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Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

As a child, I was a fan of Peter Criss, the then-drummer of the rock band KISS who wore the Cat Man makeup.

My dad owned a gravel and excavation company and bought Caterpillar equipment. As such, the dealer provided him with hats, shirts and duffle bags with the CAT Diesel Power logo on them that were wardrobe items for my brothers and me.

My three-letter name for the top scores on the Asteroids arcade game was always CAT.

I even wore Puma shoes, in part, to keep the CAT theme going.

Despite all those feline references of my youth, I prefer my world today without cats. I don’t horribly dislike them. I just prefer a cat-free home. My life wasn’t always like this. I used to own a cat. Two, actually.

Jolene and I inherited the first cat from her retired parents, who were heading south for the winter. It was an “adopted” cat that simply lived outside their home. Her dad made a wooden box home for it (called the “cat house,” affectionately), and they fed it regularly. The cat’s name was D.C., which was short for “damn cat.” Her parents hauled the box over to our home and asked us to watch over it for a few months. We did, and we started to like that damn cat, so much so that we let it in the house. That was our first mistake. It didn’t scratch anything or jump on tables or counters, but it did use the spare bedroom as its litter box. Ugh.

When her parents returned from their own southern sandbox, they wanted D.C. back. We obliged. Then I went to the shelter and brought home a kitten named Reggie. That was my second mistake, as I not only adopted a kitten but a few hundred fleas, too. I learned the perils of giving a cat a flea bath, and I have the scars to prove it. I also discovered how to flea bomb a home. Fun stuff.

Despite all this, I really don’t mind cats. What I don’t like is cat urine. Unfortunately, one comes with the other, despite a cat owner’s best efforts. So we came to the conclusion that we needed to leave the cat life behind us, and moving out of state seemed like the perfect time to do that. We found good homes for both cats, and we have spent the last 20-plus years cat-free — except for those KISS albums, my CAT hat, my arcade initials, and my Puma shoes.

Purrrrrr.

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

 
 
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ve got a couple of gorgeous days ahead with highs in the low to mid-80s today and Thursday. Our next rain chance comes as a low pressure system drops in slowly from the north Friday through Sunday. Best rain chances will be on Friday all day, and then in the afternoon and evening hours Saturday and Sunday.

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

 
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DES MOINES, Iowa — You might call it Disneyland for Dogs. And their owners. “We have all kinds of things to do for both humans and dogs at the same time,” said Kyle Casey. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

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Beneficial rain fell over dry and drought-stricken Iowa during the last 24 hours. Totals ranged from a trace of rain in eastern and northern Iowa to some 1 to 2″ totals in parts of western and southern Iowa. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

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On the sixth day of the Iowa State Fair, men lined up to have their facial hair measured. The prize? The title of the longest beard at the fairgrounds. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
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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 Britni O’Leary

Teaches responsibility with technology

By Jackie Wilson

Elementary classrooms have evolved over the years. Chalk boards gave way to overhead projectors the white boards. Students can now create videos in minutes and information is at their fingertips. Each child has a device in their classroom. Technology fascinates and overwhelms at the same time. That’s where Britni O’Leary comes in.

As technology director at Radiant Elementary School in Waukee, O’Leary is all about keeping kids and teachers connected with technology and helping them use it to its full potential.
A former fifth-grade teacher, O’Leary began diving deep into technology in the classroom.

... Read More In the July issue of Waukee Living.

 
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Happy Birthday Sharon Vickery!

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Morning Chuckle
 
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do aliens on the metric system say when they land on Earth?
TAKE ME TO YOUR LITRE! We also received some "METER" guesses, which was close. Thanks for the answers Rich Hoidahl, Kristopher L. Laurson, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, Lori Bluml, Abbey Martin, Rev. Mark Gerken, John Palmer
 

Today's Riddle

What did a Michigan official say after construction workers found a mastodon skeleton? — submitted by Jolene Goodman

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