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Friday, May 3, 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.

“My J.C. Higgins was a monster bicycle and heavy but was much cooler when my mom had Dave Markley add a banana seat and taller handlebars to make it somewhat close to a Schwinn Stingray for us husky types (Wheels keep on turning (April 24, 2024).” - Rex

What ever happened to banana seats and chopper handlebars? Those rocked. - Shane

“I enjoyed today's column, ‘Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth’ (Mindful of our words, April 30, 2024). Saw this on a gravestone in Woodland Cemetery: ‘Words Suggest. Actions Show.’ ” - Mike

Powerful words, set in stone. Thank you, Mike. - Shane

“Good afternoon, Shane. As a woman of very strong faith, I can't thank you enough for what you published this morning and for the courage to speak truth (Mindful of our words, April 30, 2024). Praise Jesus! Enough said.” - Rose

There is a message in there for all of us, I hope. - Shane

“Growing up on a farm challenged the May Basket deliverer (May Day baskets, May 1, 2024). My youngest sister persisted, and Mom would drive her from one ‘Four Corners’ farmhouse to the next. She would even turn off the car's headlights, and creep along, minimizing the tell-tale gravel crunch of the tires. My sister is much older but still continues this revered tradition of friendship and love.” - John, a former southeast Iowa farm kid

Tell-tale gravel crunch? That sounds like something made by Kellogg’s. - Shane

“Tammy is the one who delivers the baskets (May Day baskets, May 1, 2024)? Next you're going to tell me there's no Santa.” - Mike

Relax, Cupid. The Easter Bunny will be back next year. - 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

We have a beautiful Friday ahead. A morning shower is possible on Saturday, then afternoon sunshine. Sunday looks nice as well!

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

The Stuffed Olive

By Jackie Wilson

As the Court Avenue district seeks solutions to revitalize the area, one restaurant – The Stuffed Olive — is eager to showcase its food and drink offerings.

The Stuffed Olive, a martini bar and restaurant, found success just off Third Street — so much so that the owners were turning away up to 200 people on weekends. The solution? To move kitty-corner to their new location at the Court District building.

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


Best Local Wine Store

1. WineStyles

2. Wall to Wall Wine & 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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Nestled on nearly an acre of land and surrounded by woods, this home offers more than 3,600 square feet of beautifully finished living space and is located in one of West Des Moines' most coveted neighborhoods. Step inside to find original hardwood floors that set the stage for the expansive main living room, featuring floor-to-ceiling bay windows, refined wainscotting and a cozy fireplace

See the listing here.

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From the May issue of Johnston Living magazine

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

By Ashley Rullestad

Lisa and Carson Hattel and their three daughters, senior Emma, sophomore Hannah and seventh-grader Addison, are quick to join a sports team, especially if it involves running some bases. Lisa and Carson both grew up playing baseball and softball, and all the girls play softball, too, and have been since they were in elementary school.

“One of my favorite memories is going as a family to Indiana to watch Addison play in the all-stars team for Johnston’s softball,” Lisa says. “They were even on ESPN+ for the championship game. It was a great experience for all of us.”


Higher costs and inflation-weary consumers, part II. The big winner in the supermarket wars is now Aldi. The German-owned chain with ten metro stores is drawing bargain hunting customers away from bigger stores. Foot traffic at Aldi stores in March was up 26% over the prior year. That's considerably higher than the other industry leaders - 6% at Kroger and 15% at Trader Joe’s. (WSJ)

Gin is Japan’s fastest growing food export to the U.S. and Roku is its prophet. Roku is the Japanese word for six and Roku gin is made with six botanicals — sakura flower, sakura leaf, yuzu peel, sencha tea (green tea), gyokuro tea (refined green tea) and sanshō pepper. None are traditional to London dry gin recipes and all are indigenous to Japan. Either/Or pours it locally and Fareway carries it in West Des Moines.

Weekend deals. Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day. If you're not just sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac, Prairie Meadows is celebrating with food and drink specials all day, a bow tie contest, a women's hat contest and legal betting... If you win, the nearby Le Creuset store (801 Bass Plaza) has the world's ultimate enameled cast iron cookware at seriously discounted prices... Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival returns for its 16th anniversary Saturday in the Agriculture Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds and includes bacon-themed vendors, live entertainment, and the cover band The Pork Tornadoes. There will be a space-themed cantina, craft beers from Iowa, more themed bars, a "silent disco," ax throwing, and more. Tickets start at $29 - ...The I Cubs Sunday game offers a family package of four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $64 (additional tickets can be purchased for $13 a ticket)... It's also Cinco de Mayo Sunday with drink specials at most area Mexican restaurants... Ramen Club is having a Cinco de Ramen event at Allora (1459 Grand Ave., Des Moines) on Sunday.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Southern Iowa sheriff asking for help on cold case

APPANOOSE COUNTY, Iowa — The Appanoose County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in a 16-year-old cold case. Chuck Deatsch was found shot to death at his home in rural Mystic in southeast Iowa in 2008. The murder case remains unsolved, but deputies say they aren't forgetting the case.....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa’s richest person has a lock on the top spot; Forbes releases new list

(NEXSTAR) — While many Americans may be struggling to stay in the “new” middle class, others are seemingly profiting from stocks, fast-food chains and past ventures. Nearly every U.S. state has at least one billionaire, according to Forbes’ latest report on the richest people. This is the second time Forbes has produced this list since 2019.... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert retiring in 'next few months', city confirms

DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Des Moines says Police Chief Dana Wingert will retire in "the next few months." “We will be sad to see Chief Wingert retire, but will take advantage of the next few months to celebrate his nearly decade long leadership. Chief Wingert has been a voice for pushing the Des Moines Police Department forward," the city told Local 5 over email.......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: NCAA could pay more than $2.7B to settle antitrust suits, sources say..READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: JJ Redick, Ty Lue Candidates to Land Lakers Job If Darvin Ham Is Fired, per Report. READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Dak Prescott no longer under criminal investigation by Dallas police over sexual assault claim ...READ MORE
1954: Supreme Court rules in Hernandez v. Texas, broadening civil rights laws: The Supreme Court issues a momentous ruling that clarified the way that the American legal system handled charges of discrimination. In Hernandez v. Texas, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment applied to all racial and ethnic groups facing discrimination, effectively broadening civil rights laws to include Hispanics and all other non-whites.  ... READ MORE
1469: Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli born: On May 3, 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern political theory. .... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Noah Munck, Eric Church, Frankie Valli, Christina Hendricks, Pom Klementieff, Bobby Cannavale, Rob Brydon

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why does a bride always cry at the wedding? BECAUSE SHE NEVER MARRIES THE BEST MAN!- Gail Tomlinson. Other answers: William Snyder, Rex Post.

Today's riddle

What do you do if you’re ever attacked by a gang of clowns?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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