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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

“Xanadu” is a 1980 musical film starring Olivia Newton-John. The subtitle of the film includes the words: “A place where dreams come true.” It was an awful movie, but I had a huge crush on the star actress as a young boy, and that may have led me to believe in a sort of Xanadu. I felt then — and I feel now — that with dedicated work and determination, dreams can come true. This is America, after all. Unfortunately, for every wonderful dream, there is also a horrendous nightmare. We may be seeing the latter in our economy soon.

Kevin Kamen is the president and CEO of Kamen & Co. Group Services, a New York company of media appraisers, accountants and brokers. I read his email yesterday morning with great interest: “With geopolitical turmoil, inflation soaring and U.S. growth issues in the conversation daily, I predict the Feds might indeed have their hands full avoiding a double-dip recession. Things are not looking great. When the Feds increase interest rates to combat inflation, it almost always portends an economic slowdown. History has shown this to be true. The Feds have now increased interest rates the last two times they have gathered, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell seems inclined to continue raising interest rates each time they will meet over the next year-plus. … Investors are worried, and those who own tech and multi-media stock are deeply concerned about the valuations of their portfolios. They should be.”
Keep in mind that Kevin is a broker and makes a living helping people buy and sell media companies. His email continued with, “The value of your business is not going to increase when the economy is in turmoil and the dollar’s value is diminished. Interest rates will continue to increase, and borrowing money will become more expensive and, for some, out of reach.”

I am not interested in selling our media company, but I am interested in buying, so I listen and read attentively about the state of our economy.

I was visiting with a CPA a few days ago about the worker shortage. He commented quite confidently, “That will only be a problem for a few more months. As construction and real estate slow down, everything else will, too. Couple that with the decrease in government handouts, and people will be looking for jobs again. There just won’t be as many to choose from — very soon.”

As much as I would like to see our country’s employment problems improve, I hope he is wrong. A shrinking economy is not the solution we seek. I pride myself in being an optimist — a Xanadu seeker — and I have made a living finding opportunities where others have given up. I also recognize the political spin that is used to steer agendas. I am an optimist, yes, but I am a realist, too. Regardless, opportunities will most certainly arise, but we better hold on tight.
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 great couple of days lie ahead with dry conditions and a high in the upper-70s. Rain chances return Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. We’ll see more rain chances and steady temperatures next week.

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

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Waterworks Park's blooming trees are a beautiful springtime sight. Photo by Sharon Vickery

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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 Law Firm
1. Baer Law Office
2. Wasker, Dorr, Wimmer & Marcouiller, P.C.
3. Hope Law Firm


Dealing with allergies

As Kay Thomas turned the corner into her 30s, she noticed she began to have what she thought was a string of colds complete with a sore throat and itchy, watery eyes. She thought she was simply getting sick a lot until her doctor recommended she see an allergist.

Yes, she had allergies. Dust mites, things of that nature, they found. Nothing really out of the ordinary until it was discovered that she also had an allergy to boxelder trees.

“I didn’t even know what a boxelder tree looked like,” she says.


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Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Morena Baccarin, Justin Long, Dominic Cooper, Zachary Quinto, Amber Marshall, Lex Luger. Wayne Brady, Dana Carvey, Abby Wambach, Kyle Petty

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Where do fruits go on vacation? I received many fun answers to this one! TO THE PRODUCE ISLE, William Snyder. TO APPLETON, WISCONSIN; ORANGE CITY; STRAWBERRY POINTE; PEAR-IS,

Judy Anderson. PEAR-IS or THE BIG APPLE, Rich Hoidahl. Gail Tomlinson also suggested THE BIG APPLE! Rex Post suggested: SOME PLACE A'PEEL'ING, TO THE RIND (RHINE), A BANANA REPUBLIC, CANTERBERRY or GRAPE BRITAIN.   Great job guys!



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