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Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
Good Tuesday morning to you!

Here we go again. It’s a little something we all know called repetition. The more we do something, the better we get at it, or so the saying goes. If we are being honest, the whole “practice makes perfect” theory really isn’t true. If we continue to do something incorrectly, it will never become perfect. The better saying is “perfect practice makes perfect.” Meanwhile, we keep doing things. Repetition. And it adds up.

My mother had me making my bed every morning at an early age. By 5 years old, this was a daily habit. With me now at age 53, I estimate that I have made my bed more than 17,500 times. Sleep on that.

I take a shower or bath every day, whether I need to or not. (That’s a joke.) When I am in a cycle of exercising, that number increases. Based on once per day since my birth, I have showered or bathed more than 19,500 times. That’s a lot of soap and water.

I have been brushing my teeth on my own since I was about 5. Doing so twice per day, I have used a toothbrush somewhere in the neighborhood of 35,000 times. Floss? Not so much.

Like most of you, I have been driving a vehicle since I was 16 years old. On average, I would guess that I start and drive a car about five times per day — maybe more. Even at five times, I have operated a vehicle at least 67,500 times.

According to one poll, about 40 percent of us check our email between six and 20 times per day. If you are reading this via newsletter email, you can relate. I am on the higher end of the range, but let’s go with an average of 10 times per day. I’ve been using email regularly since about 1995, which is 27 years. When I do the math, I learn that I have checked my email more than 98,500 times — and I discovered that I won a lottery in about one-third of those instances!

The good news is, I think I am getting better at these and the other tasks I continue to repeat — but still not perfect. When Mom visits, she continues to find a wrinkle in my bedspread, and my dentist seems to locate an occasional cavity. And even with all my driving practice, I have still garnered a few speeding tickets. Meanwhile, the practicing for perfection continues.

Here we go again.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Things To Do

Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 1-3
Iowa Ag Expo
At: Hy-Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines
Info: www.iowaeventscenter.com/events. Formerly known as Power Farming Show — Iowa Ag Expo has a new name, but it is still the third largest indoor agriculture show in the U.S., consisting of nearly 700 exhibitors sprawling across more than 7 acres, within three buildings and seven floors of the Iowa Events Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 1: Iowa State University men’s basketball vs. Kansas, 6 p.m. REMATCH! at Hilton Coliseum, 1705 Center Drive in Ames. www.cyclones.com

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FROM KCCI: DMPD: Man charged in bizarre hospital bottle-feeding incident

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FROM WHO-TV: Polk County seeing increase in suicides among youth

DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County has seen an increase in suicides among young people, according to the nonprofit MindSpring Mental Health Alliance. In December 2021, a young person under 12 years old died by suicide, according to Polk County Health Services. Since the start of January, three kids under the age of 13 years old and one 17-year-old died by suicide.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: State reports 12 more long-term care facility COVID outbreaks in Monday update, total now at 107

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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 tonight! Watch for results in the February issue of CITYVIEW!


Be a hero helping heroes
: Sub authorization course could put you at the head of the class.

By Becky Kolosik

Teachers and staff have been nothing short of heroes the last two years. But even heroes need time off for things like professional development, to stay home when they are ill, or to take care of their own families. Like many districts, Indianola schools are facing a shortage of substitute teachers, and that means finding creative ways to meet the needs of students.

Mimi Kelly-Meyer, director of Human Resources for Indianola Community Schools, says, because of the pandemic, many subs were not interested in working during the 2020-2021 school year, and the shortage continues. While the district is thankful for the certified teachers, retired teachers and other community members who sub, more are needed.


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Morning Chuckle
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