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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

A pain in the neck. That’s what I have had for the past few days after traveling to another city via airplane and sleeping in hotel rooms. And I apparently wasn’t alone, as many of the people I visited with at the conference I attended said the same thing: “I miss my own pillow.”

Ah, yes. Your own pillow. It’s an adult version of a child’s teddy bear, as we just can’t seem to sleep well without it.

Jolene and I are showing our age. When we travel by car, we often pack our own pillows and take them to the hotel rooms or places we are staying. I remember seeing old people do that years ago, and I swore I would never do the same. I am finding that to be true of a lot of things now, as I am willing to sacrifice most any level of looking nerdy for comfort — and a good night’s sleep.

According to www.sleepjunkie.com, surveys show that nine in 10 people believe having comfortable pillows is an important factor in getting a good night’s sleep. About seven in 10 of the respondents to their survey rated pillows as making a big impact on their ability to get a good sleep.

But how many pillows? Those who sleep with two pillows were 30.6% of their respondents, and those who sleep with three pillows were 13.3%. The number jumps up with four pillows at 27.4%. Their results show that participants sleep with an average of 2.2 pillows on their beds.

I am in the two-pillow category. I have been told that’s not a good thing, but it seems to be the only way I can get comfortable, at least until the pillows wear out. This leads me to the next question, how often should pillows be replaced? The Sleep Foundation says most experts recommend replacing pillows every one to two years. Doing so helps ensure that pillows are supportive, clean and free of allergens. The foundation says you should buy new pillows when you notice excessive yellowing, or if your allergies are acting up at night.

Some pillow materials are also apparently more durable than others. The Sleep Foundation says a polyester pillow might last just one year, while a latex pillow might last up to three years. Essentially, like most things in life, you get what you pay for.

The bottom line is if you’re waking up with a sore neck, or if you’re unable to find a comfortable sleeping position, it might mean your pillow is no longer providing the support you need. So, I guess it’s time to shop for new pillows. How about you?

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Motorcycle Shop

1. Mean Machine Cycle Parts

2. Big Barn Harley-Davidson

3. Struthers Brothers


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A few sprinkles may linger this morning before we begin to dry out and move into a warming trend. Our next precipitation chance comes Thursday night into Friday morning. The upcoming weekend looks great!

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Sen. Joni Ernst announces Mike Pence, Nikki Haley will join her Roast and Ride fundraiser

Former Vice President Mike Pence will be one of Sen. Joni Ernst's special guests at her annual Roast and Ride on June 3. Last week Ernst announced that Nikki Haley will also join as a special guest. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Former employee stole $64,000+ from 2 metro businesses, police say

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Menlo woman has been arrested on several charges for allegedly stealing more than $64,000 from two different employers in the Des Moines metro. Angel Welker, 44, was booked into the Polk County Jail Sunday morning on multiple charges of first-degree theft and forgery. She’s also charged with money laundering and unauthorized use of a credit card. ....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Families of Starts Right Here shooting victims allege Will Keeps failed to protect students in new lawsuit

Court documents show the families believe founder Will Keeps failed to run Starts Right Here in a "reasonably safe manner".....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 16 in history ...

1929. Academy Awards. On May 16, 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.

1985: Ozone. In the scientific journal Nature on May 16, 1985, three scientists from the British Antarctic Survey announce their detection of abnormally low levels of ozone over the South Pole. Their discovery, commonly known as the Ozone Hole, became a palpable example of mankind's ability to damage the Earth's atmosphere as well as one of the most famous success stories in the history of climate activism.

1770: Marie Antionette. At Versailles, Louis, the French dauphin, marries Marie Antoinette, the daughter of Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I. France hoped their marriage would strengthen its alliance with Austria, its longtime enemy. In 1774, with the death of King Louis XV, Louis and Marie were crowned king and queen of France.

Read more at History.com.


Captain Young gets boost from ‘Blox’

Reality show helps boat captain revamp her business.

A Waukee woman’s love of boating landed her on a reality show, which also helped to re-vamp her own recreational boating services.
Brenna Young, aka Captain Young, is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed boat captain. Last year, she competed on season five of the show, “Blox,” a reality show for startups and entrepreneurs, similar to the “Shark Tank.” Blox contestants learn how to become successful business owners through a series of competitions and challenges.

Young launched her own Captain Young Travels in 2019 by purchasing her own boat and giving tours on Saylorville and other Iowa lakes. Then the COVID pandemic hit, and she ended it after three years.

“After factoring in the cost of the slip and the boat — it doesn't make a lot of money.”
In 2022, she applied to the Blox show, hoping to boost her captain career.

“I didn't think much about it. Then I had four rounds of interviews, and they wanted to cast me and my business,” she recalls.

... Read more in the April issue of Waukee Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Ben Butzke!

These celebrities were born on this date: Megan Denise Fox, Janet Jackson, Pierce Brosnan, Khary Payton, David Boreanaz, Tori Spelling, Danny Trejo, Debra Winger, Tracey Gold

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you get when you cross a caterpillar and a parrot?  A WALKIE TALKIE! - Rex Post, Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson. Or "A talking butterfly (that loves crackers)." - Ron Sorenson. Or "An animal who's voice changes as it changes." - Mike Chiston. Or "A social butterfly!" - Carolyn Rogers.

Today's Riddle

Why do hummingbirds hum?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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