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Thursday, June 13, 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.

“What you described in your column more than makes the case for every business, including yours, to have a business continuity plan (Outage, June 3, 2024). Even a rudimentary plan puts you a leg up in time of need. The more detailed the plan, the more help it will be, but it is something that needs to be maintained. A surprising number of people don't think they need one. There can be a lot of good reasons to have one at some level. I'll leave it at that.” - Chuck

Agreed. That’s why I am hanging on to the fax machine… and the waxer. - Shane

“One of my most memorable summer smells (though not my favorite) is hot asphalt (Scents of summer, June 4, 2024). When I was young, we lived on an asphalt street. I remember when it used to get really hot, it would start to melt just enough to make the bottom of your shoes stick to it and just enough to emit the odor of summer!” - Lori

Ah, yes. I remember that as well — and learning the hard way how hot was too hot to go barefoot. - Shane

“Another great and engaging column today, Shane (Scents of summer, June 4, 2024). I had not heard the term ‘geosmin’ before. The smell of rain I referred to in a story I wrote a few years ago was petrichor. Any way you label it, there are rain-associated smells that will trigger a myriad of summertime memories.” - John

Geosmin? I made up that word. Ha! Actually, petrichor might have been the better choice. Thanks, John. - Shane

“Another smell that every farm kid and kid who baled hay remembers is the fresh cut alfalfa as the old baler churned out rectangle after rectangle of cow fodder (Scents of summer, June 4, 2024).” - Shane

Oh, yes. My nose is clogging just thinking of it. - 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

Storms are possible again on a hot day today, with the possibility of severe weather in southern and eastern Iowa. Friday looks dry, with storm chances returning on Saturday.

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 

Polk County revenues, expenses are down. Internet costs are up. Home inventory improves. And Iowans pass more gas in airplanes?


RSM US LLP released its audit of Polk County for the year ending June 30, 2023. The financial report highlights the County’s revenues, which totaled $476,155,345, a 2% decrease from 2022. The decrease is primarily due to “$26.6 million in charges for services and $17.6 million decrease in operating grants and contributions primarily due to the receipt of federal emergency rental assistance funding and receipt of the second half of ARPA grant funding the prior year.”

Expenses for County operations for 2023 totaled $370,623,029, also a 2% decrease from the previous year. The decrease in expenses is due primarily to “$66.1 million in administration expense related to emergency rental assistance expense in the prior year.”


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


Best Whiskey

1. Prairie Fire – Iowa Distilling Company

2. Foundry Distilling Company

3. Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

Read all the results now!


Tallgrass Theatre Company opens its three-night run of their great summer musical tradition at the Jamie Hurd Amphitheatre in West Des Moines. This year's show is "Camelot." June 13, 14, 15. 

Des Moines Performing Arts. "ANTS." Free family-friendly interactive performances at six metro sites. June 12-15. 

Java Joes CoffeeHouse (Ankeny). "Younger Than Springtime Cabaret." June 15. 

Des Moines Metro Opera's "Threads & Trills Costume Show and Luncheon" on Saturday, June 15, brings the extravagant costumes of opera to a fashion show with performances by stars of the upcoming season. 11:30 a.m. at the garden-blessed Des Moines Embassy Club West (520 Market St., West Des Moines). $55


