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Happy Wednesday morning to you!

Snow. You either love it, or you hate it. But if you are living in Iowa, you better get used to it. And why not?

Snowstorms bring me back to my childhood days, playing for countless hours, all bundled up for the winter weather, sledding on the hills. I also remember my brother Brian getting his dirt bike out and racing around in the snow on an open lot near our childhood home. He convinced me to allow him to tie my sled to the back of his motorcycle and pull me around. It was fun for a few laps, until he fell.

Seeing all the snow in the parking lots this week reminded me of another childhood memory. Did you ever “bumper ski”? Now before I explain what this foolish activity was — in case you don’t already know — I must start by stating that I don’t recommend it. It wasn’t safe or smart in the1970s, and it is even less safe or smart now.

Bumper skiing was a simple “sport" that didn’t require any equipment, other than some well-padded winter wear. The participant simply placed his or her hands on the rear bumper of a stopped vehicle and slid across the parking lot with it as it moved, crouching down to keep balance. Admittedly, it was more fun to watch than do, as the inevitable faceplate would occur when a vehicle surpassed 15 mph.

Even if you wanted to try it, bumper skiing would be difficult to do today. First of all, very few vehicles today have bumpers that you can actually hang on to. And second, parking lots are clear of snow down to the dry pavement more frequently today, and sliding on blacktop would not be easy. But if you are bound and determined to hang on to something in the snow, come on over to my place, and I will introduce you to a snow shovel.

Now have a great Wednesday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
COLD! High 22. Low 1. Cloudy day ahead but the winds have died down! Bundle up. An extra pair of sock won't hurt. 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines ranked No. 2 safest city in U.S. by U.S. News & World Report

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines is among the top safest cities in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked Des Moines the No. 2 safest city based on its crime rate per 100,000 people. Des Moines police Chief Dana Wingert called the ranking a “team effort” that the city should take pride in. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Will Increase Next Week, Health Department Confirms

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s weekly COVID-19 vaccine allotment will increase next week, a spokeswoman from the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed to WHO 13 Tuesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the Biden administration announced that it wants to secure 200 million additional doses of the vaccine by this summer. The administration also said that states would see supply increase by 16%.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'They deserve death': Iowa lawmakers propose reinstating death penalty for people who rape and murder children

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow death sentences for people convicted of murdering a child after raping them. It's been almost six decades since Iowa last executed a state prisoner, but a group of Republican senators feels one crime in particular merits a death sentence. .… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best Of Des Moines 2020

Best of Des Moines 2021 winners to be announced in upcoming virtual events!

Join us for the 2021 Best of Des Moines Virtual Events, where we will announce the winners in each of our six categories from our 2021 poll. Each event will consist of a 20-minute video announcing the finalists for each poll question and the top vote-getter from CITYVIEW readers. 
Click here for details!

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2020 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers said the Best Local Seafood for 2020 were:

1. Waterfront Seafood Market

2. Splash

3. Seafood Trap

What do you think? See the results in all 250 categories from the original and most relevant readers’ poll in the area.

Watch for the Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners in February’s CITYVIEW!


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Ride to live, live to ride: After recovering from accident, Hollingsworth is back in the saddle

Chad Hollingsworth has been into motorcycles as long as he can remember, so when the chance came to buy his dad’s 2002 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide about two years, he didn’t hesitate.
“It’s the perfect bike for me. I’m not really into going super fast,” Hollingsworth says. “I’m more into cruising. It’s got cruise control and all the necessities I need. Once you ride one of these, it’s hard to go back to anything else.”
And having previously owned a Harley Fat Boy Softtail, he should know.


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Things To Do
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m.
90s Favorites Music Bingo
At: Smash Park, 6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines
Info: Register at app.smashpark.com/events.
Remember live music? Remember the 1990s? You can relive both at Smash Park’s ’90s Favorites Music Bingo, part of its In-person Game Night return. Teams are required to register in advance. It's only $5 per team.
1st Place team will receive a $100 Smash Park Gift Card
2nd Place team will receive a $50 Smash Park Gift Card

Admit it, it was tempting.... but how many of you actually took a tape measure outside? The snow fall depth, unofficially, of course, is..... see what your tape measure says!

Has your family been having fun in the snow this month... snowmen, sledding, snow angels? Send us a photo! Email it to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Iowa Living magazines are published each month and mailed to every household in the communities of Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes, Dallas Center, Clive, Norwalk, Adel, De Soto, Minburn, Waukee, Winterset, Indianola, Altoona, Bondurant, Ankeny, Polk City, Sheldahl, Elkhart and Alleman, as well as the Jordan Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.
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Poll of the Week

How many miles do you drive your vehicle on average each year?

5,000 miles or less
10,000 miles
15,000 miles
20,000 miles
25,000 miles or more

How do you deal with snow on your sidewalks and driveway?

• Shovel it - 27 percent
• Use a snowblower - 59 percent
• Hire someone to remove it - 11 percent
• Wait for it to melt - 3 percent

Morning Chuckle
A man has 6 children and 5 potatoes. How does he give each child an equal portion without using fractions?

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