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Thursday, June 6, 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.

“I searched in vain for a website what would tell me what the CURRENT siren means (Tornado sirens, May 22, 2024). The TV stations serve more than a dozen counties, so they are not that helpful for me, personally, in Des Moines. How is that not a thing? Who would do it? Polk County has an emergency response element to their site, but it does not give this kind of right-now information. This sounds to me like a journalistic adventure and goal. Let’s get this started!” - Ann

It means run to the basement! Or run for the hills! Or run somewhere! - Shane

“Under-explained is the fact tornado sirens are intended as an alert and warning device for people who are OUTDOORS (Tornado sirens, May 22, 2024)! If one is indoors, he or she should be tuned to broadcast media, cell phone, NWS weather radio and similar devices. All of the above work best if people have paid attention to local weather forecasts and know when there is heightened possibility. Adding 70 mph and above winds to reasons for sounding the sirens confuses some people. It shouldn't. If the sirens sound, people need to pay more attention to their surroundings. By the way, when those sirens were first installed as Civil Defense sirens, we had drills in elementary school where we practiced sheltering in place under our student desks. Even at age 10, I was a skeptic of that practice!” - Chuck

Even in recent years, our government has asked us (and even required us) to do some things that will likely be looked back on as ridiculously unnecessary. - Shane

“I have never understood why people tailgate those of us that are going 5 mph over the speed limit (Short cuts, May 30, 2024). I’ve often thought about getting my old car rear-ended on purpose to be able to have their insurance company help pay for a new one. But then I thought about my gas tank exploding. As a truck driver for more than 50 years, I’ve seen it all… and then some. Drivers these days are way more aggressive than ever before. That is one reason I no longer ride a motorcycle also.” - James

I am with you on this one, James, as long as you truly are driving the speed limit. I think we should have the bumper sticker that says, “Go ahead and pass me; I left on time.” - Shane

“Good evening, Shane (Short cuts, May 30, 2024). North-south short cuts in Ankeny include Trilein Drive, S.E. Cortina, and, despite the speed bumps, Autumn Ridge Trailer Park.” - John

When driving, I am often seeking the short cut, too. Then I am reminded that there are no short cuts to any place worth going. - 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

The forecast is dry and warm through the weekend!

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

From the June issue of CITYVIEW 

The trailblazers who built Des Moines

By Jim Duncan

Des Moines was forged by God, chance and indefatigable human will. The city that would become Iowa’s capital was birthed by the divine coincidence of two life-supporting rivers harrowed by millennia of meanderings dictated by what poets call the unseen hand and believers call God.

The coincidence of those rivers meeting at a nearly perfect right angle decreed the future city’s place on Earth. It became the capital of the world’s greatest agricultural bounty by the fickle fate of human politics.


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


Best Local Appliance Store

1. Metro Appliance

2. Nebraska Furniture Mart

3. Warners’ Stellian

Read all the results now!


First Friday – Mainframe Studios: Friday, June 7, 5-8 p.m. Open studios, music, food and a variety of engaging activities define this monthly event. Amee Ellis will premiere Amee Ellis’ “This Place in My Hands,” a photography exhibit in the Fourth Floor Gallery. A closing reception and artist talk will be Wednesday, June 26, 6-8 p.m.

Widening the Circle - Hurley & Dancers and Fellow Travelers Performance Group show at DanzArts: June 8 and 9, 7 p.m., at Des Moines DanzArts Studio (2150 Delavan Drive, Stuite 8, West Des Moines. Suggested donation is $10/20. Don't miss this great opportunity to see two professional dance companies in one place. 
• June 8 Facebook event.
• June 9 Facebook event

Iowa Stage Theatre Company. "The Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical.” Opens Friday, runs through June 16. 

Ankeny Community Theatre. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Opens Friday, runs through June 16. 

