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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Envisioning my 85-year-old mother riding a motorcycle is a challenge now, but, yes, she did ride. It was a 1974 Suzuki GT 185, orange in color, small in stature. It sounded more like a weedwhacker than a motorcycle, but that bike came in handy for a number of my friends and me when we took the driving tests to earn our motorcycle licenses. Smaller motorcycles were easy to maneuver around the pylons, and you couldn’t find a motorcycle much smaller than this one.

I learned how to ride on that Suzuki — up and down the alley near my childhood home. The neighbors probably didn’t appreciate it, which was obvious by the occasional visits I received from police officers.

A few years later, I bought my own motorcycle — a custom-painted 1985 Honda Interceptor 750. The stock version was red, white and blue, but this “crotch rocket” was all gloss black. That bike went away when Jolene and I bought our first home and started having children. The baby carrier wouldn’t fit very well on the back seat, I was told.

Many years went by, but I did not give up on my fascination with motorcycles. My next bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan 1600, a cruiser meant for long travels. That 750-pound machine was overkill for my needs, and Jolene decided that we should have new countertops instead. So I sold it, but not before giving my then-70-year-old mother a spirited ride around town.

A few years ago, I got the itch again, so I purchased another Vulcan — this one a more reasonable 900cc that better fit my travels to and from the office and the occasional trips around Saylorville Lake.

Yes, motorcycles are in my blood. In fact, every member of my family (except for my sister) owned a motorcycle at one point or another in their lives. And she is only 64, so there’s still a chance.

As for that 1974 Suzuki GT 185, I sold it for my mother in 1995 to a guy who owned a motorcycle shop in Storm Lake. He was amazed at the condition it was in at 21 years old. If it is still running today, it can likely be seen at the motorcycle driving test course — or it is part of a weedwhacker.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

The heat continues all the way into the weekend in our 7-day outlook. Decent rain chances are ahead on Thursday and again Saturday and Sunday. A brief cooldown is ahead on Monday.

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

Things To Do
Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:38 p.m.
At: Principal Park in downtown Des Moines
Info: Visit www.iowacubs.com for ticket information, official start times and updated information. The Iowa Cubs play a game at home each day through Aug. 29.
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

3100 Hickman Rd
1500 44th St
2100 MLK, Jr Pkwy

Wright Street from E Euclid Avenue to E Douglas Avenue will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa school district delays school start due to staff COVID-19 outbreak

The AHSTW Community School District said it will delay the start of the school year until at least Monday, August 30 due to 'multiple positives' and many more exposures among school staff. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Hoyt Sherman Place responds to rock band’s refusal to play due to Iowa’s vaccine mandate stance

DES MOINES, Iowa — As the delta variant continues to sweep across the country and in Iowa, rock band Spoon requested Hoyt Sherman Place and CEO Robert Warren require attendees to provide proof of vaccine. “Personally I think a mandatory mask mandate is easier to enforce. It is very visible and offers the same level of protection and you can ask everybody to put a mask on,” said Warren.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Why is there a new speed camera along Grand Avenue in Des Moines?

DES MOINES, Iowa — The City of Des Moines says it placed a brand new speed camera along Grand Avenue near 14th Street in an effort to reduce speeding in the area.
Des Moines Councilman Josh Mandelbaum said it was also placed there to stop people from racing cars, or "scooping the loop." .

The Score
MLB: Blue Jays 2 White Sox 1, Royals 7 Astros 1, Cubs 6 Rockies 4 ...READ MORE
BARNSTORMERS: the Iowa Barnstormers have secured a home playoff game. The Iowa Barnstormers will face the Duke City Gladiators at Wells Fargo Arena in the first round of the 2021 Indoor Football League playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 28. Kickoff will be at 7:05pm with doors opening at 6:00pm.
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 Museum
1. Des Moines Art Center
2. Science Center of Iowa
3. State Historical Museum of Iowa


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Meet Jodie Irlmeier: Helping students explore career options

by TK West

After growing up in a rural farming community in western Iowa, Jodie Irlmeier studied business education at both Northwest Missouri State University and Emporia State University. Irlmeier then taught high school business courses at Interstate 35 High School before moving to the Norwalk Community School District. She has since taught business and technology courses for a variety of grade levels and has just received recognition for 20 years of service to the district.

“My decision to apply at Norwalk was an easy one because I had heard so many wonderful things about the school district. Norwalk is known for their great school system, and I wanted to be a part of that. The move to teach at Norwalk was one of the best career decisions I’ve made,” she says.


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Snapshots: Fun at the Iowa State Fair!

The Iowa State Fair wrapped up with attendance numbers not far behind 2019 numbers  — Photo by Alysia Webster

Nora and Mia Peterson show off their fabulous face painting at the Iowa State Fair. — Photo by Jolene Goodman

Digital Editions
Johnston Living weekly newsletters are published each week in print and online. Printed versions can be found at dozens of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Learn more at www.iowalivingweekly.com. This week's issue features details about the Grand Opening Celebration for The Yard. Read about it and see the schedule  here.
Featured Events
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Rupert Grint, Chad Michael Murray, Vince McMahon, Dave Chappelle, Alex O'Loughlin, John Green, Stephen Fry, Reggie Miller, Marlee Matlin

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

Poll of the Week

How many postage stamps do you use per month?
16 or more
None of the above


Results of last week's poll:

When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

A day ago - 20%
A week ago - 2%
A month ago - 7%
More than a year ago - 67%
Never - 4%

Morning Chuckle
How many oranges grow on a tree?
ALL OF THEM! Way to go Aaron Burns, Lu Anne Gafford, Lori Bluml and Judy Anderson.

Why did the man get fired from the keyboard factory?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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