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Good Tuesday morning to you!

I wanted to fly helicopters when I grew up. That’s what I thought when I was 12 years old. The T.C. guy on the “Magnum P.I.” TV show seemed to enjoy being a pilot, so why not me? Well, other than my vision problems, fear of heights and an inability to comfortably operate heavy equipment, it would have worked out just fine. But it didn't. So I let go of that dream.

Speaking of dreams, one of my recurring ones is that I can fly in the air, controlling my speed and floating in an incredible way. It’s an awesome dream, probably a result of the many times I viewed the “Gilligan’s Island” episode that featured Gilligan operating the jet pack that washed ashore.

Meanwhile, I am fascinated with being in space. Maybe not the same kind of fascination that Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Richard Branson have, but a fascination all the same. What if you were one of the richest people on Earth with $200 billion in net worth? Would you invest in space travel? Would you board a rocket, even if just for 11 minutes, as Bezos did on July 20? Would you enjoy going past the speed of sound, topping out at 351,210 feet? What would you think of floating weightless for 3 minutes in space? And who would you bring with you?

Well, apparently a large number of people would respond positively to those questions, as 7,600 people from 159 countries registered to participate in the bidding war for Bezos’ space travel. And although that may sound like a lot, it doesn’t come close to the 162,000 signatures that asked for Bezos to never return to Earth.

Billionaires apparently have plenty of enemies. I am guessing Gilligan, on the other hand, would have been welcomed back.

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

The heat continues to build across central Iowa with triple digits possible in parts of the state on Wednesday. We’ve got a slight rain chance Thursday and a better one on Saturday. Take it easy out there!

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

Things To Do

Tuesday, July 27
⇛Cubs vs. Louisville Bats (Reds) at 6:38 p.m.
At: Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.
Info: www.iowacubs.com

Featured Home For Sale

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

3200 Wakonda Court
1000 Carrie Street
300 S.E. McKinley Avenue

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: Incoming heatwave puts Iowa's at-risk populations in danger

 DES MOINES, Iowa — Dangerous heat is expected to hit central Iowa this week, putting vulnerable populations in danger. The National Weather Service said high heat and humidity will result in triple-digit heat indexes, with temperatures expected to reach triple digits on Wednesday. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Big 12 Conference Chaos: Oklahoma and Texas announce intent to leave

AMES, Iowa – The Big 12 Conference could be down to its final few years. Oklahoma and Texas notified the Big 12 they would not be renewing an agreement that binds the league’s members through 2025. Now, questions about the future of the conference are circling “Cyclone Nation.”  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa State Fair enhances security with brand new metal detectors at each main entrance

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair will be back in just two weeks, and fairgoers will notice a pretty big change when they walk through the main gates this year.
For the first time ever, walk-through metal detectors will be placed at all nine main gates for enhanced security. In past years, handheld metal detectors were used along with bag searches. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
MLB: Twins 6 Tigers 5, Cubs 6 Reds 5, Royals 4 White Sox 3 ...READ MORE
Menace: 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 Dog-Friendly Bar
1. Captain Roy’s
2. Sully’s Irish Pub
3. Smash Park


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Briggs family enjoys social calendar: Son to attend same elementary his dad attended

By Amy Kort

After “selling” the northern suburb location to his wife, Nick and Kelle Briggs moved to Ankeny about two and a half years ago.
Now, with their 8-month-old son, Chase, and schnauzer/terrier, Lexi, the couple enjoys the Boulder Brook neighborhood on the northwest side of town.

“My husband and I each had our own home before we met,” Kelle says. “Nick’s home was in Ankeny and mine was in West Des Moines, so, when we got married, we both sold our homes so we could find one forever home together.”

Kelle says Nick had always lived in Ankeny while she wanted to stay in West Des Moines.


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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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John Johansen captured this moment of a butterfly landing on flowers.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Triple H, Alex Rodriguez, Jordan Spieth, Donnie Yen, Maya Rudolph, Taylor Schilling, Julian McMahon, Dolph Ziggler, Ryan Tannehill, Jerry Van Dyke, Tom Kerridge, Bill Engvall

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 cowboy adopt a dachshund?
HE WANTED TO GET A LONG LITTLE DOGGIE! Getting in on the fun on this one: Lori Bluml, Judy Anderson, Lu Anne Gafford, Dewayne Johnson, Johana Jerden
Why did the cowboy die with his boots on?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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