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Friday, June 28, 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.

“Mom was a firm believer in clothes lines. Never owned a dryer (Clothes lines, June 17, 2024). The washer was in the basement, so this 4-foot, 11-inch dynamo would do wash and then drag all the items up the stairs and out to the line. We were not allowed to hang on our posts. Our duty was to clean them up and paint them once a year. Grey only. Mom shared that she was hanging out laundry on the day I was born. Somebody was driving down the street and hollered at her. She was mighty pregnant and said to herself, ‘If you only knew, buddy. I was getting this done before I head to the hospital for my fourth bundle of joy.’ ” - Rex

Bundle of joy? Did that reference stick? - Shane

“That opening paragraph was nails (Clothes lines, June 17, 2024).” - Brian

I was shooting for 16 penny. - Shane

“I want to know whose relative came up with ‘informed delivery.’ I'm like a lot of people who have my mail delivered to a communal mailbox for our townhouses (Postage stamps, June 19, 2024). Most days, I'll pass it at least once. It's not imperative for me to know what's coming in the mail anyway. It's a service we've lived without for a very long time and for what I'm sure is an astounding amount of money we can live without. Additionally, now they've increased the vendors revenue by selling advertising it appears.” - John

You can learn a lot about someone by looking at all the mail they receive. Just imagine how much data the USPS has on each one of us now by scanning all our mail. - Shane

“I confess. I have soaped a door handle in a Casey's. Several times (Mailbag, Thursday, June 20, 2024).” - Brad

How about an escalator handrail? Equally amusing. - Shane

“On the subject of slang, I’m a Gen X female (born 1970), and my most commonly used slang is dude. I call everyone dude, regardless of gender or age (Far out, man, June 24, 2024). I wish I could stop it, to be honest. But, dude. I can’t help it. It’s ingrained in my head forever.” - Kelly

It's copacetic, dude. - Shane

“I was born in 1959, so I really picked up slang in the late 1960s and 1970s (Far out, man, June 24, 2024). Your words, man, were absolutely groovy, ya know. Sock it to me, baby. Did it ever take me back. What a blast. Thanks.” - Donna

Dyno-mite! - 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

Rain chances continue into this evening. The weekend looks gorgeous!

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 

Rules optional for some, mandatory for others

By Randy Evans

You know how some memories stick with you for no logical reason? One such memory involves my dad in the 1960s when I was a teenager.
After World War II, my father worked for the City of Bloomfield, eventually becoming operator of the city’s water treatment plant.

Pop graduated from high school on the eve of the Great Depression. His most intense period of book-learning after high school came in the 1960s when Iowa decided to require state licenses for operators of municipal water treatment plants and sewage treatment plants.

After so many years away from the classroom, this was a time of anxiety as Pop prepared for the licensing exam. He attended classes at night and had his nose in textbooks other evenings.


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


Best Ankeny Bar

1. Yankee Clipper

2. Whiskey River

3. Jakes Pub

Read all the results now!

Explore Des Moines

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

EXPLORE: Local Sports

By Cyote Williams

Local athletes try to etch their names in the record books at IHSAA and IGHSAU championships while some of the next best professionals hone their skills.


Tokyo’s Shibuya and Shinjuko wards, which include the tourist favored Kabukicho red light and Maruyamacho nightclub districts, are further clamping down on street drinking. That was partially banned on big drinking nights like Halloween and New Year’s after 2019 troubles and complaints about trash on the streets. Now it’s been extended to year around from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. Police patrols will be increased. In Japanese style, offenders will not be penalized. It’s about honorable behavior. Japanese fans don’t even leave litter in sports stadiums, even when abroad. Anjin, the Japanese word for foreigners, also translates as “barbarians.” (Asahi Shimbun)

Iowa Latino Hospitality Council launches. Nearly 10% of Iowa restaurants are owned and operated by Hispanic restaurateurs. To better engage with this growing demographic, the Iowa Restaurant Association has announced the launch of the Iowa Latino Hospitality Council. This new charitable organization is dedicated exclusively to addressing the unique needs of this vital segment of Iowa’s hospitality industry. Bi-lingual training tops the agenda. 

Weekends deals. Price Choppers have specials through July 8 on whole seedless watermelons for $3.99, eight pieces of fried chicken for $9.99, and Northwest cherries for $1.99/lb… It's called the Des Moines Arts Festival but 24 wildly diverse food vendors make it one of the most interesting food truck experiences of Iowa summer. Friday-Sunday… Wood smoked prime rib is featured Friday nights at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale) and Whatcha Smoking BBQ in Luther... AJ's at Prairie Meadows has extended its popular $30 prime rib dinner to Wednesday-Sunday… Opa! (2800 University Ave., West Des Moines) offers all you can eat buffets Friday-Sunday for less than $15... Friday’s specials at Bianchi’s Hilltop (2829 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines) are Chicago Italian beef sandwiches $12 for lunch and BBQ ribs for dinner - $18 for half racks, $24 for whole... Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery (2301 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines) has a special on Friday of lasagna or chicken Parmesan with mashed potatoes, gravy and garlic bread $15. 

 — Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of Ankeny Living magazine

Swanson thriving at 99
Becomes a centenarian in September

By Lindsey Giardino

Take one look at Keith Swanson and you would never guess that he’s about to turn 100 years old.

Swanson still lives by himself in an Ankeny apartment, cooks (although he enjoys eating out with friends and family often) and drives. In fact, he recently took a more than 300-mile trip to southeast Iowa by himself.
In a word, he is thriving.

Keith Swanson with five generations of his family. Photo by Willie Taylor



FROM KCCI: Fastest short track on the planet gets faster

NEWTON, Iowa — NTT IndyCar Series teams tested at the Iowa Speedway ahead of Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend. The test is critical because of the new repave. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Stabbing victim dropped off at Des Moines hospital, DMPD investigating

DES MOINES, Iowa — A stabbing victim was dropped off at a Des Moines hospital Thursday evening, Des Moines Police said. At around 5:30 p.m. the Des Moines Police Department received a report of a stabbing victim who had been dropped off by private vehicle at a Des Moines hospital. The victim’s condition is not known at this time.  ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Will the Des Moines metro be impacted by recent flooding?

DES MOINES, Iowa — Friday's rain caused major flooding and devastation across several communities in northwest Iowa. Now, floodwaters in the Des Moines River basin are making their way down river towards Saylorville Lake, which is built to help protect the Des Moines metro from upstream flooding.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Berhalter: Tim Weah's 'silly' red card cost U.S. in Panama loss  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:  Jury Sides Against NFL in Sunday Ticket Lawsuit; League Could Owe $4 Billion.  ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: 2024 NBA Draft winners and losers: Bronny James lands with Lakers; Knicks continue good work in second round.   ...READ MORE
1969: The Stonewall Riots begin in NYC’s Greenwich Village. Sometime after midnight on June 28, 1969, in what is now regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBTQ people, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn—a popular gay club located on New York City's Christopher Street—turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the authorities.  ... READ MORE
2007: Bald Eagle removed from list of threatened species. ... READ MORE
1997: Boxer Mike Tyson bites off part of an opponent’s ear.   ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Alessandro Nivola · Camille Guaty · Danielle Brisebois · Elon Musk · Gil Bellows · John Cusack · John Elway • Sofia Chicorelli Serna • Diamond Strawberry • Kathy Bates • Kellie Pickler

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

When does a hippo have a tusk? WHEN IT HAS RHINO-PLASTY! - Gail Tomlinson. Other guesses from Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Why did the couple hire a vegetarian DJ?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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