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Good Monday morning to you!
 

I was in seventh grade when my friend Brad Coulon, who was in eighth grade, told me that guys like us can never use illegal drugs because we will get addicted. I didn’t fully understand his advice, but he was a year older than me and someone I admired, so I took heed.

Today, I realize how the simple words of someone you look up to can impact the rest of your life. At that young age, I could have very easily been convinced to use illegal drugs in the same way I was convinced to avoid them. My life today may have ended up much differently.

To be honest, I never really understood the attraction to roll something up, light it on fire and breathe in the smoke. My parents both smoked cigarettes when I was growing up, and the relentless stench of that kept me from ever wanting to ever smoke a cigarette, let alone marijuana. I also wrestled in high school and college, and competing in that sport meant you had to have strong lungs. Smoking anything was not part of that plan.

Drugs that don’t require inhaling are a different animal. I had my appendix taken out when I was in my twenties. It had started to burst, and I was in the hospital for an extended time. I vividly remember the nurse giving me IV pain medication, and I vividly remember how incredibly good that felt. My friend Brad was right. I could have easily become addicted. Fortunately, it was not readily available to me.

Meanwhile, I did partake in moderate alcohol consumption, and I still do. My argument as an adult has been that it is legal, but I recognize that alcohol has created just as many, if not more, problems for people than drugs. I am fortunate that drinking too much alcohol gives me a horrible hangover for multiple days. So as much as I may enjoy it, I have a painful reminder of why I need to do so in moderation.

I am concerned about illegal drug usage and its availability to kids today. Habits are difficult to break, so we all need to form good ones and encourage others to do the same.

Several years ago, I reminded my friend Brad about his words of advice. He said he did not recall telling me that, but I do, and I owe him many thanks for steering me in the right direction. It is a reminder of how our words — and our actions — can be impactful to young and impressionable people.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

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

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A warm day today and more warmth with breezes thrown in Tuesday. Slight rain chances are ahead on Wednesday and a windy Thursday as temps cool to the neighborhood of 60 into the weekend. Nothing in the way of a cold snap anytime soon…

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

 
Allergy forecast
 

For the next week, the risk of allergy symptoms is: MODERATE

RAGWEED pollen is the offender.

TRIVIA: 75% of people that are allergic to pollen are allergic to ragweed....READ MORE

 
Things To Do

Monday, Oct. 18 (runs Oct. 15-23)
“Escaping the Labyrinth”
At: Des Moines Playhouse
Info: This romantic comedy’s WORLD PREMIERE is worthy of the gods — the Greek gods, that is. American classics grad student Bud Schliemann is touring Greece in 1951 when he encounters a man who mistakenly reveals that he is the god Hermes, still alive centuries after people stopped believing. Over the next 58 years, Bud encounters other gods living in disguise in the modern world, including the goddess Artemis with whom he falls in love. 831 42nd St., Des Moines; www.dmplayhouse.com

 
Featured Home For Sale
 
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Des Moines, IA 50312
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Traffic 
 

48th Street from Hickman Road to Beaver Crest Drive in Des Moines will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18  through 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Forest Avenue  from Martin Luther King Jr Parkway to 21st Street  in Des Moines will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18  through 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov.  8.

15th Street from Grand Avenue to Locust Street in Des Moines will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 through 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12.

SW 11th Street from Murphy Street to DART Way will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18  through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

11th Street from Madison Avenue to Aurora Avenue will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 through 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22.

26th Street from Center Street to Pleasant Street will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9  through 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines firefighter adopts dog he rescued in apartment fire

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines firefighter has a new best friend. In September, authorities were called to an apartment fire. As they extinguished the fire, they found and rescued a 16-month-old Mastiff. First responders supplied the dog with oxygen. Animal Control arrived and explained the treatment for the dog would be expensive and the other option was the euthanize the dog. The owner opted for euthanizing the dog, but a firefighter stepped in. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Three injured in downtown Des Moines shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — Three people are recovering after being shot in downtown Des Moines’ entertainment district early Sunday. Des Moines police patrolling the area reported hearing gunshots at 3rd Street and Court Avenue around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. They say one victim was shot in the abdomen, another in the elbow and a third was shot in the shoulder. All were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa organization campaigning to increase vaccination rate in state's Latino, Spanish-speaking and immigrant populations

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC) campaign is in response to the pandemic's disproportionate impact on minorities. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 

MLB :  Braves 5 Dodgers 4 (Braves lead 2-0)

NFL: Chiefs 31 The Washington Football Team 13; Packers 24  Bears 14; Vikings 34; Panthers 28; Cardinals 37 Browns 14 ... READ MORE

 

 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021
 

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Place to Go Swimming
1. Adventureland - Adventure Bay
2. Clive Aquatic Center
3. Wellmark YMCA - Downtown

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Personalities
 

Weekly gatherings bring neighborhood together: Two residents schedule food trucks to help connect neighbors and support local

By Lindsey Giardino

Last year, as a way to bring people together and connect safely outdoors, Altoona resident Sara Halsted thought of the idea to bring food trucks to the Falcon Ridge development where she lives.

Along with her neighbor Angie Brackett, the two scheduled local food trucks to come park in the neighborhood and serve every other week. That was the initial plan for 2021 as well, but when the two women surveyed the neighborhood to get their feedback from last year, they realized how much of a hit the food trucks were.

This year, they scheduled food trucks to come every week from April 28 through Sept. 29.
“We try to do a nice variety of everything,” Brackett says.

[...]

 
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Snapshots
At Principal Park, the starting line of the Des Moines Marathon 5-mile run Saturday morning, Oct.16. — Photo by Pat Checketts.
 
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
 
 
Digital Editions
 
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The October issue cover story, "Moving Forward" is about the forces that have impacted economic development in the community and what the future may have in store. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
View the digital edition here.
 
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: ZacEfron, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tyler Posey, Chuck Berry, Brittney Griner, Ne-Yo, Martina Navratilova, Pam Dawber, Lindsey Vonn, Dawn Wells, Erin Moran, Mike Ditka, Bristol Palin

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

 
Poll of the Week

How many concerts have you attended in person in the past year?

none
1-2
3-5
6-10
11 or more

 

How often do you exercise?

Daily - 30%
3-4 times per week - 44%
A few times per month - 14%
Never - 12%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE:

What do birds give out on Halloween?

TWEETS! Kudos Beckham Miller, Paula Becker, and Lori Bluml. OR PEEPS, offers Gail Tomlinson.

 
TODAY'S RIDDLE

Why doesn't a witch wear a flat hat?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

 

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