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Good Friday morning to you!

Take a seat, right over here on this collapsible camping chair — or what we in the Midwest commonly refer to as “bag chairs.” Not to be not confused with “bean bag chairs,” these novelty chairs became commonplace in the 1980s, and seemingly everyone now has a number of them stowed away in their vehicle trunks and hatches. After all, you never know when you may be at a camping trip, sporting event, a beach or a picnic and need a chair.

Before an ISU football tailgate several years ago, my wife and I realized that we could not find our bag chairs. No worries, I said, and I made a quick trip to a nearby box store, only to find two hot-pink-colored chairs remaining. So I bought them, and we stood out like flamingos in the parking lots of Jack Trice Stadium. Then when we returned home, I found the other 18 that we have.

It could have been worse. If you were like me and did not read the weight capacity for most of these chairs, you quickly realized that the 200-pound limit really does mean 200 pounds. Not 207 pounds. It was then when I began to understand the difference between plastic, aluminum and steel frames.

Of course, what good is a bag chair without a bag made of the same polyester or nylon fabric and a handy shoulder strap? This sure beats carrying those old-fashioned webbing chairs that my dad had. You know, the ones that left the weave impressions on the back of your legs?

Some friends and I were relaxing on bag chairs recently, and one of them remarked how the person who invented these things must have made a zillion dollars. That got me thinking, who did invent these chairs, and when? After a bit of research, I learned that it was Joseph Mathias Arnold, a citizen of the French Republic who resided in Belgium. He filed a patent in 1911 for the “combined collapsible chair and bag.” It apparently took a while to catch on.

Impress your friends with that fact when you pull out a bag chair at your next tailgate. Or if you happen to need a few, just let me know.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

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

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Another warm and humid day is ahead before thunderstorm chances ramp up this evening. Some of these storms will produce hail and strong wind gusts. Rain chances end early Saturday morning with most of the weekend staying warm and dry. The next storm chance comes Sunday night into Monday.

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

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

2700 Scott
1600 E. University
1000 S.E. 6th

These road closures and reduced lanes begin on Monday:
Fleur Drive from Park Avenue to Watrous Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction through Nov. 30.

E. Douglas Avenue from N.E. 46th Street to Village Run Drive will be closed through Oct. 31.

Birdland Drive at the 2nd Avenue River Bridge will be closed through Friday, Aug. 27.

George Flagg Parkway from Park Avenue to SW 30th Street will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily beginning through Friday, Aug. 27.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Nicole Poole receives federal sentence on attempted murder charges

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman who pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder after hitting two juveniles with her vehicle has been sentenced by a federal judge. According to court documents, Nicole Marie Poole, 42, hit a 12-year-old boy on Creston Avenue in December 2019. Later that day, Poole used a vehicle to strike a 14-year-old girl. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: IDPH updates weekly COVID-19 data, 5,697 new cases and 16 more deaths reported

IOWA – As the delta variant continues to spread, the state of Iowa is now averaging more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 each day. According to the weekly update from the Iowa Department of Public Health released Wednesday, in the last week alone 5,697 Iowans tested positive, and 16 more Iowans died from the virus. That brings the number of Iowans who have died of COVID-19 to 6,226.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2 lawsuits claim Iowa governor's office violating open records law

DES MOINES, Iowa — A pair of new lawsuits contend the office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is illegally delaying the release of public records related to its $26 million, no-bid coronavirus testing contract. .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (40-52) allowed seven runs in the late innings to fall to the St. Paul Saints (51-41) by a score of 9-4, Thursday at CHS Field. ... READ MORE
MLB: Astros 6 Royals 3, Athletics 5 White Sox 4, Cardinals 8 Brewers 4 ...READ MORE
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Bar to Play Games
1. Up-Down
2. Smash Park
3. Operating Room


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A lifelong love of gardening: McKean’s passion grew in her grandfather’s garden.

By Rachel Harrington

Carey McKean has lived and gardened in Winterset for the past four years, but she has had a passion for gardening since she was a little girl.

“My great-grandpa immigrated from Hungary to California,” remembers McKean. “He had every kind of fruit tree and vegetable at his house. He didn’t speak English, and my sisters and I were kind of scared of him. However, we figured that, if he didn’t mind us being in his garden, he couldn’t be that scary. I think his garden is where my love of gardening began.”

McKean recalls hanging out under a lemon tree and eating lemons and her sister enjoying the orange trees.


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Snapshots: Iowa State Fair Time!

Champion Big Bull was Little Bill, weighing in at 3,040 pounds and owned by D&D Angus of Danville. Photo by Martha Munro

Champion Big Boar was Irish Cowboy, weighing in at 1,288 pounds and owned by Bryan and Tricia Britt of Monticello.

Digital Editions
Grimes/Dallas Center Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in those communities. The August issue cover story, "Roll Call" is about back-to-school preparations. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the August issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Stormy Baker on Sunday! Have a great day!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Demi Lovato, Amy Adams, Andrew Garfield, Ben Barnes, Fred Durst, Misha Collins, Don King, Joan Allen, Al Roker, Liana Liberato, James Marsters, Billy Gardell, Connie Chung, Kirko Bangz

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

A day ago
A week ago
A month ago
More than a year ago


Results of last week's poll:

Do you know how to swim?

Yes - 81%
No - 19%

Morning Chuckle
What did the horse say when it fell?
I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GIDDY UP! Judy Anderson got it! William Snyder also suggested: “Those new shoes are sure slippery!” or. “I could use some new shoes!” Or, “No more horsin’ around for me.”

Where do horses go when they’re sick?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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