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Thursday, April 14, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

I am hoping that, by the time you read this, our “migration” problem is resolved. But as of me writing this on Wednesday afternoon, our company websites are still down. Or, as the site messages say, “403 Forbidden,” whatever that means.

A few weeks ago, we noticed that some of our websites were loading slowly. As we explored the reasons why, we learned we were nearing our storage capacity on the server we pay Go Daddy to store our files on. Part of the solution, we were told, was to either delete files from the server and/or upgrade to more storage. We did both.

Five days later, our files are still “migrating” to the new server. Birds and animals migrate. Files move. Or at least they should. When we inquired with Go Daddy on why this “migration” was taking so long, the process apparently started all over again. Uggh.

Fortunately, the vast majority of our readership and our revenue does not come from digital, and we host this newsletter and other digital offerings on other servers. But it is still frustrating. I can’t imagine how a 100% online merchant would feel in this situation with his or her business put on a multi-day pause.

Situations like this make me think how vulnerable so many businesses are while being dependent upon the Internet. We just assume it will always be there. If a terrorist really wanted to wipe this country out financially, attacks on the primary data facilities in the nation would be a good start. That’s scary.

Many of us are convinced that our personal and business data is secure. We are a very trusting people. For the most part, the data probably is safe, but situations like we are facing right now make me wonder.

Let that migrate through your brain today.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

Expect sunshine and windy conditions today with a high around 50. Friday will be a similar day. Saturday will be a bit cooler, and Sunday brings a chance of rain and snow showers, unfortunately, to our forecast.

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

Things To Do
Get Frisky with Whiskey

Thursday April 14, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Surety Hotel, 206 6th Ave., Des Moines

A ticket to this event guarantees you a spot at the table for a curated dinner by Mulberry Street Tavern. The night will start with passed hors d'oeuvres and a signature Templeton cocktail. Each attendee will receive a 4-course dinner, ingredient list and a guided tasting of Templeton's 6yr, Sherry Cask Finished Rye, 10yr & 2020 Barrel Strength throughout the entire dinner.  BUY TICKETS

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
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FROM KCCI:  Neighbors help rescue people from burning apartment building in Altoona

At least three people ran into the building and started knocking on doors to wake people up. Everyone made it out safely.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Mechanics warn E15 gas is not for every engine

WHO 13 NEWS – Anyone getting their boat ready for the summer or tuning up the lawn mower should stick with regular unleaded. The EPA has not approved E15 use in boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, and other small engines.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Recycling companies say changes to the bottle bill cause lack of incentive for grocers

Iowa's changes to the bottle bill aren't progressive and lag behind those of other states, according to recycling officials.. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Place to Get a Costume
1. Theatrical Shop
2. Party City
3. Atomic Garage


Meet Ellie Roquet

Helping students connect to music in variety of ways

Prior to teaching at the Adel-De Soto-Minburn Community School District, Ellie Roquet didn’t have a lot of experience working with students at the middle school level. However, she had long thought it would be the right fit for her.

After graduating from Wartburg College in Waverly, Roquet wanted to return to the central Iowa area. With the staff at Adel-De Soto-Minburn seeming supportive and welcoming, she says she felt the district would help her be successful as a first-year educator.

“I love teaching vocal music because it offers a different way for students to learn and a way for students to express themselves in a different way.  I think there is a way for every student to connect to music in some way, so I find it exciting to explore those different options with students and help them find their own connection,” she says.

From the April issue of Adel Living magazine.

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest

Iowa Water
1st Place: Scott Hoag of De Witt
Social Media Favorite Award Winner
“Port of Dubuque”

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Baker Mayfield, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Adrien Brody, Abigail Breslin, Loretta Lynn, Anthony Michael Hall, Julie Christie, Rob McElhenney, Brad Garrett, Robert Carlyle, Da Brat, Chris Wood, Peter Capaldi, Pete Rose, Skyler Samuels, Steve Avery

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

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a woodcutter who fell asleep?
A SLUMBER JACK! Got it Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post
William Snyder's A LAZY LOGGER works, too. As does John Zeitler's STUBS.


What do you call it when you dream in color?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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