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Monday, Nov. 14, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag on Monday, as I wanted to publish a Veterans Day column last Friday. Today you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter. They are edited for space and clarity.

“So you're the guy who zooms past me and I wind up laughing at when I pull up next to him at the stop light and then pull ahead of him because he's waiting for someone ahead of him to turn left (Driver’s education, Oct. 31, 2022). And the game begins again!” - Brad

Yep. - Shane

“Thought I would let you know that a couple of food service trays from Iowa State somehow made it home with me when I graduated in 1983 (Lunch trays, Nov. 1, 2022). They sit on top of my refrigerator and are used almost  daily. My kids would push each other around on them on the carpeted floors and they have kept spills off the coffee table during countless meals eaten in front of the TV. I've never used them as snow sleds, but I've heard they work great for that as well. I've had them ‘on loan’ now for nearly 40 years but fully intend to ask a grandchild to return them with my thanks to ISU when I make that final move to the old folks home — hopefully not for another 25 years. Love your daily column!” - Tim 

You should drop off those plastic milk crates while you are at it. - Shane

“Depending upon what the entrée was, the other space was a vegetable, fruit, or sometimes a roll (Lunch trays, Nov. 1, 2022). That was in public school in Kansas decades ago. I checked with a friend who was once a school lunch lady in a Des Moines Catholic school, and she said all of their tray sections had something in them. More recently, in a ‘seasoned citizens’ setting, I’ve thought those old school lunch trays might come in handy on days when we do buffet style serving because of staffing issues. However, if the research cited is still valid, the extra costs would probably kill that idea.” - Chuck

Yes, a dinner roll. How could I have missed that one? - Shane

“Good morning. Regarding what the extra spot on the lunch trays is for (Lunch trays, Nov. 1, 2022)? Antacid packets.” - John 

Careful, John, or you will be apologizing to the lunch ladies, too. - Shane

“Prior to the rotary dial phone was the party line (Turn the channel, Nov. 2, 2022). Several customers were connected on the same circuit, and since the phone had no dial, to make a call, you picked up the receiver, which connected you to an operator. You knew most by name, ‘Helen. I need to talk with Sheriff Taylor,” and you would be connected. Everyone on your party line had a selective ring cadence. For example, if the phone rang two long rings and two short, you knew that call was for you. If you picked up the receiver and heard a conversation in progress, you would have to wait until they were finished to make your call. Or just eavesdrop on their conversation. There was not much privacy, and my neighbors usually knew who my date was for Saturday night.” - Paul

“For us, the driving instructor line was ‘R is for reverse, not race’ (Driver’s education, Oct. 31, 2022). Have a good long weekend.” - Dewayne 

Maybe the R was for reckless. - Shane

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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FROM KCCI: Des Moines man arrested on threat of terrorism charges

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A man has been arrested after making threats at the Des Moines Public Library on Saturday morning. Court documents show Donnie Shuman was at the library when he threatened to blow it up. After that, while on the phone with 911 dispatchers, he threatened to kill every cop in Des Moines and blow up the police station. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Insiders: Why Iowa saw ‘red wave’ and how Democrats hope to rebuild

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Republican “red wave” of success hit Iowa but didn’t across the country. The 2022 election put Iowa Republicans in a position that they haven’t enjoyed since the election of 1954: The governor, both U.S. senators and all U.S. house members will be Republicans.. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'Art on the Prairie' festival returns to Perry

More than 55 visual artists displayed their work at eight venues around downtown Perry. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5



Best Of Des Moines 2023




Stallman finds positives in community
Police chief enjoys life in Altoona.

By Lindsey Giardino

Greg Stallman and his wife, Lisa, moved to Altoona when he was hired for the chief of police position in May 2017.

“Moving to Altoona has been one of best decisions we have made,” he says.
Perhaps the greatest part of living in the community, though, is the people.
“I have met so many positive people, and I have had so many awesome conversations,” Stallman says. “After six years, I still comment to the mayor about activity that is taking place in our city all the time.”

Stallman says he enjoys seeing people on the walking trails and playing catch in their front yards, or having garage and driveway get togethers, pick-up games at the parks, garage sales and more.

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

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did the snowman’s mom say when she saw his dirty room?
THIS IS ABOMINABLE! Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson
Today's Riddle
What do you call a snowman's dog?
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