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Thursday, May 9, 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.

“Hi, Shane. My longtime friend (we don’t say ‘old’ friends) Marsha and I were neighbors as children and began exchanging May Day Baskets early on (May Day Baskets, May 1, 2024). We still exchange them after 75 years! For a few years when she lived in Chicago, we mailed them to each other. This week, we started a new tradition; we made May Baskets on Sunday and delivered them today (with wine) to other longtime pals we call The Reunionettes, who are living in different parts of the metro. It was so welcomed by each surprised friend! We decided to continue this new and fun way to celebrate each other and to welcome May. If only we can remember by next year!” - Judy

I love it, Judy! Long live The Reunionettes! - Shane

“Talking with hands is very national. Italians do it the most, Germans the least in Europe (Talking with hands, May 7, 2024). A friend thought Mandarin speakers used their hands less than Cantonese. I agree, the hands usually go hand in hand with talkers in general, louder people use hands more, in my experience.” - Jim

I have also found that most of us tend to talk with our hands when the subject matter is something we are truly passionate about, but I think you are on to something with the nationality. I just have one question. What about a French-German-Irish-Native American like me? - Shane

“How about including a list of places where CITYVIEW magazine can be found in racks? I usually stumble across it somewhere, but if I knew locations, I could plan that stop into my daily travels. Thanks.” - Chuck

A few decades ago, I would publish the list of all our CITYVIEW rack locations on our website. Then, The Des Moines Register decided to launch a competing publication called Juice, and their circulation staff went around town and removed our racks and put their gaudy orange ones in. When I threatened to sue for theft and for predatory actions, they brought my racks back — heaped in a pile in our parking lot. We learned a valuable lesson and no longer make our detailed distribution list easy for competitors to download and duplicate. Meanwhile, we do import the locations into Google Maps, and you can view locations one by one in a specific area. This should keep you busy for a while: www.dmcityview.com/rack-locations - 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

Storm chances continue intermittently into a cooler Thursday afternoon. The weekend looks gorgeous!

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

Weekly fuel prices

The price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 2 cents, averaging $3.28 across Iowa according to AAA.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 3 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.69. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $3.79 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 28 cents lower than the national average of $3.97.

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

Natural gas prices rose 29 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently prices at $2.21/MMbtu.

From the May issue of CITYVIEW

‘Rebel Moon: Part 2 – The Scargiver’ falls short

By David Rowley

Zack Snyder’s latest foray into the realm of epic sci-fi, “Rebel Moon,” is a grand spectacle of ambition and visual prowess, yet it struggles to break free from its own limitations. Boasting a star-studded cast including Sofia Boutella, Ed Skrein and Djimon Hounsou, the film presents a tale of rebellion, unbreakable bonds and the emergence of heroes in the face of impending doom. However, despite its admirable aspirations, “Rebel Moon” falls short in delivering a truly captivating narrative experience.

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


Best Local Art Gallery

1. Kunzler Studios

2. Mainframe Studios;

3. Moberg Gallery

Read all the results now!


Friday Fun Day at the Des Moines Community Playhouse - "The Princess & the Pea" ages 4-6 with accompanying adult; Friday, May 10, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Des Moines Symphony Season Finale: (Re)Discover the Ode to Joy. Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2:30 p.m.

Des Moines Performing Arts - Explorer Speaker Series Aboard SeaLegacy 1: Documenting our Blue Planet. Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. 

Java Joes Coffeehouse - Ankeny - Thursday Night Open Mic. Free admission. Thursday, May 9, signup at 7 p.m., showtime 7:30 p.m.

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

$500,000                                                            1033 26th St., Des Moines, IA 50311

Built in 1900, just south of Kingman Blvd., this beautiful house has a rich history, home first to the Sprague family, then to the prominent F.M. Park family who lived here for decades. Later converted into apartments, it was remodeled in 2007 as The 1900 Inn, a B&B. The current owners have spared no detail in turning it back into a stunning 2,848 square foot family home.

See the listing here.

