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Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

My smart phone wasn’t working correctly the other day, so I did what most of you would do: I looked at the signal strength bars to see if I had proper coverage, and I looked at the battery level to see if I had enough juice. That’s about all we do with cell phones today, other than the occasional reboot, of course. The complications come when we opt to purchase a new phone, but that is a column for another day.

Cell phone bills are much simpler today, too. Sure, there are plenty of charges on the statement that we wonder about, but at least they are consistent now. Not too long ago, we would be reviewing our cell phone bills for various amounts of roaming charges, data charges, texting fees, etc.

I remember when text messages were about 10 cents each. I sometimes miss those days, especially when I am on a group text of 12 and all the others feel a need to “like” each person’s comments. Enough already. I knew these texting charges irritated my friend Darren back in the day, so each time he would text me I would reply with “thanks for the message,” and then a “no, seriously, thank you,” and then a final “I really appreciate it.” He didn’t send me many text messages after that.

I used to receive our cell phone bill in the mail and send a summary to each member of our family who was on the plan, pointing out who used the most minutes, the most data and the most text messages. It was not a victory to be at the top of the list, especially when we had overage charges.

I probably did this phone bill review because I remember my parents doing the same with our landline bill as a kid. We did not have many long distance charges, so when we did, each one was scrutinized. I remember my dad once asking me if I made a call to Memphis, Tennessee. I didn’t recall doing so and told him that. He wrote a note on the bill stating that he did not make this call and deducted that amount from his phone bill. I wonder how long the phone company kept billing him for that 42 cents? Later, I remembered that I did make that call, and I recall Memphis, Tennessee, because of the Chuck Berry song with the line, “Help me, information, give me Memphis, Tennessee.”

Anyone remember the Nights and Weekends plan, when it was cheaper to call during those “off peak” times? Some variations of this still exist. Did the phone lines really get clogged up with too many calls during the day? That never made sense to me. Rates were so much cheaper on nights and weekends that most everyone made family calls at that time. If you received a family member’s call during the week, you had a feeling it must be horrible news. 

And finally, have you tried explaining “calling collect” to a young person today? Give that a try, and you will surely get some strange looks.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com

 
 
From the Food Dude

Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California’s 2018 Proposition 12, which would ban the use of gestation crates on farms in California as well as the sale of pork products within the state that are sourced from farms that do not meet Cal's new standards. Iowa-based Niman Pork was the only farm to file an amicus brief supporting the resolution.  — Jim Duncan

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be a windy and cool one today, and those conditions continue into Friday. We’ll get a little relief from the breezy conditions Saturday before they return Sunday. The forecast stays dry.

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

 
 
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Headlines

FROM KCCI: Gary Slater, longtime CEO of the Iowa State Fair, announces his retirement

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gary Slater, the long-time CEO of the Iowa State Fair, has announced his retirement on Wednesday. Slater has been the CEO since 2001, leading the Iowa State Fair for 21 years. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 2 popular Saylorville Lake campgrounds closing until Fall 2023

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — Prairie Flower and Cherry Glen campgrounds at Saylorville Lake will be closing next Monday for an entire year. The campgrounds are in need of new infrastructure. This is the first time they are undergoing major projects since the parks opened. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines Public Schools plan software rollout for students in crisis

DES MOINES, Iowa — The third most common cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years old is suicide, according to the CDC. This report has caught the attention of the Des Moines Public School District. That's why the district will be rolling out a new suicide prevention tool known as the GoGuardian Beacon software.  ...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 Bakery
1. La Mie Bakery
2. Hiland Bakery
3. The Bake Shoppe

VOTE NOW FOR 2023!

 
Your Neighbors
 

Advocacy as a way of life

By Sofia Legaspi Dickens

Isabel Martinez Santos serves as a bi-lingual Department of Justice representative and co-director of the legal clinic at the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

But, she said, “I am more than my work.”

Her mother, fleeing violence and seeking safety and a better future, immigrated to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico. Santos followed in 1995.

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

 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday Grant Jacobson!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Kelly Preston, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kate Walsh, Ashanti, Paul Simon, Tisha Campbell, Sammy Hagar, Jerry Jones, Jerry Rice, Marie Osmond, Nancy Kerrigan, Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce

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

 
Morning Chuckle
 
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What kind of pants do ghosts wear? 
BOO-JEANS! Diane Doro, Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson, Mark Mitchell, Kristopher L. Laurson, Lori Bluml. According to William Snyder, "Silly question. Ghosts don’t wear pants."
 
Today's Riddle
What does a ghost keep in his stable? 
 
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