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Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022
Good Tuesday morning to you!

I don’t cry often. It’s not that I’m a tough guy. I just don’t feel the need to frequently cry. I’ve shed tears maybe a dozen or so times in my adult life. One of those was when my father passed. The other dozen or so were when my kidney stones passed.

Some people say passing kidney stones is the male equivalent of giving birth. Clearly, I can’t make that comparison, but I can equate it to shooting paper spit wads through a straw — except the spit wads are more like cockleburs, and the straw is more like a foot-long coffee stirrer.

The first time I was passing a stone about 15 years ago, I didn’t know what was going on. The pain started in my back and worked its way around. It was intense, and I hadn’t used the bathroom facilities in more than 24 hours. It felt like someone punched me in my internal organs and then put a pliers on them and started twisting.

I ended up asking Jolene to take me to the emergency room where I not-so-patiently squirmed on the waiting room floor. I was eventually given a body scan, and the ER doctor matter-of-factly told me, “Well, you have at least seven kidney stones. What do you want me to do about it?” I then not-so-matter-of-factly told him that he was the “expletive” doctor and that I would appreciate his advice. He explained that there were some surgical options, but he said it would be best if I passed the stones naturally. Then he said I should drink lots of water. Easy for him to say. When your internal organs are filling up like a water balloon, drinking water isn’t very desirable.

I asked the doctor how long it would take to pass a stone, and he told me it would likely be anywhere from two days to two weeks. Two weeks later, I passed the first stone. It was a glorious moment.

I have lost track of how many kidney stones I have passed since that day, and I gave up on the various dietary changes to prevent them from forming. I tried them all, and they still keep developing. I also tried many home remedies for helping stones pass. They don’t seem to aid much either. And, yes, I even had the stones blasted, and that also turned out to be ineffective.

Of course, there are much worse things in life, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself — as I grab a tissue and get ready for the next round of tears.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
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Things To Do

Tuesday, Jan. 18
At: Ice skating venues around the metro area.
Info: Find an outdoor or indoor ice skating venue from below and do your best Tara Lipinski impression. (Be sure to check the venue’s hours of operation before going.)

Outdoor Ice skating options
ANKENY: Sunrise Park, 506 S.E. Peterson Drive
DES MOINES; Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive; Greenwood Park Pond, 100 45th St.; MacRae Park Pond, 1021 Davis Ave.; Witmer Park Pond, 1610 34th St.
INDIANOLA: Indianola Activity Center, 2204 W. Second Ave.
GRIMES: Grimes Sports Complex, South of South Prairie Elementary School on South James Street
JOHNSTON: Johnston Commons, 6700 Merle Hay Road; Crosshaven Park, 7909 N.W. 95th St.
URBANDALE: Lions Park on Prairie Avenue near 72nd and Aurora
WAUKEE: Waukee Ice Rink at Grant Park, 605 S.E. Driftwood Lane
WEST DES MOINES: Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Ave.; Valley Ice Plaza at Valley Community Center, West Des Moines, 4444 Fuller Road

Indoor Ice skating options
Buccaneer Arena, 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale
Cownie Family Ice Arena at The RecPlex, 6500 Grand Ave.,
West Des Moines; www.therecplex.com
Metro Ice Sports Facility, 5100 N.W. 72nd St.; www.metrosportsfacility.com

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FROM KCCI: 'It's terrifying:' Teachers upset over new Iowa child care bill

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FROM WHO-TV: Animal Rescue League of Iowa benefits from Betty White Challenge

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowans remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community service

DES MOINES, Iowa — Community members gathered in Des Moines to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a kind of unusual way: by picking up their shovels and starting their snow blowers.  For them, the holiday wasn't just a day off. It was a chance to help neighbors in need..... 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!


Collins collects vehicles of all kinds: From toy trucks and cars to the Jeeps his family drives

By Rachel Harrington

Kent Collins is surrounded by collector items of all kinds. At his farm homestead, which has been in his family for several generations, he has horse bits collected by his father. Some are display ready, and others are in buckets waiting to be restored. He also has lots of tack his father collected and many kinds of vehicles ranging from matchbox-sized cars to the Jeeps he prefers to drive.

In either 1975 or 1976, Kent’s grandfather gave him a 164-scale semi-truck to play with. “I used it as a toy,” he shares. “It is Hot-Wheels sized, and it was either new or fairly new. I would use it to play with my friends. Over the years, I nearly destroyed it. It was missing its doors and some of the wheels. It wasn’t until I went to DMACC that I learned it was a collectible. I knew my professor restored toys, so I took it to him so he could look at it. He got excited and said that it was a Winross. Those were made for promos for companies like the one my grandfather worked for out of Storm Lake. Professor Denny helped me clean it up, put doors and wheels back on it, and made it shelf ready. No one, not even my own daughter, has touched it since I put it on the shelf.”


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Morning Chuckle
Why do male deer need braces?
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