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Good Wednesday morning to you!
 

    I was a 5-year-old during the 1973 oil crisis when the members of OAPEC proclaimed an oil embargo, targeting nations perceived as supporting Israel, which included the U.S. By the end of the embargo in March 1974, the price of oil had risen nearly 300%. I don’t remember long lines at the gas pumps locally, but I do recall TV images of frustrated Americans who couldn’t buy their gasoline.
      A more vivid memory is from 1979 when another oil crisis reared its ugly head. This one was caused by a drop in oil production due to the Iranian Revolution. The global oil supply decreased by 4%, but the oil markets' reaction doubled the price of crude oil over the next year. This spike caused fuel shortages and long lines at gas stations once again.
     Those gas shortages changed how Americans consumed gasoline. The gas-guzzling vehicles of the day were being replaced with fuel-efficient models, leading some Americans to celebration and others to frustration.
      So where are we now? We may soon find out, as we just caught a glimpse of potential times to come with gas shortages and price spikes in specific regions of the U.S.
       How much are you willing to pay for gasoline without changing your usage habits? Four dollars a gallon? Five dollars? Six dollars? And if the price hits your breaking point, what will you be willing to do differently?
      Change is challenging, and we hopefully won’t have to deal with it. But as with any crisis, the more planning we can do in advance, the better. That’s a little something for you to think about the next time you are filling up at the pump.
     Enjoy your Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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

 
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The Score
 
Iowa Cubs: Iowa Cubs and Omaha Storm Chasers game was postponed due to weather.
 
MLB: Cubs 6 Nationals 3, Twins 5 White Sox 4, Cardinals 5 Pirates 2, Royals 2 Brewers 0  MORE SCORES...
 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: IHSAA says state track meet can have full attendance

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa High School Athletic Association said Tuesday that attendance limits have been removed at Drake Stadium, allowing for full attendance at the State Track and Field Championships. The co-ed track meet will take place May 20-22 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: New Tax Plan Shifts Mental Health Funding in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Lengthy debate has delayed the 2021 legislative session in Iowa, but lawmakers have finally passed a sweeping tax deal. The proposal shifts funding for mental health services in Iowa from property taxes to the state’s general fund. This is a $90 million change that would take place over two years. If the governor signs it, property owners would start seeing the tax reduction in July when the law takes effect. The plan would expire in 2026, which makes mental health workers a little nervous.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: UNI grad with one lung, hearing loss and rare condition makes history

ANKENY, Iowa — Like most kids growing up, Sarah Boury was a "stinker" to her sister Laura and a bit of a handful for her parents Ernest and Nancy. But the typical worries most parents have about their kids were a lot more serious for this family as Sarah grew older.  Sarah was born with one lung and a condition called tracheoesophageal fistula. ... 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.

Best Local Nachos
1. University Library Café
2. Jethro’s
3. Smokey D’s BBQ

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Personalities
 

Return to serenity:
After a rough 2020, getting back to the outdoors takes priority for Smith.

By Darren Tromblay

     Not many people are going to look back on 2020 with fondness. For many, including Urbandale’s Michael Smith, the year was a difficult one.
     Smith had a rough go of it. The Urbandale resident had a left knee replacement in March of 2020 — and was lucky to have been able to do so. The pandemic had just begun, but society was yet to be at a complete standstill. Smith could see what was coming and was eager to get the procedure done.
    The first night home was hard and painful. One of his friends had both of his knees replaced at the same time, but Smith vowed he wasn’t going to put himself through that; it simply was not worth it.

READ THE REST OF THE STORY...

 

 
Things To Do
 
Wednesday, May 19
TRIVIA: Name that '80s tune
At: SMASH PARK, 6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines
Info: https://app.smashpark.com/H2tYbiZh2SGdjCj6r9Jf/events
 
 
Jobs
 
Snapshots

Jalapeno margarita at Los Altos in Bondurant  — Photo by Alysia Webster

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Birthdays and Notables!
 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: K’Lynn Lynn! Have a great day!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Malcolm X, Joelle Joanie Siwa, Andre the Giant, Grace Jones, Nicole Brown Simpson

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

 
 
Poll of the Week

Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla
Chocolate
Swirl
Mint Chocolate Chip
Cookies and Cream

Which payment method do you use the most?

Cash - 10%
Credit card - 49%
Debit card - 37%
Electronic transfer - 4%

 
Morning Chuckle - Scandinavian Week!
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE
How do you win a Scandinavian race?
YOU CROSS THE FINNISH LINE!

TODAY'S RIDDLE:
Why do Scandinavian kids visit candy stores the most?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.
 

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