For many years this iconic neon SIGN ON A POLE stood just north of the Snookies Malt Shop on Beaverdale Ave. Then in October, 2020, the unthinkable happened. The sign was knocked down by a passing car and was thought to be unusable. There also was another obstacle to overcome--the city no longer allowed pole signs in the area. Then good things started to happen! Thanks to the Des Moines City Council, permission was given to reinstall the sign and as an added bonus, they elevated it to landmark status. Yet, the damaged sign still had a problem--it badly needed repair. A local sign maker took on the challenge. He spent many hours hammering, sawing, etc. to bring the neon lighted sign back to how it appeared in its glory days. The Snookies Malt Shop sign has had a perilous journey the past couple of years, but I am glad it is back "home" safe and secure. ----- I think this is more than a story of a SIGN ON A POLE. I also see this as a story of falling, failure, forgiveness and restoration--this is a story of love.


Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. (NIV) (Luke 15: 13)-----But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him. "My Son" the father said, "you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." (NIV) (Luke 15: 30.31.




Views of a Farm Boy--Dedicated to promote Iowa agriculture and Iowa values--Robert Vaughn--Urbandale, Iowa  EMAIL: