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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Good morning to you!

Welcome to an extra edition of the 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.

“No Speedo for this lad (Swimmingly, April 23, 2024). My first memory of swimming was at the wading pool, being taken there to splash. I was already trying to do some sort of crawl. Next thing I know, I was taking lessons at the pool. I was asked to swim across the 25-yard pool and started out, then got moved up to my brother’s class. I used to spend all the time I could at the pool, helping teach lessons for free to get more time in the water. My father did not believe in air conditioning till his later years, so we would play baseball after lunch and then go swimming till dinner. We would wait the hour and close out the day when they booted us out. God bless that pool.” - Rex

You were not alone, Rex. I would guess that many of us spent more summertime hours in the water at the swimming pool than we did in bed sleeping. - Shane

“My experience with trying to learn how to swim did not go well (Swimmingly, April 23, 2024). After weeks of lessons at the local pool, the instructor dropped me in the deep end, and he had to pull me out. I was in the ‘sink’ category of the ‘sink or swim’ test.” - George

I am glad that you floated back up! - Shane

Hi, Shane. Your biking stories brought back a flood of memories from my childhood (Wheels keep on turning (April 24, 2024). I remember one epic day in May of 1981 when we had a day off school. Me and another buddy stayed overnight at my best friend's house, then we got out fishing poles and tackle boxes and rode our bikes from Beaverdale all the way to Saylorville Lake. We fished for a few hours, ate some lunch, then rode back during rush hour. Imagine three 14-year-old boys, each using one hand to brace a fishing pole and tackle box on the handle bar with the other hand steering the bike. As far as my mom knew, I was just sleeping over at my friend's house. If she knew about the insane adventure we embarked on that day, I might still be grounded.” - Brendan

I wish we could see more 14-year-old boys with fishing poles and tackle boxes on bikes instead of on their phones or tablets 24/7. - Shane

“Good evening, Shane. The old bikes go to Cozumel to die (Wheels keep on turning (April 24, 2024). They live out their final days being pedaled by tourists along the shore to a beach for snorkeling before returning to the cruise ship.” - John

It all makes sense now. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

Rain into this morning. This afternoon and Friday look dry in central Iowa. We do have another slight rain chance late Saturday. Temperatures stay mild.

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

From the May issue of CITYVIEW

Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide

By Cyote Williams

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming — and the cicadas are coming. But that won’t stop us, and it shouldn’t stop you, from enjoying the seemingly endless entertainment that graces central Iowa during its warmest months. Artwork from the world-renowned to the area’s brightest up and coming talents. From Broadway shows to community theaters. Symphonies to singers. Cracks of the bat to thoroughbreds and race cars rounding curves. CITYVIEW’s events section details the best community celebrations, farmers markets, skillet throws and conventions for most every interest. We have it here in one place to help you make summer 2024 unforgettable.

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


Best Local Liquor Store

1. Central City Liquors

2. Wall to Wall Wines & Spirits

3. Ingersoll Wine & Spirits


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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Beautiful, Grimes custom resale. 1 1/2 story with more than 3,300 square feet with 5 bedrooms 4.5 bathrooms. The open space great room features large windows, 9-foot ceiling and gas fireplace. The kitchen complete with a built-in electric convection oven and microwave, granite counters and pantry. A generous dining space that opens to a covered rear patio and fenced rear yard. The elevated primary suite features a 17x14 foot bedroom, ensuite bath with tile shower and walk-in closet, and laundry room.

See the listing here.

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From the May issue of Adel Living magazine

Competing for time
Residents share how relationships are the “win” in sporting together.

By Chantel Boyd

PD and Lot Legaspi, along with many other couples, find pickleball to be a sport they can enjoy together.

“I like pickleball because it’s something I get to do with my wife, and we get to meet many new people,” PD Legaspi says, adding that the game is straightforward with simple rules.

He conjectures that some people are deterred from playing pickleball because they think it’s a challenging sport to play.

