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Monday, Oct. 17, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

I am not a plumber, and I have not come to fix the sink. (Yes, that’s another reference to The Electric Company classic short cartoon from PBS.) I will try a number of home improvement projects on my own, but when it comes to plumbing, I prefer to let the professionals do their work. I have tried from time to time, but water seems to continually find a way to leak through my work.

Meanwhile, I am baffled by my inability to control the water temperature in my shower. I have used it enough times that I should know just the right spot to put the faucet to get the temperature I desire. “Should” is the key word. Inevitably, the water is a little cool, so I ever-so-slightly nudge it to the red, and then I spring backwards out of the water spray to avoid being scalded with hot water. Like the magician’s assistant in the saw-the-body-in-the-box trick, I contort my body to avoid the water and reach the faucet. It works, only to have me then dodging the ice-cold water and doing the whole contortion thing again.

Houses have thermostats to keep the household temperature consistent. So do cars. Even my coffee pot does. So why can’t showers? Well, to my surprise, they do. I did an Internet search for “shower thermostat,” and I found options ranging in price from $400 to $1,250. One of the higher-end selections includes a “digital interface with easy-to-read configurable color touchscreen that can control shower outlets, audio output, chromatherapy, steam, and lighting.” It even features 14 different language options, and it talks with Alexa.

With respect to Eddy Money, I think I’m in love.

As much as I distrust online reviews, I decided to check out a few of these, and the responses were incredibly positive. Either these shower thermostats are really nice, or the manufacturers have paid their reputation management firms quite well. Either way, I am intrigued. I am also cheap, and I have a number of other things I should be spending my time and money on.

I also can’t help but envision some really bored computer hackers wetting their pants in laughter in their parents’ basement as they move my temperature up and down remotely.

So, with all this in mind, I won’t likely be “bringing together water, steam, lighting and music for a true multi-sensory showering experience.”

But I will be calling the plumber to come fix the sink.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

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

 
 
From the Food Dude

Gusto Pizza Bar opened last Thursday on Ingersoll in the former Whiskey River. The pizzas are thinner crusted than those of the Gusto chain, which has only one outlet now, in Clocktower Square.

Bar Nico will open Tuesday in the former Continental on East Locust. It is a cantina with top shelf mezcal, tequila and whiskey, and Mexican dishes to accompany them.

— Jim Duncan

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Breezy and chilly conditions will be with us today and tomorrow, with near-record lows ahead on Tuesday. Winds die down Wednesday, and temperatures will improve greatly by the weekend. The week following looks wetter.

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

 
 
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Headlines & Scores

NFL Sunday: Bills 24 Chiefs 20, Vikings 24 Dolphins 16, Jets 27 Packers 10 ... MORE SCORES

FROM KCCI: Des Moines Fire Department says juveniles fled a car in flames on I-235

DES MOINES, Iowa — A car burst into flames on a Des Moines highway early Sunday morning. It happened at I-235 at the Guthrie Avenue exit just after 3 a.m. The Des Moines fire department says two juveniles fled the scene. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: ‘Iowa Mama Bear’ arrested over alleged false reports to DHS about ex-business partner’s family

ANKENY, Iowa – A well-known Ankeny activist who protested mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic and even filed a lawsuit against the Ankeny School District over the matter has been arrested on charges she made false claims of abuse to DHS about a former business partner’s family.....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: The 'Nutcracker,' a mobile vasectomy clinic, travels around Iowa

Dr. Esgar Guarin will provide 40 men with vasectomies for free in November, as a part of the month-long celebration for the 10th anniversary of World Vasectomy day. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
Snapshot

"The day after this photo was taken a few weeks ago, the flowers were gone, most likely due to the deer that roams our backyard at dusk." Photo by Jackie Wilson

 
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 Sports Bar
1. Johnny’s Hall of Fame
2. Spectators Sports Bar & Grill
3. Rookies Sports Bar & Grill

VOTE NOW FOR 2023!

 
PERSONALITIES
 

Raising family in their hometown

Thompson family roots run deep

By Lindsey Giardino

Marcus Thompson and his wife, Courtney, are both graduates of Southeast Polk High School.
So, when it came time to settle down and start their family, they decided there was no better place to do so than right in their hometown.

They bought their Altoona home in 2016 on the southern part of town in the Venbury neighborhood, where they’ve lived ever since.
“It’s a good family neighborhood,” Thompson says — which is especially important as the couple has two little ones: Cooper, 6, and Teagen, 4.

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

 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday Jill Nelson!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Eminem, Felicity Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Ziggy Marley, Bill Hudson, Max Iron, Wood Harris, Mae C. Jemison, Mark Gatis, Dora Madison Burge, Vincent Van Patten

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

 
Morning Chuckle
 
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What kind of monster likes to dance?
A BOOGIE MAN! Shane Goodman, Judy Anderson
OR A BOOGIE WOOGIE MONSTER! Gail Tomlinson
 
Today's Riddle
Where do ghosts like to go swimming?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
 
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