Reactive/proactive? Phytopathologist Adjata Kamara has developed a natural, pesticidal remedy that prevents fungal infestations from rotting yams. That restores shelf life to the Ivory Coast’s favorite perennial tuber, challenged by hotter temperatures in West Africa. Kamara is winning international awards and recognition because: 1.) She is a 27-year-old female African scientist, all rare things; 2.) This is a "positive reactive response" to climate change. With so much apocalyptic rhetoric scaring people into quixotically tilting at proactive remedies for warming, it's more satisfying to find rewards in adapting to it. (Global Us)
Prince Harry and Megan's newly launched American Riviera Orchard jam got messy when the Buckingham Palace Shop released a video promoting its own royal strawberry preserve. “Our Strawberry Preserve is made using only the finest berries and is delicious served in a variety of ways,” the palace said in its video caption the day after ARO's release. (Fox Business)
Specials today. The first three episodes of the documentary "The Last American Gay Bar" premieres tonight at Varsity theater (1207 25th St., Des Moines). The 7 p.m. showing will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kristian Day, who also pens the "Des Moines Forgotten" column in CITYVIEW... Before or after the film at Varsity, Sprockets (2314 University Ave., Des Moines) has Thursday specials on breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches and BOGO's on Long Island ice teas and margaritas... Fire cracker 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)... Sirloin steak dinners are featured today at Sully's Irish Pub (860 First St., West Des Moines); Front Row (9956 Swanson Blvd., Clive); and Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 W. Ashland Ave., Indianola). So are ribeye sandwiches at The Station on Ingersoll (3124 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines) and chicken fried steak dinners at Mickey's in Yale (217 Main St., Yale).

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of Indianola Living magazine

Curtain call
Residents share their experiences on stage.

By Becky Kolosik

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, eagerly awaiting 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.

A tale of two Hades
Joel and Deb Hade not only share their lives but also their love of theatre.

Joel says there are personal benefits to being involved in community theatre, including learning new skills and working within a group to achieve a goal as well as the fun of playing “make believe” and entertaining people.



FROM KCCI: Greenfield residents are hoping to get some help following tornado

GREENFIELD, Iowa — More than three weeks after the deadly tornado tore through Greenfield, people are still picking up the pieces. Some are wishing that getting help was a little bit easier. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 16-year-old stabbed brother to death, Des Moines police say

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have released the name of a 19-year-old who died after being stabbed Tuesday and the name of his 16-year-old brother, who has been charged with murder in the case.. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Perry police: Man threatened to burn down house, kill homeowners

The homeowners said the suspect, Marcus During, was the one who attempted to start the fire. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sources: NBA all-time great Jerry West dies at age 86.  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: USMNT Record First Draw Against Brazil in Allstate Continental Clásico. ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: Tom Brady Patriots Hall of Fame induction: Robert Kraft retires No. 12, previews statue for legendary QB.   ...READ MORE
1966: The Miranda rights are established. On June 13, 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation. .... READ MORE
2017: Otto Warmbier returns from North Korean prison in a coma. On June 12, 2017 Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old student who was taken prisoner in North Korea 17 months earlier, returned home to the United States in a comatose state..... READ MORE
1983: Pioneer 10 crosses the orbit of Neptune. After more than a decade in space, Pioneer 10, the world’s first outer-planetary probe, leaves the outer limits of the known solar system by crossing the orbit of Neptune, the system's then farthest planet. The next day, it radioed back its first scientific data on interstellar space.  ... READ MORE
Weekly fuel report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 8 cents, averaging $3.15 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices are down 22 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.45, down 5 cents from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 5 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.49. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $3.64 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 30 cents lower than the national average of $3.79.

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

Natural gas prices rose 28 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $3.01/MMbtu.

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Eric Goodman!

These celebrities were born on this date:  Ally Sheedy · Ban Ki-moon · Chris Evans · David Gray · Ethan Embry · Gesaffelstein · Hannah Storm · Jason Michael • Melissa Gisoni • Aaron Taylor-Johnson • Ashley Olsen • Mary-Kate Olsen • Daniella Perkins • Tim Allen • Rivers Cuomo • Violet Chachki • Cody Walker • Richard Thomas • Stellan Skarsgård

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Are all math puns bad? NO, JUST SUM! Or, No so we should get to the root of your negativity! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, Not necessarily. "Sum" are good - others are "obtuse." It depends on a "number" of "factors." (It "figures"!) - Carolyn Rogers. Other answers from William Snyder.

Today's riddle

What do you call a convicted painter?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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