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Monday, May 23, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

The garages in the homes I grew up in were full of motorcycles. Yamahas. Hondas. Kawasakis. Suzukis. All brands that I struggled to spell but enjoyed to ride. My brother Steve relished riding, too, but he also liked working on them, which was great because several were in a continual state of disrepair, and I had — and still have — the mechanical aptitude of a monkey.

My mother even owned a motorcycle. It was an orange 1974 Suzuki GT 185. To most, this was more of a mini-bike than a motorcycle, but it was in high demand for those seeking to take the driving test to acquire a motorcycle license, as it was easy to maneuver and balance. To our neighbors’ chagrin, it was also ridden up and down an alley near our home in attempts to teach others how to ride. I also rode that motorcycle to the hog farms I worked on during the summers — keeping that all-too-familiar manure stench out of my car.

Looking back at some home movies shot on Dad’s Super 8, there is tape of my brother Brian on his motorcycle going back and forth in our front yard — with no helmet and no shirt — while riding wheelies. Yes, we were those neighbors.

While in college in the mid-to-late 1980s, motorcycles were aplenty. My roommate during my freshman year arrived a few weeks late, as he was healing from a motorcycle accident — and he had the scars on his back and shoulders to prove it. My sophomore year, two of my friends had a serious collision with a car that sent them sailing in the air, hospitalizing both. I had my share of spills as well, none as serious as those. Fortunately, we all lived. A college professor called our preferred form of transportation “murdercycles.” Admittedly, the margin for error is slim, and the match with the not-yet-fully formed brains of teenage boys probably isn’t a great mix.

Fresh out of college with some money burning a hole in my pocket, I purchased a Honda Interceptor, one of a style of motorcycles commonly referred to as “crotch rockets.” My traditional motorcycle-riding family members and friends cringed. For those who don’t know, there is a division among motorcyclists between those on cruisers and those on crotch rockets. Just watch the customary wave among those on cruisers and the snub of those who aren’t.

I am now older and hopefully wiser. I still ride, but I am less concerned with speed and more focused on comfort. Seeing as how I wave the American flag and drive American-made vehicles, most assume I own a Harley Davidson. I reply that I plan to someday, but I am not old enough yet. When I was younger, that drew a laugh. Today, not so much.

So if you see me on the road on my Kawasaki Vulcan, be sure to give the customary wave. If you are not on a crotch rocket, I might even wave back.

Have a marvelous Monday, 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

The morning looks dry today, and slight rain chances look to move in by afternoon. Winds will be lighter but temperatures a bit lower than yesterday. Rain chances increase tonight and stick around off and on into Wednesday night. It’ll be fairly cool until temperatures begin to warm again on Thursday.

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Meet JoAnn Leach
35-year career teaching career

JoAnn Leach’s 35-year career as a teacher at North Polk Schools initially took a winding path.

When Leach attended college, she wanted to follow in her father's footsteps to become a CPA. However, whenever she took a shortcut from one building at Northwest Missouri State through the Horace Mann Lab School, she would peek into an elementary classroom.

“I enjoyed listening to what was going on in the classroom. It was then that I realized that I wanted to have a career that was more than sitting behind a desk and working with spreadsheets.”

She majored in education, with a minor in math, after hearing that math teaching positions were in high demand.


From the May issue of North Polk Living magazine.

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Happy Birthday Martha Munro! Hope you had a great birthday Marilyn Schoneman!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Joan Collins, Melissa McBride, Drew Carey, Jewel, Linda Thompson (once a Hee Haw Honey), Jordan Zimmermann

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Morning Chuckle
Which poker game requires players to put their laundry away before playing?
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