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Monday, April 17, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

I am not sure how old I am. When asked, I have to do the math to calculate the correct answer. That assumes I know the correct year we are currently in. I have given an incorrect answer a few times, only to be corrected by my wife or friends.

I know this sounds ridiculous to many of you, but I am not alone. If we are all being honest, we would admit that some ages are really important while others are about as meaningful as those textbooks from college you continue to hang on to for some unknown reason.

Turning 13 was important, as you were no longer a kid and were now a teenager. That really didn’t mean anything to anyone else, but it was important to most 13-year-olds. Age 14 was significant, as you could then legally drive an automobile. Sure, you needed an adult with you, but that newfound freedom was a game-changer. Being 14 also meant you could legally drive a moped, which, although I never owned one, it was another of those great freedoms.

In a short two years, that moped was pushed aside, along with other uncool things like roller skating or being seen with your parents. Age 16 brought a real freedom with an official driver’s license and the ability to drive a car alone. I am amazed how many 16-year-olds today are in no hurry to pass their tests and have a driver’s license. I begged for a ride from a friend to a nearby county to take my test as soon as I possibly could. Maybe getting from point A to point B isn’t as big of a deal today with parents willing to give endless rides, Uber-like services readily available or plenty of friends with cars. I didn’t have my own car at age 16, but I made sure I had a driver’s license.

At age 18, you may still have been a teenager, but you could suddenly vote, be drafted or get married — none of which I was in a hurry to do. I did recognize that getting in any serious trouble became much more serious at age 18. Drinking a beer legally at age 21 wasn’t the big moment I thought it would be, but having my car insurance go down at age 25 certainly was. I remember being tempted to buy a sports car at age 23 until I learned my monthly car insurance would be more than my monthly car payment.

And that, my friends, may have been the last significant birthdate for me. As I work through middle age and sneak up on age 55, I might be able to take advantage of some of those age-discriminating discounts, which will be nice. And from there, Social Security benefits are right around the corner — hopefully. In the meantime, I will continue to break out a calculator each time I am asked how old I am. And I might even offer the correct answer.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Caterer

1. Cyd’s Catering

2. Taste! To Go

3. Great Caterers of Iowa


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Is the King dying? Another supersized Burger King franchisee announced the closings of 27 stores in Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. That followed the failure of all BKs in Detroit. Many excuses were used — COVID, labor costs, etc. — but Wendy's, McDonald's, and, locally, B-Bops, have been kicking the King around lately.

This is the most exciting time of the year for C Fresh Market (Ninth and University) shoppers. The exotic fruits of Southeast Asia ares showing up — rambuttan, mangosteen, mango, lychee, longan, dragon fruit, pomelo, and all kinds of bananas.

Monday is prime rib day in Des Moines. Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) has specials for both lunch and dinner, Christopher's (2816 Beaver Ave., Des Moines) has one for dinner. Sambetti's (1430 Second Ave., Des Moines) has an under-$20 prime rib dinner every night but has a hot beef lunch special on Monday. G Mig's (128 Fifth St., Valley Junction) has a special Mondays on prime rib burgers.

— Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We start a warming trend today into a breezy work week. Our next rain chance comes Wednesday afternoon into early Saturday morning as temperatures cool a bit again into the weekend.

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

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On April 17 ...

1964: The Ford Mustang is officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964. That same day, the new car also debuted in Ford showrooms across America and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers. Named for a World War II fighter plane, the Mustang was one of the first vehicles that came to be known as a “pony car.” Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs within its first year of production, far exceeding sales expectations.

2002: On April 17, 2002, ABC airs the 10,000th episode of the daytime drama General Hospital, the network’s longest-running soap opera and the longest-running program ever produced in Hollywood.

1815: Heavy eruptions of the Tambora volcano in Indonesia are letting up by April 17, 1815. The volcano, which began rumbling on April 5, killed almost 100,000 people directly and indirectly. The eruption was the largest ever recorded and its effects were noted throughout the world.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Environmental clean-up at site of proposed soccer stadium could cost $15M

DES MOINES, Iowa — An environmental clean-up at the site of a proposed soccer stadium in Des Moines is estimated to cost $15 million. The 43-acre land south of Downtown was home to the former Dico manufacturing facility. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Convention draws thousands of tattoo enthusiasts to Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — If tattoos are a form of art, Hy-Vee Hall became an art gallery full of human canvases this weekend. The Middle of the Map tattoo convention attracted more than 5,000 attendees, several of whom received new tattoos at the convention itself. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: The Hilton Magic Story: A Local 5 Sports Special

This three-part special takes viewers all the way back to the construction of Hilton in 1971, to the Johnny Orr era, through present day. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Country living for active community members

Radkes know the importance of supporting local

By Lindsey Giardino 

Trish Radke and her husband, Marty, have family who live in Adel, so, 11 years ago, when they were looking to relocate somewhere new from Grimes, Adel felt like a logical choice.
“We were looking for an acreage close to Des Moines because I worked downtown at the time, but far enough out where we could have land and some animals,” Radke explains. “We made an offer the same day we looked at our house. We loved it immediately. It’s also across the road from my aunt and uncle, which made it even more special.”

The Radkes were drawn to the historic charm of the home, as well. It’s a two-story farmhouse originally built in 1910. In the 1970s, the home was moved to its present location from down the road. It still has the original hardwood floors, doors, hardware and other special features unique to older homes of that era.

... Read more in the April issue of Adel  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Jennifer Garner, Victoria Beckham, Olivia Hussey, Sean Bean, Boomer Esiason, Luke Mitchell, Avi Kaplan, Cleanthony Early

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a cat that’s been listening to too much rock and roll? DEAF LEOPARD (DEF LEPPARD)! - Ken Broadhead, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Carolyn Rogers. Or a Kool Kitty! - Irving Stone

Today's Riddle

Where does the general keep his armies? 

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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