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Good Thursday morning to you!

Nothing seems to warm a person up on a cold day like a hot cup of coffee, or at least that’s what my dad said when he filled up his Thermos each morning. But each time I tried a cup of his coffee, it tasted like dirty water.

I never understood the attraction, and whenever a friend or customer wanted to meet for coffee, I would embarrassingly order a hot chocolate — until my friend and CITYVIEW columnist Joe Weeg convinced me to slowly wade into this ocean of java. Yes, Joe is a pusher. I have written about this before, but there is a new result.

Joe introduced me to cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, mochas and more, and I learned that these things are sinful. After taking out a small loan and going to the next notch on my belt, I decided maybe these cousins of coffee were not such a good idea. So I took a necessary hiatus — until my daughter Samantha familiarized me with dairy creamer. Not the basic stuff, mind you. French vanilla. Italian sweet cream. I was hooked again.

While at an industry conference, my Tennessean friend Will Thomas watched me pour a cement truck load of creamer into my coffee. Will, a definite coffee snob, helped me come to the realization that I didn’t like coffee at all and that what I really liked was coffee creamer. He was right. If you have done any research on this, you know that coffee creamer is awful for you, but the addiction is real.

So I tried going cold turkey with the creamer, but I was instantly reminded of the dirty water taste of Dad’s coffee. I tried cutting back on creamer, which isn’t easy to do when it pours out so quickly and easily from that perfectly contoured 32-ounce bottle. Then my wife encouraged me to try almond milk and a bit of honey in my coffee. So I tried almond milk and more than a bit of honey — and it was delicious. I am working on reducing the honey, but she tells me that it is better for me than dairy creamer, so I am going with the lesser of two evils.

Now, nothing seems to warm me up on a cold day like a hot cup of coffee — with almond milk and honey.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

While not as warm as yesterday, it’ll still be a mild day ahead before changes come our way on Friday. Snow looks to begin by mid-morning Friday and will continue into the early morning hours on Saturday. Five to seven inches looks like a good bet for a metro total. A colder Saturday follows before highs get back to freezing or above by Monday.

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Things To Do

Thursday, Jan. 13 (through Jan. 16)
At: Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines
Info: The balance beam, vault, floor, uneven bars... Witness the excellence of 1,500 gymnasts from around the country this month, as Chow’s Gymnastics hosts the 19th Annual Chow’s Winter Classic, a 2022 Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier event. The four-day Winter Classic features gymnasts competing in USAG Levels 3-10 and Xcel. A junior and senior level-10 competitor will qualify for the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup. This year, the Winter Classic will also showcase some collegiate gymnastics during its Spieth America Winter Classic Cup presented by HyVee, featuring a dual meet between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Temple Owls. For more information, visit www.ChowsGymMeets.com.

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FROM KCCI: Iowa Gov. Reynolds' push to use state funds for private school scholarships

Gov. Reynolds announced Tuesday that she wants to make it easier for parents to choose where their kids go to school. Her proposal includes using state money to help families pay for private school tuition.   ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines police still searching for driver in early morning fatal hit-and-run

DES MOINES, IOWA — Des Moines Police have found the car that hit-and-killed a man early Wednesday morning on MLK Parkway near downtown, but they’re still looking for the driver. Police say the pedestrian was hit around 2:40am on Wednesday near SE 8th Street and E. MLK Parkway. The suspect vehicle, a yellow 2004 Chevy Cavalier, lost its license plate at the scene. Police located the car hours later but haven’t found the person who was driving it.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Indira Sheumaker takes on historic role in Des Moines City Council

Representing Ward 1, Sheumaker is the third person of color and only the second woman of color to serve on the city council. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

The polls have closed, the results have been tallied, and the 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices will be announced soon! Watch for results in the February issue of CITYVIEW!


One man’s pigeons are another person’s pet peeve?

By Jeff Pitts

Larry White fears for his flock of 200-plus pigeons. The City of Des Moines has asked him to reduce his flock to 30 birds. White has applied for an exception.

Life is good for the 200-plus pigeons living in domestication within the detached structures behind Larry White’s southside home. Food is plentiful for the pigeons — they eat mostly grains — and they live 15 years or so on average. At least they do as long as they aren’t let out at the wrong time.

“If you turn them out at the wrong time,” White cautions, “they’re hawk food.”

White’s birds, known as Birmingham Roller Pigeons, are different from homing pigeons. Rollers have the ability, as their name implies, to roll while flying in mid air.


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Happy Birthday to Al Meyer today!

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Poll of the Week

Should masks be mandated in Iowa right now in an effort to stop the further spread of COVID-19?

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

Always - 13%
Sometimes - 26%
Never - 61%

Morning Chuckle
What did the doctor say when a woman in labor suddenly shouted, “Shouldn’t! Wouldn’t! Couldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t!”
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