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Monday, Oct. 31, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Most of you who are reading this and have an Iowa driver’s license likely took some form of driver’s education class. For many of you, it was a class you took as part of your curriculum in your freshman year of high school.

My driver’s ed teacher was Fritz Nielsen, who also happened to be my junior high wrestling coach. Fritz passed away recently at age 96, but not without leaving a legacy of lessons for many people like me. I liked him a lot, and, as such, I would kid around with him frequently. Sometimes he would laugh. More often, he would not.

I took driver’s ed in the summer, and I had two good friends as driving partners. Each time when we would go for our drives, and it was my turn in the driver’s seat, I would start by asking Fritz, “So, how fast will this thing go?” Then I would rev up the engine while it was still in park. Fritz never replied but would simply look forward and slowly shake his head.

I remember when Fritz asked me to back the car up between two poles that were about 50 feet apart. I did what he told me to do — and I placed the car about an inch from one of the poles. Fritz asked me, “How about putting the car in the middle, Goodman?” My polite reply was, “You are going to need to be more specific with your instructions, Mr. Nielsen.”

Another time, we were driving in the pouring rain and stopped to change drivers. While the other guys scurried out and rushed around to the other side to get in, I quietly locked the doors and watched them get soaked while repeatedly trying to open the handles. Fritz made eye contact with me this time and slowly shook his head in frustration — but I think he was smiling inside.

Even with all the joking around, I did learn a lot in driver’s ed, including a lesson from a segment on “jackrabbit starts.” I remember learning that those who take off quickly end up being at the same stoplight down the road as the person who drove at a rational pace, but the “jackrabbit” only used more gas.

I am not the most patient driver, so this lesson slaps me in the face each time I am in a hurry and end up at a stoplight next to all the cars I hastily passed by — and it punches me in the face when a police officer reminds me of it.

I have a feeling that, when this happens to me again, Fritz will be smiling from above with an ear-to-ear grin.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
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Best Of Des Moines 2022

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The Queen of Halloween

Gloria Schettler is a long-time Halloween enthusiast.

By Becky Kolosik

“It goes hand in hand with fall being my favorite season,” she says. “It was so much fun to dress up and go trick or treating when I was little, and, now, as an adult, it’s fun to decorate.”

Some of Gloria’s fondest memories growing up include watching the Halloween-themed T.V. shows. (“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is her favorite.) She also remembers wearing those paper-like costumes with the cheap plastic masks that had elastic that went around your head.

“It never failed that the elastic broke before we even got out the door,” she says, laughing. “But I loved to go trick or treating with my friends and then come home and dump out all the candy from our pillowcases to sort through and trade with one another. That was back when we could go out by ourselves, and our parents didn’t have to go through the candy to make sure it was safe.”

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


A pig was on the loose on Highway 141 in Grimes about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27. A bystander shooed the pig safely off the highway until a county sheriff took control of the situation. Those watching assumed the pig fell out of a livestock trailer that was passing by.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy birthday Michelle Haupts and a belated happy birthday to Stephanie Toot.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Rob Schneider, Piper Perabo, Vanilla Ice, Nick Saban, Peter Jackson, Dermot Mulroney, Justin Chatwin, Vanessa Marano, Samaire Armstrong, Dan Rather, Frank Iero, Deidre Hall

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did Frankenstein learn when he entered a body building competition?
ME WAS MISTAKEN ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF BODY BUILDING! Tougher one! Good job Mike Chiston, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post
Today's Riddle
What does Dr. Frankenstein call the cemetery?
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