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Monday, June 13, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

I am not a cowboy, but I do have the boots — or at least I used to.

Here’s the story. For one reason or another, I was late to the game in learning how to tie my shoes. In fact, I was the only kid in my kindergarten class who failed to figure it out. It wasn’t due to a lack of effort on my part. I tried and tried to learn how to tie my shoes. All I ended up doing was tying strings around my fingers. It was frustrating, even for a 5-year-old. I have a similar struggle today with an iron, as I just seem to iron one wrinkle into another. Someday I will figure it out, but back to the shoe-tying dilemma of my youth.

No worries. I had a solution — cowboy boots. Yes, cowboy boots. Simple to put on. Simple to take off. And none of those annoying shoelaces. They weren’t fashion friendly with shorts, but I mostly went barefoot in the summer months anyway. When the school year rolled around, this kid looked like Roy Rogers, sans Trigger, of course.

In case you are wondering, I wasn’t a farm kid. I grew up in town, so I was urban cowboy before urban cowboy was cool. But a trendsetter, I was not. No other kid in my class wore cowboy boots, not even the farm kids. They all knew how to tie their shoes.

I did eventually learn this life skill, sometime in the first grade. I may not remember the exact date, but I know it was a glorious moment. After a few years of others showing me how easy this was, I finally figured it out. Something just clicked, and I then proudly showed everyone how I could tie my shoes. Most didn’t understand my moment of pride, but that’s OK. They also didn’t wear cowboy boots to kindergarten class.

Now if I could just figure out the iron.

Have a marvelous Monday, 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

We could see a few storms during the morning hours today. Otherwise expect heat indices to exceed 100 degrees at times today and Tuesday. Highs “cool” to the low nineties Wednesday as rain chances move in. Muggy weather lingers into the weekend.

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

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FROM KCCI: Iowa native wins Ironman in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Ironman triathlon was held on Sunday in Des Moines, and Storm Lake native Matthew Hanson won first place. Hanson said that things couldn't have gone better today....READ MORE FROM KCCI

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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 Event Planner
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‘House’ for sale

Haags get rid of some things to make room for others

By Darren Tromblay

It wasn’t too long ago that 4-year-old Emerson Haag of Johnston saw a house and fell in love with it at first sight. She just had to have it.

It wasn’t a “real” house, per se, but instead was a Disney-style Princess house that she and her mom, Lora Haag, spotted at a garage sale.

After a few less-than-silent pleas from Emerson, being the doting mother that she is, Lora purchased it. When they got home, Emerson quickly set it up in the playroom, putting as many of her other toys inside it as she could. It was everything she thought it would be, and she had a whale of a good time — for a little bit, anyway.


From the June issue of JOHNSTON Living magazine.

Scores & Trivia
MLB, June 9: Reds 7 Cardinals 6, Rangers 8 White Sox 6, Yankees 18 Cubs 4, Brewers 4 Nationals 1. Rays 6 Twins 0, Orioles 10 Royas 3  ... READ MORE
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Happy Birthday Eric Goodman!

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How does a cool camel greet his buddies?


Why do residents of Athens never get up before the sun rises?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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