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Monday, June 10, 2024
Good morning to you!

Benjamin Franklin has been quoted as saying, “A place for everything, everything in its place.”

That sounds like a really good idea, and I do my best to live by it. I have specific places where I put my keys, my phone, my billfold, my eyeglasses, etc. And when those items are not where they are supposed to be, I get rattled. So whichever one of you hid my eyeglasses needs to fess up right now. Seriously.

Yes, I lost my prescription eyeglasses, and I don’t understand how this happens. I can see how people misplace their keys or cell phones. But eyeglasses? Fortunately, I had my old pair still handy. Admittedly, my eyeglass collection is getting a bit complicated. Reading glasses. Driving glasses. Sunglasses. Bifocals. And all of these for a guy who had corrective eye surgery.

The loss of my eyeglasses (the bifocal ones) started when I went in for my annual checkup at my eye doctor. My vision was fine, but my frames were breaking on one side. “No worries,” my doctor told me. “These are under warranty.” Perfect.

A day or two later, my youngest daughter, Abby, had introduced me to a new cleaning wipe for glasses that she said was amazing. I was skeptical, but she cleaned my glasses for me, and they had never been so clear. So, I asked her to clean my sunglasses, too, which she did. In all this fumbling of glasses, I somehow misplaced the ones I really needed — for more than a week!

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but this drives me batty. I retraced my steps over and over, searching each room, each vehicle, each couch cushion, the garage. I even searched the garbage cans. No luck.

During this time, I received a call from my eye doctor’s office telling me the replacement frames are in and that I need to schedule a time to have them swapped out. That’s all fine and dandy, if I had the glasses. So, now what? Order new lenses to put in my new frames? Buy new glasses altogether? I decided to keep searching.

Lo and behold, I eventually found the glasses, stowed away in my truck’s overhead sunglass compartment that I rarely use. I smiled. And relaxed. Life is back to normal now, and I am ready for my new frames.

A place for everything, everything in its place.

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

Nice weather ahead today, then a slight storm chance moves in on a warmer Tuesday. Hotter Wednesday and Thursday, with a good storm chance Thursday as well.

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 

Employing seniors

By Colson Thayer

A recent University of Iowa report found that, in three years, more Iowans will be aged 65 and older than those aged 18 or younger. Longer, healthier lives mean many older Iowans continue to work past the typical retirement age.

The Older Iowans: 2023 report from the State Data Center of Iowa and The Iowa Department of Aging found the labor force participation rate for Iowans 65 years and older was 19.3% in 2021. That is up from 18.9% in 2019. Despite a slight dip in 2020, the number of workers 65 and older has increased for more than 20 years.


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


Best Local Pool and Spa Store

1. Hot Springs Spa

2. Valley Pool & Hot Tubs Inc.

3. Central Iowa Pools & Spa

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Spain dominated the World's 50 Best Restaurants list again. Initiated in 2002 by British magazine "Restaurant" utilizing input from 150 hospitality experts, the list has grown into a Las Vegas extravaganza. Disfrutar is now number one and one of six restaurants from Spain that made the prestigious list, with two others making the top four. Disfrutar chef/owners Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casanas all worked together at Ferran Adrià’s legendary El Bulli, the subject of an art exhibition at Kansas City's Nelson Atkins museum. Multi-spherical tatin of corn and foie, a panchino filled with Beluga caviar, black cauliflower with coconut and lime bechamel, and flourless mille feuille are signature dishes. Disfrutar offers two different 290€ menus, along with wine pairings for 160€.

It’s Dr Pepper's time. The 139-year-old soda brand is now tied with Pepsi-Cola as the No. 2 best selling carbonated soft drink in America behind Coke. The regular versions of Pepsi and Dr Pepper are now tied in a spot that Pepsi has held nearly every year for the past four decades. Dr Pepper was invented in 1885 by Charles Alderton, a pharmacist and soda-fountain operator in Waco, Texas. His syrup concoction combined 23 flavors, predominantly cherry and vanilla, along with other fruits and spices. Coca-Cola was invented a year later, followed by Pepsi-Cola in the 1890s.

Deals today. Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines) has a Monday special meal of lobster and shrimp for $20... Tito’s Lounge (3916 Urbandale Drive, Urbandale), home to top notch cevapi, pljeskavica and smoked kulen, offers all-you-can-eat wings Mondays... Price Chopper delis have fried chicken dinner specials on Monday with two pieces, two sides and a roll for $6... Trostel's Greenbriar (5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston) offers half pound steak burgers with fries or salad and a beer for a Monday-only price of $14... Monday brings prime rib specials to both Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) and Christopher's (2816 Beaver Ave., Des Moines)… Johnny's Hall of Fame (302 Court Ave., Des Moines) has $12 burger baskets on Mondays and Fridays... Sherman Hill Victorian Teas are open to all by reservation. June 12 is now sold out but July 17 and Aug. 21 are still available 2:30-4 p.m., $30. 

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of Winterset Living magazine

Curtain call
Residents share their experiences on stage.

By Chantel Boyd

An early interest
Scott and Bernadette Lemon enjoy watching their daughter, Teaghan Lemon, 13, perform in local productions. She performs with The Winterset Stage and Madison County Music Co. productions.

"I'm an actress, have starred in lead roles, and have also helped tear down sets," she says. "I have performed in ‘Seussical,’ ‘Get Smart,’ ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ ‘Willy Wonka the Musical’ and ‘The Cat and the Bell.’ ”

When asked what her favorite part of acting is, Teaghan doesn’t hesitate with her answer: "When the whole show comes together on opening night, and your hard work pays off.”

Teaghan plans to enroll in high school theatre next year and possibly participate in a summer musical.



FROM KCCI: 2 dead after UTV crash in north central Iowa

ARNOLD, Iowa — Two people were killed and one injured Saturday evening when a pickup truck crashed into a UTV in rural Humboldt County. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Reports: USA women’s Olympic basketball team finalized, Caitlin Clark left off

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Multiple reports said that USA basketball has chosen the 12-woman roster for the Olympic team in Paris and it does not include one of the biggest names in the sport. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa teen dies from organ transplant surgery

An Iowa mother loses her son after an organ transplant. Her message to those who are considering organ donation... ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sources:  Dan Hurley: Lakers make 'compelling case' to be team's head coach ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: 50 Parting Thoughts From the 2024 French Open.  ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: 2024 Memorial Tournament purse, prize money: Payouts from $20M pool as Scottie Scheffler sets money record. ...READ MORE
1692: First Salem witch hanging: In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials, is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft..  .... READ MORE
1752: Benjamin Franklin flies kite during thunderstorm. .... READ MORE
2002: Doughnut truck thief arrested. ...Messina and Houk then led police on a 15-mile chase, leaving a trail of doughnuts behind them as they fled. The incident was the subject of nationwide media attention and, as it involved cops and doughnuts, kept late-night comedians busy for several days. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Alexandra Stewart · Ben Daniels · Bridget Kearney · DJ Qualls · Elizabeth Hurley · Faith Evans · Frankie Faison • Kate Upton  • Greg Marks 

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What did the snail who was riding on the turtle's back say? WHEEEE! - Dianne Berry, Gail Tomlinson. Or, some variation of SLOW DOWN! - Mark Arends, Donna Willems, William Snyder, Lori Bluml, Rex Post.

Today's riddle

What do you call a robot that doesn’t use deodorant?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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