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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

If you know the music of the Zac Brown Band, then you know they like their chicken fried, a cold beer on a Friday night, a pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio up. That all sounds wonderful to me — especially the jeans thing.

Yes, there is something about how blue jeans fit to your body after a dozen or so washings. And when you get used to a certain feel, no other jeans “fit just right.” Can you relate?

As a child, jeans didn’t matter much, as they all wore out in the knees from pushing around those Hot Wheels anyway — except for the Toughskins. They really were tough. The rest of my jeans weren’t. Fortunately, Mom was handy with a sewing machine, and I thought the knee patches were kind of cool.

I attended a Catholic grade school, and blue jeans were not part of the dress code. But outside of school, that’s all I wore. Didn’t matter what brand, as long as they were long enough (you didn’t want to be accused of wearing “floods”) and flared to the max (which posed a problem with bicycle chains). It was the 1970s, after all.

When my junior high years rolled around in the 1980s, the jeans of choice for the guys and the gals were Levi’s. The fancy pocket stitching disco jeans were no longer cool, except for my buddy, Ian. He made them work. In those days, all the Levi’s off the shelf were stiff as cardboard. You couldn’t wait to get those washed a few times so your knees could bend. Not too many years later, the options came along — button fly, stone washed, shrink to fit, etc. As long as they were Levi’s, it didn’t matter.

My wife bought me a pair of “skinny” jeans a few years ago, but I couldn’t get them past my calves. These days, when I wear jeans, I am partial to the relaxed fit options. I am not built like Earl Campbell, but I do appreciation having some leg room. As I have stated many times before, the older I get, I care much more about comfort than style.

The worst part, of course, is when a pair of jeans that fit just right wear out, and you have to start over with a new pair. The wear is no longer from pushing Hot Wheels around on my knees, but it may have something to do with the fried chicken and cold beer.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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 Phone Repair Shop

1. Mobile Spot

2. CPR – Cell Phone Repair

3.  iTech Gurus


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Shower and thunderstorm chances will be with us today until the early evening, when the precipitation will push west. We're left with a dry and cooler Thursday and Friday before rain chances return on Saturday.

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

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A National Produce Association study showed that bananas are now America's favorite fruit followed by apples, grapes, oranges and avocados. Bananas have risen in popularity since inflation reared its influential head two years ago.

Jeff Flock, "inflation reporter," revealed that beef prices have risen 24% since last summer and are ready to set all-time high prices regularly for the next two years. He says that nearly two billion fewer pounds of cattle will go to market this year. Fuel price increases are the chief explanation, followed by drought and labor shortages.

Wednesday is chicken and noodles day at Eastside Eddie's (3517 East 26th St., Des Moines) and goulash day at The Dam Pub (2710 Beaver Ave., Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan


Crooked crop rows

My dad never minded crooked corn rows because you planted more seeds = better yield.
My dad would have loved this field! Photo by Diane Ferguson


FROM KCCI: Time to play ball at Norwalk's new sports complex

NORWALK, Iowa — About a year after breaking ground on a new 70-acre sports complex in Norwalk, part of it is now open to the public. "Where cheers will be heard, hard-fought games will be played, lessons will be learned, friendships will be formed, and memories will be made,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority in May 2022. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: DNR pleads for Iowans to remember life jackets after deadly start to summer on the water

DES MOINES, IOWA — It has been a dangerous start to summer on Iowa waters. After multiple drownings have been reported over the past couple of weeks at Iowa lakes, DNR safety instructor Todd Robertson is encouraging people on the water to wear a life jacket. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa teenager sentenced to life in prison for killing parents to 'take charge' of his life

Ehan Orton was 17 at the time of the killings, and told investigators at the scene that he killed his parents to “take charge of my life.” ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On June 7 in history ...

1976. “New York” magazine publishes the story that becomes “Saturday Night Fever”. Disco as a musical style predated the movie Saturday Night Fever by perhaps as many as five years, but disco as an all-consuming cultural phenomenon might never have happened without the 1977 film and its multi-platinum soundtrack featuring such era-defining hits as the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You.” What is absolutely certain is that Saturday Night Fever would never have been made were it not for a magazine article detailing the struggles and dreams of a talented, young, Italian-American disco dancer and his scruffy entourage in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. That article—”The Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night,” by journalist Nik Cohn—was published on this day in 1976 in the June 7 issue of New York magazine.

1979: Texas passes a bill becoming the first state in the nation to make Juneteenth an official state holiday. A celebration that has persisted for over a century receives its first official recognition on June 7, 1979, as the Texas Legislature passes a bill declaring Juneteenth a state holiday. The annual June 19 celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation—not the announcement itself, but the arrival of the news of the proclamation in Texas—is now officially observed in almost all 50 states.

1962: Switzerland welcomes first drive-through bank. On June 7, 1962, the banking institution Credit Suisse—then known as Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA)—opens the first drive-through bank in Switzerland at St. Peter-Strasse 17, near Paradeplatz (Parade Square) in downtown Zurich.

Read more at History.com.

Upcoming Festival

Governors Days!

Grimes’ annual event promises fun for everyone June 8-10.

By Ashley Rullestad

Grimes Governors Days is back June 8-10 and will be “In Full Bloom,” promising to be better than ever. For the second year, the festival will take place at its new location, the Grimes South Sports Complex located at 750 S. James St. Offering something for the whole family, the weekend is packed full of activities, food, rides, tournaments, and, of course, fun.

“Our organization is very excited to again be working on this important and impactful community event,” says Brian Buethe, president/CEO of Grimes Chamber & Economic Development. “Last year, we made the move to our new location, and everything went pretty good. The City is a great partner, and we couldn't do this without them, so we worked together to secure a new location due to the construction of the new splash pad for the whole community to enjoy. Last year, it even rained a little, and that didn't slow us down since most everything is on concrete now and not on the grass.”

This year's theme, “In Full Bloom,” is a nod to Grimes’ growth.

... Read more in the May issue of Grimes/Dallas Center  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Belated Birthday to Pam Kucera, whose birthday was June 6.

These celebrities were born on this date: James Ivory, Tom Jones, Liam Neeson, Colleen Camp, L.A. Reid, Mike Pence, Gordon Gano, Dave Navarro, Karl Urban, Bear Grylls, Bill Hader and Michael Cera.

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Where do llamas go to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world? SHANGRI-LLAMA!

Today's Riddle

Which type of monkey are Chimpanzees afraid of?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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