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Thursday, July 14, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Do you ever think about the carpet you walk on every day in your home? For decades, houses had hard surfaces with well-positioned area rugs for comfort. Prior to the days of electric vacuums, cleaning those rugs was no easy chore. Imagine hauling out those heavy rugs and beating them clean. Some of you may even have done this.

I grew up in homes with carpet. If you are a regular reader of this column, you know my mother’s choice of carpet was red — and shag.

The first “home” for Jolene and I was an apartment on Grand Avenue in Des Moines. She had lived in the area prior, but I was used to a well-furnished West Des Moines apartment. Microwave. Dishwasher. Electric garbage disposal. Shower. Central air conditioning. And, yes, wall-to-wall carpet. Our cozy abode had none of those things, but it did have hard wood floors that Jolene loved. I had to wipe the grit off my feet each night before going to bed. I wasn’t a fan.

It’s not exactly clear who invented carpet, but I owe this person or persons my gratitude. Some say the first carpets came about in the Middle East and were made of sheep wool or goat hair. By the 1500s, carpet production became popular in Europe. When those European settlers came to America, they brought the idea of carpeting, too. Thank goodness.

I remember my childhood neighbors having green wool carpet that wore like iron in their home. It wasn’t the most comfortable to touch, but you couldn’t damage that stuff if you wanted to. Prior to the 1950s, wool carpets like this were common, but they were also significantly expensive. American homeowners clearly wanted carpeting, but only the wealthy could afford it. Synthetic fibers changed the carpet industry, providing a quicker way to manufacture and a more affordable option for consumers. By the early 1950s, carpeting became the most popular flooring option for homeowners.

What’s beneath the carpet? That’s another story.

While in college, my roommate and I made a delicious punch in a large garbage can, complete with large chunks of fresh fruit and some other stuff. It seemed like a good idea until a knucklehead neighbor knocked about 20 gallons over in our dorm room. Even after multiple carpet cleanings (which said knucklehead paid for), we were still jabbing our bare feet on watermelon seeds for months.

I wonder if the carpet-inventing Middle Easterners had those problems in the 1500s?

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

Conditions stay dry and temperatures warm today. A system moving through will bring rain chances to the Des Moines area Friday morning, and a separate one brings small chances Saturday evening. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s into Monday.

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

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FROM KCCI: The most universally-accessible park in America will be in Iowa, officials say

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new multi-million-dollar recreation area will someday offer universal access to nature for people of all abilities, Polk County Conservation announced on Wednesday. The county has unveiled plans for $8.1 million park enhancements for a fully accessible waterfront at Easter Lake Park. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 988 mental health crisis hotline starts Saturday

DES MOINES, Iowa – We are just days away from being able to dial three numbers to access a national mental health hotline. Starting Saturday, July 16, 9-8-8 will replace the existing 10-digit suicide prevention number. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines to build first solar panel fields

The $3-$4 million project is expected to help eliminate fossil fuel usage by 2035 – one of the main goals of the city sustainability plan...… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Financial Planner
1. Loren Merkle - Merkle Retirement Planning
2. Jacob Repp - Principal Financial Group
3. Justin Bjerke - Edward Jones


Bloom where you are planted

By Marsha Fisher

Valerie and Mike Sutton grew up in the Adel area and are alumni of ADM Community Schools.

“We both graduated from ADM and, once a Tiger, always a Tiger,” says Valerie.

Valerie and Mike own Midwest Augers, a trenching business that mostly operates equipment underground, pushing dirt out of the way for pipes.

“When the opportunity came to buy my grandpa and grandma’s greenhouse in 2015, we jumped at the chance.”

... Read More.

MLB, July 13:  White Sox 2 Guardians 1, Royals 5 Tigers 2, Twins 4 Brewers 1, Orioles 7 Cubs 1, Dodgers 7 Cardinals 6  ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs July 13: Iowa Cubs 4  Buffalo 8
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Michelle Pohlmeyer!

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a man who has a car above his head?
JACK! say Beckham Miller, Gail Tomlinson, Rich Hoidahl
or A MECHANIC say Nick Noah, Rex Post, William Snyder


How do trains hear?

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