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Monday, Jan. 24, 2022
Good Monday morning to you!

I wrote a column last week about my preference to keep my feet on the ground. Skydiving, bungee jumping and paragliding are for those who seek thrills much more than I do. Several of you sent me notes in agreement, and one asked how I felt about swimming in the oceans and the seas. Great question.

First off, I love to swim. I have been doing it since my brother threw me in the 10-foot section of the public swimming pool as a kid and yelled to me that I better figure out how to make it back to the edge.

As kids, we also swam in the gravel pits of rural Iowa, many of which now have large-scale hog confinement buildings and acres of chemically treated farm ground nearby. My farmer friends say they are still OK to swim in. I am not so sure. I feel safer soaking in water with chlorine rather than water with traces of hog manure and herbicides, but that’s just me. Even so, I do boat, swim and relax on Iowa’s lakes, and I look forward to doing so again soon. Those 90-degree days sound enticing right now.

But swimming in oceans and seas? That’s a different story. Those bodies of water are feeding grounds for sharks, and sharks eat humans. There are more than 100 shark attacks worldwide each year. Now, I realize that number is a small percentage of the population, but I don’t see the sense in adding to it. Much like singer/songwriter Jim Croce, there are some things I just don’t do. I don’t tug on Superman’s cape. I don’t spit into the wind. I don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger. And I don’t swim in the oceans or seas.

Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing you at the pool.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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The Scene

Irina Khartchenko, owner of Irinia's in Urbandale,  is opening a new restaurant in the former Bonefish in late March or April.

Iowa basketball had its first sellout since before COVID Saturday. The biggest cheer of the night though was when the PA asked the crowd to welcome woman's BB star Caitlyn Clark on her birthday. 15,000 gave a standing ovation.

RC's Diner is now called Little Brother. It is open for dinner and will be for breakfast beginning Friday. It still features Jewish cuisine.

— Jim Duncan

Things To Do

Monday, Jan. 24
Sporticle Trivia at Smash Park, Mondays, 7 and 8 p.m.
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FROM KCCI: Close Up: Gov. Reynolds discusses book controversy and tax plan in one-on-one interview

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FROM WHO-TV: 2 Des Moines men charged with vehicular homicide after drag racing crash

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two Des Moines men have been charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly drag racing with a man who crashed and died last October. Brady Clausi, 23, and Michael Crabb, 35, are both charged with vehicular homicide by drag racing and vehicular homicide by reckless driving.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Storm Lake Police: Child accidentally shoots 9-year-old in home

TORM LAKE, Iowa — A nine-year-old was injured after another child "unintentionally discharged" a handgun in a home Wednesday evening, according to the Storm Lake Police Department. Police said they were called to the 600 block of East 12th Street after a child had "located an unsecured handgun" and accidentally shot the nine-year-old. .... 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!


Pets of a different kind: What city ordinances and owners say about unusual pets

By Marsha Fisher

The longevity of exotic pets is something to be considered. Chris and Nancy Miller have a 2-pound Russian tortoise named Tommy that has been passed through friends and relatives.

“We’ve had Tommy about six years,” says Nancy. “We got him from a friend who had him for quite a while. They had gotten Tommy from a relative who had him for a long time, too. I’m really not sure how old Tommy is, but I think they can live to be 40 or 50 years old. Since he weighs about 2 pounds, and it takes about 20 years to grow to full-size, he is probably about 20 years or so.”


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