See More Homes For Sale
SOLD: Featured commercial real estate transaction
SALE DATE: 2024-03-06
SALE PRICE: $1,293,771
ACRES: 2.060
From the May issue of Indianola Living magazine

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

By Becky Kolosik

Pickleball has exploded in popularity since its humble beginnings in 1965, but even more so in recent years. During COVID, as socializing moved outside, families like the Meints and Lannings found themselves painting pickleball court lines on their driveway and using the extra time for some friendly competition.

How did this multigenerational family become hooked on the sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong using a paddle and plastic ball with holes? Bailey Saal-Lanning credits her mom, Beth Meints.


Bad and getting worse. Plastic waste in U.S. landfills and waters hit a record 48 million tons last year. Only 5-6% of "recyclable" plastic is being recycled in the U.S. (U.S. Department of Energy). As we have been writing for decades, recycling is a marketing gimmick, not a solution to pollution. 
The Bob & Moe BBQ Show comes to Des Moines May 11. Barbecue Bob Trudnik and Des Moines' NGEO TV star Big Moe Cason have both won many of BBQ's biggest competitions. Iowa Cigar Store will host their educational entertainment which often sells out in other cities at $350.
Special deals. Iowa Restaurant Association's Mixology Championship is tonight, 6-8 p.m., at Smash Park (6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines). $30 per person includes chance to sample all cocktails. Tickets -  ... Polk County Conservation’s "Women in the Woods with Wine" event is 7-9 p.m. on May 21 with the sexy theme of "Celebrating Pollination. " $15, Jester Park, registration deadline is May 19... Kids eat free at Scornovacca’s (1930 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines) on Thursdays where under $10 lunches are available daily for most pasta dishes and 8-inch pizza... Thursday’s special at Bianchi’s Hilltop (2829 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines) is one half of a deep fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes for $16... Irina's Steak and Seafood has a  Mother's Day buffet that features six cold dishes, 16 hot ones and three desserts. Prime rib, lamb, salmon and fried chicken included. $60.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: 'Refugees Welcome': New documentary tells story of Tai Dam people finding a home in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — In 1975, Iowa Gov. Robert Ray heard the plight of the Tai Dam people, who were fleeing communism in Southeast Asia, and helped create a refugee settlement in Des Moines, despite opposition. The new documentary "Refugees Welcome" tells the story of how Ray's brave decision shaped the cultural fabric of Iowa, with far-reaching repercussions not only for the country but, generations later, for the fate of his own family. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa dad shares how teen daughter saved his life with CPR

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Central Iowa Heart Walk takes place in downtown Des Moines in just a couple of weeks. The American Heart Association hosts the walk to get people to improve their heart health and mental health.... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Mobile home park closes storm shelter, frustrating residents and violating Iowa code

Sunrise Terrace in Newton has left residents outraged after announcing they will be closing their storm shelter, leaving tenants with nowhere to go during storms....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Nuggets' Nikola Jokic wins NBA MVP for 3rd time in 4 seasons ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Rory McIlroy Recognizes the Need for Pro Golf Unity, Though It Remains Far Away ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, agrees to plead guilty to 2 charges in gambling scandal  ...READ MORE
1960: FDA approves “the pill”  ... READ MORE
1964: An unlikely challenger ends the Beatles’ reign atop the U.S. pop charts.... READ MORE
1671: Irish adventurer “Colonel Blood” steals crown jewels. In London, Thomas Blood, an Irish adventurer better known as “Colonel Blood,” is captured attempting to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Blood, a Parliamentarian during the English Civil War, was deprived of his estate in Ireland with the restoration of the English monarchy in 1660. In 1663, he put himself at the head of a plot to seize Dublin Castle from supporters of King Charles II, but the plot was discovered and his accomplices executed.  ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Candice Bergen, Tom Petersson, Alley Mills, Ghostface Killah, Chris Diamantopoulos, Rosario Dawson, Daniel Franzese, Billy Joel, Beth Mead, Mary Mouser, Tamia, Dave Gahan, Alex Roe

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why don't trees watch scary movies? THEY GET PETRIFIED! OR, CHAINSAWS! - William Snyder. Other answers by Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post, Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

Why did the ghost join a soccer team?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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