an ode

Jul. 15th, 2006 04:23 pm
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i see that iowa was ranked the third most livable state for 2006, which i think would make people elsewhere (and a lot of people here) laugh. i think most people probably think iowa must totally suck. it has seemed to be the perception almost anywhere in the US i have travelled. "iowa, you have all the potatoes, right?" someone actually said that to me in washington, d.c. i think a common misconception is that everyone lives on a farm. i grew up in a city that is basically a suburb of omaha. i had never even seen a cornfield from any closer than my car travelling down the road until i met luke and went to thanksgiving at his grandparents farm (some people do live on farms.) i didnt even know there were different kinds of cows until i was in college (a small private college in sioux city, iowa) and, the lone "city girl" at my table in the dining hall, became educated on the difference between a steer and a heifer. i always thought there were just boy cows and girl cows! there is a rural population, but there is almost everywhere! ever been to southeastern oregon? im not sure some of those places even have zip codes.

with the advent of the internet and cable tv, i can go to victor, iowa (where my husband grew up) which has a population of 1000 and the kids are wearing and doing the exact same things they would be in any city. i think people still think people in iowa are so far "behind the times" that they dance to poison at prom and wear co-ed naked baseball shirts. that for fun, they must go cow tipping. i know kids in ohio who are still going to "raves," and the kids here are way over that.

anything you can get anywhere, i can get here. we do have the united states postal service in iowa. sure, there may not be jobs like hollywood producer or runway model in iowa. but i prefer it that way. i love living here. i have lived and been to many other places and i would never dream about not coming back. as someone who loves nature, i think iowa is breathtakingly beautiful. we don't have mountains, but we do have loess hills which can only be found one other place in the world (china). we don't have the ocean, but we are the only state to be naturally bordered on two sides by rivers. we do have tornadoes and the occassional blizzard, but we dont have earthquakes, hurricanes, or tsunamis. we do have really humid summers, but we also have millions of trees and plants and grasses and incredibly fertile soil.

im not saying that iowa is better than anywhere else. i know it would be a hard argument to win with someone from the east or west coast, or especially someone from illinois. im just saying its not any worse than anywhere else. each place has things to love and things to dislike. nowhere is perfect. and im not saying that anyone else besides me would love to live here. i hear people talking down about iowa all the time and it makes me think they must have sorry lives if they dislike it here so much and don't just move somewhere they would be happier (the rub, of course, is that these are the people who wouldn't be happy anywhere). and yeah, we have problems, but not any more than anywhere else.

i admit that a large part of why i know i could never live anywhere else is that my family is here. my sister is thinking about moving to seattle because her fiance got offered a very good job there. i will be so very sad if she leaves. i don't want her to feel bad about it or to influence her decision, but i do want her to know that i will miss her terribly because she is my best friend in the entire universe.
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You Know You're From Iowa When...


Vacation means driving through the Amanas or going to Adventureland

Down South to you means Missouri

You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Des Moines"

You know the answer to the question, :"Is this Heaven?"

You know where all the Yoders live (or Andersons, or Van den Bergs)

You know what "hawks" and "clones" are

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit or vegetable

You can locate Iowa on the map

You've ever been on a "Geode Hunt"

Your idea of a really great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun and is
accompanied only by ketchup and a dill pickle slice


You say "catty-wampus" instead of "kitty-corner"

You've never taken public transportation

You have boiled fish in lye for Christmas

You know what "uff-da" means and how to use it properly

You know what "Amish Country" is

The only reason you go to Wisconsin or Missouri is to get fireworks

You know exactly where "Field of Dreams" was filmed

When someone says they are going out for dinner or supper, you know which meal they are talking about

You listen to "Paul Harvey" every day at noon.

You think of the major food groups as deer meat, beer, corn, and
soy nuts. **ok, not really, but i do like all those things


You're pulled over and asked by the cop, "Had a little to much to drink, (your first name here)?

You own the complete "Dukes of Hazzard" video collection.

"Hick" is a style of clothing.

You can use the words, 'crik', 'holler', and 'skunk weed' in the same sentence.

Your Christmas gift, when you were ten years old was a shotgun (a BB gun if you were a 'townie').

You know someone personally who is involved in meth trade or manufacture.**one of luke's cousins is in prison right now

Your idea of a party is throwing cans of WD40 in a campfire while you're drunk.

You've been to a rave in a barn.

You've had sex in the back of a truck ... amid cows.

You know that cows don't sleep standing up.

You're concerned about the rates of corn growth in Illinois as compared to that of Iowa's.

You listen to Ag Day at 6AM ... two hours after you get up in the morning.

You believe that trees in Iowa lean towards Nebraska ... because Nebraska sucks!

You know several people who still refer to Japanese cars as "rice-burners."

"Styx" plays a concert at the county fair, and people actually show up.

You don't get nervous when you walk into a biker bar (unless you're an Iowa City cop).

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Iowa.




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