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Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

I am convinced that most of us, over time, can learn to do just about anything. Just about. I have several kryptonites, but one comes to mind each morning when I drive to work — washing my car windows. No matter how hard I try, I leave streaks. I try more solution. Less solution. Various cloths. Even newspaper. Doesn’t seem to matter. Streaks. Jolene does it once, and it’s perfect.

I don’t mind washing windows, especially in my car. It’s worth the small effort to have an unobstructed view out of my windows. And I do an OK job on the exterior windows.

For years, I kept a small bucket in my vehicle that had paper towels, a small scrub brush and a bottle of spray. I used to travel a lot for my job, and when I got home each evening, I would wash the exterior windshield by hand. Yes, I would do this when filling up with gas, too, but there was something about having a clean windshield every morning that I truly appreciated. One of my good friends recognized this when we were in college. When I would be driving, and we would stop to fill up for gas, I would see him cleaning the windshield of my car. I thought it was a nice gesture, until I realized he would only clean the passenger side. Jerk.

Later in life, I discovered the pre-packaged window wipes in flat, resealable packages that fit in the glove box. Those came in handy with my obsession of cleaning my dog’s nose prints off the windows. My kids learned that cleaning the inside windows of my vehicle was a ritual when they rode with me. They even learned to start cleaning before I even asked. Wonderful.

If you, too, appreciate clean car windows, then you know the struggle in cleaning the inside of the front window. This brings me back to my kryptonite. As much as I try to clean that glass, it ends up looking like I wiped it down with a raw egg. I am reminded of this each morning as I drive to work heading into the sun.

I once bought one of those cleaning pads on a handle that promised to make washing the inside of the front windshield easy. The handle broke off in my hand the first time I used it. Ugh.

Aside from the initial frustration and the deductible cost, I actually look forward to a cracked windshield on my car, as that means I get a perfectly clean replacement — at least for a few months.

How about you? Do you like clean windows? Do you have a few tricks of the trade? Send them my way.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Iowa Cubs: Iowa Cubs face Memphis, 6:38 p.m. at Principal Park tonight.

MLB Sept. 12: Cubs 5 Mets 2   ... READ MORE

NFL: Seattle 17 Denver 16


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Temperatures will continue to warm today and will do so throughout what now appears to be a dry work week. Thursday will be breezy. There’s a slight rain chance in Saturday’s outlook.

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

The Food Dude

Ciders are just starting to roll into supermarkets, but the best onsite cideries are in full season. Fishback & Stephenson Cider House in Fairfield is a destination-worthy stop that has won "best Iowa cider" three years in a row at the New York International Cider Competition. They make many flavors of hard cider and wonderful burgers that are made from whole cows from a local Jefferson County farm. Closer to the metro, Winterset Cidery in Madison County ages a dozen or more hard ciders including a lime-habanero cider that is the owner's favorite.

Bon Appetit has announced its annual list of 50 best new restaurants. As usual, the Midwest got no respect. There were 8 times as many New York restaurants as Chicago restaurants on a list dominated by the coasts and Texas. The closest place to Des Moines was Baba's Pantry in Kansas City, a Palestinian themed place.

— Jim Duncan

Snap Shot
Sunflowers and Sunshine. Photo by Tammy Pearson
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Nominate your boss, your co-worker, your vendor or yourself — anyone who you feel has made a positive impact on the business community in 2022.

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FROM KCCI: Police say Court Avenue crime is getting more severe

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating several weekend crimes on Court Avenue. In 48 hours, there were two stabbings, a shooting and a car chase — all stemming from fights in the Court Avenue district. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines city council approves purchase of former Nationwide building

DES MOINES, IOWA — Leaders with the City of Des Moines locked in a major land purchase that resulting in a new home for City Hall and the Des Moines Police Department.. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa school district promises to end seclusion rooms use

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The second largest school district in Iowa improperly and repeatedly shut students with disabilities in seclusion rooms and restrained them in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, federal authorities said Monday. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Beaverdale Area Store
1. Back Country
2. Beaverdale Books
3. O’Donnell Ace Hardware



Just like a baby

Rodriguez family adds Yorkie Poodle to the household

By Darren Tromblay

Mayra Rodriguez and her 7-year-old son, Martin, have been busy tending to a new member of their family the past few weeks — a 4-week-old Yorkie Poodle named Frida.

Outside, next to their home, is smallish cage for Frida to run around in, as well as a custom water drinking bottle, which they learned was a necessity early on.

“She refused to drink out of the bowl,” Mayra says.

Their furry friend doesn’t need much room to operate. That’s an upside of Yorkie Poodles: they require little space. Supplies are located in a small shed located on the property adjacent to the home.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Tyler Perry, Jean Smart, Jacqueline Bisset, Dave Mustaine, Fiona Apple, Ben Savage, Colin Trevorrow, Jeff Ross, Robbie Kay, Tavis Smiley

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did the happy construction worker like attaching steel pipes with one another?
THE WORK WAS RIVETING! Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson
Today's Riddle

Why did the comedian fail to tell all the train jokes he wanted to share?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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