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Friday, June 30, 2023
Good Friday 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.

“With regard to tipping, when we engaged the services of a Senior Transitioning consultant last year, I was given an unexpected education on tipping practices and expectations in the Des Moines market (Tipping, June 12, 2023). Sarcastically, if it moves, you are supposed to tip! Even the consultant, who moved here from out of state, said she was surprised by the breadth of tipping in Des Moines. People who hauled away junk, people who picked up for donation stores, movers, packers, etc. Not only was the notion of tipping some of these people for routine job performance surprising, a few of them were aggressive in seeking a tip. One moving crew collected their charges due and then stood there staring at me and announced, ‘Now is when you tip us.’ A junk-hauling crew picked up one furniture item from my garage, charged me a considerable amount of money for their employer, and then told me I owed the two men a tip. Say what? It took him longer to write up my ticket than it did to move the furniture from my garage to his truck. If these folks had gone above and beyond to do their jobs, I would have been open to it, but they didn’t. And when they got pushy, I said, ‘Thank you and goodbye.’ Where does the line get redrawn? Do we start tipping medical professionals?” - Chuck

Feel free to send tips to me — and none of that “don’t play in the street” stuff. - Shane

“Shane, all of your choices are in my Top 10 (Iconic TV theme songs, June 28, 2023). We are close in age, after all. One more that I catch myself singing is the theme to ‘Happy Days’ (not the first version). I’ve always thought this was a snappy tune!” - Kevin

Oh, yes. Pinky Tuscadero  and the Malachi brothers would agree. - Shane

“I don’t know any of these (Iconic TV theme songs, June 28, 2023).” - Samantha

They aren’t on TikToc. - Shane

“Your columns are great. How do you keep coming up with the daily topics?” - Jessica

A wandering mind, I guess. - Shane

“The theme song from ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (Iconic TV theme songs, June 28, 2023). I was watching that show when my first daughter was born. Kinda stuck with me after that — the song and my daughter!” - Chuck

An epic choice, little buddy. - Shane

“I have to make sure the ‘Mr. Ed’ theme song makes the list along with ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ and ‘Green Acres’ (Iconic TV theme songs, June 28, 2023)! Thanks for putting those songs in my head for the rest of the day!” - Loren 

Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside! - Shane

“Songs from ‘Gilligan's Island’ and ‘Friends’ (Iconic TV theme songs, June 28, 2023). What's next? Movie tunes?” - Rich

Maybe. - Shane

“Theme from ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’ That opening drum line was awesome (Iconic TV theme songs, June 28, 2023). ‘M*A*S*H*.’ It actually had a title and lyrics — ‘Suicide is Painless.’ Happy Days.’ The Waltons.’ Who doesn’t know that theme? ‘Batman.’ ” - Lori

Holy theme songs, Lori. That’s quite a list. – Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, 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 Shoe Store

1. Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.

2. Fit To Be Tied;

3. Fleet Feet


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Storm chances continue today, especially during the morning hours. We’ll see another round of storm chances in the morning and afternoon on Saturday. The heat sticks around.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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FROM KCCI: 'This child would have been safe': Woman says complaints about physician charged with sex abuse were ignored

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — New court documents filed against a recently retired central Iowa physician share details about the sexual abuse charges he faces. Lynn Lindaman, 72, was arrested by the Ankeny Police Department on Wednesday afternoon. Court documents filed Thursday show the victim is a child who was born in 2015. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Court Center releases plans for building’s makeover

DES MOINES, Iowa — Court Center became a symbol to some people of drinking and debauchery in downtown Des Moines. The building’s new owners hope to clean up that reputation with new businesses, a new look, and a new name....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Vandals spill oil on Chesterfield Park futsal court

DES MOINES, Iowa — There's a sticky — or rather, slippery — situation at a Des Moines park after vandals left their mark on some recent additions to the park's offerings. The game of futsal is growing in popularity around the world: it is basically miniature soccer, with a smaller ball and playing field.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Fifteen percent of the food the U.S. consumes is imported.

Pie lovers alert — George Formaro and I have Ms America Pie herself — Beth Howard — on Kitchen Insider Saturday 10 a.m. https://kfmg.org/

Tailgating opportunity — The Menace plays Chicago City Saturday night at Valley Stadium in a really big game. Once-beaten Des Moines plays undefeated CCFC for the division title with its 30-game home winning streak on the line, on Stars and Stripes night. Tickets at https://fevogm.com/event/MenaceChicagoCitySC

On June 30 in history ...

1971. Soviet cosmonauts perish in reentry disaster. The three Soviet cosmonauts who served as the first crew of the world’s first space station die when their spacecraft depressurizes during reentry. On June 6, the cosmonauts Georgi Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev were launched into space aboard Soyuz 11 on a mission to dock and enter Salyut 1, the Soviet space station that had been placed in orbit in April. The spacecraft successfully docked with the station, and the cosmonauts spent 23 days orbiting the earth. On June 30, they left Salyut 1 and began reentry procedures. When they fired the explosive bolts to separate the Soyuz 11 reentry capsule from another stage of the spacecraft, a critical valve was jerked open.

1974: Soviet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from USSR

Read more at History.com.


Celebrate the Fourth of July in Urbandale

“Discover the Difference” at Urbandale’s hometown festival

By Chantel Boyd

It's time again for hometown family fun on the Fourth of July, and the Fourth of July Committee invites you to “Discover the Difference” at this year’s celebration. The committee has been working again this year to present another three-day-long laundry list of family-fun activities.

The festivities, held at Lions Park, 72nd Street and Aurora Avenue, in the heart of Urbandale, begin on July 2, a Sunday and extend through the long weekend with Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4. This will be an excellent time for most event participants because the long holiday weekend will be sure to kick off a fun-filled summer for residents with a parade, carnival, fireworks and a myriad of other summertime fun.The carnival, midway and all vendors open at noon each day on July 2-4. This has been a newer approach by the committee for the celebration, which means event-goers can join in the fun before the evening. The recently created website https://urbandale4thofjuly.org has the details, including the fun run, the parade and the bags and cribbage tournaments. 

Read more in the June issue of Urbandale Living Magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jordan Huxford on July 1.

These celebrities were born on this date: Mike Tyson, Michael Phelps, Monica Potter, Matisyahu, Cole Swindell, David Alan Grier, Fantasia, Rick Gonzalez, Tony Rock

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What’s the name of the funniest mountain range in the world? The HIMHILARIOUS! - Gail Tomlinson. Or the HIMILAYAHAHAs - Lori Bluml

Today's Riddle

Why do vain people like going to mountain plateaus?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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