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Good Monday morning to you!

Do you ever purposely change the words to songs as a tribute to a person, place or event that is meaningful to you? As my friends and family will tell you, I have spent my lifetime doing this. Maybe you can relate.

The 1982 remake of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco was carefully reworded to “Puttin’ on the Tietz” and sang quite loudly by my friends and me in the Algona High School locker rooms to bring a smile to the face of our friend Darren Tietz.

“West End Girls,” released in 1984 by Pet Shop Boys, was a favorite of the girls I knew in West Bend who cleverly sang it as “West Bend Girls.”

Keeping with the north central Iowa theme, the easily forgettable “One Night in Bangkok” song by Murray Head from 1984 was also revised to memorialize “One Night in Bancroft.”

Back to central Iowa, my female friends from the south side of Des Moines can’t resist changing the words of Journey’s oh-so-popular “Don’t Stop Believing” from “just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit” to “just a city girl born and raised in south Des Moines.”

My daughter Abigail wasn’t safe from these song revisions either. The Steve Miller Band song from 1982 entitled “Abracadabra” quickly became her nickname. And that somehow turned into a version of Fred Flintstone’s “Yabba Dabba Doo” saying to “Abba Dabba Doo,” which then turned to a remake of the Scooby Dooby Doo theme song: “Abba Dabba Doo, where are you? We’ve got some work to do now.”

Of course, there are a bunch of songs that we most all have unknowingly misinterpreted the words to. But that’s a column for another day.

How about you? Do you have songs you have purposely changed the words of to pay tribute to a person, place or event? Send me a note and fill me in.
Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

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


July 26 in history
On July 26, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today’s mail system. ... MORE 
President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981—ending discrimination in the military—on July 26, 1948. Truman’s order ended a long-standing practice of segregating Black soldiers and relegating them to more menial jobs. ... MORE
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the most sweeping affirmation of rights for the disabled in American history at the time, into law. ... MORE

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Triple-digit heat in possible in the Des Moines metro area by Wednesday, though we’ve already experienced heat indices in that territory. We have a slight rain chance late Thursday into early Friday and again on Saturday.

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

Things To Do

Monday, July 26
⇛Pleasant Hill Community Farmers Market
At: Berean Church parking lot, 5299 E University Ave., Pleasant Hill
Info: Smaller market with less congestion for enjoying fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, food and more. Every Monday from 4-7 p.m., June 7-Aug 30.

Featured Home For Sale

1402 Thompson Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316

Charm and character without the high price tag! This famous tree lined street sets the stage for this well cared for home. Picture your family relaxing on the large covered front porch rain or shine. Original hardwood floors begin the tour of this home paired with wide craftsmanship painted and stained woodwork throughout. The living room views the formal dining room for a well appointed floor plan for family time and entertaining guests. ....

More Information Here

A project to repave Douglas Avenue/U.S. 6 between Merle Hay Road and 30th Street in Des Moines requires closing the roadway to traffic  from 10 p.m. Friday, July 30, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, weather permitting.

Urbandale – Aurora Avenue between NW Urbandale Drive and 109th Street will be closed starting at 6 AM on Wednesday, July 28, for railroad crossing improvements. It’s anticipated that the work will be completed by Saturday, July 31.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Late night gunfire incident in Windsor Heights ends with one arrest

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — A Windsor Heights man is in jail Sunday, facing a number of charges including three counts of attempted murder towards a law enforcement officer. Brandon Davis, 37, was arrested Saturday night after police responded to a domestic violence call in the 7000 block of Jefferson Avenue. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ‘Bring him home’: Montezuma comes together two months after Xavior Harrelson’s disappearance

MONTEZUMA, Iowa — Eleven-year-old Xavior Harrelson has not been seen since May 27, but people in his hometown of Montezuma are refusing to lose hope. “Please just get him home, we just want him home safe,” said Harrelson’s aunt, Michelle Harrelson. “All it takes is one person to see him and call it in, and he can be home.”  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa and other states scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS:  The Iowa Cubs (29-40) fell just short in the series finale against the Columbus Clippers (31-39), losing a 6-5 matchup on Sunday afternoon at Huntington Park...... READ MORE
MLB: Cardinals 10 Reds 6, Royals 6 Tigers 1, Cubs 5 D-Backs 1, Angels 6 Twins 2, White Sox 3 Brewers 1 ...READ MORE
Menace Triumphant Over Timbers 2-0 in last night's semi-finals. Next up: USL League Two National Final, Des Moines Menace vs North Carolina Fusion U-23's, Saturday, July 31, - 7:30 p.m. at  Valley Stadium, Tickets - bit.ly/3eVaDl2
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

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

Best Local Rooftop Bar
1. Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop
2. 300 Craft & Rooftop
3. The Republic on Grand


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Back to life: Baer enjoys tinkering with his many bicycles

By Darren Tromblay

Keeping busy is what Merle Baer does.
One day it might be mowing lawns for the Dallas Center-Grimes School District. Another day you might catch him tinkering with one of the bicycles he has for sale outside his Dallas Center garage. And then there’s the yard work to do, too.

Whatever the case may be, the 80-year-old Baer isn’t one to sit still. There’s no time for that. It’s probably not what LaVaun, his wife who passed on in 2006, would have wanted anyway. Her memory remains here and there, though. An old bicycle given to him from her, although multiple decades in age, still hangs from Merle’s garage ceiling in remarkably fine shape. Right there beside it are two John Deere bicycles from the 1970s, one for her, and one for him.


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Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
General job functions include:
· Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and other areas of the school facility.
· Assists staff in preparation of materials.
· Works with group or individual students in the daily routine of the classroom under the teacher’s direction.
· Keeps teacher/administrator informed of all relevant student-related matters.
· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

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CITYVIEW's Summer Stir in East Village Friday was a lot of fun. Big Green Umbrella Media people helping with the event included Evan Del Carmen, Pat Checketts, Martha Munro, Ellie Schwetz and Dan Juffer. Thanks to all who attended and the great establishments that participated!

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

Digital Editions
Waukee Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The July issue cover story, "On the Same Page," is about residents who enjoy being members of book clubs — and not just for the "good reads." Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the July issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday BrookePulliam! Have a joyful day!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jason Stratham, Sandra Bullock, Mick Jagger, Kate Beckinsale, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Gillies, Taylor Momsen, Monica Raymund, Stanley Kubrick, Carl Jung, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Dorothy Hamill,

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

Poll of the Week

How many times per year do you swim in a pool?

21 or more


Which was the worst “Star Wars” movie?

“A New Hope” - 6%
“The Empire Strikes Back” - 0%
“Return of the Jedi” - 6%
“The Phantom Menace” - 44%
“Attack of the Clones” - 22%
“Revenge of the Sith” - 6%
“The Force Awakens” - 6 %
“The Last Jedi” - 10%
“The Rise of Skywalker" - 0%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the gambling cowboy put his steer in the elevator?
TODAY'S RIDDLE (Hey, let's do COWBOY week!):
Why did the cowboy adopt a dachshund?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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