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Good Friday morning to you!

You walk up to a person, you say your name, and then you fumble with your hand, not knowing what to do. Shake hands, and you risk contracting or spreading a virus. Not shake, and you may appear standoffish or arrogant. So you knuckle-bump — or elbow-bump — to be safe. We have all been there in the past year, but why did we ever shake hands to begin with?
   According to history.com, one theory is that handshaking began as a way to show that weapons were not being held. Another theory is that the up-and-down motion of the handshake was to dislodge any knives that could have been hidden up a sleeve. But maybe the most logical explanation is that the handshake was simply a symbol of good faith when making an oath or promise.
  So what’s the future of the handshake? Is it gone forever? Or will it go back to being a societal norm once COVID-19 dissipates? Time will tell. Meanwhile, keep those elbows bumping... and don’t let your knives fall out.
   Have a fabulous Friday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Des Moines Weather
High 57. Low 38. A cloudy day ahead for the most part. But it is Friday! And remember... SPRING AHEAD. Daylight Savings Time begins!
The Score
Iowa women beat No. 19 Rutgers 73-62
Boys State Basketball winners from Thursday:
Boyden-Hull 77, Aplington-Parkersburg, 66
Western Christian 56, Des Moines Christian 47
Ballard 74, Assumption 65
Pella 46, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 32
Johnston 64, Cedar Falls 51
Pittsfield 50, West Hancock 37
Waukee 71, Ames 36
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa man sentenced after recording employee pumping breast milk

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa man has been sentenced after being found guilty for filming an employee pumping breast milk. According to court documents, in 2018 a female victim reported to police that she found a recording device in a room where she was pumping breast milk. Police conducted a search at Robert Charles Carlson's residence and business where they found electronic devices. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines City Council Votes To Improve the City’s Bike Trails

DES MOINES, Iowa– This week the Des Moines city council approved two initiatives to improve the city’s bike trail infrastructure. “We do this national count to help us estimate Project Trail usage. Even before the pandemic any one section of Des Moines proper trail, we’d see about 300-500,000 trail trips per year,” Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Des Moines Ben Page said. “Those numbers are just almost doubling in some parts of the city.” READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Drake Harkin Center, Hy-Vee holding 2nd dose vaccine clinic Friday morning

DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County residents needing their second Moderna dose will have a chance to finish their series Friday morning at the Drake Harkin Center.
From 8:15-10:45 a.m., Hy-Vee and Drake will host a clinic for those needing their second dose of the Moderna vaccine. They will only offer the Moderna vaccine to Polk County residents needing their second shot.. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Waxing Salon
1. MetroWaxx
2. Waxing the City
3. East Village Spa


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‘Living the dream’: Weigel buys his dream car and is loving it.

Dream cars. Wanting one can start out as simply as collecting Hot Wheels during childhood. The love of fancy looking, sporty cars in miniature form is just the beginning for many little boys and girls of the world.
However, owning these tiny toys can’t be a substitute for the real thing forever. Eventually, many people want to have the real thing.
  Local entrepreneur Steve Weigel, 57, has worked hard over the years to achieve dream-car status. Doing so has landed him several cool cars, including two Lamborghinis. He says his garage is not big enough.


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Things To Do
Friday, March 12, 6-9 p.m.
Dueling Irish Fiddles
At: Magee's Irish Pub & Eatery, 1610 S.W. Main St., Suite 107, Ankeny
Info: www.mageesirishpub.com
Violinists Hanna Wolle and Genevieve Salamone, the Dueling Fiddles, entertain with a mix of rich violin sounds with layered accompaniment for energetic and engaging performances. The duo will be performing music selections from the Dropkick Murphy's, Riverdance, Celtic Women, The Tossers, notable Irish film scores and other popular Irish Fiddle selections.

The State Law Library of Iowa located on the second floor of the Iowa State Capitol. The Victorian styled grand hall of the library is 108 feet in length and a towering 45 feet in height with spiral staircases on both ends. The entire library is flanked with book-lined alcoves containing more than 105,000 volumes — many of which are rare and important for their historical value. — Photo by Paul Houston

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Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the Norwalk zip code. This month's cover story shares residents' stories about their home improvement projects. Each issue includes community photos, recipe, calendar, features and informational articles. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's Jordan Creek Living digital edition here.

Happy Birthday

The folks at DMPA would like to wish Jeff Chelesvig (their president and CEO) Happy Birthday on March 13.

Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:

Politician Mitt Romney; Singer Liza Minnelli; Actor Courtney Vance; Folk Singer James Taylor; Football Player Dont'a Hightower; Journalist Jake Tapper; Baseball Player Darryl Tapper
Poll of the Week

Should apes receive COVID-19 vaccinations before humans?


Not sure

How many video conferencing calls are you on per week?
11 or more -14%

6-10 - 19%

1-5 - 32%

none - 35%

Morning Chuckle
What's worse than raining buckets?

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