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz


That hen don't lay - fallout. Chik-fil-A is shifting from its long time “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) policy to a “no antibiotics important to human medicine” (NAIHM) stance. This new stance, while allowing for the use of certain antibiotics, strictly limits their application to cases where they do not affect human medicine. It’s a compromise to maintain the integrity of the chain’s chicken quality while addressing the practicalities of chicken's challenged chain of supply much exasperated by newly developed birds that are not producing enough offspring. (The Chef's Recipe)

Oh, oh, oh, Ozempic - fallout. Frozen food behemoth Nestlé (Stouffer's, DiGiorno, Tombstone, Lean Cuisine, Hot Pockets, etc.) announced a new line made specifically for people taking Ozempic and other weight loss drugs. Called Vital Pursuit, it will be comprised of a dozen portion-controlled meals. Food Channel chef Andrew Zimmern told TMZ that "linking a drug like Ozempic with a food line is about as messed up as it gets." (Prevention)

Special deals. Always educational, Pork Expo 24 is underway at the Fairgrounds through today... Rose Farm holds a five-course farm-to-fork dinner with chef Aaron Holt, owner of Doolittle Farm, tomorrow. The $130 per person dinners take place from 6-9 p.m. at 7197 43rd Ave., Norwalk. .... Thursday means Tito’s (3916 Urbandale Drive, Urbandale) martinis and cosmos are just $6 and can be paired with half-priced firecracker shrimp, fried calamari, spread platters and fried pickles...  Kids eat free at Scornovacca’s (1930 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines) on Thursdays... Mariscos El Pirata (6050 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines) offers $2 off all sushi on Thursdays... Sirloin steak dinners are featured specials 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),  and Sprocket’s (2314 University Ave., Des Moines).
— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of Adel Living magazine

Curtain call
Residents share their experiences on stage.

By Chantel Boyd

For many people, public speaking is their worst fear. They recall suffering from butterflies in the stomach or worse before stepping out on the stage for their elementary school programs and the terror of having to speak in front of their peers in high school speech class. For them, the thought of performing before the public in a stage production sounds as appealing as being tarred and feathered. Others actually seek the spotlight, volunteer to memorize lines and create play props, and eagerly await the day the curtains are drawn back and the show begins. Some of these people share their reasons why center stage is the place they want to be.

34 productions and counting
Molly Longman, ADM English teacher and drama director, has overseen theatre in the community for 17 years. She has directed 34 shows on the ADM stage, with two productions each year.

Her theatre journey began as a student at Ames High School from 1998 to 2002. She performed and worked behind the scenes as an assistant director. Her passion for theatre continued to grow while she attended college at ISU.



FROM KCCI: Investigation underway after Boone man's boat goes missing from Bass Pro Shops in Altoona

"When I walked inside, the service manager — the first thing that he said to me was, 'your boat's not here,'" recalled Charles Chamblee. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Marion County sinkhole reappears almost a year after it was filled

MARION COUNTY, Iowa — Almost a year after it was filled the large sinkhole just south of Knoxville has reappeared. In April 2023, a sinkhole formed in a farmer’s field near 135th Place. Marion County Public Information Officer Emily Feagins said at the time the sinkhole was caused by limestone mining near the area..... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa State quarterback Rocco Becht to hold free football camp for Perry students

The free camp will be available to Perry students in fifth through eighth grade.. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: How rookie Dereck Lively helped lead the Mavs to the NBA Finals.  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Mailbag: French Open Mired in Scheduling Woes, Crowd Noise and Empty Seats.  ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: Here's how much money CeeDee Lamb and Brandon Aiyuk are losing by skipping mandatory minicamp. ...READ MORE
1944: D-Day: Allies storm Normandy’s coast.  .... READ MORE
1933: First drive-in movie theater opens. On June 6, 1933, eager motorists park their automobiles on the grounds of Camden Drive-In, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Pennsauken, New Jersey.... READ MORE
2013: Edward Snowden discloses U.S. government operations. On June 6, 2013, Americans learned that their government was spying broadly on its own people. ... READ MORE
Weekly fuel report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 4 cents, averaging $3.23 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices are down 12 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.50, down 8 cents from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 4 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.54. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $3.67 in Iowa.
The current Iowa diesel price is 30 cents lower than the national average of $3.84.

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

Natural gas prices rose 2 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $2.73/MMbtu.

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Pam Kucera!

These celebrities were born on this date:Marsha Blackburn, Harvey Fierstein, Sandra Bernhard, Bjorn Borg, Colin Quinn, Jimmy Jam, Steve Vai, Tom Araya, Jason Isaacs, Robert Englund, Paul Giamatti, DeAndre Hopkins

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do call a criminal landing an airplane? A CON-DESCENDING! - Kris Laurson, Gail Tomlinson. Or, A JAIL BIRD! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, CON ON THE RUN(WAY)! - Rex Post

Today's riddle

Who did the hotel owners call when they found a ghost?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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