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Good Wednesday morning to you!
 

Doing the dishes was a nightly task in my childhood home and one that my siblings and I argued over each evening. Who would clear the table? Who would wash the dishes? Rinse them? Dry them? Put them away?

I was the youngest of four children, so I likely was cut some slack. Still, I was eager to be like “the big kids” and help out. My siblings were eager to have me help — until I dropped a plate or two, and Mom would not-so-nicely blame it on them.

Mom would often say that she didn’t need one of those newfangled dishwashers. She had four of them, and we were better than any Maytag. We were faster. The dishes were cleaner. And we used less water and electricity.

Mom was the inspector. If any food residue was still on the dishes, they went back through the cycle — and none of us wanted to be blamed for that. So we scrubbed, and we rinsed, and we dried, and we put away.

Doing dishes with Dad was easier. We would wash the dishes and then set them on the counter on a drying rack. “We will let Jesus dry those,” he would say each time with a laugh.

We learned not to search for utensils aggressively in the soapy water, as we could discover a sharp knife. We all learned that one the hard way.

Looking back, I am glad that we did the dishes by hand. We learned to actually talk to each other, not only sorting out tasks but actually having discussions. We learned how to work together quickly, efficiently and in an orderly manner. We would listen to music sometimes, but we would usually just talk. There was a lot of joking around, laughing and storytelling. It was mostly silly stuff, as I recall, but it was important then.

Jolene and I had a similar process with our kids at home, filling the dishwasher after each meal. The dreaded task was clearing the dishwasher, especially when learning it was full of clean dishes when you were ready to load the dirty ones in. When all three of our kids were home, the dishwasher seemed to run daily. It was a different process for a different era, but it just wasn’t the same as leaning over the sink, shoulder to shoulder, trading out wet towels. I am reminded of this process during the holidays when we hand-wash the “fancy” dishes — and I actually look forward to it.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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

Colder air is moving back into the state today and will be with us for the rest of the work week and into Saturday and Sunday. Light, spotty precipitation may fall this weekend.

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

 
Things To Do
 

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Celebrate and Tour Tallgrass Theatre Company’s new performing arts venue
At: 2019 Grand Ave., Suite 100, West Des Moines
Info: Celebrate the opening of Tallgrass Theatre Company’s new performing arts venue in West Des Moines. Enjoy networking and hearing a few words from the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, invited community stakeholders and members of Tallgrass Theatre Company. The ribbon cutting will follow announcements that begin at 4:45 p.m. Tours of the venue will be available following the ceremony. This event will be in-person and indoors.

 
Featured Home For Sale
 
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
 

3004 E Washington Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317
$95,000

This adorable ranch home has been updated and ready for YOU! This cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bath home sits on almost a 1/2 acre lot with gorgeous trees and a massive garden. The home has recently had flooring updates, a new roof, new gutters and new siding. It is complete with fresh paint throughout, fridge, stove, washer and dryer..… 

 
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Headlines

FROM KCCI: Young man's ashes sit on a shelf for 34 years, still remain unidentified

The mysterious urn was just discovered inside the mausoleum that belongs to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: DMPS staffers threatening to resign if new district calendar proposal passes

The calendar proposes the district would observe more diverse holidays like Yom Kippur, Epiphany, the Lunar New Year and Ramadan. Parent-teacher conferences would still take place in the fall and spring with a school end date a week later than in recent years on June 6. The end date would allow high school staff and administrators to have a full Memorial Day weekend off.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Former Pleasantville police officer charged with sexually abusing 15-year-old

The DCI, at the request of Pleasantville police, began a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual contact between 24-year-old Alec Veatch and the teenager. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
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 Sushi
1. Sakari Sushi Lounge
2. Wasabi
3. Akebono

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Personalities
 

Oberreuter serves Adel: Guided by farm work ethic, dedication and commitment in faith

By Marsha Fisher

Guided by a solid compass instilled in him on a farm near Danbury, in northwest Iowa, Chris Oberreuter has been a robust “worker bee” in every organization in which he has become active.

“I was an ‘average farm boy,’ and, being the oldest of seven, I was outside working at a young age,” says Oberreuter. “That farm work ethic has benefitted me throughout my life. Along with my work ethic, I have a strong faith life. It is my faith and belief in God that drives me to help people and my community.”

Oberreuter has been in Adel since 1992, when he got a job working for John Short as a CPA. In 1995, he and his wife, Angela, were married. They moved to Adel and raised their family. Through the years, Oberreuter has been on the Adel Partner Chamber of Commerce board, also serving as president and treasurer. As a 30-plus-year member of Rotary, Oberreuter has served as president and as treasurer. A 40-plus-year member of the Knights of Columbus, he has been treasurer for the last 15 years.

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Snapshots
The chandelier reflects off a mirror at Alleged Lee's in downtown Des Moines. Photo by Ellie Schwetz
 
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Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday Jolene Goodman!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Tom Ellis, Danny DeVito, Martin Scorsese, RuPaul, Lorne Michaels, Daisy Fuentes, Lauren Hutton, David Ramsey, Yolanda King

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

 
Poll of the Week

Have you ever taken a photo with a Polaroid camera?

Yes
No

 

How long have you had the pillow you sleep with?

Less than 3 months - 6%
4-12 months - 11%
1-2 years - 26%
3-5 years - 26%
6 years or more - 31%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE:

Why doesn't McDonald's serve escargot?

THEY ONLY SERVE FAST FOOD (AND SNAILS ARE SLOW): Got it! Pat Checketts, Lori Bluml, Chuck Golliher, David Whims, Gail Pecht, Rex Post, Judy Anderson

TODAY'S RIDDLE

How did the monkey get down the stairs so quickly?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

 

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