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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Where there is smoke, there is fire. And when I think of flames, I recall my baby blue 1980 Ford Mustang.
     The car was nothing special, but it was all I could afford with my $2,200 in savings. I took care of it and was learning the ropes on some basic maintenance. So when I noticed a cracked fuel line, I fixed it. Or so I thought. When I removed the clamps, a fair amount of gas leaked out. I didn’t worry too much about it, and I quickly secured the new line.
     I then drove to the car wash with my mother. I turned off the ignition, went into the stall and inserted the quarters in the wall unit. I motioned to Mom, who was now in the driver’s seat, to start the car and pull it in the bay. As she turned the key, flames shot out from under the vehicle and through every crevice on the hood. I waved my arms and motioned to Mom to pop the hood, as I stood ready to put out these flames with a fully loaded car wash sprayer in hand. I watched in frustration as Mom turned the lights on and off, put on the parking brake and seemingly pulled every other switch she could reach — except the hood release. Then I panicked as a basketball-sized paint bubble formed on the hood. I hurriedly reached into the car, pushed Mom out of the way, popped the hood and then aggressively sprayed down the engine. Then I stood deflated and stared at this smoking, melted mess.
     My father had a good friend who was a mechanic, and he rewired the car for me. It worked — not very well, and the gas mileage shot down to 5 mpg — but I was happy to have a vehicle again. Even so, this car was clearly damaged goods.
     Dad taught me a valuable lesson from the experience. He said, in hindsight, that I should have let the car burn. He was right. Some things just aren’t worth saving, but the memories are. Thirty-five years and 14 vehicles later, I still remember the moment — and that baby blue Mustang.
     Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Des Moines Weather
FREEZE WARNING in effect again tonight before temperatures start to warm up. High 49 and low of 31 today. Might see some snow showers this morning. Hold tight, a warm up is on the way. Could reach 80 Monday. 80? You heard right.
The Score
White Sox 8 Indians 5
Nationals 3 Cardinals 2
Rays 14 Royals 7
Cubs 3 Mets 1
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Authorities: Man steals Iowa State Patrol cruiser while in custody

DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol said a man stole a cruiser Tuesday afternoon and led authorities on a chase that ended in Madison County. Brandon Eugene Doerring, of Dallas Center, is charged in the case. According to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Alex Dinkla, a trooper checking on a disabled vehicle on Interstate 80 near Dexter spotted Doerring walking along the roadway. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Nearly Half of Iowa Counties Turned Down More COVID-19 Vaccine for This Week

DES MOINES, Iowa — When Iowa’s county health leaders turned in their requests for additional supplies of COVID-19 vaccine for this week, 43 of the 99 notified the state department of public health that they didn’t want any. That’s more than twice as many as those that turned down additional supply for the previous week. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa reacts to Chauvin's guilty verdict in killing of George Floyd

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd after 10 hours of jury deliberation. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, as well as a third-degree murder charge reinstated by Judge Peter Cahill. While the trial and the incident both happened in Minnesota, leaders and activists in Iowa are speaking following the verdict. … 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 Gluten-Free Food
1. Fresko Natural Foods
2. Louie’s Wine Dive
3. Dirt Burger


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County is the ‘Wright’ home for couple:
Hardships of childhood shape long life of hard work.
By Rachel Harrington
     If anyone wants to know what it is like to grow up as an Iowa farm boy, Arthur “Art” Wright is the person to ask. Art was born on a farm in O’Brien County near Sutherland on Jan. 11, 1933. There was a blizzard the day he was entering the world, one of such severity that the doctor couldn’t make it to his home with a horse and buggy. His dad had to deliver him, and the doctor made it out to their home the next day. He was one of four children at the time.
     When Art was 2, his father was injured when a horse fell on him. He was being taken to a hospital in Iowa City for an operation when the ambulance he was in stalled on a railroad crossing and was struck by a train, killing his dad. His mother, who was seven months pregnant, made the decision to remain on the farm instead of moving to town. They raised their own beef and pork and ate from their garden.
Things To Do
Fly flags at half staff in honor of Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale, who served the people of Minnesota as their Attorney General from 1960-1964, as a United States Senator from 1964-1976, as Vice President of the United States from 1977-1981, and as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 1993-1996.

Tree Swallows, Purple Martin Lake, West Des Moines.  — Photo by Paul Houston

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Queen Elizabeth II, James McAvoy, Andie MacDowell, Iggy Pop, Anthony Quinn, Tony Romo, Rob Riggle, Tony Danza, and John Muir (who was largely responsible for the establishment of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park).

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Poll of the Week

When was the last time you flew in an airplane?

Last week
Last month
Last year
More than two years ago


Which food is the most “Iowan”?
Sweet corn - 59%

Steak deBurgo -2%

Maid Rites -28%

Pork chops -7%

Scotcharoos -4%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a robot that always takes the longest route?

Why did Star Wars Episodes 4, 5, and 6 come out before 1, 2, and 3?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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