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Good Tuesday morning to you!

“What do you want for your birthday, Dad?”

That’s a question I receive from my kids this time of year. And, each year, I give them the same answer: “How about undershirts, underwear or socks?”

“That’s really boring,” they reply in unison. To which I say, “But that’s what I want.”

Then they buy me something more fun — like a remote-controlled toy truck — and I go out shopping for undershirts, underwear and socks.

I used to buy my dad undershirts, underwear and socks. Well, actually my mom bought them for me to give to him. Regardless, he seemed to appreciate them, and I am starting to understand why. The older I get, the less I like to shop… for anything. But there are some things a guy just has to have. Like undershirts, underwear and socks.

Men used to receive neckties for their birthdays and Father’s Day, but who wears neckties today? If you do, let me know. I have dozens of them that you can have. Or maybe we can work out a trade — for undershirts, underwear or socks. Not used ones, of course. I am thrifty, but not that thrifty.

Maybe if I did wear neckties, you wouldn’t be able to see my dingy undershirts. And then I wouldn’t have to buy undershirts, underwear or socks so often. Or maybe I will just get what I really want for my birthday this year, which is, of course, another remote-controlled toy truck.

See you out shopping — for undershirts, underwear and socks.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Another hot one is ahead for today. Rain chances increase very late tonight into Wednesday. We’ll see a break on Thursday before more rain chances move in Friday into Saturday.

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

Things To Do

Tuesday, July 6 (runs through July 24)
⇛ "The Queen of Spades"
At: 513 North D St., Indianola, Des Moines Metro Opera
Info: Tchaikovsky's brooding and ambitious ghost story is a tour de force set against the backdrop of Imperial Russia, featuring music that embodies the height of Russian romanticism. Armed with a melancholy soulfulness, and white-hot passion, the orchestra’s sweeping grandeur make’s “The Queen of Spades” a masterpiece. www.desmoinesmetroopera.org


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Bridge deck repairs on the railroad bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad on southbound Interstate 35 at mile marker 88.3 in Ankeny will require closing the on-ramp from Southeast Corporate Woods Drive to southbound I-35 and the inside lane of southbound I-35 to traffic from 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, until 5 a.m. Friday, July 23, weather permitting.

Interstate 80/U.S. 169 interchange (exit 110): Lane and shoulders closures and an eastbound off ramp and westbound on ramp detour beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, until Tuesday, November 16, weather permitting.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines police respond to 569 fireworks-related calls, issue two citations

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department said it received more than 500 calls for service related to fireworks over the July Fourth weekend, resulting in two citations and one arrest. According to an Independence Day weekend report from the department, police received 184 fireworks-related calls for service Saturday and 385 fireworks-related calls for service Sunday. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Boat capsizes on Saylorville Lake after striking Mile Long Bridge

 SAYLORVILLE LAKE — Five people are hurt after their boat capsized on Saylorville Lake Monday evening. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says a small boat carrying five people struck a column under the Mile Long Bridge and then capsized.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ankeny residents must stop lawn irrigation starting Monday due to water main leak

ANKENY, Iowa — Watering the lawn will be suspended in Ankeny starting Monday night until further notice as crews with the city and Des Moines Water Works make an emergency repair on a water main leak. The water main leak forced the city to move to Stage 3 of its Water Conservation Plan, which requires a mandatory suspension of all lawn irrigation. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
MLB: Cardinals 5 Giants 3, Twins 8 White Sox 5, Phillies 13 Cubs 3, Reds 6 Royals 2  READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Radio Personality
1. Abe Goldstien - KFMG 98.9 FM
2. Van Harden - WHO 1040 AM
3. Simon Conway - WHO 1040 AM


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Love at first sight: Schwarz’s 2020 Dodge Charger is a thing of beauty.

By Darren Tromblay

When Matt Schwarz purchased his 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack in April of 2020, he did so with the notion that he was going to keep it stock. Meaning, no upgrades.
The beautiful, indigo-blue vehicle with satin black racing stripes packs a 6.4 liter, V8 engine that puts out 485 horsepower. Good enough, right?

“I thought that I was going to drive this completely stock as is,” he says. “I wasn’t going to put any money into it. I always read online about guys in the Charger community who keep putting mods on their cars to make them to do this and that, but I thought, ‘It’s fast enough as it is. Why would I put more money into it?’ ”


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“We're grand-dog sitting in Florida. Evening by the backyard pond brought this visitor we don’t see in Iowa. It's about 5 feet long.”  — Photo by John Frank. Ankeny.

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

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Summer Stirs
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

Details and Tickets
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Frida Kahlo, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent, Eva Green, George W. Bush, Kevin Hart, 14th Dalai Lama, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, Geoffrey Rush, Jae Crowder, Janet Lee

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Do you seek out fireworks for the Fourth of July?



Upon death, what do you wish to be done with your remains?

Traditional burial with casket - 23%
Cremation - 67%
Don’t care - 10%

Morning Chuckle
Your hair comes out in bangs! Great job David Whims and Lori Bluml!

What’s worse than a worm in your apple?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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