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Monday, June 17, 2024
Good morning to you!

They were nearly 5 feet tall. Two of them. Connected with four strands of coated wire in 15-foot lengths. Planted in cement below the frost level in the yard of my childhood home. These were my mother’s clothes lines, and she knew them well.

These poles and lines were not the store-bought expandable versions. Dad made these out of iron and welded them into T shapes with a support brace on each side. Nothing was moving these things. I know this because I climbed them most every day and would proudly sit on top. Mom was OK with that, although I knew better than to even think about hanging from the lines.

Mom painted the clothes poles gray, probably every year, as I don’t ever recall seeing rust on them. She had a plastic ice cream pail with a handle that she stored her old wooden clothespins in, and she would carry that bucket out with each load of wet clothes from the washing machine in the basement.

Mom would hang most all of our laundry on those lines to dry. She said she loved the smell of the fresh air on the sun-dried clothes. She might also have been trying to save a few cents by not running the dryer. All I remember is that my size 7 Toughskins were crisp as cardboard, and I would need a few hours of wear to break them in. I also remember Mom instructing me to do the 50-yard dash to get the clothes off the line whenever an unexpected rain shower would arise.

The birds seemed to be attracted to those clothes lines as much as I was, often perching on them and doing their business, which created quite a contrast in color on those freshly painted gray poles. Mom clearly didn’t approve of their behavior. When on the poles, those birds also made good target practice for my brother and me with our BB guns. Mom didn’t approve of that either. Before you criticize us too much, though, you should know that we usually missed. Usually.

One of my childhood chores was to fold the clothes on the line, and this was an easier task than folding clothes out of the dryer due to the aforementioned crispness. Once set, those fold lines weren’t moving. Bed sheets were a trick, though, especially the fitted mattress covers that I still can’t seem to figure out how to fold today.

Jolene and I don’t have clothes lines in our yard, and I don’t know if we would use them if we did. The thought of freshly washed clothes being covered with pollen doesn’t sound pleasant to me or to my olfactory. Oddly, I don’t remember this being a problem in my youth.

Although it is rare, I do occasionally sees clothes hanging outside on lines today. I still have the desire to climb those poles, but, instead, I simply smile.

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

Hot and dry and breezy weather stays with us into Tuesday. Storm chances return Tuesday night through Thursday.

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 

On the road in the Netherlands with a 5-year-old

By Joe Weeg

I spent most of my adult life trying to get my kids out the door. “Begone children,” was my motto. When they were young, I’d wonder if it was too soon to suggest they get a job babysitting or as a lifeguard or maybe at a garment factory. Don’t worry, gentle reader, when I kicked them out the front door, my wife brought them back in the side door. But if wishful thinking was enough for the crime, I’d be in solitary confinement scratching marks on the wall today.

But now, as a grandfather, I am all in. Yup, even I am befuddled by this development. I just shrug, smile at my darling, and buy another round of apple drinks with Disney Princesses adorning the tops.

But traveling with a 5-year-old?


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


Best Rum

1. Steel Drum Rum

2. Rum Coqui

3. Captain Morgan

Read all the results now!


Currywurst news. Euro 2024, the world's second biggest soccer competition, is underway in Germany and on Fox and Univision in the U.S. Governing body UEFA has alerted soccer fans from across Europe that this savory German invention will be on offer at stadiums throughout the country. Currywurst is considered a fast-food delicacy in Germany, particularly after a night of heavy drinking. The Valley Junction farmers market has a currywurst truck on Thursdays.

Spring harvests. Michigan's peach crop is predicted to be down as much as 20% year over because of early blooming before hail storms and a hard freeze. Wisconsin strawberry crops are expected to be the best in many years after warm spring temps and little damage from hail. West African cocoa harvest is down for the fifth year in a row and West Africa grows the overwhelming majority of the world's aspiring chocolate beans.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants, part 2. In addition to Spanish restaurants taking three of the top four spots, Table by Bruno Verjus in Paris was No. 3, Lima’s Maido No. 5, New York’s Atomix No. 6, Quintonil in Mexico City is No. 7, Copenhagen’s Alchemist took the No. 9 spot, No. 9 is Bangkok’s Gaggan, and Don Julio in Buenos Aires rounds out the top 10.

Deals. Kathy’s East 14th Street Pub (3418 E. 14th St., Des Moines) offers Bad Dog Burgers on Mondays — three 1/3 lb. patties, 6 pieces of bacon, choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion — for $10.95... Monday’s $8 special at The Continental (407 E. Fifth St., Des Moines) includes a smash burger with lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, burger sauce and frites… Centro (1003 Locust St., Des Moines) offers half-priced coal oven pizza and Peronis on Monday... Summer Stir will be this Friday 5-9 p.m. Ten drinks for $25 (preorder price, $30 at event) at these downtown bars:  Hessen Haus, Fong’s Pizza, Coda, Johnny’s Hall of Fame, The Copper Cup, Ta’Chido Cantina, The Stuffed Olive, El Bait Shop/High Life Lounge. Johnny’s will also have $12 burger baskets and Fong’s offers super slices of pizza pie for $3 until 6 p.m... Aldi stores have USDA Choice New York strips on sale for $11.99/lb. today and tomorrow.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of West Des Moines/Jordan Creek Living magazine

Curtain call
Residents share their experiences on stage.

By Jackie Wilson

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.

Tallgrass Theatre Company (TTC) of West Des Moines formed in 2004. Shows were formerly hosted at the Rex Mathes Auditorium at a West Des Moines elementary school. They group lost its lease in 2020 at the height of the COVID pandemic.

TTC found a new space to call its own at 2019 Grand in West Des Moines in the former Skate West building. The new theatre debuted at its new venue in December 2021.

Bob Baskerville, president of the TTC board of directors since 2017, says the move was much needed. During productions, they can sell beer and wine in an air-conditioned facility, which wasn’t the case at their previous location.



FROM KCCI: Who's a big boy? West Des Moines dog sets world record

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — There's a new Guinness World Record holder in West Des Moines. Kevin is extremely tall -- and extremely adorable. He also happens to have four legs. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Ankeny FD shares how to prevent a common type of fire after two fires start the same way

ANKENY, Iowa- The Ankeny Fire Department is warning people to check their bathroom vent fans after they were the cause of two back-to-back fires last week. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Clive man defrauds elderly people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars

CLIVE, Iowa — A man in Clive is being sentenced for defrauding elderly people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. And they weren’t the only ones tricked. Court documents show he defrauded insurance companies too. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sources: Bryson DeChambeau wins 2nd U.S. Open as Rory McIlroy falters.  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Dodgers’ Mookie Betts Hit by 98-MPH Fastball, Fractures Hand. ... READ MORE
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1964: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.  ... READ MORE
1999: SLA member captured after more than 20 years. On June 16, 1999, Kathleen Ann Soliah, a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), is arrested near her home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Soliah, who now calls herself Sara Jane Olson, had been evading authorities for more than 20 years.  ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date:  Barry Manilow, Newt Gingrich, Joe Piscopo, Thomas Haden Church, Kendrick Lamar, KJ Apa, Venus Williams, Marie Avgeropoulos, Will Forte, Jodie Whittaker, Jordan Henderson, Amari Cooper

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What kind of dog can you train to bring you red wine? Several people answered along the lines of A WINE Weimaraner! Another answer: A Bordeaux collie! -Lori Blum, Carolyn Rogers, Gail Tomlinson. Or, St. Bernard if you swap out the brandy cask. - Rex Post

Today's riddle

What do they call the new diuretic wine?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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