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In your email and online every week.

Pollster extraordinaire Ann Selzer once told me that the winner of U.S. presidential elections is typically the person who Americans would feel the most comfortable having a beer with. Once again, she was right. It may be a matter of likeability or relatability or some other kind of ability, but it seems to mostly hold true.
The truth is that you can learn a lot about people by simply asking a few questions regarding who they would rather drink a beer with. Knowing that some people don’t drink beer, I decided that the better question might be who they would rather go to lunch with. With that in mind, I compiled 12 questions with actual people and fictional characters for you to choose from. Some are dead, some are alive, and some were never dead or alive. So play along, see how you would answer these, and then guess what someone can learn about you by your answers — then try this out on your friends.
1. Would you rather go to lunch with Olympic wrestling champion Dan Gable, or retired national evening news anchor Dan Rather?
2. How about chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka or country music legend Willie Nelson?
3. Would you prefer to spend your lunch hour with the Professor from Gilligan’s Island’s, or Thurston Howell III?
4. Would you pull your weight with Archie Bunker, or the Meathead?
5. Would Bruce Lee or Bruce Wayne make your lunch calendar?
6. Would you have vittles with The Beverly Hillbillies, or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?
7. Would you jam with basketball legend Michael Jordan or singing sensation Michael Jackson for a slice of pizza?
8. Would Wilma Flintstone or Betty Rubble share in your brontosaurus burger?
9. If you had to eat a Slim Jim for lunch, would you do so with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, or the Macho Man Randy Savage?
10. Would having lunch with pop singer Sheryl Crow make you happy, or would you prefer some conversation with “Charlies Angels” star Cheryl Ladd?
11. Is Facebook (now Meta, whatever that is) CEO Mark Zuckerberg your lunch date, or Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban? (Beware, as Zuckerberg likely already has your data on this.)
12. And finally, who would you pick between Paul Michael Glaser’s Starsky or David Soul’s Hutch?
Look out. Your secrets are now uncovered. Have a great week, and thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305
Holiday Music
Concert is Dec. 6

Urbandale Community Adult Bands will perform their Annual Holiday Music Concert Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Franklin Junior High Auditorium, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines and Live Streaming at Facebook.com/urbandalecommunitybands.

Mitten Tree
donations sought

The Urbandale Public Library is accepting winter accessory donations such as mittens, gloves, scarves and hats throughout the month of December for their mitten tree.


Sample Urbandale, A Celebration of Business, Presented by Party on the Lake is Thursday, Nov. 18, 5-8 p.m. location to be announced. Cost is $35/person and attire is cocktail/business. Register HERE.   

• The Urbandale, Ankeny, Grimes, Johnston and Polk City chambers of commerce are hosting a Joint Legislative Forum Monday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 5291 Stoney Creek Court, Johnston, to hear from your State Representatives and State Senators. Cost is $25. Register with the Johnston Chamber of Commerce HERE.

Joke of the week:

Why did the man fall
down the well?

Because he couldn’t
see that well!

Your Urbandale Living magazine

Mailed to residents of Urbandale the first Thursday of each month. 

This month's cover story: 

Residents’ Choice awards

Northwest Polk County residents share their favorites.

By Tammy Pearson

More than two decades ago, CITYVIEW launched its Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll, and it continues to grow in popularity. In the same tradition, now for the third year, Big Green Umbrella Media, the publisher of CITYVIEW and this magazine, shares the results of the Northwest Polk County Residents’ Choice poll. From boutiques to plumbing companies to home improvement contractors, Northwest Polk County residents have again voted on their favorites. See which of last year’s top vote-getters again captured the support of local residents and which new winners have emerged.


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Emotional balance

By Elijah Evans

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with emotion? Or perhaps just the opposite, felt as though you weren’t feeling enough? The ability to influence our emotional state to have the right amount of feeling at the right time is known as emotion regulation. No one has perfect control over their feelings, and we could all stand to improve how effectively we manage our emotional state.

The skill of regulating emotions can be improved with practice. Here are some activities to support your ability to regain emotional balance: Work on symbolizing what you are feeling. This is most often done in words, or in other ways like drawing, physical movement, poetry and many others. Expressing your feelings has been shown to lessen the intensity of overwhelming emotions, while also heightening emotions that might otherwise be too weak.


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Eerie energy bills, scary smells, spooky noises, oh my!

By Kendel Richlen

Managing one or more unwelcome HVAC terrors can be a nightmare. Monster high bills, weird smells and scary noises are all examples of things you don’t want to go wrong with your furnace. But when it does happen, what can you do to tame the beast?

A monster high energy bill is as terrifying as it gets. If you are dealing with beastly costs, an energy-efficient furnace that is the right size for your home could be just the trick to take down those monster energy bills. Other spells in the book include properly sealing your windows, installing a programmable thermostat or simply letting sunlight in unless, of course, you are a vampire!


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39% of local residents say they use Twitter on a regular basis, but 80.1% read the print edition of their Living magazine. Who says print is dead?  As always, thanks for reading.


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