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Good Monday morning to you!

Pollster extraordinaire Ann Selzer once told me that the winner of U.S. presidential elections is typically the person who Americans would feel the most comfortable having a beer with. Once again, she was right. It may be a matter of likeability or relatability or some other kind of ability, but it seems to be mostly correct.

The truth is that you can learn a lot about people by simply asking a few questions regarding who they would rather drink a beer with. Knowing that some people don’t drink beer, I decided that the better question might be who they would rather go to lunch with. With that in mind, I compiled 12 questions with names of people to choose from. Some are dead, some are alive, and some were never dead or alive. So play along, see how you would answer these, and then guess what someone can learn about you by your answers — then try this out on your friends.

1. Would you rather go to lunch with Olympic wrestling champion Dan Gable, or retired national evening news anchor Dan Rather?

2. How about chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka, or country music legend Willie Nelson?

3. Would you prefer to spend your lunch hour with the Professor from Gilligan’s Island’s, or Thurston Howell III?

4. Would you pull your weight with Archie Bunker, or Meathead?

5. Would Bruce Lee, or Bruce Wayne, make your lunch calendar?

6. Would you have vittles with The Beverly Hillbillies, or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?

7. Would you jam with basketball legend Michael Jordan, or singing sensation Michael Jackson?

8. Would Wilma Flintstone, or Betty Rubble share in your brontosaurus burger?

9. If you had to eat a Slim Jim for lunch, would you do so with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, or the Macho Man Randy Savage?

10. Would having lunch with pop singer Sheryl Crow make you happy, or would you prefer some conversation with “Charlie’s Angels” star Cheryl Ladd?

11. Is Facebook (now Meta, whatever that is) CEO Mark Zuckerberg your lunch date, or Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban? (Beware, as Zuckerberg likely already has your data on this.)

12. And finally, who would you pick between Paul Michael Glaser’s Starsky, or David Soul’s Hutch?

Look out. Your answers may say more about you than you think.

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

Winds will be lighter today, but the high in the metro will only hit the upper-40’s. Highs stay in that neighborhood with dry conditions into the weekend. No big cold snaps or snow anytime soon, and in fact we may see a bit of a warming trend starting next Sunday.

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

Allergy forecast

The risk of allergy symptoms is wavering between MODERATE and LOW. Ragweed is LOW today and NONE tomorrow. 

Things To Do

Monday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Meet the Author - Tony Tracy: “Welcome to Your Life”
At: Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave., Suite 1, Des Moines
Info: Beaverdale Books is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 515-279-5400; www.beaverdalebooks.com

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.

2601 E 38th Court
Des Moines, IA 50317

Looking for a home that offers a lifestyle? This townhome is just minutes from downtown, parks and bike paths and is nestled in a wooded setting for the nature-lover. Enjoy the swimming pool, community garden, dog run and clubhouse, taking executive living to the next level. This modern townhome has an open and spacious floor plan. Classic flooring brings warmth to the modern finishes. … 

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Madison Avenue from 36th Street to 38th Street will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, through 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

CLIVE: Beginning Monday, Nov. 1, Swanson Boulevard will be closed west of N.W. 86th Street while full-depth concrete patching is completed in the area. The full closure will extend between the Swanson Depot Shopping Center entrance and Harbach Boulevard and is expected to be in place for two days (Monday, Nov. 1 and Tuesday, Nov. 2). The closure may extend to Wednesday, Nov. 3 if progress is delayed due to inclement weather.

Watrous Avenue from Fleur Drive to Wakonda Drive will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Hull Avenue from E 8th Street to Wright Street will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

37th Street from Grand Avenue to St Johns Road will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

E. 40th Street from Hull Avenue to E. Sheridan Avenue will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: John Deere, UAW reach tentative agreement

MOLINE, Ill. — The United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers (UAW) announced Saturday it reached a tentative agreement with John Deere. UAW said the John Deere bargaining team reached a tentative agreement, but the strike will continue while they finish the process of verifying the agreement.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV:  Sunday morning fire destroys rural Dallas County home

GRANGER, Iowa — A Dallas County family is without a home after an intense fire burned through their house Sunday morning. According to Granger Fire Chief Rob Saak, the home near County Road R22 between Granger and Dallas Center caught fire around 11 a.m. Sunday.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5:  One in critical condition after Des Moines hit-and-run, police say

A 35-year-old man is in critical condition after a hit-and-run near Southwest 9th Street and Porter Avenue.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

MLB:  Astros 9, Braves 5. Braves lead World Series 3-2

NFL: 49ers 33 Bears 22, Cowboys 20 Vikings 16. Chiefs and Giants play tonight. ... READ MORE SCORES

IOWA WILD:  The Iowa Wild (4-2-0-0; 8 pts.) defeated the Manitoba Moose (4-3-0-0; 8 pts.) by a score of 4-1.


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 Vegetarian/Vegan Food
1. Dirt Burger
2. Veggie Thumper
3. Fresko Natural Foodel 5


Read more

Greenwalt plans events to uplift others: Enjoys getting friends and neighbors together to promote community ties

By Rachel Harrington

Maranda Greenwalt has spent the last several years building friendships and facilitating community spirit in Indianola. Her husband was born and raised in Des Moines, and she says she is from “all over.” The couple moved to Indianola after visiting some friends who lived near Lake Ahquabi.

“Our friends had built a home near Ahquabi,” she explains. “We’d visit them, and we often came down to the activities around Indianola.”
When Maranda and her husband began looking to move, they considered both Indianola and Grimes.

“I moved a lot when I was growing up, so I knew I wanted to have a community that my son can grow up in,” she says. “We ended up liking this area over Grimes and began looking for lots.”


Read more
Pat Checketts shares this photo of a sunset over Grimes.
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
Altoona Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The October issue cover story, "Moving Forward" is about the forces that have impacted economic development in the community and what the future may have in store. 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 latest issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Born on this day: Penn Badgley, Tim Cook, Jenny McCarthy, Anthony Kiedis

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

Poll of the Week

Which of these mealtimes are you most likely to skip?




Which Halloween candy is your favorite?

Kit Kat - 4%
M&M’s - 13%
Milky Way - 5%
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - 52%
Snickers - 17%
Twix - 9%

Morning Chuckle

What do you get when you cross a monster and a new baseball player who devours Oreos and takes bets?

A SPOOKY ROOKIE COOKIE BOOKIE MONSTER! Great group effort by my co-workers! And good job Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post, Ron German, Lori Bluml


Why do trees hate tests so much?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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