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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

I don’t like stoplights. I am not sure if anyone really does, except maybe for the people who sell or install stoplights. The rest of us — especially those of us with little patience — would prefer to avoid them.

Don’t get me wrong. I always stop at stoplights. And stop signs. Always. Whether another vehicle is there or not. Whether on a rural road or in the city. Whether I am in a car or on a bicycle. It doesn’t matter. Stop means stop. I learned that the hard way.

As a teenager, I was stopped by a police officer who asked me if I knew why he pulled me over. I told him the truth, that I didn’t know. He explained that, although I slowed down for the stop sign, I didn’t come to a complete stop. He succinctly taught me the definition of stop, and I am thankful to him for that. Seriously.

Ever since that day, I make sure that I come to complete stops. It’s the law. You can choose to break that law if you want, but you should expect to pay the consequence. If you are lucky, it is only a fine. If you are not so lucky, it is an accident. And if you are out of luck, it can be death.

Stop means stop. Period.

Meanwhile, I have a newfound fondness for roundabouts on city streets. Not familiar with them? They are circular intersections that allow road traffic to flow in one direction around a central island, and priority is typically given to traffic already in the intersection. They greatly reduce traffic speeds and minimize T-bone and head-on collisions.

Modern roundabouts were standardized in the U.K. in the mid-1960s and are now commonplace in much of the world. Installations are growing steadily in America — even here in Iowa. Yes, they are a bit confusing at first, but they keep traffic moving safely — and I rarely have to stop. I actually pay more attention to oncoming traffic in roundabouts than I do at stoplights or stop signs.

Roundabouts eliminate those awkward stop-and-go moments at four-way stops when nobody seems to be sure who should go first. And, maybe most importantly, there’s no debate over what constitutes a complete stop.

What’s not to like?

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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Rain chances for the metro move out after the morning hours today. We stay on the hotter side, and more precipitation chances come our way on Saturday and Sunday.

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

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Areli Bernal of Des Moines, a first-year DMACC psyc​hology​ student and '22 graduate of East High School in Des Moines, is all smiles while displaying the new DMACC Student Life "Be A Bear" T-shirt and fanny pack she snagged on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Student Center courtyard on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The DMACC Student Life Office gave out free shirts and fanny packs filled with fun and useful supplies to celebrate the first day of the fall semester. Welcome back, students! — photo from DMACC

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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 Power Lunch
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His father’s car

Gabel cherishes Trans Am and family memories.

By Becky Kolosik

For Corey Gabel, sitting behind the wheel of his late father’s newly restored 1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA transports him back in time.

“It’s like Dad is in the passenger seat,” he says, smiling. “He was a smoker, and that faint, familiar smell of tobacco still lingers in the leather seats.”

Corey’s dad, Bill, was a “car nut.” He liked muscle cars, and, in the 1960s, he owned a 1966 Dodge Coronet RT and a 1967 Corvette convertible — just to name a couple.

.. Read More In the August issue of Indianola Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Scott Caan, Seth Curry, Vince McMahon, Dave Chappell, Rupert Gint, Stephen Fry, Alex O'Loughlin, Justine Skye, Beth Riesgraf

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

Morning Chuckle
CORRECTION: My apologies for incorrectly spelling Scott Gonzales, as my boss pointed out.
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What name do you call a man who fixes potholes?
PHIL or PHILLIP (FILL UP)! Chipping in are Mike Chiston, Chuck Golliher, Lori Bluml, Judy Anderson, Rich Hoidahl, Irving Stone, Gail Tomlinson, Craig McCann, Rex Post
Or, as William Snyder says, "Brian. That’s my son’s name and he fixes potholes in WDM." Thanks Brian and all the others out there fixing potholes!"
Or as John Zeitler says, "In Des Moines, we call him often!"

Today's Riddle

What do you call the wife of a hippie?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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