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Good Monday morning to you!


That’s what happened to my wife’s Ford Explorer when it was T-boned in a Walmart parking lot while she was driving recently. The aftermath looked like a stepped-on Coors Light can. She was fine, but the SUV suffered more than $7,000 in damage from this low-speed collision. Luckily, the doors still opened. And even more luckily, we were able to get the vehicle repaired in a reasonable amount of time.

In the process, we learned that we did not have rental car insurance for accidents. My father, rest his soul, is shaking his head in frustration with me right now. When I wrecked my car, and then his truck, and then his car — all in a matter of a month at age 21 — he made me purchase rental car insurance. “Your car is a required tool for your job,” he told me. “And you need to make sure you have all the tools you need. Buy the insurance.”

So I did. Or at least I thought I did. Regardless, I will be again soon.

To be honest, I really wasn’t too concerned after Jolene’s accident, as I had it all planned out. She could drive my truck, and I would ride my motorcycle. What I didn't have planned out was a week of temperatures in the 40s with rain. Have you ever looked at some moron riding a motorcycle in the freezing cold and wondered why in the world anyone would do that? Now you know.

Through this all, I couldn’t help but think of my mother telling me how she and Dad had one vehicle in the early years of their marriage. She would push my sister in a stroller down to his place of employment if she needed the vehicle and then would return it after her errands and stroll back home. This seemed to work fine for them. Mom not working outside of the home made that arrangement easier, as did the fact that Dad didn't work far from home. Truth be told, having one vehicle in a family wasn’t all that uncommon at the time. That memory makes me feel guilty each time I drive my vehicle a few blocks to pick up groceries, drop off dry cleaning, or go to the bank, but I still do it.

Getting by with less is a good exercise for all of us from time to time, as it lets us know how fortunate we are today and that, if necessary, we can make things work without all the “stuff” that we think we need. Except for my motorcycle. That’s clearly a necessity.

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

Temps cool off a bit into Monday, then warm up Tuesday and Wednesday, then get colder again for Thanksgiving Day. That pattern looks to continue, along with dry weather at least out to ten days.

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

Things To Do

Monday: The exhibit runs through Jan. 23, 2022
At: Des Moines Art Center
An exhibition loaded with “exuberant art” created on site by Justin Favela, including a large-scale installation, wall-and-floor sculptures and a paper chandelier. Inspired by Latinx culture, art history, and food, Favela uses layers of vibrant strips of paper with a technique that reminds of piñatas and party decorations. The exhibit is on display at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines at 4700 Grand Ave. For more information, visit www.desmoinesartcenter.org. Photo courtesy of the Des Moines Art Center; Brittany Brooke Crow

The Score
THE WILD: Iowa Wild (8-4-1-0; 17 pts.) fell to the Tucson Roadrunners (5-6-1-0; 11 pts.) by a score of 2-1 at Wells Fargo Arena Sunday.
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FROM KCCI: Iowa Hawkeyes one step closer to Big 10 championship after defeating Illinois

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Charlie Jones had a 100-yard kickoff return for No. 18 Iowa's first touchdown as the Hawkeyes defeated Illinois 33-23. Iowa was trailing 10-0 in the first quarter when Jones took the kick in the right corner of the end zone and ran through a hole on the left side for the score.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Fatalities confirmed, more than 20 injured after SUV plows through Wisconsin holiday parade

WAUKESHA, Wisc. (NEXSTAR) — Fatalities have been confirmed after a driver of an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in a Milwaukee suburb, according to the city’s police chief. A live video feed of the Holiday Parade from the City of Waukesha showed a red SUV breaking through barriers and speeding into the roadway where the parade was taking place. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said the SUV struck more than 20 people, including children.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Audit on Gov. Reynolds CARES Act spending, what Biden's infrastructure plan means for Iowa | 'This Week in Iowa'

DES MOINES, Iowa — On "This Week in Iowa" Sabrina Ahmed breaks down State Auditor Rob Sand's report that alleges Gov. Kim Reynolds used nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay salaries for staff members—despite repeated warnings not to do so... ... 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 Delicatessen
1. Palmer’s Deli & Market
2. Hansen’s Manhattan Deli
3. B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli


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Connecting community" Adel resident’s passion for her town grows.

By Lindsey Giardino

While she wasn’t born and raised in Adel like her husband, Jay, Lacey Cornwell has developed a deep passion for the community that she moved to four years ago. Before she and her family bought a house in Adel, they lived in Ankeny. They desired to be in the ADM School District, though, and closer to Jay’s parents.

The Cornwells live in an older part of town, so when they first moved in, there weren’t many young children around. Over the years, more families with kids have come to the neighborhood, which is great for the Cornwell’s two young ones. Now the neighborhood finds ways to get together and build their own little community. One example is, on the last day of school, Cornwell hosted a breakfast pizza party in her front yard and invited everyone in the couple blocks around where they live.

“We have a really fun group of people,” Cornwell says.


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Other than Germany, where is a great place to get a boot of beer? Hessen Haus, of course! Photo by Ellie Schwetz.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Scarlett Johansson, Hailey Bieber, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mads Mikkelsen, Mark Ruffalo, Steven Van Zandt, Katherine McNamara, Boris Becker, Jamie Campbell Bower, Donny Deutsch

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Poll of the Week

Which would you prefer?

A white Christmas
A green Christmas


Have you ever taken a photo with a Polaroid camera?

Yes - 95%
No - 5%

Morning Chuckle

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

A BEAR-FACED LYRE! A tough one, but Rex Post got it! Nice effort by Gail Tomlinson!


What animal hibernates standing on its head?

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