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Thursday, May 23, 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.

“A tie was standard dress for men or jocks on game day with a special blazer (Neck ties, May 15, 2024). Certain types wore bow ties, but you can't fit them in any sort of easy category to label. I have four or five coat hangers full of ties from all over the world — bought ones, gift ones, gross ones, clever ones and several from Dad and Granddad. The two that are memorable are the pheasant tie that would be short on a third grader — silk, wide and a lovely bird flying in the woods. The other, at first glance, was a silk, wide, shorter tie from the 1950s or 1960s with a touch of style. But flip it up and show the underbelly and — OH ME, OH MY — a pinup girl in a swimsuit.” - Rex

I dare you to wear the pinup girl tie into an Abercrombie & Fitch store. - Shane

“Oh, drivers education – before seat belts, a vehicle with a gear shift and an instructor with his own set of ‘pedals’ (Ditch magnets, May 16, 2024)! Small town, residential street, approaching an intersection, out of the corner of my eye a car coming to the right. I slammed on the brakes (but not the clutch) and about threw the instructor through the window. From what I remember, his comment was, ‘You got really good reflexes!’ My problem became getting that stick shift car started and moving up that small hill. Oh, what we remember!” - Diane

I would love to read a book about the experiences of drivers ed instructors. Or maybe an upcoming story in CITYVIEW? - Shane

“My first driving experience was in the summer of 1967 (Ditch magnets, May 16, 2024). Gym teachers taught driver's education during the summer for Hackensack High. After an eternal wait of a whole month, I finally got an appointment to test drive. (My brother had a shorter wait as a friend of my dad knew a guy who arranged that, if a bottle of Four Roses was placed in an inspector's car, the line was considerably shorter). Part of the test included stopping on a hill and then proceeding without stalling the car, a holdover from standard transmissions. The student before me stalled the car, and the inspector left her there to resolve her dilemma. As he walked back several hundred yards to the station, I felt increasing anxiety due to his angered look. I was safe, as our Ford Falcon had an automatic transmission. Thanks for a thoughtful morning.” - John

I had a classmate who was in drivers education, and the instructor had her drive down a hill and use the emergency brake to stop. She pulled the hood release instead. It didn’t end well. - 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

Thankfully, we have quiet weather ahead again today. Storm chances return Friday and intermittently into the weekend.

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

Mazda PHEV CX-90

By Jackie Wilson

While automotive manufacturers continue to create fuel-efficient cars, more electric cars are hitting the market. However, frigid temps this past winter meant EV owners struggled to charge their car batteries.

A solution might be to move to San Diego, where temps are consistently in the 70s. But since that’s not likely an option, a hybrid vehicle offers the best of both worlds.


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


Best Local Place to Buy Cigars/Tobacco

1. David’s Fine Tobaccos

2. Iowa Cigar Company

3. Tobacco Hut

Read all the results now!

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“Tending Iowa's Land,” by Cornelia Mutel, Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. In the last 200 years, Iowa’s prairies and other wildlands have been transformed into vast agricultural fields. This massive conversion has provided food, fiber and fuel in abundance. But it has also robbed Iowa’s land of its native resilience and created the environmental problems that today challenge our everyday lives. Free Zoom presentation through the State Historical Society of Iowa. Register here.

Java Joes CoffeeHouse, Ankeny. “Broadway Back in the Day. Broadway Cabaret.” May 25, 1 p.m.

Call for Artists – Polk County Heritage Gallery’s Iowa Exhibited 2024. This annual juried show returns this summer from June 27 to Aug. 15. Artist Ben Millett is the juror. This is a great opportunity for Iowa artists to showcase their work in a great space. Artists will be able to submit their works through May 31. Selected works will be announced Wednesday, June 12.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

SOLD: Featured commercial real estate transaction
SALE DATE: 2024-02-20
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From the May issue of Grimes Living magazine

Finding hope and healing through horses
Tolle says Rhythms of Grace changes lives — including his.

By Lindsey Giardino

Paul Tolle firmly believes Rhythms of Grace has changed his life.

The nonprofit organization, located in Dallas Center, was founded to help individuals, particularly children and adults with physical or mental special needs, find hope and healing through equine-assisted services.

Tolle signed up for riding lessons at the ranch after meeting the founder, Dawn M. Carlson, while working at his full-time vehicle service center job. They had a conversation about riding horses, and it just so happened Tolle was at a spot in his life where he needed to focus his energy on something.



