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Monday, May 6, 2024
Good morning to you!

Tree-hugger. When you read those hyphenated words, an image likely comes to mind immediately. Probably someone in sandals. Cut-off jean shorts. Greasy hair. Round glasses. Peace symbol imprinted on a tank top. Am I close?

Whether those descriptions fit you or not, you should hug a tree. We all should. If you haven’t, you are missing out.

OK, maybe hugging trees isn’t the exact action, but climbing them sure is. I did a lot of that as a youth, as we had a massive tree in our yard. Mom called it a boxelder bug tree. I am not sure if that is the proper name or not, but the boxelder bugs sure liked it. I did, too, and I tried to climb every branch on that tree. Lots of hugs.

That practice helped me to became quite good at climbing trees. I could have lived in that tree, if Mom would have allowed it. I would have built one of those clubhouses like the Honeycomb Hideout, but only in the tree. What young boy didn’t want that? As much as Mom disliked that tree, she disliked the thought of having scrap boards cluttering up her yard even more. And she probably realized that my treehouse would have been a not-so-artistic sculpture of loose nails and splinters, resulting in her having to doctor me up. In hindsight, she may have been right.

Years later, as a young adult, my friends and I were staring down a large tree outside of my apartment. Of course, one of them bet that nobody could climb that tree. And, of course, I took the bet. The apartment complex was four stories tall, and that tree was every bit the same height. I scampered up the tree in a matter of seconds, bragging loudly from the top. Then, as I scampered down, one of the branches snapped. All I remember is thinking, “I should be hitting the ground by now… I should be hitting the ground by now… I should be — splat!”

Luckily, I landed on my feet. Unluckily, I compressed and cracked a number of vertebra. My heels weren’t looking so great either. About a year later, after I mostly healed up, the same friend who issued the challenge told me I was going to have to cut that tree down. I almost took the bait, but, to my surprise, someone else cut it down first. I don’t know who it was, but Mom swears it wasn’t her.

The fall from that tree ended my tree-climbing days, except for the time I tried to climb a palm tree while in Florida. That was another bet that didn’t go so well, but this time, fortunately, I didn’t make it up very high. I did give that tree a serious hug, though, and based on the number of scratches I had, it hugged back quite seriously, too.

Through my many tree-climbing experiences, I learned one thing: You might be able to take the kid out of a tree, but you can’t take the tree out of a kid. Happy tree-hugging.

Have a memorable Monday, 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

Today will be breezy and warmer, and we could see a few strong storms by late evening. Rain chances linger into Tuesday morning, then return late Wednesday and into Thursday.

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

Menace soccer team is Des Moines’ connection to the world

By Jim Duncan

It’s called “the beautiful game.” Soccer has been known as joga bonito since 1970 when Brazil’s national selection won the World Cup with “total football” teamwork that has been emulated ever since.

Interestingly, the Portuguese term joga bonito is used all over the world but not in Brazil, where the same style is called futbol-arte. Beauty or art, no other sport is loved world-wide like soccer. And with its 90 minutes of constant movement, no other sport is as creative.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
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From the May issue of Winterset Living magazine

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

By Chantel Boyd

While most members of Melody Rose’s family enjoy swimming competitively, her son, Abram Reels, decided he would prefer to try a sport that doesn’t involve getting in a pool. He chose fencing.

Although Reels is no longer as nervous around water as he once was, it was that trepidation as a child that led him to find his passion for fencing.

Though fencing has its roots as a combat sport, modern fencing puts safety at the forefront with protective equipment and complex rules. It is now a sport of finesse.


Popping news. Sinduda, the pop up restaurant starring Diego Rodriguez, has enlisted Jeremiah Elbel for their next event. Jeremiah is a top Des Moines artist who attracted international buzz when his "Crowd Study 19," a painting of people watching the assassination of MLK, traveled to London museums. Like many of his works, it is based on violence and the madness of crowds. Jeremiah is also a veteran of several top Des Moines restaurants. Diego is a superb local chef who ran Proof and now works at Clyde's Fine Diner. This collaboration should be fun. For details ... 

Snappy Popcorn is a third-generation family business in Breda, a town of less than 500 people southeast of Wall Lake and northwest of Carroll. It took me 77 years to discover that it makes the best stove top pop corn since movie theaters got rid of coconut oil. Fareway carries it in Des Moines.

Special deals. Bianchi’s Hilltop (2829 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines) has cavatelli dinners with garlic bread for $17 today... Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) serves prime rib specials Monday for both lunch and dinner... Trostel's Greenbriar (5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston) offers half pound burgers with fries or salad and a beer for $14 on Mondays. They also have a $30 Mother's Day buffet including non alcoholic drinks, $14 for children and free for 5 and under... Escala Humana (EH) wines, from the Lost Horizon that is Argentina's Uco Valley, produces naturally fermented wines with fifth generation vines carried by immigrants from Europe - Malvasia, Bequignol, Sangiovese and a few varietals. Cheese Bar will host a six course dinner with six EH wines/cocktails Wednesday. $125. Call 515-277-7828 to reserve your spot.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Dispute drags on despite judge's ruling over Greenwood pond boardwalk demolition

DES MOINES, Iowa — A lawsuit decision Friday is drawing out a months-long dispute over the future of a Des Moines arts installation that has fallen into a state of disrepair. Artist Mary Miss was commissioned by the Des Moines Art Center in 1989 to build the Greenwood Pond Double site, an art installation paying tribute to Iowa's wetlands that Miss said served as a pivotal project in her career.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Fort Dodge Air National Guard base to close down

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Iowa National Guard has announced the Air Guard base in Fort Dodge will be closing down. The base employs 30 full-time, and 100 part-time Guard members.... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Justice Department could sue Iowa over new immigration law

DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Justice has told Iowa's top officials it plans to sue the state over a new law making it a crime for a person to be in Iowa if they've previously been denied admission to the U.S. The statute interferes with the federal government's authority to enforce immigration law, according to the DOJ, which already sued Texas to block a similar measure.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Record $210.7M bet on 2024 Kentucky Derby ..READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Shohei Ohtani Off to Historic Start After Launching Two Homers in Dodgers' Win. READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Formula 1: Lando Norris gets his first win ahead of Max Verstappen at the Miami Grand Prix ...READ MORE
1970: National Guard kills four students in Kent State shootings. On May 4, 1970, in Kent, Ohio, 28 National Guardsmen fire their weapons at a group of anti-war demonstrators on the Kent State University campus, killing four students, wounding eight, and permanently paralyzing another. The tragedy was a watershed moment for a nation divided by the conflict in Vietnam, and further galvanized the anti-war movement.  ... READ MORE
2004: Final episode of “Friends” airs on NBC.... READ MORE
1937: The Hindenburg disaster.   ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Adrianne Palicki, Alan Dale, Chris Shiflett, Jose Altuve, Mark Bryan, Meek Mill, Noah Galvin, Roma Downey, Angel Reese, Aryan Simhadri, Meek Mill, George Clooney, Naomi Scott, Sadie Sandler, Chris Paul, Emily Alyn Lind

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you do if you’re ever attacked by a gang of clowns? GO FOR THE JUGGLER! - Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from Rex Post, Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

What do you call bragging chess players in the hotel lobby?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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