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Monday, June 3, 2024
Good morning to you!

No email. No internet. How will we survive? Well, we did.

Like many of you in central Iowa, we were without those services for much of the day and into the evening last Thursday. The problem, apparently, stemmed from an internal water pipe break at the Lumen facility in Des Moines that had “diminished” its electrical capacity, according to the Polk County Emergency Management Agency. This outage impacted internet and landline phones services, including calls to 911 and area hospitals. The impact was widespread, as hospital, banking, restaurant and other industries felt the pinch, too. Thankfully, the problem was mostly resolved by the evening, but not until it operationally and financially impacted many.

All this mayhem stemmed from one water main break in one building in one city. That should be a wake-up call for all of us, as terrorists are certainly taking note. For us, the experience was a not-so-subtle reminder that relying too much on electronic communication and not enough in-person is dangerous. Not too many years ago, we didn't have email or the internet to send copy or photos or ad proofs. We gathered and reviewed these items face to face or by phone.

Most all of you are familiar with the phrase “cut and paste.” In our world, that is exactly what we did when putting our publications together. We printed pages of copy, cut news columns into strips, adhered a “paste” on them via what we fondly called the “waxer,” and rolled it all on layout sheets to prepare them for the printer — and this was a massive improvement from the processes used for decades prior.

I had the pleasure of tearing out dark rooms, horizontal cameras, light tables and the related “composing” equipment as we transformed multiple operations to digital. Gone were the days of driving the layout pages to the printer. We thought we were high tech by storing the pages on zip drives and taking those to the printer. In the big picture, this wasn’t that long ago — about three decades. Let’s just say if internet and email went down in those days, it would not have been a big deal. To be fair, internet was dial-up, and most all of us shared one email account.

Just a few years ago, a similar outage happened in a school building where a friend of mine was teaching. He said the staff didn’t know what to do. He suggested opening a book and actually talking to the students. He received many puzzled looks. Instead, they cancelled classes.

We worked all day Thursday at our operations, as best we could. Those with initiative resorted to Plan B or Plan C and made sure the work was covered… while I tried to find the waxer.

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

Storms will continue to move east this morning. The rest of the day and the beginning of Tuesday look dry before more storms move in Tuesday evening. The rest of the week looks dry and nice!

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

Vietnam War program

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, which honors the heroic service of all Iowa veterans, held a Vietnam War Living History Event on June 1 -2 at Camp Dodge in Johnston. Volunteers described what life would have been like for American soldiers during the Vietnam War. There were several displays designed to educate attendees on the uniforms, equipment and stories of the era. Photo/Paul Houston.

From  the May issue of CITYVIEW... Pick up the June issue later this week!

Organ donors

Compiled from the Iowa Living magazines

For many people with organ failure, a transplant is their one hope for a return to good health. In the U.S., more than 100,000 people are waiting for an organ donation — and, for many, the wait can be five or more years. For 17 people each day, time runs out before a match can be found (organdonor.gov). Those fortunate enough to receive a transplant are given not only a gift of health, but of hope — and a future to enjoy.


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


Best Local Furniture Store

1 Homemakers

2. Redekers Furniture

3. Slumberland Furniture

Read all the results now!


Monday mania. France’s President Macron visited New Caledonia for the first time hoping to quell murderous riots. The citizens were upset about a new law that allows non native residents to vote after living and working on the island for ten years. In New Caledonia, they think civets are haute cuisine, so what do they know? Here in the enlightened world we allow eight million illegals to enter in three years and 20% of the voters still think it’s racist to expect voters to have an ID.

The California Senate passed a bill to limit self-checkout at grocery and drug stores. The legislation would require one employee who is “relieved of all other duties” to monitor at most two self-service stations. That led the WSJ editorial board to ask “What’s the greater risk to California retailers - thieves or the state legislature?

Special deals. Kathy’s East 14th Street Pub (3418 East 14th St., Des Moines) offers Bad Dog Burgers on Mondays — three 1/3 lb. patties, 6 pieces of bacon, choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion — for $10.95... Today is lasagna day at Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 W Ashland Ave., Indianola)... Monday’s $8 special at The Continental (407 E. Fifth St., Des Moines) includes a smash burger with lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, burger sauce and frites… Centro (1003 Locust St., Des Moines) offers half-priced pizza and Peronis on Monday... Thursday, June 6 the State Historical Society will host an Iowa History Conference from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at 600 E. Locust in Des Moines. Free. For details, click here.

 — Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the May issue of Waukee Living magazine

A backyard oasis
Water feature soothes Clausens.

By Colson Thayer

The Paige and Chris Clausen’s deck overlooks a gorgeous backyard scene. A sheet of red rocks covers the hill in their yard. Scattered throughout the area are potted plants, birdfeeders suspended from shepherd hooks, garden statues of various designs, Victorian cast iron chairs and even an archway with clematis growing up the sides. But those do not even compare to the uniqueness of their outdoor water features.

One spews water out of the top of a rock. Gravity pulls the water down through a narrow crevice before it falls into a shallow reserve. An arrangement of flat rocks forms the spout of the other. The water pours into a tiered pond, trickling down the hill and into each tier. At the bottom, it joins a half-dome fountain that glimmers as it is hit with sunlight. At night, lights illuminate the space, creating a Midwestern oasis.



FROM KCCI: Multiple people injured from two separate Des Moines shootings

DES MOINES, Iowa — Four people are hurt after two early morning shootings Sunday in Des Moines. The first incident happened just before 1 a.m. in the 1300th block of East Ovid Avenue. Police found a 36-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He is now at the hospital in serious condition. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Republicans back Trump after guilty verdict at Ernst’s Roast and Ride

DES MOINES, Iowa — A lot of big names in the Iowa GOP spent Saturday afternoon at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst held her annual Roast and Ride event fundraiser. The proceeds from the event go to the Iowa Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.  ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ernie Els wins Principal Charity Classic for 4th PGA Tour Champions victory

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ernie Els won the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday for his fourth career PGA Tour Champions victory, closing with a 7-under 65 at Wakonda Club to beat defending champion Stephen Ames by two strokes........READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sources: Oilers close out Stars in 6, advance to Stanley Cup Final...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: We Need to Save the Spelling Bee... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Coco Gauff calls out French Open, tennis organizers over late match schedules: 'It's not healthy'   ...READ MORE
1965: First American astronaut walks in space.  .... READ MORE
1956: Rock ‘n’ roll is banned in Santa Cruz, California. ... READ MORE
1989: Crackdown at Tiananmen begins: With protests for democratic reforms entering their seventh week, the Chinese government authorizes its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing’s Tiananmen Square at all costs. By nightfall on June 4, Chinese troops had forcibly cleared the square, killing hundreds and arresting thousands of demonstrators and suspected dissidents. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

]These celebrities were born on this date: Raul Castro, Ian Hunter, Hale Irwin, Penelope Wilton, Too Slim, Ariel and Gabriel Hernandez, Vik Sahay, Lyfe Jennings, Arianne Zucker, Anderson Cooper, Al Horford, Jalen Suggs

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What is the name of the final roadside stop for eggy desserts? CUSTARD'S LAST STAND. - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Mark Arends, Carolyn Rogers, Randy Lagerblade, Lori Bluml. Other creative answers from Mark Arends, William Snyder

Today's riddle

Why do I sympathize with batteries?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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