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Thursday, July 21, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

My wife, Jolene, told me that my head is “very tan.” That might have been a compliment, but I’m not sure. My arms are tan, too, at least from the elbows down. The rest of my body is milky white, mostly unexposed to the sun for a few decades.

It wasn’t always like this. As a child, my skin turned golden brown each summer. I don’t recall ever wearing sunscreen. In fact, I don’t recall sunscreen even existing in the 1970s. It was “sun tan lotion,” whatever that meant. Regardless, I didn’t have any goop on my skin, and I don’t remember ever getting burned by the sun.

Summer wear for this kid was a pair of swimming trunks. This was appropriate, since the bulk of my hours between 2-9 p.m. were spent at the local swimming pool. The exceptions were Little League games where, unlike the uniforms of today, we wore a basic team T-shirt, blue jeans, any ball cap and tennis shoes. (And why were they called “tennis” shoes?)

Then, during my first week of summer while home from college after my freshman year, I was working construction on a roof tearing off shingles. I thought I would take off my shirt and work on the tan. Leaning over the entire day with my back fully exposed to the sun turned my skin into a bubbling, blistering, itchy mess from my neck to my waist. The only relief I could find from the burn was lying down and aggressively scratching my back on Mom’s red shag carpet (with a shirt on, of course). I no longer liked the sun, and I swore I would wear whatever goop was necessary to prevent a burn like that from happening again.

A few years went by, and, apparently, so did that lesson. I was out of college and working in Des Moines when some co-workers invited me out on their boat at Lake Red Rock, and I forgot to pick up sunscreen. The Heat Miser punched me again, this time in the face. My skin peeled off like the lid on a sardine can, and I was ill for two days.

Several more years passed, and my doctor told me I may have skin cancer on my nose. A zip here and a zap there, and they think they have it handled. At least I hope so. I read somewhere that skin is the only irreplaceable organ. At 53 years old, that finally makes sense to me — even with a remarkably tan head.

Now pass me the goop.

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

The heat continues today and actually builds into Saturday, which appears to be the hottest day in this forecast before temperatures cool a bit on Sunday. Rain chances come our way Friday morning, Saturday night into Sunday morning, and Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

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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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Meet Christie Engelbert

Paints art along WDM trail

By Jackie Wilson

Next time you’re on the Jordan Creek Trail in West Des Moines and notice a colorfully painted entrance to an underpass, you can thank art teacher Christie Engelbert.

Engelbert has taught elementary art for 28 years — the past 26 at West Des Moines Community Schools — and currently teaches at Crossroad Park Elementary School.

Engelbert was approached by the City, along with other art teachers, to paint art on the bridge underpasses. Her first collaboration with the teachers in 2021 has been painted over. No worries — there’s new art in its place.

... Read More From the July issue of Jordan Creek Living.

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
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What did I tell my boss when he asked me why I only get sick on work days?

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