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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Good morning to you!

My friend Corey is not a complicated guy. He just wants the simple things in life, like paper towels in the restroom to use after washing his hands. He also wants more soap on a rope, but that’s a subject for another day.

On the hand-washing front, Corey isn’t too concerned about the supposed 13 billion pounds of paper towels used in America each year. Or the 110 million trees and 130 billion gallons of water that are said to be used to make those paper towels. He simply wants to not have to dry his hands on his pants after yet another failed hand-dryer attempt. We have all been there.

As I have stated many times, figures lie and liars figure. The statistics from the National Air Dryer Association will differ much from the National Paper Towel Association, if there even were such things. Meanwhile, these stats from ecofamilylife.com might make us all think a bit before we reach for another paper towel.

The average person uses about 3,000 paper towels at work in a given year. This is equivalent to 80 rolls per person, per year. Those seem like huge numbers, but if you assume someone works 250 days a year, that’s 12 paper towels per day. And I don’t know about you, but I seem to need two or three paper towels each time I wash my hands.

On the home front, families use 1.5 to 2 two rolls of paper towels every two weeks. That’s four rolls in a month or nearly 50 in a year. Once again, that sounds like a lot, until you do the math.

An important fact that is often left out of the ecological debate, though, is that, in most cases, the tree product used for making paper towels comes from leftover chips at sawmills.

If you are worried about germs, you should also know that electric hand dryers can be breeding grounds for hordes of bacteria, reportedly because, when toilets are flushed in restrooms, plumes of bacteria and microbes are sprayed into the air, according to constellation.com. Instead of settling onto surfaces, these particles circulate within restroom air currents and are picked up by hand dryers and blown onto your hands. And, for that reason alone, it’s a good thing we have gallons of hand sanitizer still around.

So, we have a choice to make. We either save trees by using electric hand dryers or avoid germs and use paper towels. Either way, I am guessing most of us, in one form or another, will be joining Corey and wiping our hands our pants.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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 heat starts to build today, with storms possible in northern Iowa. More heat and late-day storm chances in the south on Thursday. Friday looks dry, then we’ll see a few scattered storm possibilities Saturday and Sunday.

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 aroma of searing protein

By Jim Duncan

Embers filet
The fashion of the day is “the next new thing.” Social media made it so. Everyone with a phone is now a critic and a wannabe influencer. And influencers flock only where the other trendsetters perch.

Metro Des Moines is home now to six high-end, USDA prime steakhouses, four in the Jordan Creek area. Jesse’s Embers makes no pretense about fashions of the day. Its hat hangs on the rack of tradition, specifically the steakhouse tradition that flourished in step with Iowa’s development as an agricultural wonderland.


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


Best Local Skate Shop

1. Subsect Skateshop

2. Slap Shot Hockey Shop

3. Unkl Ruckus’s Smoking Emporium & Skate Shop

Read all the results now!


Woebegone Wednesday. Florida's orange harvest of 18.8 million boxes is down from 240 million in the late 1990s. This year's harvest is better than last year's but the 1990s are gone with the hurricane winds of warmer weather. (Fox Business)

Where have you gone...? Pumpkin Spice Spam was both the most baffling new product of 2010 and also Spam's strangest venture outside of Hawaii. That unconventional fusion of savory meat and sweet spice captured the public’s curiosity for a few years but was taken behind the woodshed in 2019. (The Chef's Recipe).

Sinatra haunts, part III. Hoboken, New Jersey, still cherishes a few neighborhood fixtures favored by Ol' Blue Eyes, like Leo's Grandevous. Founder Leo DiTerlizzi was a close friend before Frank's post-fame move to the West Coast, and subsequently turned his restaurant into a tribute, featuring framed photos and an extensive jukebox of strictly Sinatra... Lepore's Chocolate Shop opened after Sinatra moved from Hoboken, but he would stop by while playing shows in New York to commune with the still-living owner Mario Lepore and pick up some of his chocolate-covered apricots — a favorite food he frequently had shipped out West. (Cheapism)

Deals. Wednesdays bring steak night to Club 2000 (422 Indianola Road, Des Moines). Steaks are cooked to order with salad, potato and bread for $14.99... Barntown (9500 S.E. University Ave., West Des Moines) has a Wednesday special of one pound chicken tenders with fries and two sauces for $11.99, plus $13 core pitchers of beer... Sprocket’s (2314 University Ave., Des Moines) offers a Wednesday wings special — six free boneless wings when you buy 12 wings... Bottles of wine are half priced on Wednesdays at Trostel’s Greenbriar (5810 Merle Hay Road., Johnston)... Tacos Marianna's (1305 University Ave., Des Moines) has taco specials Wednesdays and Thursdays instead of Tuesdays. They have really good tacos... Kwik Stars offer $9.99 eight piece packs of their excellent bone-in fried chicken today... Mickey’s in Yale (217 Main St., Yale) offers spaghetti night specials on Wednesday.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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Antiques Roadshow comes to Living History Farms in Urbandale. The event was filmed on June 10 with several thousand antique owners bringing items to be appraised by experts. Provenance, history and value of the items are discussed with the owners. Antiques Roadshow can be seen on Iowa Public Television. Photo/Paul Houston.

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From the June issue of Adel Living magazine

Meet John Kotz
A career of teaching and coaching

By T.K. West

John Kotz recently came out of retirement to join the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn teaching staff. After graduating from Denison High School in 1980, he spent the next five years working a couple of different jobs, during which he realized that, to make a better life for himself, he would need more education.

Kotz received a bachelor’s degree in technology education and a coaching endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa in 1989. He then taught at the Perry School District before retiring from the Waukee School District in 2021. Since then, Kotz has come out of retirement twice. Last year, he taught one semester at Saydel High School, and last fall he taught one semester at the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School.



FROM KCCI: Former Iowa police chief could face prison for gun sales: ‘I'm building a machine gun arsenal'

ADAIR COUNTY, Iowa — Text messages and emails from a fired Iowa police chief, recently convicted of illegally dealing in automatic weapons, indicate he knowingly used his position in law enforcement to acquire machine guns for himself and his for-profit business.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 16-year-old charged with murder in Des Moines apartment stabbing

DES MOINES, Iowa — A 16-year-old has been charged with murder in connection to a stabbing at a downtown apartment complex on Tuesday morning.. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Lincoln softball team to play at Field of Dreams movie site

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Lincoln Railsplitters softball team will be playing at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Iowa City High. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sources: Kristaps Porzingis has 'rare' leg injury; questionable for Game 3  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Yankees Broadcasting Legend John Sterling Opens Up About Sudden Retirement. ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: NFL mandatory minicamp overreactions: Should Aaron Rodgers have been with Jets? Will Bengals sign both WRs?  ...READ MORE
1987: President Reagan challenges Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall." On June 12, 1987, in one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.  .... READ MORE
1994: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murdered. .... READ MORE
2016: Terrorist gunman attacks Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As Latin music blared inside Pulse, one of Orlando’s biggest nightclubs on June 12, 2016, a gunman forced his way inside and opened fire on the predominantly gay crowd. In the end, 49 people were dead and dozens more injured, in what was, at the time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date:  Adriana Lima, Alissa Violet, Dave Franco, Cody Horn, Jrue Holiday, Chris Young, Lil Duval, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kendra Wilkinson

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What makes Al Gore so robotic? AL GORE RHYTHM! - Carolyn Rogers, Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Are all math puns bad?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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