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Good Friday Morning to You!
Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Kardashians. You hit the nail smack dab on the head (Jammin’ Me, Oct. 20, 2022). You can add the ‘Housewives’ series and all reality TV to that list. BTW, have a jammin’ day. – majjewell

I miss “The Waltons.” Good night, John-Boy. - Shane

“Your column brought back a memory of a dear friend who had a full-size tree so fully decorated that the green seldom showed (Putting up the tree, Nov. 16, 2022). In January, she would secure it tightly in a sheet — decorations, lights, everything. Somehow she managed to get it up the very narrow stairs into her attic where it sat until next November. Down it came, was unwrapped, current decorations adjusted , new decorations added and totally enjoyed until this process was to be repeated in January.” – Ferg

Can a Christmas tree be overdecorated? When the floor starts sagging, yes. - Shane

“My boyfriend and I were heading out to see some friends in Wisconsin (from Chicago). I was under the impression that we were to see them when I became engaged ... however, no ring but there we were traveling to visit them (A Scrabble engagement, Nov. 17, 2022). Needless to say, I was a little upset, as we had picked out the ring about two weeks back. The conversation wasn't very stimulating, as I didn't have anything to say. I tried to hold back my tears, but they came anyway. Don noticed and offered a Kleenex, which I gratefully accepted. Blew my nose, opened the car window, and was about to toss the used tissue out when I heard this very loud ‘DON’T!’ You guessed it. We have been married 55 years, have five kids, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. I still don’t throw Kleenex out a car window!” - Diane

Thank goodness for Kleenex tissue. - Shane

“I enjoyed your story of how you proposed to your wife while playing Scrabble (A Scrabble engagement, Nov. 17, 2022). When you play the game for her birthday, I think you should sing her the Dolly Parton song, ‘Jolene,’ and change the words a little to ask her to play!” - Sharon

Good idea. She loves it when people sing that song to her. - Shane

“Who is Gail Tomlinson, and how is she ALWAYS able to solve the daily riddle? From a fan.” - Debbie

“I am not sure how Gail gets all those answers correct, but her middle name is Trebek.” – Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Our mild weather rolls on through the weekend. We'll likely see a little rain Sunday morning. A chance of rain and snow comes our way Tuesday night with a Wednesday cooldown coming.

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

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FROM KCCI: Thousands run Des Moines Turkey Trot

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nearly 5,000 people started off their Thanksgiving morning with a run around Des Moines, as the 8th annual Turkey Trot continued to grow in popularity. Runners had the option of going five miles or five kilometers. Both routes started along Court Avenue, looped around the statehouse and finished at Cowles Commons. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: I-80/35 interchange at Hickman Road to receive updates

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Transportation is planning to update the interstate 80/35 interchange at Hickman road in order to reduce and streamline traffic. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: South Gate Masonic Lodge in Des Moines served almost 1,000 free meals this Thanksgiving

DES MOINES, Iowa — The trademark portion of any Thanksgiving gathering is the dinner, and Iowans were doing their part to make sure everyone had the chance to enjoy one by giving out those meals for free. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5



Best Of Des Moines 2023


Look for the full results in the February issue of CITYVIEW.


Blast from the past

Giese’s cars rekindle memories… and create new ones.

By Becky Kolosik

Tony Giese is a car guy. But not just any cars… old, classic cars. And trucks, too.

“If we’re driving down a gravel road and see an old, rusty car in a backyard or on the side of the road, we always circle back around, and Tony gets out to look at it,” says wife, Cheryl. “I can show him a photo of any old car, and he can name exactly what model/make it is.”

As a young kid, Tony enjoyed reading about cars and trucks in books and magazines. At age 18, he bought his first car — a 1967 Chevy Camaro — from his brother.

“It was red with a black top,” he says. “I can still hear that V8 engine. To this day, nothing can compare to the sights and sounds of a good, old muscle car.”

... Read More In the November issue of Indianola Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Christina Applegate, Katie Cassidy, Amy Grant, Gaspard Ulliel, Billy Burke, Jill Hennessy, Donovan McNabb, Ben Stein, Jerry Ferrara, Cris Carter

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What’s always in the middle of the table every Thanksgiving?
A "B"is always in the center of T-A-B-L-E! Gail Tomlinson and Lori Bluml.
Today's Riddle

Why did the wedding cake need a tissue at the reception?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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