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Friday, May 17, 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.

“Nice write-up about Gladys Van Drie today (The ‘s’ isn't always silent, May 13, 2024)!” - Greg

Thank you, Greg. There are few people still in this world who are nicer than Gladys was. She will be missed by many. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Your thoughts in today’s Daily Umbrella about Gladys Van Drie were personal, touching and relevant (The ‘s’ isn't always silent, May 13, 2024). Thank you.” - Douglas

Well, your comments seem appropriate since Gladys was also personal, touching and relevant. - Shane

“I’m sure by now you have got a comment or two about ‘skin off my nose’ that you missed (Skin in the game, May 14, 2024). Thank you for the fun of this editorial. It really hit the spot.” - Donna

Thank you for saving my skin on that one. - Shane

“I recently found a narrow black tie with initials in script near the bottom of the tie (Tie one on, May 15, 2024). The one I found was from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Is there a possibility that your grandfather bought the tie there or someone bought it there as a gift to him?” - George

It’s possible, George. The more likely scenario, though, is that you stole my Grandpa’s tie from me. Please send it back. Of course, I am teasing. But can you send me a photo? Thank you for the note. - Shane

“Maybe you should start wearing bow ties (Tie one on, May 15, 2024)?” - Mark

I love the old-school salute and the respect for newspaper tradition, but, to be honest, I don’t know how to tie a bow tie. I guess this old dog could learn a new trick. - 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

Warm and dry weather is ahead through Sunday morning. Thunderstorm chances ramp up late Sunday and intermittently into next week.

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

Samara Joy sings about hope and a vision for the world

By Jackie Wilson

The Grammy Awards showcase the “best of the best” up-and-coming musicians in a variety of genres.

For the Best New Artist award, the majority of musicians have been pop singers, such as Billie Eilish, Adele, Zac Brown Band and Chance the Rapper.

But for Samara Joy, who, at age 23, received her first Grammy in 2023, her genre is none of the above. It is jazz, and it is a rare achievement for a jazz artist to be awarded Best New Artist.


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


Best Local Computer Repair Shop

1. Little Dog Tech

2. Dymin Systems

3. Mobile Spot

Read all the results now!

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From the May issue of North Polk magazine

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

By Lindsey Giardino

The sport of rugby has a special place in Justin McKay’s life. He’s been playing since he was 13.

Now, 25 years later, that passion has extended to his two sons, Preston, a junior at North Polk High School, and Judah, a sophomore.
“I love rugby because the sport is a blast to play in general, but the camaraderie and the community that rugby offers is unmatched,” McKay says. “I've retired and come back a few times, but I've always wanted to play a game with my sons, and now that dream is becoming a reality.”

This past year, McKay helped launch a touch rugby team at North Polk High School. While not an official team, it is a club sport that aims to positively represent the school.



Dispatches from the inflation war. Fast-food prices in March were 33% higher than 2019 levels while grocery prices were up 26% . Eggs led all main foods in price increase since 2020 and beef roasts led since 2023 (US Labor Department)... Starbucks' U.S. traffic dropped 7% in the first quarter of 2024, the steepest quarterly decline since at least 2010. Starbucks is losing occasional customers and its active loyalty-rewards users declined by 1.5 million members from the end of the first quarter to the end of the second (WSJ)... McDonald’s will sell four items — a McDouble or McChicken sandwich, small fries, small soft drink and a four-piece Chicken McNuggets — for $5. This roughly month-long promotion is set to begin June 25 — a direct response to consumer demand for cheaper dining options... Tyson reported chicken sales down 8% in the first quarter of 2024. That's chicken — the meat eaters' safe harbor when prices rise... Domino’s kept a hard line on prices despite higher costs cutting into profits. They have been rewarded with sales numbers steady to higher and being rated as an undervalued stock, despite rising share prices, by both Yahoo Finance and Motley Fool.

Packaged-food giants are losing too. Kraft-Heinz quarterly sales fell 1.2% as higher prices and reduced food-stamp benefits in the U.S. weighed on demand... Kellanova, which makes Pringles and Pop-Tarts, said that North American sales volumes slid 5% after the company increased prices by that same amount... Sales at snack maker Mondelez are under pressure, especially for Chips Ahoy, which the company said is favored by lower-income shoppers. CEO Dirk Van de Put told Wall Street Journal that shoppers are now contending with lower food-stamp benefits and higher interest rates —along with general inflation.

Timely specials. Guests who book their graduation event with Bar Louie (7105 Mills Civic Parkway, Jordan Creek Parkway Town Center) between May 1 and June 30 will receive a complimentary dessert bar to sweeten the festivities. Good for dine-in events held by Dec. 30... Friday is paella night at Purveyor (505 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines)... Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road., Urbandale) offers a fish fry buffet on Friday and prime rib on Friday and Saturday, including smoked prime rib on Saturday only... Bianchi’s Hilltop (2829 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines) serves Chicago Italian beef sandwiches for $12 during Friday lunch... Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery (2301 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines) has Friday lasagna or chicken Parmesan dinners with mashed potatoes, gravy and garlic bread for $15... Half-priced oysters and peel-and-eat shrimp are served until 4:30 p.m. at both Waterfronts and also on Sunday at the Ankeny store.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Iowa State class sends students on the pursuit of happiness

AMES, Iowa — Are you happy? In a compilation of research and surveys on people from around the world, the World Happiness Report shows that the United States has fallen out of the top 20 happiest countries for the first time since the report was published in 2012 — dropping from 15 to 23. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Saylorville boat owners say Army Corps now investigating marina prices

Saylorville Lake is flooded with water, but the Saylorville Marina parking lot is still flooded with houseboats. And that’s got nothing to do with recent rain. “It’s two months into the season and half the people don’t have their boats in,” says houseboat owner Bob Coffey. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Bill changing Iowa's history education requirements now state law

The new law will require teaching on various historic events, such as both World Wars, 9/11 and the Constitution.......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Wolves 'complete' with Conley back, rout Nuggets to force Game 7...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: PGA Championship Winners and Losers: Xander, a Fresh TV Broadcast and the Inevitable End of the Block Party ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Kreider's 3rd-period hat trick lifts Rangers into Eastern Conference Final with win over Hurricanes ...READ MORE
1954: Brown v. Board of Ed is decided. May 17, 1954: In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin.  ... READ MORE
2004: First legal same-sex marriage performed in Massachusetts ... READ MORE
2000: Final episode of “Beverly Hills, 90210” airs ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Ian Brandt on May 18 and K’Lynn Lynn on May 19.

These celebrities were born on this date: Craig Ferguson, David Eigenberg, Gina Raimondo, Ginger Gonzaga, Hill Harper, Jim Nantz, Josh Homme, Derek Hough, Matt Ryan

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you get if you cross a snake and a frog? A JUMP ROPE! - Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson. Or, A slimy snog! - Cindy Lewis. Or, A reptile that can capture food with its sticky tongue and eat it with a fork (forked tongue)! - Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

Why do frogs make good outfielders?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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