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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

April showers bring May flowers — and green grass, at least on the golf courses. I have noticed this as I drive by the courses, and I have even seen a few people swinging their clubs lately. Not me. I don’t even own a set of clubs anymore. Even so, I recognize that many people truly enjoy golfing — or truly despise it. There doesn’t seem to be many in between.

I had a friend once who told me he loved to golf because he could drink, smoke and gamble — all in one place.

I had a boss who shared with me there are two types of people in this world: those who work and those who golf.

When people ask me to golf, my common reply is that I am not old enough yet. That used to be funny — when I was younger.

I have learned to face a couple of truths about golf. The first is that I am awful at it. Like most things in life, becoming a better golfer takes time. Years of play are required just to be average, and I don’t want to be average. Spending that many hours only to end up frustrated isn’t my idea of fun.

The second truth is I don’t like to lose. My wife, Jolene, is a good golfer. She can smear me. I was close to beating her once many years ago. She realized this on the final hole and shot a birdie for the win. I wanted to bend a club over my knee. I didn’t, at least not in public. But I did sell my clubs. Without a putter.

The only thing more painful to me than golfing is watching other people golf. I don't understand the attraction. Add in full contact, heckling and a speed element, and then you have something that might be fun to watch. Until then, I would rather watch grass grow — or at least turn green.

Meanwhile, I am happy for those of you who do enjoy time on the course. Start swinging.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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

A windy Wednesday is ahead with shower chances in the afternoon… expect a high around 54. Rain showers are also possible on a windy Thursday, and we could see snow mix in with the rain early and again late. Friday will be mostly cloudy, chilly and windy with a high near 43. A nice warm up is ahead Saturday into next week.

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

Things To Do
DSM Soundcheck
Wednesday April 6, 7 p.m.
xBk Live, 1159 24th St., Des Moines
Featuring The Crust, Dirty Blonde and Kelsie James
DSM Soundcheck is a concert series designed for emerging artists to have an opportunity to work with the Des Moines Music Coalition, Station 1 Records, and xBK Live to put on a great show and develop young musicians, artists, and music professionals in the Des Moines music scene! Tickets available here.
Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
3015 E 32nd Ct,
Des Moines, IA 50317
Meticulously maintained split foyer near Grandview Golf Course now available. With 1, 113 square feet on the main level, there are three good sized bedrooms and a large bath area, along with the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. The wow will come downstairs, where you can have a nice family room OR you can create a mother-in-law suite like these sellers have done. There is a second kitchen and bath area, and even a walk out feature, to really make this work!... SEE MORE ABOUT THIS LISTING
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FROM KCCI: Up to 600 new units: Polk County supervisors commit $15M to affordable housing

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — The Polk County Board of Supervisors committed over $15 million to affordable housing projects on Tuesday. Supervisors unanimously approved a $15.1 million investment in affordable housing. A majority of that money will be used to support the acquisition, conversion and construction of permanent housing that supervisors said will be geared toward supportive housing for underserved populations. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowan who died in 2013 linked to murders of 3 women

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Police said Tuesday that they used genealogical data and crime scene evidence to link an Iowa man who died in 2013 to the killings of three female motel clerks and sexual assault of a fourth in Indiana and Kentucky from 1987 through 1990.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Student loan payment pause to be extended again

The action applies to more than 43 million Americans who owe a combined $1.6 trillion in student loan debt held by the federal government. … 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 East Bar
1. Toads Tavern
2. East Side Eddie's Neighborhood Bar and Grill
3. Gerri’s


Meet Steve Leach

North Polk teacher since 1988 receives cross country coach award.

By Jackie Wilson

Chances are, if you attended North Polk Schools in the 1990s and beyond, you probably had long-time instructor Steve Leach for a class.

Leach began his teaching career in 1984 and arrived in North Polk in 1988. He’s taught middle school English and physical education. He’s coached cross country for high school boys and girls and was named 2021 cross country coach of the year.

He became interested in teaching when his mom earned her teaching degree while he was in middle school. She modeled the profession at home. Throughout school, he excelled in English classes but was unsure of how his English skills translated into a career.

“I began researching what one does when he or she displays an aptitude in the area of English,” he explains. “Teaching seemed like a better option for me personally than being an editor.”


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Peyton List, Paul Rudd, Candace Cameron Bure, Zach Braff, Michael Rooker, Eliza Coupe, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Diora Baird, Billy Dee Williams, John Ratzenberger, Charlie McDermott, Marilu Henner, Spencer List, Kari Jobe, Julie Ertz, Tim Hasselbeck

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Poll of the Week

How much do you spend on gas each week?

$1 - $25
more than $100


Which complete decade produced the best music?

1950s - 4%
1960s- 32%
1970s- 37%
1980s- 17%
1990s- 8%
2000s- 1%
2010s- 1%

Morning Chuckle
What happens if you argue with the salesman at the kitchen furniture store? A few good answers to this one: HE THROWS IN THE KITCHEN SINK; YOU GET A LOT OF COUNTER ARGUMENTS; SHE TURNS THE TABLES ON YOU. Guesses from Brent Antisdel, Lori Bluml


Q. What do you call 14 days celebrating tree houses, couch cushion lean-tos, and cardboard box buildings?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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