“This is probably because they compare pickleball to tennis, racquetball or badminton, which are more challenging to learn,” he says. However, pickleball is easier.


Higher costs and inflation-weary consumers are starting to erode sales across much of the U.S. restaurant industry. Traffic last year, while 1% higher than in 2022, remained 8% below pre-pandemic levels. (Market research firm Circana).

So how do you explain Chipotle? They have: increased prices six times since 2021; were among the first restaurant companies to boost menu prices on delivery apps; and their prices are set to rise further in California, where roughly 400 locations are paying higher hourly wages in response to a new state edict. Yet the now California-based chain’s same-store sales grew 8.4% last quarter, far outpacing its rivals. Chipotle has reported better-than-expected earnings for four straight quarters according to FactSet. It is planning to open around 300 new locations this year. Analysts' consensus answer to our question: Chipotle appeals to a unique base of customers who tend to be more affluent and health-conscious than the average restaurant-goer. Do you think McDonald's regrets selling Chipotle off for less than they paid for them? (WSJ)

Good deals. McDonald's admitted they have raised prices too fast for a bargain hunting clientele. They promised to bring back the $1-$2-$3 menu and lower some prices. We'll see... Purveyor (505 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines) has a Thursday only special of Moroccan couscous - lemon chicken, beef keftas, five vegetables, harissa and bouillon , $17 starting at 5 p.m... Eastside Eddie’s (3517 E. 26th St., Des Moines) has a Thursday special hot beef sandwich with green beans for $10... Fareway is advertising "extra meaty" baby back ribs at $2.99/lb. That is code for ribs with rib tips attached. Through Saturday.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


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FROM KCCI: Tuesday's storms bring Iowa's April tornado count to 41

DES MOINES, Iowa — The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado hit northern Wayne County Tuesday night....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Metro burger named the best in the state

ANKENY, Iowa — Iowa’s Best Burger has been named for 2024 and an Ankeny dining establishment has come out on top. The 10 finalists for the Iowa Beef Industry Council’s contest were named back in March and on Tuesday, JJ’s Tavern + Grill was announced as 2024’s winner. The newcomer opened in late November of 2023. .... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Gov. Reynolds signs cancer bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signed over 40 bills into law Wednesday, with two of them involving insurance coverage for cancer care.......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Some bowl leaders hope for CBA to help lower number of opt-outs..READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Caitlin Clark's First Professional Trading Card Sells For $10,000.. READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Browns reportedly asking taxpayers to fund half of $2.4B new stadium or $1B in upgrades to current stadium ...READ MORE
2011: Osama bin Laden killed by U.S. forces.   ... READ MORE
1974: Former Vice President Spiro Agnew disbarred for tax evasion .. READ MORE
1963: More than 1,000 schoolchildren protest segregation in the Children’s Crusade. On May 2, 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama, more than 1,000 Black school children march through the city in a demonstration against segregation. Police arrested nearly 800 demonstrators, including a 6-year-old girl, mostly for parading without a permit. .... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy “BIG” birthday wishes to Doyle Motsick!

These celebrities were born on this date: Donatella Versace, Bianca Jagger, Christine Baranski, David Suchet, David Beckham,  Princess Charlotte of Wales, Dwayne Johnson, Paul George, Pat McAfee

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

Weekly fuel report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline rose 2 cents, averaging $3.30 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices are down 10 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.66, unchanged from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 3 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.72. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $3.88 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 29 cents lower than the national average of $4.01.

Wholesale ethanol held steady and is currently priced at $2.16.

Natural gas prices fell 4 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently prices at $1.92/MMbtu.

Continuing throughout the summer months, we will only report retail heating oil and propane prices in Iowa once a month.

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you call Batman when he skips church? CHRISTIAN BALE! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, The (es)Caped Crusader! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, Unholy Batman! - Judy Anderson. Other answers from: Rex Post

Today's riddle

Why does a bride always cry at the wedding?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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