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Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter. They are edited for space and clarity.

“When I first started trapping the little buggers, my wife insisted on live traps (Mice, Sept. 12, 2022). What do you do with a live trapped mouse? I’d drop it into a coffee can, and then another, and then another. After a while, I decided to look into the can. There was only one there! Gross! Survival of the fittest, I guess.” - Chuck

Well, a mouse has to eat, too. – Shane

“I remember when growing up in Chicago, I had an unexpected encounter with a mouse (Mice, Sept. 12, 2022). Mom did not let me know that our apartment was being visited by this creature, so therefore I didn't know she had set up a mousetrap. After school, I was doing my homework when I heard a very unusual sound. Went to investigate and found this very large, very colorful ‘mouse’ caught in the trap. Needless to say, I spilled my very colorful guts.” - Diane

At least it wasn’t your toe in the mousetrap. – Shane

“I loved this! Lots of laughs, as I grew up in an old farmhouse and could relate (Mice, Sept. 12, 2022). However, the hammer takes the cake. Go, Jolene!” - Jeri

I am keeping Jolene away from my power tools. – Shane

“I chuckled all through reading your column on hating mice (Mice, Sept. 12, 2022). No one was a greater enemy of mice than my mom. I remember one time when she trapped one in our bathroom, and minutes later she emerged holding the dead rodent by its tail. Apparently, she killed it with the plumber’s helper! At the same time, we had an old upright piano that the mice decided was a safe refuge. In the course of trying to find something within that piano that was edible, we’d occasionally hear the ‘plink’ of piano wires as they tried chewing on them. Unfortunately for the mice, their attempts to serenade us with music betrayed their presence, and Mom would set traps in and around the piano. It seemed a shame to kill a creature that might have been a musical prodigy.” - Bob

You ever heard Mickey Mouse sing? Set another trap. – Shane

“Shane, I share your passion for clean windows in the car and house (Kryptonites, Sept. 13, 2022). I use summer grade auto windshield washer fluid with two tablespoons of ammonia in a squirt bottle. This mixture, with using old cloth diapers, works great. Finding the old diapers is a challenge. Our kids wore them, but their kids? No way.” - Steve

I don’t mind cleaning windows. But cleaning diapers? I am with your kids on that one. – Shane

“Good morning! The best solution I’ve found for washing the inside of the car windshield is to do it when I’m washing dishes. (Kryptonites, Sept. 13, 2022). Before I do any of the dishes, I take a small bowl and rag out to the car, and wash it, then dry it with a good dish towel. I’ve also fallen in love with the Norwex window rags. Seems to cut thru the grease better than any window wash chemicals — and less streaky. Give it a try and see if you have any luck! Have a wonderful day.” - Linda

I need to take on the challenge, as I was reminded this morning when I drove to work. – Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Iowa Cubs Sept. 22: Omaha 5 Iowa Cubs 4

MLB Sept. 22: Guardians 5 White Sox 2, Brewers 5 Reds 1, Cardinals 5 Padres 4, Cubs 3 Pirates 2, Royals 4 Twins 1  ... READ MORE

NFL Thursday Night: Browns 29 Steelers 17


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will move in today and move out this evening. The weekend looks dry and mild, though Sunday will be breezy. Nice weather will be with us next week.

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

From the Food (and Art) Dude

FOOD: Joe Tess Place, an Omaha landmark seafood restaurant since 1930, has closed permanently. They cited COVID, labor shortages and their fishermen getting old as reasons to quit.

FOOD: Inside Edition found that more than 50% of the "scallops" they bought at top-end NYC markets was judged fake at a DNA lab. Actually it was mostly pollock and other pulverizied whitefish usually found in surimi, which is fake crab. The percentage of fake scallops is much higher in breaded fried "scallops."

ART: "Guys and Dolls" begins its belated two-week run this weekend at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, always in the conversation for Best in America. This show is so good that it was the only show Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra ever played together. Enough said.

— Jim Duncan

Nominate Now


Good people are doing good things every day in your community. They truly are people who are making a difference, and we will recognize 22 business leaders in Des Moines and the surrounding area for their efforts and accomplishments in an upcoming issue of CITYVIEW’s Business Journal.

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: Iowa couple recovering from severe burns after crash in hot air balloon

PROLE, Iowa — On Saturday July 30, the hot air balloon Rich Wheeldon and his wife were riding in hit a power line. "It was a roar of electrical arc," said Rich Wheeldon, who survived a hot air balloon fire. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: ARL rescues over 40 cats, kittens from feces filled home in northern Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa drove two hours to northern Iowa on Wednesday to rescue 46 cats and kittens from a home that was filled with feces and the smell of ammonia. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa COVID-19 deaths to date in 2022 surpass 2021

From January to the end of August 2022, 1,697 people died. During the same date range in 2021, 1,659 people died.....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 Local Martini Menu
1. The Stuffed Olive
2. The Lift
3. Irina’s




Retiring doesn’t mean retreating

by Sofia Legaspi Dickens

Most senior citizens pushing a century might prefer to take it easy, but not Iris Swanson. At 91 years old, she’s busier than ever before.

“Whatever needs to be done that day, I just get up and thank God I’ve got the day, and let’s get on with it,” she said.

A life-long east-sider, Swanson has resided in her Pleasant Hill home since 1973. Each day is eventful when you’ve got as much family around as she has: 28 relatives within 2 miles, to be exact.

... Read More In the September issue of CITYVIEW.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy birthday to Eleni Upah and Jayde Vogeler, who celebrate on Sept. 24, and a happy belated birthday to Rich Paulsen, who celebrated on Wednesday!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Bruce Springsteen, Julio Iglesias, Jason Alexander, Anthony Mackie, Skylar Astin, LisaRaye McCoy, Jermaine Dupri, Brandon Jennings, John Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
 Why did the hipster burn his mouth while eating his pizza?
HE ATE IT BEFORE IT WAS COOL! Good job Gail Tomlinson. Rhett Oselette also guessed right yesterday.
Today's Riddle
Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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