Domino’s is dominating the post-COVID pizza wars. The world’s largest pizza company exceeded all estimates for first quarter same store sales growth. The company credited its “loyalty program” while opening 164 new stores in the quarter. They have been among the very few food companies to resist raising prices after the pandemic. You can still Choose Two, including pizza, pasta and chicken, for $6.99 each. Looks like that strategy is paying off. (Fox Business)

Why apple pie and nutrition became American things. George IV of England grew up on a diet of pie crusts without fruit filling "to avoid a genetic inclination for obesity." (Tudor Intruders and More)

Thursday deals. Apple empanadas are $3 at Estilo Boricua (near Bix & Co and the stage) at Valley Junction farmers market today from 4 p.m. They sell other Puerto Rican treats but those empanadas, hot out of the fryer, make the best individual sized apple pie in town... Firecracker shrimp are $6 on Thursdays and five pasta dinners are just $12.99, including fettuccine chicken Alfredo, at Bianca’s Grill & Vineyard (410 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny)... Sprockets (2314 University Ave., Des Moines) has specials on breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches and BOGO's on Long Island ice teas and margaritas on Thursday... Sirloin steak dinners are featured today at Sully's Irish Pub (860 First St., West Des Moines); Front Row (9956 Swanson Blvd, Clive); Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 W. Ashland Ave., Indianola). So are ribeye sandwiches  at The Station on Ingersoll (3124 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines)... European Taste, now open in Valley West Mall, is a new Ukrainian bakery.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: 1 person dead, 3 people critically injured after crash involving stolen vehicle in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person is dead and three more were found injured Wednesday afternoon after a crash. According to authorities, a Des Moines Police Department detective spotted a stolen 2013 Hyundai Sonata in traffic near Ninth Street and Center Street around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The detective radioed in the information and began monitoring the vehicle's movement as it traveled south through downtown. ....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Honor Flight takes dozens of Iowa veterans to national war memorials

WASHINGTON, DC — Dozens of Iowa veterans are finally visiting the monuments built in honor of the sacrifices made by them and their brothers in arm. The Bushy Creek Honor flight left from Fort Dodge on Tuesday morning to take the men to Washington, D.C. and the war memorials that line the National Mall.  .... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Here are the latest tornado ratings from the National Weather Service

IOWA, USA — The National Weather Service has released preliminary storm ratings for two Iowa tornadoes that hit on Tuesday, May 21. That includes an EF-3 in Greenfield and an EF-2 that spanned both Polk and Story County. Preliminary ratings are pending further assessments and are subject to change. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Weekly fuel report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline rose 6 cents, averaging $3.30 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices are down 10 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.61, unchanged from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 6 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.60. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $3.74 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 31 cents lower than the national average of $3.91.

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

Natural gas prices rose 30 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $2.69/MMbtu.

Sports headlines
ESPN: Nuggets' Nikola Jokic headlines All-NBA first team...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Incurs NASCAR-Record Fine After Fight With Kyle Busch  ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Orioles lose 3rd straight to Cardinals for 1st sweep in 107 series; John Means leaves with elbow discomfort  ....READ MORE
1934: Police kill famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. ... READ MORE
1979: Tom Petty defies his record label and files for bankruptcy. ... READ MORE
1960: Deadly tsunami hits Hawaii. A tsunami caused by an earthquake off the coast of Chile travels across the Pacific Ocean and kills 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii, on May 23, 1960. The massive 9.5-magnitude quake had killed thousands in Chile the previous day. The earthquake, involving a severe plate shift, caused a large displacement of water off the coast of southern Chile at 3:11 p.m. Traveling at speeds in excess of 400 miles per hour, the tsunami moved west and north. On the west coast of the United States, the waves caused an estimated $1 million in damages, but were not deadly. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Martha Munro!

These celebrities were born on this date: Jewel,  Trinidad Cardona, Lena Meyer-Landrut, Drew Carey, Melissa McBride, Aaron Donald, Isaac Cruz, Joan Collins, Ken Jennings, Ramona Young

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What did the apartment sing to the landlord? PLEASE RE-LEASE ME! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, "Landlord" (by Gladys Knight and the Pips) Or.... "Rent" - from the Broadway show of the same name. -Carolyn Rogers. Or The Theme to the moviethe Apartment," Im just a Room with a View!" or "Rent" Musical. - Rex Post

Today's riddle

Which kind of pie is the favorite of ghosts in Australia?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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