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Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

This column is dedicated to the curious members of today’s younger generation who have a burning desire to learn the meanings behind some of today’s popular phrases. Most of these deal with changing technology and have roots to features of original devices, like having to turn the channel. Yes, we used to turn a knob that would take us to different channels. In the early days of TV, there were only a handful of channels to choose from. Even so, those plastic knobs wore out from channel-turning, and many families — including ours — resorted to using pliers.

Dial a phone number. In today’s touch-screen world, the idea of turning a rotary dial seems foreign. When phone numbers were assigned by the telephone companies, this became a necessity. Can you hear the sound of the rotary dial returning to its original position?

Hang up the phone. Phones were once in two pieces and connected by a very curly and surly cord. When done with a phone call, the user would “hang up” the receiver on the wall unit.

Rewind a movie. Most anyone who rented a VHS tape knows the phrase “be kind, rewind,” and anyone who popped in a movie only to find it at the end knows the frustration of dealing with someone who didn’t. This may seem silly in today’s streaming world, but we still find ourselves asking to “rewind” a scene.

Crank up an engine. In the days before my time, electric starters didn’t exist on cars, so someone had to turn a crank to get the crankshaft to turn so combustion could begin.

Roll down the window. Power windows used to be a feature only found in the fancy cars. Today, it can be a challenge to find a vehicle with manual cranks. Meanwhile, we still ask passengers to “roll down the window,” and often for good reason.

Turn it down a notch. Electronic devices used to have volume knobs that had notches that would actually “click” when turning up or down.

Hit the hay. In the late 1800s, beds were made of hay, and a person had to physically “hit the hay” to get the bugs out before going to sleep.

Sleep tight. Mattresses were once supported by ropes, and those ropes had to be tightened in order to have a sturdy bed. After all, who could sleep in a sagging mattress?

What ones did I miss? Send me a note and “tune in” for the replies in Friday’s mailbag.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be warm and breezy the next couple of days. Rain chances move in Thursday night and will be with us into Saturday evening. Sunday looks dry and breezy. Colder temperatures may move in by the middle of next week.

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

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FROM KCCI: Court documents reveal possible motive in killing of Fairfield Spanish teacher

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Newly filed court documents show investigators believe bad grades may have been the motive for the murder of Fairfield Spanish teacher Nohema Graber. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Hinterland announces dates, lineup for 2023 music festival

SAINT CHARLES, Iowa – The lineup for one of Iowa’s most popular summer music festivals has been announced and tickets will go on sale later this week.....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 18-year-old Grinnell College football player killed in collision on I-80 near Altoona

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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!

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1. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
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Meet Gabbi Menninga

First year teacher joins Lakewood staff.

By T.K. West

Originally from Ottumwa, Gabbi Menninga graduated from Central College in Pella this past spring. While there, she majored in elementary education with endorsements in K-8 Reading and K-8 Language Arts. Today, Menninga teaches fourth grade language arts and social studies for the Norwalk Community School District. She first considered the district after one of her mentor professors highly recommended it, thinking it would be a good fit for her.

“I was looking at several other schools and, one night, my friend and I took a drive to the three schools I was looking at. And, as we were driving through Norwalk, we both felt that this was where I was supposed to be. I applied and interviewed at Lakewood and immediately fell in love with the staff, culture, and climate at Lakewood,” Menninga says.

... Read More In the October issue of Norwalk  Living magazine.

From the Food Dude

The Drake Jethro's, the company's mother store, has now closed permanently and is for sale. It had previously announced a remodel with plans to reopen in March. The company is now planning a new store near the Iowa Events Center. — Jim Duncan


Fall colors on Ashworth Pond. Photo taken at Greenwood Park. — Photo by Paul Houston

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: David Schwimmer, Nelly, Kendall Schmidt, Stefanie Powers, London Elise Kress

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What are politically enthusiastic robins known for?
EARLY VOTING! (Something to do with the "early bird.") This one was a dud. My apologies. Thank you Gail Tomlinson and Jim Taylor for their guesses.
Today's Riddle
What do you call it when a politician takes his or her spouse out for a sweet treat?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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