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Friday, Sept. 30, 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.

“In 1981, my son was 21, and we always tried to visit with each other (Cat’s in the Cradle, Sept. 15, 2022). But, never seemed to work out. He sent me an audiotape with him singing ‘Cat’s in the Cradle.’ I keep it in my sock drawer so I am reminded of him every day. Forty-one years ago. I am now 86.” - Jim

That’s a wonderful story, Jim. Thanks for sharing it. - Shane

“My father was a sometimes golfer who never learned to master a driver or other woods so his golf bag contained only irons (Stairs, Sept. 20, 2022). My brother and I liked to take out his clubs and chip balls around the back yard while dad was at work. One day I decided to give the two iron a try.  I went to the back of the yard and hit the ball back toward the house. That ball went through the storm window and the window pane of the dining room window, across the dining room, across the living room and through the window pane of the living room window that faced the street and lodged itself between the window sash and the storm window. Needless to say, our dad was furious that he had to have three panes of glass replaced. We were banned from playing with his golf clubs. Maybe that is why I never mastered the game.” - Bill 

This is why I don’t golf. - Shane

“The gas fill behind the license plate was NOT user friendly (Obsolete car features, Sept. 21, 2022). Car wouldn't start unless seat belt was fastened. I think that requirement only lasted a year and many were ‘modified.’ Catalytic converter test tube. Remember this one? A piece of pipe that could be put in place of the converter to test drive. Funny thing is most of them were never taken back off. I like all the creature comforts of the new vehicles but yearn for the good old days when you could fix your own.” - Steve

That spring-loaded license plate was a pain. - Shane

“Curb feelers, static discharge strip that prevented you and the toll booth attendant tazing each other (Obsolete car features, Sept. 21, 2022), an original cruise control that was just a buzzer you set alerting you of speeding, police car long whip antennas for low band radios, and windows and bumpers covered with attraction or state stickers showing how well traveled you were. Thanks for great memory stimulus. Rock on.” - John 

I miss those whip antennas. I almost got one for my last truck when I bought a CB. Jolene said it was “stupid.” - Shane

“In reference to what is missing from vehicles — spare tire and jack (Obsolete car features, Sept. 21, 2022). Assumed I had one, but found out differently when I had a flat tire. These were replaced with a sealant kit. By replacing the tire and jack, it reduces the weight and helps with fuel economy, they say. I rate this idea with the automatic seatbelts. I bought a spare tire for my vehicle!” - Joy

Your note has prompted me to make sure I have a spare and a jack. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (68-81) used two home runs in the ninth inning to walk-off the Toledo Mud Hens (86-63) and win the final game of the 2022 season by a score of 4-2, Wednesday at Principal Park. ...READ MORE

MLB Sept. 29: Tigers 10 Royals 3, White Sox 4 Twins 3, Marlins 4 Brewers 2... SCORES

NFL Thursday Night: Cincinnati 27 Miami 15


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Another day, more nice weather! Mild conditions continue into next week, when we’ll see slight rain chances Tuesday and Wednesday.

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



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.

Nominate now. Today is the deadline.

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FROM KCCI: Central Iowa company sending crews to Florida to help in Hurricane Ian aftermath

WINTERSET, Iowa — A central Iowa Company is sending help to Floridians devastated by Hurricane Ian. Agriland, a member-owned cooperative in Winterset, has crews on the way with trucks loaded with tanks full of diesel, propane and other supplies, which will be used to power generators. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: City of Bondurant moves Trick-or-Treat night permanently

BONDURANT, Iowa — After a citizen’s proposal to host Beggar’s Night on a Saturday in October every year sparked discussion on the Bondurant Community Facebook page, the city started to listen. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Like it's 1999: Des Moines North having best season in 23 years

The last time the Des Moines North football team won four games in a season was 1999. That all changed last week with their win over Lincoln.....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 Place to Catch a Flick
1. Flix Brewhouse
2. The Palms Theatres & IMAX - Waukee
3. Fleur Cinema & Café



Sculptures in motion

Stark considers cars works of art.

By Becky Kolosik

Steve and Tracey Stark will miss a lot of things about their son, Steph, who recently went off to college at the University of Northern Iowa to study Art History and Political Science. Tracey often describes Steph as an “old soul” who brings home random treasures almost daily.

Steph has a love for all things classic and cool — and that includes art, music and cars. His love of cars started at a young age, and his parents say he played with toy cars or trucks and made anything and everything into a working vehicle.

Steve has always fixed the family cars — from blown engines to patching tires — and he encouraged both Steph and daughter Sophie to be in the garage with him even though often it was just to hold a flashlight. When Steve bought a Mazda Miata, Steph thought it was the coolest thing.
“That Miata is what sort of ignited my passion for cars, and it just kept growing until high school when I could actually buy my own cars,” Steph says.

... Read More In the September issue of INDIANOLA Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jim Hibbs!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Ezra Miller, Monica Bellucci, Marion Cotillard, Lacey Chabert, Fran Drescher, T-Pain, Katrina Law, Martina Hingis, Eric Stoltz, Jenna Elfman, Daniel Wu, Johnny Mathis, Ki Hong Lee, Levi Miller, Amy Landecker

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
The greatest hockey player in history would be called what if he had chosen not to play hockey?
WAYNE REGRETSKY! Beckham Miller, Ron German, Gary Winter
or AN ADHOCKEY PLAYER! Judy Anderson
or AN OFF ICER! Gail Tomlinson
Today's Riddle
How did the computer hackers get away from the scene of crime?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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