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Friday, June 14, 2024
Good morning to you!

Welcome to the Friday 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.

“Though it has been some years since I have, played one never forgets the scent of a ball glove (Scents of summer, June 4, 2024).” - Brent

And neither will I. What a great sensory memory. There is nothing like the combination of leather and sweat. Thanks, Brent. - Shane

“I once heard that a to-do list becomes actionable when you assign times to the tasks (Lists, June 5, 2024). For that reason, I've moved away from notepads and started assigning time blocks in my calendar for each task/tasks. This way ensures everything gets done.” - Sara

Sounds like a good plan. I have learned that my to-do lists become actionable when I actually start working on them instead of working on excuses. - Shane

“Riddle me this (A place for everything, June 10, 2024). Why does one always find what one was looking for in the last place they look?” - Brent

Hmmm. If I could just find my memory. - Shane

“Shane, I always loved getting a slinky in my stocking at Christmas when I was growing up (Slinky, June 11, 2024). When our grandkids were younger, we had a retro toy Christmas for the kids. We gave Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Barrel of Monkeys and the Slinky. The kids loved every one of the gifts, and it was one of the best Christmases we had when they were younger. Thanks for the memories!” - Lu Anne

What a great idea! We definitely need to do that. Meanwhile, I can’t help but think of my dog leaving chew marks on my Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and Barrel of Monkeys. The Slinky? Not so much.

Have a fantastic Friday, 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

Today looks dry and hot. Storms reappear on Saturday with heavy rain possible. A few storms are possible on Father’s Day.

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 

Before ‘The Gayborhood’

By Kristian Day

With another Pride month here, I have dug deep into the history books of the gay lore of Des Moines. In November of 2022, I wrote a column on the Blue Goose and the P&S Lounge, two gay bars with origins dating back to the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The P&S Lounge was located at 301 Second Ave. and owned by two lesbians, Peggy and Shirley. P&S eventually sold to Chuck Brooks (brother to Des Moines city councilman Archie Brooks) who went on to open many gay bars including the famous City Disco Park.


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


Best Vodka

1. Tito’s Handmade Vodka

2. Swell Zone Vodka – Iowa Distilling Company

3. IngeniOZ Vodka – Dehner Distillery

Read all the results now!


Morel mushrooms are making news for the wrong reasons. Iowa's favorite fungus killed a couple people and made at least 52 others sick — none in Iowa. Investigations by CDC blamed "false morels" and people who ate real morels raw. Don't do that. As for washing them, which is advised by the CDC, Washington Post discovered that 10 seconds (of soaking) is the magic number to dislodge dirt, sand and bugs before the mushroom absorbs too much water to slough off with longer cooking.

How many is too many? Tyson sells roughly 20 billion chicken nuggets and 5.5 billion chicken wings a year. (That's about 17 wings for every human in the U.S.) And it needs more to sell. It is adding 16 new seasoned and marinated chicken, beef and pork products in its 2024 fiscal year, seven of which are chicken. (WSJ)

Weekend deals. Bawarchi (6630 Mills Civic Parkway., West Des Moines) has Friday through Sunday specials on paneer kebabs, chicken curry and goat curry... The 22nd annual Sips in the City, the most affordable event in WineFest, takes place tonight at the Val Air Ballroom. $50... Mickey's in Yale (217 Main St., Yale) has hot beef sandwiches on special Fridays and all you can eat fried fish, too... The venerable Sarah Grant opens a solo show tonight at Moberg Gallery... Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) has BBQ beef and marinated roast beef sandwiches on special for Friday lunch... Bianchi’s Hilltop (2829 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines) has a lunch special on Italian roast beef sandwiches at $12... Whatcha Smokin’? (403 Iowa Ave., Luther) offers post 4 p.m. prime rib dinner plates... 801 Chophouse (801 Grand Ave., Des Moines) has Sunday supper specials that deliver deep discounts on filet, prime rib and red king salmon dinners.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Featured home for sale
Attention, Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

$250,000                                                             5735 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

Open to the public this Sunday, 1-3 p.m. This captivating historic 3-bedroom (2 upstairs/1 lower level) home seamlessly blends its rich past with modern updates. Explore the nooks and crannies of this two-story charmer, where history whispers around every corner. The heart of the home — a beautifully renovated kitchen — awaits your culinary creations.

See the listing here.

See More Homes For Sale
Andrea Hodapp captured this beautiful sunset in Johnston on June 12.
SOLD: Featured commercial real estate transaction
SALE DATE: 2024-03-29
SALE PRICE: $118,000
ACRES: 0.594
From the June issue of Norwalk 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, 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 passion for theatre
Michael Howland lives in Norwalk and is passionate about theatre.

"I have been involved in theater since 2009 in the Des Moines and surrounding areas," he says, adding he has performed in Indianola, Pella, Knoxville, Newton, Urbandale, Jefferson and Ankeny.

"I have done 15 plays and musicals at the Des Moines Playhouse."



FROM KCCI: Crews recover adult male's body from Des Moines lake

DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials are investigating a death at a rural Polk County park after a body was found in the lake. According to Polk County Conservation, park staff were alerted by several park visitors around 1:30 p.m. Thursday that they believed they had encountered a dead body in the lake swimming area. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago.. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Meet Kevin: The Guinness World Records tallest dog that lives in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — On average, a Great Dane stands at around 2'6" to the withers, also known as the shoulders of the dog. Kevin the Great Dane on the other hand, whose name comes from the popular movie Home Alone, stands tall at 3'2". That's around the height of an average 3-year-old. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


EP 24: CITYVIEW stories, CyTown, Field of Dreams Softball Game, Rapid-Fire Iowa Trivia

Cyote and Tammy chat about the CITYVIEW story Cyote is working on (no spoilers), CyTown receiving support from the Board of Regents, Des Moines Lincoln vs. Iowa City High at the Field of Dreams and more rapid-fire Iowa trivia (Tammy scored 9/10).

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sources: Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay tied for U.S. Open lead.  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars Agree to Record-Tying Five-Year Extension. ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: Illinois star Terrence Shannon Jr., a potential NBA Draft first-round pick, found not guilty in rape trial.   ...READ MORE
1777: Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes. June 14, 1777: During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” .... READ MORE
2015: Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s mother, Dee Dee, found stabbed to death.  On June 14, 2015, sheriff’s deputies in Missouri discover a grisly scene: the bloody body of Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, who had been stabbed to death a few days before. The murder of Blanchard, lying face down in bed in a pool of blood, becomes a highly publicized case about Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a rare mental illness and form of child abuse where a caretaker feigns a child’s dire symptoms—or induces real ones—to gain sympathy and/or financial support.... READ MORE
1985: TWA flight 847 is hijacked by terrorists. TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome is hijacked by Shiite Hezbollah terrorists who immediately demand to know the identity of ”those with Jewish-sounding names.” Two of the Lebanese terrorists, armed with grenades and a 9-mm. pistol, then forced the plane to land in Beirut, Lebanon.  ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Nathan Deutmeyer!

These celebrities were born on this date:  Boy George · Alan Carr · Aleksandr Sokurov · Alexandra Castillo · Alicia Monet Caldwell · Allen Daviau · Amy Childs • Alexandra Felstead • Kevin McHale • Tamara Smart • Bobby Witt Jr. • RJ Barrett • Ceca • Marla Gibbs

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you call a convicted painter? A CON ARTIST! Thanks for the joke, Kristine! - Rex Post, Lori Bluml. Or, FRAMED! - Gail Tomlinson.

Today's riddle

What kind of dog can you train to bring you red wine?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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