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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Pajamas. Does anybody really wear them?

Apparently so, at least during the early months of COVID-19 pandemic. According to CNBC.com, online sales of pajamas surged 143% in April of 2020 compared with March, Interestingly, online sales of pants fell 13% during the same timeframe, as people turned to video conference calls where their lower halves were not visible. 

I have learned that the word pajamas is no longer popular, kind of like davenports (couches), slacks (pants) and wallets

(billfolds). The proper term, I have discovered, is sleepwear. I am sticking with pajamas.

At our home, pajamas don’t exist. Now before you start thinking that I am offering too much information, you should know that an old T-shirt and boxer shorts are my choice while Jolene layers in sweatpants, wool socks and a hooded sweatshirt. And sometimes a parka. Sleepwear. Ha!

But was there a time when married adults dressed in pajamas? Mike Brady from the 1970s TV show “The Brady Bunch” seemed to always don a freshly ironed set of long-sleeved, light-blue pajamas. And Carol Brady wore a matching blue frilly nightgown that bared her arms but covered her ankles. It worked for them, but so did the wide-collared silk shirts, the bell-bottom pants and the white belts.

Coco Chanel apparently deserves credit for introducing “lounging pajamas” in the 1920s, according to thepajamacompany.com. These replaced the traditional long nightshirts and nightcaps.

Pajamas have come a long way. Before 1950, they commonly had a “drop seat” to make it easier to use the bathroom facilities. I tried that style a few years ago. I wouldn’t use the word “easier.”

And did you know that the footed pajamas were designed to protect people’s feet from bed bugs and termites? Yikes.

To be honest, I have tried many pajamas through the years, but they all seem to end up a tangled mess by morning, and I look like I am in a straight jacket. Unless, of course, the gal in the parka is restraining me. Regardless, I am sticking with my current sleepwear choice. Sweet dreams.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

Breezy today, with a slightly cooler Wednesday ahead. Otherwise warm and dry conditions persist into the weekend.

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

Things To Do

Tuesday, Sept. 7
⇛Society of Broken Souls
At: The Goldfinch Room on the Lawn Concert Series, Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive in Ames
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UPDATE: The “warnings” period for the new speed camera in the 1400 block of Grand Avenue HAS ENDED.  The registered owner of vehicles driving 11 mph or greater over the posted 25 mph speed limit will be issued a $65 citation. For those not familiar with this area, the lanes monitored are the one-way, westbound, lanes passing the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa patrol: Kayak that fell from trailer kills motorcyclist

GUTTENBERG, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says a motorcyclist was killed in the northeastern corner of Iowa when he was hit by a kayak that had fallen from a trailer. The Telegraph Herald reports that the crash happened Sunday morning on a county road in Allamakee County. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Packed Saylorville Lake marks final summer holiday

POLK CITY, Iowa — Saylorville Lake was packed with boaters enjoying the final holiday of summer, and marked the completion of the first full season for the new owners of Fleetwood at Saylorville.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 8-year-old Urbandale girl ready for Kid Captain duties at 2021 CyHawk game

URBANDALE, Iowa — Saturday is the big game between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes, and that means it's the return of the Kid Captain. .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
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Back home to raise a family: The Wells return to Ankeny to be closer to relatives.

By Amy Kort

Having grown up in Ankeny, Jeff and Jessica Wells knew they wanted to build a house in their hometown once they had kids.
Fast forward a few years, and the couple now has a houseful with kids Jensen, 8; Jaisley, 5; and Jude, 3, along with a German Shepherd named Federal, and three cats named Whelen, Scout and Boo. Their parents live less than two miles from the home they moved into six years ago.

“We lived in Johnston and Grimes when we were first married but, ultimately, knew we wanted to build a home in Ankeny,” Jessica says. “It’s been wonderful having our parents live so close. We love the Ankeny school district. My husband is a lieutenant at the Ankeny Fire Department, so it’s a short drive for him on his shift days. We also own Do CPR and run that business out of the Blue Bean co-work coffee shop in Ankeny.”


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Poll of the Week

If you could see one of these comedians perform today, which one would you pick?

George Carlin
Richard Pryor
Robin Williams
Redd Foxx
Joan Rivers


Results of last week's poll:

Would you wear a seat belt in your vehicle if the law didn’t require it?

Yes - 85%
No - 15%

Morning Chuckle
What do you eat when you’re stuck in cold weather and angry about it?
BRR-GRR! Way to go William Snyder!
Other guesses: Rex Post: Anything left in the fridge cuz its too cold to go to the store. Gail Tomlinson: Hot (both warm and angry) chili. Lori Bluml: Hot cross buns.

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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