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Monday, June 20 ,2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

 Pocket change. Those two words are quickly becoming irrelevant.

Most all of us have questioned the need for the penny. In one of my first introductions to the value of money as a child, I learned the hard way that pop machines don’t take pennies. I wasn’t happy. The vending machine guy probably wasn’t either. Through the years, some reports have shown that the cost of producing a penny is more than 1 cent. So other than “find a penny, pick it up, all day long, you will have good luck,” why do we keep it as part of our monetary system? One answer is obvious. Unless we want tax increases in 5-cent increments, we better hold on to the penny.

The nickel is my favorite coin. If you are a regular reader of this column, you may remember this past musical reference from my childhood. The nickel is a hearty coin without those annoying ridges. It is easy to blindly locate inside your pocket. Good luck finding “nickel candy” today. Much like the penny, the nickel has become mostly useless.

The dime is the most interesting coin. Small, light and flimsy, it is the coin most susceptible to, literally, falling through the cracks. As a teenager in the 1980s, my friends and I discovered an interesting perceived value of a dime through a series of experiments. When we asked people for a dime, they would give it to us without question or expectation of repayment. When asking for a quarter or more, those expectations changed. The greater challenge with that experiment today would be finding someone who actually has a dime. Dime stores now being called dollar stores pretty much says it all.

Let’s jump to the quarter, and quite a jump this is. Why not a 15-cent coin or a 20-cent coin? We may never know. Meanwhile, here is some fun that my same dime-experimenting teenage friends did. Take a quarter and lay it on a piece of paper. Draw around the perimeter of it with a pencil multiple times, and then challenge a person to roll that quarter off his or her nose and see how close it can be dropped inside the circle. The participants will become obsessed with the challenge and not notice the lines of graphite they mark down their nose. It’s all about the ridges. Don’t try this with a nickel.

And you thought pocket change was useless?

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

Heat continues to build on breezy days today and tomorrow. Take it easy out there! Temperatures moderate a little bit after that. We have small rain chances Tuesday night and Wednesday and better chances Friday.

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

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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!

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This starling brought a juvenile to the bird feeder. Perhaps it was easier to bring the young 'un to the food than vice versa.
Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.

Jaques collects pieces of family history

By Darren Tromblay

Nadia Jaques likes her antiques. Specifically, pieces that have a family history.

Since moving to Urbandale in 1997, Jaques and her husband Robert’s collection has slowly gown. Most of the items are near and dear to them. Or, at least her, she laughs.

Just outside their home sits an old, Beatrice-engraved milk can that has been spray painted black. The piece had been at her parents’ home after her dad purchased it one day at an antique shop as a gift for her mother.

It’s been a plant holder, even a stool, she laughs. An eagle decal used to adorn the front of it — like many did back in the day — but it has since been scraped off.


From the June issue of Urbandale Living magazine.

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why don’t eggs tell jokes?
BECAUSE THEY CRACK EACH OTHER UP! Good job Vicky Hansen, Judy Anderson, Russ Cerniglia, William Snyder, Scott Gonzales, Sherrie Colbert and Markie Harper, Butch Niebuhr


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