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Friday, Nov. 4, 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.

“I enjoy absentee and early voting because I can (and do) ignore every political ad and mailer after I have voted (Absentee voting, Oct. 19, 2022). I enjoy that feeling of peace. It makes no difference what the ad or mailer says because I have already voted. I understand there is a very slight risk that the person I voted for will not be able to serve, but that risk also exists from the time of election to the person actually taking office.” - George 

You are a man of great restraint. - Shane

“Politicians positioned as celebrities. Celebrities posing as politicians (Jammin’ Me, Oct. 20, 2022).” - Ann

Hmmm. Someone in mind? - Shane

“Yes, we had a front porch as a kid (Front porch, Oct. 25, 2022). Many hot summer nights before AC, we could be found there in the swing, watching cars go by. And, yes, we have one now (and a rear deck), and both are seldom used today — but I keep thinking I will!” - Alan

It’s the thought that counts, Alan. - Shane

“Hey, Shane. We moved to West Des Moines 14 years ago, and our home here has both a porch and a deck (Front porch, Oct. 25, 2022). My son thought we should enclose the porch to have a larger living room, but we said no to that, as we were keeping the porch. We enjoy time out there most days, if only for a few minutes, and wave/talk to people walking by with their dogs or scooters. We also enjoy time on the deck, weather permitting, for a few minutes or reading a book or the paper. By the way, no porch or deck growing up — and never watched ‘The Waltons.’ Always enjoy reading your page!” – Betsy

Well, Betsy, you clearly need to watch “The Waltons.” - Shane

“Yes, Mary and I have a good-sized front porch in our Urbandale home (Front porch, Oct. 25, 2022). We literally sit out on it nightly for at least an hour or so (weather permitting). We have found that neighbors walking their children and dogs wave, if not stop and chat for a few minutes. It’s great getting to know neighbors who have lived just down the block for years. The pandemic provided an especially good opportunity to visit (at a safe distance, of course) and get to know each other better from the front porch. And it’s funny how you get to know your neighbor’s routine as well. I am told that the death of the front porch began with the introduction of home air conditioning and the automatic garage door opener. Folks hit the garage door button, drive in, close the garage door. Everyone stays cooped up inside. If we communicate at all in some neighborhoods, it’s usually by text. Yes, indeed, an era gone by.” - Dave

You are probably right on the causes for the death of the front porch, Dave, but I sure do appreciate air conditioning and automatic garage door openers. - Shane

“Nice article and so true of Americans relaxing at home (Front porch, Oct. 25, 2022). Our four-year-old home in Grimes has a front porch large enough for a couple chairs. We sit on it often and enjoy our coffee or a glass of wine. It also gives us another option if the deck is too breezy. We move to the front of the house where the wind may not be so bad. More importantly, we get to wave to our neighbors passing by and enjoy living in such a great place.” - Jody

A glass of wine. No wind. Sounds wonderful. – Shane

“We had an enclosed front porch on our home in Hackensack, New Jersey, but the preferred place to observe the world go by was the front steps (Front porch, Oct. 25, 2022).  The most often place to gather, gossip, observe and solve the problems of the world in our porchless townhome community is in front of the open garage door while seated in folding lawn chairs. It's common to see neighbors gather there while their small fluffy dogs do their own sniffing interactions.” - John

If the small fluffy dogs are happy, then we are all happy. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

The rain will continue today and last into Saturday morning before ending around midday. It would not be impossible to see snowflakes mix in Saturday morning, but I want to make it clear that I am opposed to that. Sunday and Monday look dry.

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

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FROM KCCI: Trump says he will 'very, very, very probably' run again in 2024

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — On Thursday, during a rally in Sioux City, former President Donald Trump discussed the probability of running for president again. Trump was in Iowa rallying for Republican candidates on next week's midterm ballot. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Small Iowa town evacuated due to massive field fire

RICKETTS, Iowa — A fire Wednesday afternoon resulted in a small western Iowa town being evacuated. Around 11:30 AM, a pickup was pulling a load of bales, when it caught fire. ....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ankeny Christian wins Class 1A volleyball state championship in a five-set thriller

After knocking off the top seed Springville in the semifinals, the magic continued for the Eagles in the championship despite a 2-0 deficit. ...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 Mediterranean Food
1. Fresh Mediterranean Express
2. Gazali’s Mediterranean Grill
3. Opa! Italian and Greek



Return to the Midwest

McClendons enjoy convenience of renting and closeness to family.

By Lindsey Giardino

After decades of home ownership and living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 14 years, Renee McClendon and her husband, Bill, moved to Ankeny in June 2020.

Both had retired and wanted to be closer to their children and grandchildren, now numbering nine, ages 6 months to 8 years, who live in Ankeny and Urbandale, she explains.

The McClendons like living in the Lake Shore Apartments on First Street. They chose to rent because they were ready to leave behind the responsibilities of owning a home, and the apartment complex offered them a great location with proximity to amenities they use often. Medical services, schools, shopping and churches are within a few blocks of their home.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Macchio, Sean Combs, Bethenny Frankel, Loretta Swit, Kathy Griffin

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What was the pasta chef trying to do by stuffing the ballot boxes at a big Broadway awards show?
TRYING TO RIG-A-TONY! Lori Bluml, Donna Willems, William Snyder, Carolyn Rogers, Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson, Brendan Comito, Rex Post
Today's Riddle
What did my chef friend say when I asked how hard it would be to make a stir-fry in a meadow?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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