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Thursday, May 26, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

I have four pictures of my grandfather. Four. That’s it. To be honest, he probably only allowed his photo to be take five or six times throughout his life, so four isn’t bad. I have one image of him as a young man in his work clothes (shown here). Another of him with one of his prized horses. One of him and Grandma and their five kids at their 50th wedding anniversary. And one of him and Grandma taken at my aunt’s kitchen table just a few hours before they died in an auto accident. I treasure those four photos.

My youngest daughter takes at least four pictures of herself every hour and posts them on various social media apps. I sometimes act like I am doing the same to annoy her. She doesn’t fall for it.

The whole selfie rage seemingly came out of nowhere. Who would have thought that taking pictures of yourself would be a thing? I remember a timer on a film camera I once had that could be set and would give 15 seconds to get ready before it snapped a shot. Of course, you couldn’t see the image until the prints were made. Even so, I thought that was high-tech.

I am not amused by selfies. I am amused by smelfies. Yes, smelfies. This was demonstrated to me by a young female employee of ours who took a sniff of her armpit to see if she needed a deodorant refresh. A smelfie. Now that’s funny.

Back to photos. Some of you may remember the Polaroid rage in the 1970s when photos could be viewed almost instantly. This seems archaic today, yet Polaroids have made a comeback in recent years. When my youngest daughter isn’t taking selfies, she actually uses Polaroids — sparingly.

When we used film cameras and had prints made, we valued those photos, often storing them in scrapbooks. Polaroid photos were kept in those as well. Then we saved digital photos sparingly on small storage cards, then larger storage devices, and now in the Cloud. Most of us feel that our images are safe in this mysterious storage place, even though we recognize that Big Tech is somehow tracking, sorting and selling the data from it in some way.

When our company websites were down in recent months, and the data was potentially lost, it made me think twice about relying on people I don’t know to be in charge of storing our valued files and images. Then the sites were restored, and I am back to having faith in the Cloud again. Although my grandfather didn’t seem to see much value in photos, I am guessing that this kind of trust would have made him sweat. He might have even tried a smelfie.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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 chance for a sprinkle or light shower sticks around on another cool day today, though I don’t think we’ll see as much rain around as we have the past couple of days. The warmer, dryer weather and sunshine start Friday!

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

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In Aesop's fable of "The Crow and the Pitcher," a thirsty crow drops stones into a water pitcher to raise the water level to take a drink. Scientists tested whether crows really are this smart. They placed a floating treat in a deep tube. The crows in the test dropped dense objects into the water until the treat floated within reach. They didn't select objects that would float in the water, nor did they select ones that were too large for the container. Human children gain this understanding of volume displacement around the ages of five to seven.  Photo take in West Des Moines. Photo by Paul Houston
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FROM KCCI: Car shot during road rage incident in Urbandale

URBANDALE, Iowa — Police say a driver shot a gun at another car during a road-rage incident in Urbandale on Wednesday. It happened near an off-ramp of Interstate 80/35. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Polk County hospitals operating at limited capacity

DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County hospitals are being forced to operate at limited capacity. According to the Polk County Medical Coordination Center, the demand for patient beds is greater than the number of beds available. Staffing shortages in hospitals across the county are also affecting the amount of patients that can be cared for.... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Meet the Central Academy math team among the best in the world

DES MOINES, Iowa — At Central Academy in Des Moines, a team of students is racking up the accolades. Team 11462 — Maverick Baccam, Alec Fialkov, Zack Phillips and Ryan Trujillo — finished in the top-10 in the 2022 High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

From the Food Dude

This Friday Moberg Gallery hosts opening reception for Modern Abstraction with artists from four continents, and Olson Larsen Galleries hosts an opening for their annual Landscape show. The latter gallery will move after the opening to temporary quarters a block south while their roof is redone.

Saturday is National Hamburger Day. Thursday, June 2 is National Moonshine Day.

— Jim Duncan

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 TV Station for Weather
1. KCCI Channel 8
2. WHO TV Channel 13
3. WOI Channel 5


Chief is a third-generation firefighter
Ogbourne certain of career early on

By Lindsey Giardino

Jared Ogbourne never questioned what his career would be. In fact, it’s a lifelong passion that’s never lost its spark.

The Altoona Fire Department Chief grew up in Osceola in a family of fire professionals. Both his grandfather and father were fire chiefs, and they inspired him to become a firefighter himself.

“It means a lot that I’m able to follow in the footsteps of my grandpa and my dad,” Ogbourne says. “It’s pretty much just something I wanted to do my entire life. I grew up watching my dad do it. I went to trainings with him when I was a young kid. My dad was my hero growing up. Some people idolize sports figures — I idolized my dad and his firefighter abilities and wanted to be as good as he was.”


From the May issue of Altoona Living magazine.

MLB, May 25:  Tigers 4 Twins 2, Brewers 2 Padres 1, Reds 4 Cubs 3, White Sox 3 Red Sox 1  ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs, May 25: Iowa Cubs 4 Memphis 4, game suspended in eighth inning.  
NBA May 25:  Celtics 93 Heat 80
NHL May 25:  Blues 5 Avalanche 4
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Helena Bonham Carter, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Nicks, Hank Williams Jr., Pam Grier, Doug Hutchison, Matt Stone, Bobcat Goldthwait

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why did the programmer use the entire bottle of shampoo during one shower?
Got it Gail Tomlinson, David Dolde, William Snyder


What invention allows us to see through walls? 

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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