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Friday, June 21, 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.

“I hate to touch the door handle to exit the restroom after who knows how many people who don't wash their hands have touched it (Paper towels, June 12, 2024). If I know by experience that the proprietors use blow dryers, I grab some napkins on the way to the restroom. I can dry my hands and use the napkins, keeping my hands pristine when I exit.” - John

Ah, the old take napkins to the bathroom trick! I like it. - Shane

“Ahhh, Grandma’s clothesline (Clothes lines, June 17, 2024)! Whence I learned where the term ‘clotheslined’ comes from. Memories.” - Lori

Ouch. I forgot about that memory. - Shane

“My grandmother was 4' 11" (Clothes lines, June 17, 2024). Her homemade clothes line included a long pole with a notch in the end to push and hold the line high after she pinned the clothes to it so they would not touch the ground.” - Mike

Ingenuity at its best. - Shane

“My wife went to a garage sale and saw two clothes line posts with the crossbars and asked why there was no line (Clothes lines, June 17, 2024). The people said they hadn't used them for years. She asked if she could have them, and they said yes. Excitedly, she told me about these posts and said they just needed to be dug up and we could have them. So, we drove by the place in another town about 10 miles away. It was at the T intersection of two county roads on the edge of town, on the way to a park and a golf course, so there was plenty of traffic to gawk at this man with a spade and a shovel, excavating ancient, heavy, iron clothes line posts – buried in concrete 18-20 inches in diameter and 3 feet deep. At some point between the second and third hour of this project, I noticed traffic had picked up significantly and some vehicles were making loops, watching this exhibition of either hopeless love or insanity. Once I had them out of the holes, one of the passersby noticed me having trouble picking up the posts with the concrete — which took hours at my place to break off with a sledge — and he helped me get them into the back of my van, which had just enough clearance above the tires to drive home. I've since moved a few times, and each time, I went to the hardware store and bought new clothes line poles that you assemble. They aren't as sturdy, but it took less than an hour and zero ibuprofen.” - Brad

I kept singing “I've Been Working on the Railroad” while reading this. - Shane

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 for most, then a passing front brings rain chances back on Saturday. We return to dry conditions Sunday and Monday.

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 

Jacqueline Thompson at Wesley on Grand

By Jim Duncan

Jacqueline Thompson is an ordained elder in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and is pastor at both Burns UMC and St. John’s UMC. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, a town that could be Des Moines’ twin sister in some of its similarities yet is quite different in others. Thompson lived two full and distinctly different lives professionally. We invited her to lunch, and she asked to meet in the Serenity Room of Wesley on Grand.

Wesley on Grand is a retirement center that includes both the Chamberlain Pub and a seven-room B&B that are open to everyone. That pub is our choice as Des Moines’ best for ambiance, housed in the historic D.S. Chamberlain House, designed by William George Rantoul and exemplary of Jacobean Revival architecture.


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


Best Local Irish Pub

1. Sully’s Irish Pub

2. Magee’s Irish Pub & Eatery

3. Cooney’s Tavern

Read all the results now!

Explore Des Moines

CITYVIEW's seasonal guide for activities and things to do in Central Iowa

EXPLORE: Patio Palooza

By Cyote Williams

The summer weather gives plenty of reasons to go outside, and these bars and restaurants offer you a place to soak it all in while enjoying a drink in hand or a meal with friends.


Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Outside of Hamas command center, the celebrations these days usually involve the slaughter of sheep rather than human children. In Senegal, where the kinder, more tolerant Sufi form of Islam is practiced, one special sheep is always spared - Ladoum, a breed that can command up to $70,000 in the West African nation. A cross between a Mauritanian Touabire and a Malian Bali-bali, Ladoums can weigh nearly 400 pounds. Ladoum beauty pageants are a thing in Senegal. (Guardian, NGEO). In Des Moines, goats have head-butted sheep off many menus. India Star (5514 Douglas Ave., Des Moines) still has a full lamb menu, Olympic Flame (514 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines) offers lamb chops, and HoQ (303 E. Fifth St., Des Moines) serves locally raised lamb shanks. Sam’s Club and Fresh Thyme display lamb chops, leg roasts, ground meat and Frenched rib racks.

