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Friday, Feb. 25, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to another Friday mailbag, where I share comments, questions and ideas that were sent recently by several of you.

“Your column about phone numbers and operators (Tuesday, Feb. 22) brought back lots of memories. During my first year of teaching … when we received a phone call and we didn't answer, the operator would automatically call the school secretary to see if we were at her home. As young teachers, we often hung out at her house, as she was like a second mom to us. The town phone operator knew everything about everybody. I still giggle about that. On another note, you were kind of an ornery, little fart.” – Gladys

I still am. – Shane

“Shane, I enjoyed your article about telephone operators and 1-800 numbers. (Tuesday, Feb. 22) I’m old enough to remember when you could call the operator free of charge just to ask what time it was. Most people today would have no idea what a party line was. … My grandparents shared a party line with three other families. When my grandmother was talking long-distance with her sister, she would occasionally hear the ‘click’ of someone picking up the phone to eavesdrop. At that point, my grandmother and her sister would start talking in German, and there would soon be another ‘click’ as the eavesdropper hung up the phone in frustration! Oh, how far we’ve come.” – Bob

Thanks for the note, Bob. That’s just another reason why we should all learn to speak German. - Shane
“I read each CITYVIEW as I walk the skywalk after lunch at Palmer’s. I don't remember if you have ever done this, but how about featuring the homeless or street people in Around Town whom we see daily on the skywalk? They all are characters and have their stories, especially the regulars in the early evening as they try to avoid security as they look for a sleeping space overnight. Some know specific guards who look the other way. These guys and gals are certainly regulars Around Town... real survivors.” – Lloyd

Great idea, Lloyd. Look for an upcoming piece in CITYVIEW. - Shane

“Shane, your bad boy manipulation of operators (Tuesday, Feb. 22) stained the memory of one of my favorite Jim Croce songs, but I have to salute your creativity and level of instigation at such a young age. ‘Once an instigator, always an instigator – and well-managed, it's called entrepreneurship.’ ” – Brad

I love the quote, Brad. - Shane

“I figured out where some of my Tupperware lids went (Friday, Feb. 18). Everyone in this house knew you do not put the lids on the bottom shelf of the dishwasher because they would warp beyond use. But it happened, and they would mysteriously come up missing.” – Diane

Now that you mention it, I am guilty of that one, too. – Shane

“Your article on Tupperware (Friday, Feb. 18) was so true and so funny. I suggest a Tupperware convention where all Tupperware owners bring their orphan lids and orphan bowls and throw them in a barrel and pull out whatever matches. And if attendees don’t want to participate in the Tupperware match up, they could bring their single socks that have no owner either and title it FIND A MATE. Thanks for a laugh for the day.” - Paula

Paula, that’s the best idea I have read today. Let me know when you get the event set up. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be a sunny day for the most part with a high only in the mid-20s. Good news is ahead, though, as a warming trend begins Saturday and carries well into next week, when we’ll see highs in the 50s.

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THE SCORE: Iowa Wild (20-21-3-3; 46 pts.) dropped a Thursday night contest to the Texas Stars (17-18-5-4; 43 pts.) by a score of 4-1 at Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 24.

IT's JUST A DRILL: Today, Feb. 25, at approximately 9 a.m., the City of West Des Moines Public Safety Departments are conducting an “All Hazards Drill” in the 7400-7500 block of Ashworth Road.  This drill is a collaborative effort between West Des Moines Police, Fire, EMS, and Westcom Dispatch Center.  This exercise is a full-scale critical incident scene, designed to train, gauge, and demonstrate the public safety performance of all departments in response to a significant threat to community safety. The West Des Moines Police Department wants members of the public and community to know this exercise is a “drill” and is not an actual emergency event. 

FROM CITYVIEW: Here’s another place we need more transparency

There has been a lot of talk lately about why Iowa’s K-12 school districts need to be more transparent, and more accessible and more accountable, to parents and the rest of the tax-paying people of Iowa. That is the justification offered for a bulging backpack full of bills introduced in the Legislature this year. But lawmakers should not stop with their push for improved transparency in schools. ...READ MORE FROM CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: Ukrainian foreign exchange student worries for family back home

His father has been able to flee the country, but his mother and grandparents have not. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa employers offering more than just bigger paychecks

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bigger paychecks alone aren’t enough to stand out in a job market where workers have increased options. WHO 13 found that employers in various industries have increased incentives to keep and attract workers at a time when Iowa has more job openings than people claiming unemployment.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa bill for flat income tax headed to Gov. Reynolds desk

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Kim Reynolds Thursday that creates a 3.9% flat tax in four years, eliminates taxes on retirement income and lowers taxes for corporations at an estimated cost of about $2 billion to a state with an annual $8 billion budget.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Family Planning Services
1. Planned Parenthood
2. InnerVisions HealthCare
3. Agape Pregnancy Center


Underhill finds identity in music and hula.

By Lindsey Giardino

Teri Underhill is many things.

She’s a songwriter, poet, singer, storyteller and hula dancer. And she’s working toward becoming a music producer, too.

The 21-year-old from Norwalk says she’s been interested in music since she could speak.
“My mom would take me to the store, and I would sing all kinds of songs in the cart as she shopped,” Underhill remembers.

Underhill, whose mother is Polynesian and father is British, says that because she grew up in a diverse household, her music taste is just as diverse.

As for her songwriting, she draws from her day-to-day life and experiences to create her lyrics.


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Morning Chuckle
Why is it so difficult to work at an apple pie factory?
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