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Friday, April 1, 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.

“Shane, I was reading your story about vanity plates or specialty/novelty plates (March 8, 2022). Yes, that is like a tattoo on your vehicle and that is exactly what a parent of a 16 year old wants. I have advised many friends over the years to give the gift of a vanity plate to their child on their 16th birthday. While they think it is ‘cool’ to have and to create their own special message, what it really does is advertise to the community whose vehicle it is. Why is this good? As a parent, you will know where your kids were, whether seeking mischief or not, and, oftentimes, before they get home.” – Jim

Aaah. Excellent points, Jim. Thank you. - Shane

“Love your column just the way you do. Even share it some days. Read it every morning. Hubby tells me Happy New Year every morning. (March 10, 2022). LOL Keep the newsletter coming just the way it is.” – Rose

I certainly will. Thank you, Rose. - Shane

“YES!!! I love that song and completely agree with your theory on enough hate and ugly in the world that we certainly don’t need any more! (March 10, 2022). I have a scripture on my desk that I see every morning: Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. … Have a great day!” - Ronda 

Keep the positive vibes going strong, Ronda. We could all use them. - Shane
“Enjoyed your clock stories (March 17, 2022); reminded me of a grade school teacher I had. We went into her room one day — the clock was high on the left side wall — and taped over it was a large sign. ‘Time will pass — WILL YOU?’ ”

I love it. But that teacher would likely be suspended today for such a radical approach. - Shane

“I wear a Fitbit as my watch. My wife does the same, and even though we do mostly the same things every day, she always has more miles; I don’t get it? When someone asks me, ‘Do you know the time?’ I say ‘yes’ and walk away (March 17, 2022). Some don’t appreciate the humor in that response.” - Chuck

I appreciate that humor, Chuck, and I am going to give it a try. And regarding your Fitbit, strap it to the dog and get it running around the yard. - 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

We’ll melt the snow today with a high in the mid-50s and light winds. Rain moves back into the forecast early Saturday morning… otherwise expect a high in the upper-50s. Rain chances will move in again late Sunday and also Tuesday night into Wednesday.

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

Things To Do
Capital City Card Convention
April 1-3
Iowa Events Center
730 3rd St, Des Moines
The convention features vendors from 10 states including high-end memorabilia dealers, and cards for all age groups and value ranges! Tickets and autograph packages are on sale now. More information and tickets here.
Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
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Des Moines, IA 50310
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FROM KCCI: $85M: Construction season in Des Moines will be busy

DES MOINES, Iowa — Starting this week, residents of Des Moines will see major projects begin throughout the city. In the first nine months of this fiscal year, the city of Des Moines has awarded 46 construction contracts for public improvements, totaling about $85 million. Included in these contracts are bridge improvements, street improvements, and stormwater management upgrades. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Doctors warn pandemic isn’t over as Polk County adjusts plans

DES MOINES, Iowa – A drop in COVID-19 case counts in Iowa has Polk County adjusting its plans and closing its drive-through testing clinic. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Metro cities all trying to hire new batch of employees for summer jobs

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Cities across the Des Moines metro have been busy gearing up for the summer and recruiting workers to fill seasonal positions.
This year, however, they are facing some new challenges, so they are having to tackle them in a new way.. … 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 First Date Spot
1. Gastro Grub & Pub
2. Simon’s
3. Fresko Natural Food


Girls on the Run benefits local youth

By Lindsey Giardino

According to Christa VanderLeest, director of Girls on the Run of Central Iowa, the program “envisions a world where all girls can know and activate their limitless potential and be free to boldly pursue their dreams.”

The eight-week program runs from March 28 to May 21 and inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates movement. The program culminates in a celebratory 5K run at the Des Moines Capitol Complex that’s also open to the public.

Each team of Girls on the Run consists of eight to 20 girls and is led by volunteer coaches.

Norwalk resident Sarah DeKock, who is a board member for the Girls on the Run of Central Iowa Advisory Board and mother of a participant, got involved with the organization because its values — inspiring girls to be healthy, confident, kind and encouraging — align with hers.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Cory Boatright!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Asa Butterfield, Mackenzie Davis, Susan Boyle, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Ali MacGraw, Taran Killam, Matt Lanter, Robin Lopez, Kid Ink, Kip Moore

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Poll of the Week

Which complete decade produced the best music?



How many COVID booster shots are you willing to receive?

None - 21%
One - 5%
As many as recommended - 71%
Not yet sure - 3%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a male cat sleeping on a bed?
A HIM-ALAYAN! Gail Tomlinson admits she has heard this one before.
Others suggested A SLEEPING TOM: Peri Van Tassel, Ron Sorenson. (After a lengthy analysis, Ron surmised that Him-alayan was the better answer.)
Dewayne Johnson added, "Honestly, it doesn’t matter. They rarely come when you call them anyway."


A man walks into a pet store and asks for a dozen bees. The clerk carefully counts 13 bees out onto the counter. 'That’s one too many!' says the customer. What does the clerk say?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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