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Good Tuesday morning to you!

As Americans slowly return to the office, many are adopting a style that is being called "workleisure,” or so CNBC reports in a recent story. “Ties are out, and stretchy pants are in,” they claim. Well, central Iowa is not New York City, and if you are a guy like me, you haven’t worn neck ties in quite a while. Having said that, I am also not wearing sweatpants to work.

Dress attire has changed a great deal in my lifetime. When I graduated from college in 1990 and started working at The Des Moines Register, I needed to purchase some business attire. On my first day, I called on Joe Tumea at the Foreman and Clark clothing store, and he not-so-subtly pointed out that I was dressing “like a college punk” and that, if I wanted to be respected in the business world, I needed to dress professionally. Within seconds, he had his measuring tape out and was fitting me for suits. Joe and his family now own and operate Tumea & Sons Restaurant. I reminded him of this incident one evening over an incredible lasagna. He reminded me that he was right.

My father had a slightly different outlook on what to wear. He owned a gravel and excavation company and was covered in dirt and grease most days, so his daily dress code consisted of blue jeans and work boots. But when it came time for church on Sunday, he almost always wore a suit and tie. His belief was that we should all wear our best clothes in a place of worship. If our best clothes were T-shirts and blue jeans, then so be it. But whatever our best clothes were, those should be the ones worn in God’s house. It’s hard to argue with that.

Check out old photos of attendees at baseball games and you will see crowds of men wearing suits, ties and hats and women in dresses and heels. Try finding that today.

There are still a few hold-outs. My friend Joe Mathes wears a suit every time he flies. He says he feels like he is treated with more respect when he does. I think he is right.

Admittedly, our dress code at Big Green Umbrella Media is the most relaxed of any place I have worked at. I expect our staff members who work with readers or advertisers in person to be dressed in business casual (no jeans), but those who work in the office can be on the relaxed side (but no shorts).

Meanwhile, don’t expect to see Joe Tumea in stretchy pants.

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

Warm and dry conditions continue into midweek with a heating trend after that into the weekend. We have slight rain chances in the forecast for Thursday, late Saturday into Sunday morning, and on Monday. Next week does, at this point, look to be a bit wetter.

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

Featured Event
Things To Do

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6:38 p.m.
⇛Iowa Cubs vs Indianapolis Indians
At: Principal Park in downtown Des Moines
Info: Visit www.iowacubs.com for ticket information, official start times and updated information.

Featured Home For Sale

1934 Arlington Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314

This renovated and modernized home is located in the Riverbend Local Historic District. New boiler in March 2021, remodeled kitchen 2020, laundry located on second floor, remodeled bathrooms, refinished hardwood floors, and more....

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

900 block Guthrie Avenue
1900 block E. 27th Street
1700 block E. 12th Street

N.E. Alice’s Road will be closed to through traffic between Douglas Parkway and Meredith Drive for approximately two weeks.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Polk County officials, doctors urge residents to wear masks, get vaccinated

DES MOINES, Iowa — There was a palpable sense of frustration at the Polk County Administration Building Monday as county officials and doctors gathered for a news conference calling on residents to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised the county's level of transmission to the highest possible category. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Judge denies Bahena Rivera’s request for new trial in Mollie Tibbetts case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man’s request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found in a cornfield weeks after she disappeared while out for a run near her small hometown. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa agrees to pay $5K to protesters banned from Capitol

An Iowa panel has voted to settle a lawsuit and pay five protesters who supported the Black Lives Matter movement and alleged constitutional rights violations when they were banned from the Iowa Capitol grounds. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
MLB: Brewers 6 Pirates 2 ...READ M
OLYMPICS: China's Guan Chenchen wins gold as Simone Biles takes bronze 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 Local Community to Live In
1. Ankeny
2. Waukee
3. Beaverdale


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Pardon My French livestreams Waukee events:
Pandemic motivates high school sports coverage

By Jackie Wilson

During the pandemic, two things spurred Tyler French to start his own livestreaming service.

As he was listening to a local high school baseball game, the Central Iowa Sports Network (CISN) lost their signal, halting broadcasting.

Then, Waukee’s sporting teams were limited last year with how many spectators could view the games live. Social distancing meant only a few tickets per player, but families and friends still wanted to follow the game. So French came up with a plan. Livestream Waukee’s football games for anyone to view.


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Wild turkeys in the Lake Panorama area. Look closely to see all of the youngsters. — Photo by Hans Vilkenstein

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Digital Editions
Norwalk 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 to these celebrities: Tom Brady, Evangeline Lilly, Martha Stewart, Martin Sheen, James Hetfield, Karlie Kloss, Michael Ealy, Ryan Lochte, Todd Gurley, Isaiah Washington, Tony Bennett, Mamie Gummer, Landry Bender, Tyrod Taylor, Anne Klein

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Poll of the Week

Are you watching the Olympics?



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

Zero - 45%
1-5 - 36%
6-10 - 5%
11-20 - 7%
21 or more - 7%

Morning Chuckle
Why does the baker go to work?
HE KNEADS DOUGH! Great answers Shane Goodman, Russ Cerniglia, David Whims, Lu Anne Gafford, Gail Tomlinson
Did you hear about the corduroy pillow?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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