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Good Friday morning to you!

A few months back, I wrote a column about how I simplified my life by reducing the amount of keys that I carry, mostly because of the mammoth key fob that I need to start my truck. I shared how I now use a carabiner to carry just a few essential keys. And it worked! Life is better. Simpler. And I am no longer fumbling through a dozen or more keys to find the one or two that I really need. Then I lost misplaced the carabiner and my essential keys — and I lost my mind. Maybe you can relate. But, as you might expect, I eventually found the carabiner and the keys. All was in balance again. Until now.

It seems there was a reason I had all those keys — or at least some of them. Just this week, I was searching for a key to a facility I only use a few months each year. It wasn’t one of the “essential” keys that I put on the carabiner, but I wasn’t too concerned. I would just sort through the “non-essential” keys that I placed in a really good spot that I would certainly remember. You know where this is going.

After searching numerous spots and testing literally dozens of keys I found that go to who knows what, I remain baffled and frustrated. The real question in this story is how in the world did I end up with 50-plus keys that I have no idea what they are for? Yes, we have moved our business a few times, and I likely have some keys to prior buildings and offices. Yes, I have changed the locks on our home a few times and probably have some old lock keys. And, yes, I have a multitude of paddle lock, post office box and even suitcase keys. But 50? Come on.

So in testing all these keys, I questioned myself on whether I should just toss them all or continue to keep them… just in case. Ugh.

I would like to think that the digital world we live in would simplify matters with fingerprint or retina readers that would eliminate all these keys. But then I remember how frustrated I get with the dozens of usernames and passwords that I can’t seem to remember, too.

Fortunately, I read somewhere that memory gets better with age. At least I think so. I can’t remember.

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

Dry conditions persist with the exception of the few possible sprinkles this weekend. Breezy, especially Friday and Sunday. Temperatures will be a roller coaster ride.

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

Things To Do

Friday, Nov. 19
At: East Village in downtown Des Moines
Info: The annual event will take place over five Fridays in 2021. The holiday cheer begins Friday, Nov. 19 and continues each Friday through Dec. 17. This is the 20th Annual Holiday Promenade in downtown's Historic East Village, and it figures to be an exciting celebration full of holiday-themed activities, entertainment, shopping and family-friendly fun. During the Holiday Promenade dates, Historic East Village retailers, restaurants and attractions are encouraged to remain open until 9 p.m. A number of activities will be scheduled throughout the five Fridays.

The Score
NFL: NE 25 Atl 0
HS Football: CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Van Meter took home the title of 1A State Football Champions over West Sioux on Thursday. Not only did they take down West Sioux 17-14, Katie Lindsay was the first female to ever score at a state title game.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI
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FROM KCCI: Union worker that spearheaded John Deere contract talks dies from COVID-19

ANKENY, Iowa — The man who spearheaded the contract talks that ended the John Deere strike has died from COVID-19. United Auto Workers Local 450 represents workers at John Deere's Ankeny plant. The group told KCCI that Curtis Templeman, its chief negotiator, died Thursday after fighting for his life on a ventilator in Iowa City. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Johnston parents file complaint to remove two books from school curriculum

OHNSTON, Iowa — The discussion around two books featured in some Johnston High School learning plans turned into a heated debate Thursday night. The school district’s reconsideration committee held a public meeting following complaints about two novels: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Verifying which Thanksgiving foods are safe for pets

Much of the holiday meal is dangerous for pets because of fats, oils, spices, seasonings and other ingredients that can be toxic to them... ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Steakhouse
1. 801 Chophouse
2. Texas Roadhouse
3. Iowa Beef Steakhouse


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Meet Adrian Eggers: Applying business concepts now and in the future

By TK West

Born and raised in Nebraska, Adrian Eggers taught in Winside for three and a half years before relocating to the Winterset Community School District to be closer to his wife’s family.

He teaches business at the high school. He credits his mother, who was an art teacher for 43 years, as the inspiration for his choosing to become an educator. He says that education gives him the chance to work with kids to not only help them reach their fullest potential but also their educational goals.

“My favorite thing about teaching at Winterset are the students and the community involvement. The school has a great student body that takes pride in the school and really cares about one another. I also love how the community rallies around the school and the support that they provide,” Eggers says.


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Mallards pair up in October or November. The male’s feathers get exceptionally green on their heads to impress the females. Couples stay together all winter and, come spring, they go about making ducklings. So will it be bachelor 1,2 or 3? Photo taken at Ashworth Park by Paul Houston.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday on Sunday to Carolyn LeWarne!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Adam Driver, Jodie Foster, Tyga, Meg Ryan, Jack Dorsey, Allison Janney, Ted Turner, Jason Scott Lee, Calvin Klein, Cam, Rocco DiSpirito

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Poll of the Week

Have you ever taken a photo with a Polaroid camera?



How long have you had the pillow you sleep with?

Less than 3 months - 6%
4-12 months - 11%
1-2 years - 26%
3-5 years - 26%
6 years or more - 31%

Morning Chuckle

What do you call monkeys who share an Amazon account?

PRIME MATES! Good job Brent Antisdel, Gail Tomlinson, J.K. Nugent, David Whims


What do you get if you cross a grizzly bear and a harp?

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