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Friday, March 25, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find comments, questions and ideas that were sent recently by many of you.

“If you're taking the family for a Sunday drive (March 14, 2022), you have to turn off the in-car video entertainment and leave the traveling gaming systems and mobile devices at home as well. The art of just ‘being’ with others is now elusive.” – Brad

Does that mean us adults, too? - Shane

“Thanks for the trip down memory lane with your article on Sunday drives (March 14, 2022). My Dad owned his own business and worked six days a week, so Sunday was his day to relax with a Sunday drive. Occasionally along the way, Dad would drive very slowly, and the rest of us would scan the ditches for pop bottles that had been discarded. When we spotted one, he’d pull over and stop, and Mom would jump out of the car and retrieve the shiny, but often filthy, treasure. We didn’t need the money, it was just something to do. You can imagine that gas was pretty inexpensive compared to today in order for Dad to justify the cost of stopping the car and waiting for Mom with the reward of cashing in those 3-cent bottles. And no one honked at us for stopping along the side of the road!” - Bob 

Our ditches could use more people like you and your parents, Bob. Thanks for the note. - Shane

“I walked to kindergarten every day thru a park in Lincoln that had a bomb shelter (Wednesday, March 16). We did the old hide under the desk routine! Glad we never had to use it.” - Richard

Me, too. – Shane

“Remember that all too well. We were practiced in the duck and cover (Wednesday, March 16) under our desks, but we also practiced lining up in the hallways with the classroom doors closed to help protect from the glass windows. I don’t remember any of us being scared. Just one more thing we needed to do. More important was it got us out of class!” - Mark

Oh, to be young and naïve again. Well, at least young. – Shane

“If you have wall space, how about displaying them by hanging them up? (March 23, 2022) Call it ‘electron-chic.’ ” - Diane

You might be on to something, Diane. Thanks for the note. – Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be a windy one today with a high in the neighborhood of 51. Saturday will be less breezy, but cooler with a high in the mid-40s. We stay in the mid-40s Sunday before warming to the mid-50s on a breezy Monday. We’ve got a slight rain chance late Monday before a warmer Tuesday heads our way.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do
March 25, 8 p.m.
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FROM CITYVIEW: Commercial Real Estate Transactions ...READ THIS STORY IN CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: Police warn of crime spike in Des Moines neighborhood

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police are warning metro residents about a rise in burglaries in a western Des Moines neighborhood. The burglaries have occurred in one of Des Moines' official neighborhoods, called North of Grand. It's an area just west of downtown — between 31st and 42nd and Grand Avenue and I-235.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Johnston could alter school start times due to bus driver shortage

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Students in the Johnston School District may be seeing different start and end times to their school day because of ongoing bus driver shortages. The superintendent sent a letter to parents saying, “We’ve fallen short of the standard of service that we would like to provide.” The district says it has tried other alternatives, but the driver shortages continue.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Victim returns home following shooting outside East High School

Kemery Ortega and her mother told Local 5 the recovery has been a smooth process and is moving along faster than they expected. … 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 Brewery
1. Confluence Brewing Company
2. Exile Brewing Company
3. Lua Brewing


Richardson is lovingly known as “Band Grandpa.”

By Becky Kolosik

Gary Richardson has been playing music for as long as he can remember, starting piano lessons at age 8 and the trombone in fifth grade.

“Piano playing has been continuous my whole life,” he says. “The first major purchase my wife and I made after buying our first home was a piano.”

Richardson set his trombone aside after high school but picked it up again at age 44 and has been playing ever since. After his retirement in 2015, he even went back to school to earn a degree in music.

Today, he’s putting that degree to work giving back to the community he has called home since 2018.


Read more

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Levi Goodman!

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Poll of the Week

How many COVID booster shots are you willing to receive?

As many as recommended
Not yet sure


Do/Did you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?
YES - 73%
NO - 27%

Morning Chuckle
What did the fish say when he hit the wall?
DAM! Way to go Celeste Tilton, William Snyder, Larry Herren, Gail Tomlinson, Bill B., Judy Anderson, DeWayne Johnson, Rex Post, Ron Sinwell
Garry suggested it said "I guess I am a walleye."


Why don’t fish do well on school tests?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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