him to lunch, and he selected the original Thai Flavors at East 14th and University.

“I love this place,” he said, speaking for both of us. Now that Taste of Thailand headman Nurack “Pak” Prasong has moved on to his third term in Thailand’s Senate, this eastside Thai Flavors and A Dong are the local O.G.s of Siam’s esteemed cuisine.

EP 16: Divorces, Best Tenderloins, Caitlin Clark (again), CITYVIEW Readers Pizza Toppings
Cyote and Tammy discuss two different cases of divorce, their personal nomination for the 22nd annual best breaded tenderloin contest, Caitlin Clark going No. 1 overall in the WNBA draft, what CITYVIEW readers refuse to have on their pizza and more.
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Bridal Shop

1. Schaffer’s Bridal

2. Rosalie

3. Weddings by Design + The Tux Shop

Read all the results now!

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

$999,000                                                              604 Grand Oaks Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Reduced $101, 000. This large 2-story home is set on a 1.67-acre private park-like lot in Grand Oaks, an executive neighborhood. The home has 5,876 finished square feet, with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 14 total rooms, 3 fireplaces and was featured in Welcome Home Magazine. Updates of over $250,000 include roof (2023), kitchen appliances, all new carpet, landscaping, retaining walls, interior paint, all LED lights, smart home,  two new direct vent fireplaces, furnace (2020), CA (2020) and tankless hot water heater (2020), garage (2022), washer and dryer (2022).

See the listing here.

See More Homes For Sale
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SALE DATE: 2024-01-17
SALE PRICE: $300,000
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From the April issue of Urbandale Living magazine

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

By Chantel Boyd

Molly Deutmeyer of Urbandale is grateful for those who choose organ and tissue donation. Her son, Emmett, was injured playing baseball and had to have surgery this past fall. The procedure required using donated cartilage to repair his knee.

Molly lives in Urbandale with her husband, Brandon, and their children, Emmett, Asa, Nellia and Aurora, who attend Urbandale schools.

Emmett received the cartlidge from a deceased donor through the donor program. Molly and her family have no information about the donor but are glad for the donation because it has dramatically enhanced Emmett's life. He wouldn't be walking, running or playing like he is now had he not received the tissue donation.


The five original "Blue Zones" — places in the world with the healthiest, longest-living populations — are: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California, where 9,000 (out of 24,000) Seventh Day Adventists bump up the average life expectancy. The term was coined by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow. He now says that "eating a cup of beans each day can prolong a person's life by four years." (BBC) Want more beans in your diet? Try La Familia's (1610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines) frijoles. They are the best I have ever eaten.

Passover begins at sundown on Monday and ends at sunset on April 30. Seders are usually hosted on the first two nights of the holiday celebrating the anniversary of the Exodus liberation. Maccabee's Glatt Kosher Deli (1150 Polk Blvd., Des Moines) has the most comprehensive array of appropriate products in Iowa. They also have several Levant wines, a region newly appreciated by wine media.

Weekend deals. Friday's I-Cubs game includes free fireworks afterwards... Whatcha Smokin’? (403 Iowa Ave., Luther) serves gargantuan beef ribs from 4 p.m. on Saturday, till they are sold out… Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Ave., Urbandale) serves roast turkey and ham Sunday dinners after 3 p.m... Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery (2301 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines) has Friday specials of lasagna or chicken Parmesan dinners with mashed potatoes, gravy and garlic bread $15.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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FROM KCCI: Two shootings, two different responses — Iowa arms teachers while Maine restricts guns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three months after a fatal school shooting, Iowa lawmakers this week passed legislation allowing trained teachers and staff to carry guns on school property. Six months after a deadly mass shooting by an Army reservist, Maine lawmakers this week passed a wide-ranging package of new gun restrictions...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Republican leadership releases flat income tax plan

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a session of teasing income tax changes the final numbers were released Thursday morning. The bill has a version in each chamber. It calls for a 3.8% flat income tax rate to take effect in 2025. The bill moved fast on Thursday, advancing through an Iowa Senate subcommittee at 8 a.m. and clearing the senate ways and means committee in the early evening hours. The Iowa House passed the bill through committee in the early evening as well, clearing the way for debate on each chamber floor. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: As Iowa developer fails in bankruptcy case, investors' money may not be recouped

WAUKEE, Iowa — The developers of an embattled 55+ housing community in Waukee are still in troubled waters after their bankruptcy case was dismissed in federal court.
Jeffrey and Tina Ewing, who own Pella-based development company Ewing Properties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 5.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: LeBron James: 'Too much emphasis' on Lakers-Nuggets as rematch....READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Kyrie Irving Reacts to Not Making Team USA Roster for 2024 Paris Olympics. ... READ MORE
YAHOO! SPORTS: How much will Xavier Worthy’s 40-yard dash record influence NFL Draft? Why talent evaluators might care more than you think  .... READ MORE
1775: American Revolution begins at Battle of Lexington. April 19, 1775: At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation, the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, a shot was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun..... READ MORE
1995: Oklahoma City bombing. Just after 9 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a massive truck bomb explodes outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast collapsed the north face of the nine-story building, instantly killing more than 100 people and trapping dozens more in the rubble. Emergency crews raced to Oklahoma City from across the country, and when the rescue effort finally ended two weeks later the death toll stood at 168 people killed, including 19 young children who were in the building’s day-care center at the time of the blast.... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday on Sunday to Brian Goodman!

These celebrities were born on this date: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hayden Christensen, Jennifer Esposito, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Yeates, James Franco, Tim Curry, Ali Wong, Ashley Judd, Hayden Christensen, James Franco, Kate Hudson, Simu Liu

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why couldn't the butterfly go to the dance? IT WAS A MOTH BALL! - Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from Kris Laurson, William Snyder, Rex Post

Today's riddle

What happened to the guy who broke his left arm and left leg in a car accident?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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