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Good Wednesday morning to you!

I misplaced my keys. I am not saying that I lost them, as that could be interpreted to mean that I will not recover them. And I absolutely will recover them. Someday. Meanwhile, I am struggling to keep my sanity. Sound familiar?

Regular readers of this column may recall me writing about my vehicle key fob and how I use a carabiner to clip it to my belt loop. That process has worked magnificently. Until recently. I changed clothes at an event a couple nights ago, and I thought I threw the carabiner in my duffle bag. I thought.

I am apparently not alone. According to a Lost & Found survey released by Pixie in 2017, Americans spend $2.7 billion dollars every year to replace items we can’t find. Two-thirds of us spend up to $50 a year to do so.

The Pixie survey reveals that 45% of us lose the remote controls to our TVs at least once a week. Phones are next at 33%, then eyeglasses at 27%, shoes at 24%, and wallets/purses at 20%. And those dastardly keys? Well, 28% of us lose them at least once per week. Sigh.

Pixie’s research also reveals that Americans spend an average of 2.5 days a year — nearly half a workweek — looking for misplaced stuff. The study also shows that 60% of people have either been late to work or school because of lost items, 49% have missed appointments or meetings, and 22% have missed flights, trains or bus rides.

The average time spent searching for a misplaced item? According to Pixie, it is 5 minutes and 20 seconds. I wish. I am clearly well past that.

But surely losing these keys isn’t my fault. Well, it most likely is, but that doesn’t keep 63 percent of us from blaming others when we can’t find our lost items.

So the search continues.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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

Dry and cool weather persists throughout the week as fall has moved in. It appears we’ll see a slight rain chance Friday and a warming trend late weekend.

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

Things To Do

Wednesday, Sept. 22
At: Des Moines Playhouse - John Viars Theatre
Info: In a late-1920s Berlin nightclub, a garish master of ceremonies assures the audience they will forget all their troubles at the cabaret. As his bawdy songs provide wry commentary, “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life in Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. The Playhouse is located in Des Moines at 831 42nd St. For more information, visit www.dmplayhouse.com.

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

1200 block E 25th Ct
1900 block E 27th St
3400 block Cornell St

A project to set beams for the new Ashworth Road bridge over Interstate 80 in West Des Moines requires closing eastbound I-80 between Jordan Creek Parkway and Grand Prairie Parkway overnight from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23, weather permitting
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Investigation underway after car crashes into Des Moines sports bar

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police are investigating Tuesday after a car crashed into the front of a sports bar in Des Moines. Des Moines police responded to a crash at Woody’s Sports & Karaoke Bar, located at 2117 East University. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Johnston school board approves mask mandate

.JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Johnston school board on Tuesday voted 4-3 to require face masks for all students, staff and visitors. The districtwide mandate takes effect on Thursday.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: New program allows blood donors to know who they help when donating blood

DES MOINES, Iowa — For people who donate blood at LifeServe Blood Centers, there is now a possibility for them to find out who their blood went to.  It's part of the center's new program titled Thank the Donor.—.... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
MLB: Tigers 5 White Sox 3, Indians 4 Royals 1, Twins 9 Cubs 4, Carinals 2 Brewers 1..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 Hotel
1. Holiday Inn Downtown
2. Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
3. Hotel Renovo


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Kiwanis Club of Polk City celebrates 75 years

By Lindsey Giardino

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Polk City.

A small, invitation-only event was held on Sept. 16 to celebrate the milestone. Club memorabilia and historical photos were on display, while long-time member Bob Miller shared about the history of the local chapter. Curt Reis, governor of the Nebraska-Iowa District of Kiwanis, gave a presentation and installed the Kiwanis Club of Polk City’s new officers for the upcoming year.

Started in 1946 with 45 charter members, the local chapter has seen lots of changes over the years and currently has about 26 members.
Miller says he basically grew up in the Kiwanis Club of Polk City, as his father and grandfather were charter members. He himself became a member in 1971 and has held a variety of different officer positions within the local club. He also served as lieutenant governor of the Nebraska-Iowa District in 1978.


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Fall is in the air. Looking west across the Missouri River bottom from look-out point, Waubonsie State Park, Fremont County. — Photo by Diane Ferguson
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Tom Felton, Joan Jett, Tatiana Maslany, Scott Baio, Mireille Enos, Godfrey Gao, Sue Perkins, Rupert Penry-Jones, Katie Lowes, Sandra Smith, Sabine Lisicki, Rosamunde Pilcher, Neil Cavuto, Kristina Rihanoff

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

Poll of the Week

How many sick days did you take from work this past year?

7 or more


Results of last week's poll:

Have you ever had a manicure or pedicure?

Yes - 61%
No - 39%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the guru refuse Novocain at the dentist?
HE WANTED TO TRANSCEND DENTAL MEDICATION! OK, that was a hard one. But putting forth a valiant effort were William Snyder and Peter Gardner
Why did the Pharaoh visit the dentist?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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