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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Good morning to you!

It is the time of year when I realize the difference in body temperatures between my wife and me. I am wearing shorts and a T-shirt in the house with the AC cranked down, and Jolene has a sweatshirt, sweatpants and socks on with a blanket wrapped around her.

I guess, if I think back to my youth, I have always been warm-blooded. The shirts of my youth, regardless of the weather, were short-sleeved, if I wore any shirt at all. I don’t think I owned a sweater or a long-sleeved shirt until I was in junior high. Socks seemed to be optional as well. As much as I love slippers today, my feet would have been soaking wet if I wore them as a kid.

We did not have central air conditioning in the homes of my youth, but we did have a huge window AC unit. I would stand in front of it with my eyes closed and feel that ice-cold air on my skin while my Shaun-Cassidy-like hair blew straight back. Now I just sweat while continually losing the thermostat battle with my wife. I do have a secret trick now, though, as I installed an app on my phone that allows me to control the furnace and AC… and she hasn’t.

This difference in temperature preference is not limited to our home. It also makes its way to our office and our vehicles, where the differences are even more apparent.

My office at the Big Green Umbrella headquarters faces west and has a window. Jolene’s is in the middle of the building without any glass. With a 10 degree or more difference in the temperatures, I have a ceiling fan on most of the day and the blinds shut in the afternoon. Jolene wears a parka.

As far as vehicles, Jolene can do whatever she wants in hers. But my truck is my domain, and I like to find things the way I left them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Jolene turns every dial and adjusts every vent each time she gets in my truck, even as a passenger. Much like the youthful me, I like the vents on me at full power, even without the Shaun-Cassidy-like hair.

My mother-in-law seemed to have the answer to this temperature stuff, at least in her vehicle. When she would visit our home in the winter, I would go outside and start her minivan for her to warm it up before she left. As such, I would crank the heat dial and the fan. She asked me to stop doing that, stating that she sets the temperature and the fan control where she wants it and never touches it. Seems logical to me. My wife? Let’s just say the “like mother, like daughter” thing doesn’t always hold true. That’s not always a bad thing, as many of you men who are reading this might agree. The differences in Jolene’s and my temperature preferences isn't always a bad thing either, as it forces us to maintain a balance between what we want and how to please each other. So I gladly readjust the temperature controls, dress light and have the fans on me, and we enjoy these warm summer days.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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 this morning. Another line of severe storms looks to move through late this afternoon. The weather quiets down Wednesday.

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

‘Nuclear War: A Scenario’

By Douglas Burns

Deep in the warm hurricane of 1980s nostalgia-minded groups on Facebook are the occasional references to fearful school-kid preparation exercises for a forefront haunt to humanity at the time — the night-shaking stalk of the prospect of a world-ending nuclear holocaust.

Remember duck and cover under the chewing-gum-ridden desk chairs? Or the 1983 Parade magazine article by Carl Sagan about nuclear winter — back when 10 million pajama-clad read the Sunday national glossy in their local newspapers?


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From the May issue of Grimes Living magazine

Governors Days
Festival fun returns with carnival, parade and so much more.

By Ashley Rullestad

Grimes Governors Days is back June 6-8 and better than ever. Promising something for the whole family, the weekend is packed full of activities, food, rides, tournaments and, of course — fun.

“Our organization is very excited to again be working on this important and impactful community event,” says Brian Buethe, president/CEO Grimes Chamber and Economic Development.

Governors Days, sponsored by Inspiring Dance, will again be held at the South Sports Complex, 750 S. James St. People are encouraged to park at Wallace Farm at the end of Main Street and walk the two blocks to the festival grounds.

Governors Days officially kicks off on Thursday night, June 6, with two sporty, fun events: the Special Olympics Softball Tournament on Fields 1 and 2 at 5 p.m. followed by the SoCo Baggers Sports League Bags Tournament at 6:30 p.m.



