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Friday, Oct. 21, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

“Look at what happened to the British pound when the world financial markets saw they were spending beyond their means (National debt, Oct. 6, 2022). The same thing will happen to the U.S. dollar when the world loses confidence that we can pay our bills.” - George

Paying our bills? Operating within a budget? By, George, that’s ingenious! - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Excellent article today but also a very scary article (National debt, Oct. 6, 2022). How do we get politicians to address this? I know there is no easy answer, but I fear the future for my children and grandchildren, as I’m sure many people do. Hearing the numbers that are being spent today is unbelievable!” - Ann

We need to vote for people who understand how to work within a budget, and then we need to hold them accountable. Will it happen? Probably not, as too many people truly think a government should not operate financially like a business or a household. - Shane

“You forgot the Jonas Brothers (Boy Bands, Oct. 11, 2022).” - Samantha 

They are easily forgettable. - Shane

“I laughed many times while reading today's essay (Pulling a Wayne, Oct. 12, 2022). I think we've all had these things happen, and I'm guessing it happens to men more often than women. Decades ago, a now-famous pianist played a concert in my hometown, Shenandoah, on the Civic Music series. My brother, then 15 or so, was the backstage light and curtain guy. The pianist asked him, ‘What do all men ask before they go out on stage?’ My brother did not know what to answer. The pianist said, ‘Is my zipper up?’ For me, at 75, I do believe that some tactile sense is diminished in the belt loop deal. Have a great day!” - Roger

Thanks for the reminder, Roger. I just checked my zipper. It’s up. - Shane

“Life is hard enough to decide if it's blue or not (Pulling a Wayne, Oct. 12, 2022). My socks are either black or white. At least one aspect of life is simple. - Brad

That sounds a lot like a Three Dog Night song, with your own simple meaning. - Shane

“You wrote (Pulling a Wayne, Oct. 12, 2022): ‘There’s a solution to all this. Don’t wear shirts with buttons. Avoid wearing belts, or leave your shirt untucked to hide the belt. And make sure all your socks are black.” Or… join a nudist colony!” - Diane

Hmmmm. I’m speechless. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media

From the Food Dude

Eating is more expensive than anything else. Grocery prices rose 13 percent over the last year and 0.7 percent in September alone, outpacing the annual 8.2 percent inflation rate for all consumer products, according to the most recent Labor Department data. Nearly a quarter of people surveyed in September said they're often buying fewer items at the grocery store to save money, up from 15% in October 2021.

— Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Temperatures will continue to be warm into the weekend, reaching the 80s (!) on Saturday and on a windy Sunday. Chances for storms move in Sunday night into Monday, with cooler temperatures following.

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

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FROM KCCI: Firefighters investigating cause of Des Moines laundromat blaze

DES MOINES, Iowa — Busy Bubbles Laundry at 31st Street and Ingersoll caught fire in Des Moines on Wednesday night. The fire caused a massive plume of smoke that was visible throughout the city. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: UPDATE: Iowa DNR says mountain lion in Des Moines actually a house cat

UPDATE: The Iowa DNR told WHO 13 that the reported mountain lion in Des Moines was actually someone’s housecat.....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: RSV peaking earlier than usual, according to local doctor

RSV, a respiratory illness found in children, is on the rise across the country, worrying doctors and parents of young children. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Einstein trees a squirrel. Or was the squirrel just teasing him? Photo by John Gray
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 Hair Salon
1. PURE Salon
2. La Vida Foundry
3. Neon Heart Salon



Restoring Grandpa’s motorcycle

Lees has a little motivation to finish the job — his family is keeping tabs.

By Darren Tromblay

Nick Lees of Johnston is probably one of the most unique 40-year-olds you’ll ever meet.

Is it his youthful look or the fact that he has seven kids that make him so? No, although one could make a case for it. No, the truly unique thing about him is that he is the owner of a 1950 Jawa 350 motorcycle, a Czechoslovakian-made bike that was first owned by his grandfather Grail. 

Never heard of that brand have you? Most haven’t. But this one is special; it was grandpa’s.

“He rode around on this with Grandma,” Lees says of the bike, which is now in the middle stages of a big restoration job. “My uncle Greg, in Michigan, had it for the last 30 years, thinking he was going to restore it but never got around to it.”

... Read More In the October issue of Johnston  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Oct. 22 - David Jordan and Oct. 23 - Jacque Lewton, Steve Jordan.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Glen Powell, Ken Watanabe, Zack Greinke, Aaron Tveit, Will Estes, Judy Sheindlin

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What type of vampires are always grumpy?
Today's Riddle
Why did I stop telling skeleton jokes?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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