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Good Monday morning to you!

“Take your time going, but hurry back.”

That is one of the popular comments from my friend Alan Strickler. I was never sure exactly what it meant, but I continue to confuse my kids with it. Alan has a mental book of quotes like that. Some make more sense than others, like this one:

“You wouldn’t buy a car without a heater, so why would you buy one without air conditioning?”

I got to know Alan when I hired him as a salesperson for an auto magazine I was publishing in the 1990s called Car & Truck Market. You know it today as Auto Trader. Alan quickly became our top salesperson. He was successful not only because he was great at sales. His true success came because he was also a great person. You see, Alan not only made sales, he made friends.

When a customer of his was in a motorcycle accident, Alan was at the hospital by his side. When a past co-worker was in a coma that he would not come out of, Alan made the difficult visit to see him. When an elderly friend was locked down during COVID and spending his final days in a nursing home, Alan walked outside his ground floor window to smile and wave. That’s Alan.

We have continued to talk through the years, and most of the credit goes to Alan. We grab lunch from time to time and get caught up on the old days. He refuses to make excuses for not staying in touch.

“If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, it would be Christmas every day.”

Alan and his wife Irene spent much of their lives in Marshalltown, where they raised two wonderful boys who they are justifiably proud of. In recent years, they moved to Urbandale where Alan continues to enjoy his hobbies, which include collector cars, antique oil cans and his wonderful Post Car Registry of America newsletter, which we print for him.

Alan is 71 now, and he still works harder than people half his age. He makes a living these days doing wholesale buying and truck sales for Truck Center Companies. He is good at it because he is knowledgeable, he is honest, and he is passionate. And it shows.

Alan is not only passionate about his work. He is passionate about his customers and his friends and his family and his hobbies and his hometown of Centerville. In fact, if he has the slightest interest in something, that passion shines through. Alan may not have said this one, but he lives it every day:

“Do what you love, and success will follow. Passion is the fuel for success.”

We could all learn a little something from Alan.

Have a marvelous Monday, 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

A breezy and cool day is ahead with a high only near 52 degrees. Tuesday will be similar, but 5-6 degrees warmer. Rain moves in by midday Wednesday and sticks around into Friday with breezy conditions persisting. Highs will remain in the 50’s.

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

Allergy forecast

For the next week, the risk of allergy symptoms is: MODERATE but next week will drop to LOW

RAGWEED pollen will be LOW the next three days. Relief is in sight!

Things To Do

Monday, Oct. 25 (through March 20)
Fantasy Figures: Surrealist Works on Paper from the Art Center’s Collection
At: Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Info: Surrealism is one of the most popular and well-known 20th-century art movements. Its chaotic and mysterious imagery, inspired by dreams, fantasies, and the unconscious, has influenced generations of artists. Dating mainly from the 1930s to the 1960s and featuring drawing, collage, and various printmaking techniques, many of the works in this exhibition include takes on the human body. In the hands of these artists, faces expand and float, limbs twist and dance, and people turn into monsters, machines, animals, and things in between. The exhibit will be in the John Brady Print Gallery; Curator: Laura Burkhalter. www.desmoinesartcenter.org

Featured Home For Sale
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Waukee: S.E .Waco Place will experience closures Monday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Des Moines: S.E .14th Street between Hwy 69/Southridge Boulevard and E .County Line Road will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 13, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Police identify Des Moines man killed in Friday shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department on Sunday released the name of a man killed in a shooting early Friday morning. According to police, 21-year-old Kalvyn Roy Kline was killed in a shooting at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Hull Avenue. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Striking John Deere employees continue to picket company during rainy weather

ANKENY, Iowa — The United Auto Workers union remains dedicated to its strike against John Deere, which meant even bad weather could not slow them down. Striking employees converged on John Deere’s Des Moines Works plant in Ankeny Sunday, despite the constant rain.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Pedestrian killed on I-35 identified, crash details revealed

WARREN COUNTY, Iowa — Iowa State Patrol identified the pedestrian who was killed in Warren County Friday evening as 69-year-old Steven Kohli of Iowa City.
According to the crash report, Kohli was a passenger in a car that hit a deer on southbound I-35. Kohli got out to look at the damage. Another car then hit Kohli while trying to drive around the first car....

The Score

MLB:  Braves and Astros play in Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow!

NFL: Titans defeated the Chiefs, 27-3; Packers beat Washington 24-10; Buccaneers over Bears 38-3; Vikings had bye week. ... READ MORE

Iowa Wild:Iowa Wild (3-1-0-0; 6 pts.) defeated the Rockford IceHogs (1-3-0-0; 2 pts.) for the second consecutive night, by a score of 5-2.

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 Herbal/Nutritional Supplement Store
1. Campbell’s Nutrition
2. Groovy Goods
3. Natural Grocers


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West Benton Street bonding: Group hopes to rebuild closeness of their neighborhood.

By Rachel Harrington

Pat Nelson has lived on West Benton Street in Winterset since 1969. Some of her closest friendship bonds have been with her neighbors on the four blocks between Fourth Avenue and Eighth Avenue.

“From about 1969 until around 1987, the neighborhood remained pretty much the same,” says Nelson. “There were about 40 children on those four blocks. It was a very tight-knit community. The kids used to play in each other’s yards. Everyone would look out for each other’s children when they were over.”

Her friends and neighbors Rosemary Stuchel, Pat Dickerson and Weezie Chickering share her sentiments.


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Printshop Living History Farms
The printing press has gone through many improvements in the centuries since its creation. Pictured here is an iron press also called the Stanhope press. The moveable type is first inked with a roller and then a sheet of paper is pressed into the inked type. Two people could print about 250 sheets of newsprint per hour. Today, newspapers commonly use a method called offset printing. In this type of printing, a plate cylinder inks an image on a rubber cylinder, which then transfers, or offsets, the images to the paper being printed. The fastest offset presses can print about 70,000 sheets per hour, or about 280 times as many sheets as the iron press. — Photo by Paul Houston.
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
Urbandale Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The October issue cover story, "Residents' Choice Awards" announces residents' favorites as determined by theNorthwest Polk County Residents' Choice poll.  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 October issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Michael Gartner!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Katy Perry, Pablo Picasso, Persia White, David Furnish, Craig Robinson, Johann Strauss II, Chad Smith, Adam Goldberg, Marion Ross, Mehcad Brooks, Tracy Nelson, Samantha Bee, Bob Knight, Chandler Parsons, Dan Gable, Lynn Toler 

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

Poll of the Week

Which Halloween candy is your favorite?

Kit Kat
Milky Way
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


How many concerts have you attended in person in the past year?

none - 64%
1-2 - 20%
3-5 - 9%
6-10 - 7%
11 or more - 0

Morning Chuckle

What type of vampires are always grumpy?            

B NEGATIVE!   Thanks for the guesses Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml and William Snyder    



Who do monsters buy cookies from?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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