Pork Expo wrap up. The 36th World Pork Expo in Des Moines hosted more than 12,000 producers and industry professionals from 37 countries. The world’s largest pork-specific trade show saw attendance grow with a 15% increase over 2023. Local hotels and restaurants are grateful.

Weekend deals. Brats and hot dogs are on sale for $1.69 all weekend at Kwik Stars... Fish Fry Friday night specials can be found at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale), Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines), and Cracker Barrel (11701 University, Clive)... Friday is paella night at Purveyor (505 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines). It's special paella too. Half-priced oysters and peel-and-eat shrimp are offered until 4:30 p.m. Saturday at both Waterfronts and also on Sunday at the Ankeny store... Sunday is chicken fried steak day at Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 W. Ashland Ave., Indianola)… Whatcha Smokin’? (403 Iowa Ave., Luther) serves smoked prime rib on Fridays and Dino beef ribs from 4 p.m. on Saturdays, till they are sold out… Pizza on the Prairie at the Wallace Farm combines brick oven pizza with toppings straight from the garden along with sides, desserts and a signature cocktail. Live music. Bring your own lawn chairs and reusable water bottles. June 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Reservations.  ... KFMG's "Kitchen Insider" talks with Trang Pham, owner of Egg Roll Ladies, about realizing her American entrepreneurial dream and why scratch-made egg rolls are worth all the work. 10 a.m. Saturday. PICTURED: JIM DUNCAN WITH GEORGE AND TRANG

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of Bondurant 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, volunteering 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.

Nellie Chabak, 11, is a young actor from Bondurant. Her mom, Mallory Chabak, is proud of her daughter’s accomplishments in theatre.

“I’ve said since she was little, she has a sparkle about her,” Mallory says. “And when she performs, she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be. Every single time she’s on stage, whether it be a rehearsal, a special event, or a performance, she has me in awe. I couldn’t be prouder of who she is becoming.”



FROM KCCI: 'That was scary': Central Iowa girl hurt in day care van crash with semi shares experience

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Emergency crews took seven kids and two adults to the hospital Wednesday after a day care van collided with a semi in West Des Moines. Police say the person driving the van was distracted and veered into the other lane, and they say the truck driver's actions may have saved a lot of lives. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Climbing Kites, Field Day Brewing sue state over hemp law

IOWA — Climbing Kites and Field Day Brewing, two THC-infused drink makers, are suing the state over the new hemp law that’s set to take effect on July 1. The new hemp law would limit the legal amount of THC to 4 milligrams per serving and 10 milligrams per container. ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPD arrest 18-year-old following early morning stabbing

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police Department and Des Moines Fire Department reported to the scene of a 'large juvenile dispute' early Thursday morning after which DMPD reported an arrest. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: .Sources: Lakers hiring JJ Redick to four-year deal to coach team  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: How an Unprecedented Swim-Off Embodied the Highs and Lows of Chasing an Olympic Dream. ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson shares the emotions of returning to Rickwood Field.   ...READ MORE
1788: U.S. Constitution ratified.  .... READ MORE
1982: John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, found not guilty by reason of insanity. ... READ MORE
1964: The KKK kills three civil rights activists. Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are killed by a Ku Klux Klan mob near Meridian, Mississippi. The three young civil rights workers were working to register Black voters in Mississippi, thus inspiring the ire of the local Klan. The deaths of Schwerner and Goodman, white Northerners and members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), caused a national outrage.... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy birthday Brandi Goodman on Saturday!

These celebrities were born on this date: Billy Ocean · Cat Power · Charlotte Ross · Chris Kilmore · Emma Bunton · Eric Holder · Feliz Ramirez · Gary Locke • Bobby Benson • Jerry Trainor • Geena Davis • Hakeem Olajuwon

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 female opera singer who had quite a range at the lower end of the scale? A DEEP C DIVA! - Lori Bluml, Gail Tomlinson. Or, from Rex Post: basso profundo mezzo soprano!

Today's riddle

How do we know that, besides the apple, Adam and Eve took a bite out of a pear, peach and banana?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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