Tuesday touts. Phaidon, the Rolls Royce of cookbook publishers, has released “The Connaught Bar (CB) - Recipes and Iconic Creations” by Augostino Perrone. Food and Wine included CB in its top five bars in the world. Stanley Tucci calls Perrone “the greatest bartender in the world.” The pricey London tavern offers rare delights like black truffle pizza and lobster rolls in lobster bisque emulsion. It also offers vintage cocktails using spirits that are more than 50 years old. This beautiful book costs $39.95, about the price of CB’s famous martini which is made with Tanqueray No. 10 and a house blend of three vermouths. 

The bug eater news. It’s not just for Nebraska anymore. Science journal Nature reports that bug eating is now practiced in most every part of the world and more than 2.200 species of insects are somebody’s dinner. Iowa State University’s Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology will celebrate this “Year of the Cicadas” when Program Specialist Ginny Mitchell serves the crunchy delights at ISU’s annual Bug Village Open House. Expect entomophagy haute cuisine — Mitchell has an Insect Science degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Save the date — Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Advanced Teaching Research Building. Motorcycle parking will be free.

Deals. KFC is advertising a Tuesday special of eight pieces of bone-in chicken for $10... Giordano’s (120 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines) offers half-priced pizza on Tuesdays through May… Hy Vee has $6 "Tenderloin Tuesdays" with fries... Eastside Eddie’s (3517 E. 26th St., Des Moines) Tuesday special is pizza burgers with tots $10... "Toasting Tuesday" tonight brings sparkling wines from eight wineries paired with dishes from chef Mike Holman of Mulberry Street Tavern at the Surety Hotel (206 Sixth Ave., Des Moines). Tickets for the 5:30 p.m. Wine Fest event start at $120... Mariscos El Pirata (6050 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines) offers $2 off all tacos on Tuesdays and $2 off all sushi on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Check their Facebook page for live dance band news.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: 'Gun play' led Iowa 12-year-old to fatally shoot 13-year-old friend, authorities say; victim identified

DES MOINES, Iowa — The death of a 13-year-old Eldora girl was the unintentional result of “gun play,” according to the Hardin County Attorney’s Office. Hardin County Attorney Darrell Meyer also confirmed the girl’s identity, Keeley Baer, of Eldora.  ....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Child, others rescued after kayak flips over near Estherville, FD says

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (KCAU) — A child and others were rescued over the weekend after a kayak they were in flipped near Estherville. The Estherville Fire Department said in a Facebook post that they received a call Saturday at 3:26 p.m. that a kayak flipped over and a small child was being sucked under a log jam. The incident happened in the Des Moines River north of Estherville, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office told KCAU 9.  ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines Police Department identifies woman found dead inside home over the weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have launched a homicide investigation after finding a deceased woman in a home in the River Bend neighborhood Saturday morning.
Officers responded to a house on 4th street after receiving a report of a deceased person at around 11:37 a.m. Saturday.  ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Rafael Devers sets Red Sox record with HR in 6th straight game...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Victor Wembanyama, Chet Holmgren Headline NBA's All-Rookie First Team.   ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Oilers vs. Canucks: How to watch, live stream and more to know about Game 7  ....READ MORE
1881: American Red Cross founded.  ... READ MORE
2000: Former president James Garfield’s spine put on display for final day. On May 21, 2000, the bones of President James Garfield’s spine are on display for a final day at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. The exhibit featured medical oddities from the museum’s archives. The British medical journal The Lancet published a story about the exhibit in May 2000. Among many other medical curiosities, the display featured President Garfield’s spinal column that showed exactly where one out of two assassin’s bullets had passed through it on July 2, 1881. ... READ MORE
1932: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make solo, nonstop transatlantic flight. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Cody Johnson, David Ajala, Havoc, Lisa Edelstein, Nick Cassavetes, Ron Isley, Sarah Ramos, Josh Allen, Kevin Quinn, Hutch Dano, Mr. T, Noel Fielding

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why do hamburgers fly south for the winter? SO THEY DON'T FREEZE THEIR BUNS! - Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers.. OR, Hamburgers flew because they were tired of GROUND transportation. - John Zeitler. Or, To avoid the DQ Blizzard! - Rex Post

Today's riddle

What's a sock's favorite horror movie?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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