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Iowa Is a Godforsaken Waste Land

 I. Hate. Iowa. I cannot stress or punctuate this enough. I want to first start out by saying that I don't hate ALL Iowans. I have some very good friends here that I don't know what I would do without. BUT, here is my experience OVERALL:

I moved here several years ago (against my better judgement) because my husband was transferred here for his job.  I cannot believe how rude, smug, delusional, judgmental, horrid, fat and energy draining 80% of Iowans are. Customer service is a nightmare if you are dealing with an Iowan. Instead of you paying them for a service they act like they are doing you a favor by even considering taking your money. This is from the high school drop out at the McDonalds, the teller at the bank, waitresses and waiters, retail. Oh my God, don't even get me started on actual skilled laborers. Plumbers, mechanics, carpet layers (are they skilled?) will treat you like you are the ******* scum and like they are gracing you with their worldly knowledge. How surprised I was when I kept ditching people for their lack of customer service only to find that the next person I called was just as rude or even worse. Most Iowans in any sort of service profession (or otherwise now that I think about it) have an attitude that can best be described as "How dare you inconvenience me by making me do my job."

Bitchy. Bitchy. Bitchy. This is the word that best describes most woman under the age of 50 in Iowa. Most have a sense of humor that can best be described as high school cheer leader. They hate anyone that is prettier, skinnier or does not share the same opinions as them. about anything, no matter how stupid or meaningless. They are even personally affronted if you do not eat the same food as they do.  For example, if you bring your lunch to work and you have something exotic, say like guacamole (yes, this is exotic to Iowans), some Iowan will shriek (yes, shriek) "Oh my God! What is THAT!" in a really overdramatic display of disgust. When you smile wanly and calmly explain with a little bit of incredulity that it's just guacamole, they will then look at you like you are a freak and then say loudly "Ugh. Gross. How can you eat that?" as they shovel in a mouthful of some mystery ham loaf or something that really is disgusting, but you have the good breeding and manners to let people eat whatever the **** they want to in peace. 

Hall monitors. They want to know when, where, what you're doing and why you aren't doing it the "Iowa way". Yes, I actually had an Iowan use this phrase with me. Someone will notice every. thing. you. do. and then proceed to ask you about it. And it's not in a nice chit chat making conversation or because they legitimately care about you way. It's usually in the spirit of pointing out how badly you suck compared to them.

 

Denial:

Ok. I've lived in Phoenix, AZ and visited every single state in this country so I feel like that gives me a pretty good reference point. I grew up in IN. Lived there for 23 years. I have yet to meet a person from IN who will not admit that it sucks to live there. Iowa is even worse, but for some reason, Iowans will defend their homeland to the death as the best ******* place on earth (yes, on EARTH!) despite all rational evidence to the contrary. It has all the pitfalls of any other lame midwestern place (nothing to do, horrible weather, etc.) but Iowans will not admit these short comings and actually try to argue with you about how awesome Iowa is, with talking points such as safety, the people (?????????) and education. Iowans like to describe themselves as "hardworking". This just means that they will consider anyone else who doesn't enjoy shoveling snow out of their driveway for the 15th ******* time in three weeks as weak and lazy. 

They LOVE their legislation:

They are constantly passing some bullshit law or making something illegal.

Some examples:

True story: There was an article in the paper about a woman who had one of those rv/camper things. She didn't live in some fancy neighborhood with a HOA or anything like that. This was a run of the mill, lower middle class downtownish neighborhood. Apparently, there is some kind of ordinance against parking rvs in your own driveway (of course there is!) You have to park is behind your house (huh?) or pay to put it in storage. Well, this woman lost her job (and as a side note her son was in Iraq and actually stayed in the camper when he came home) and money was tight so she could not afford to put it in storage. It was parked in her own driveway next to the house and in no way was blocking any kind of view or creating any kind of eyesore (I saw the picture). She had it there is her driveway for like 6 months without any incident. Then one day, some ******* Iowan neighbor actually called the police. Called the police. To report that she had an rv in her driveway. Now, I think rvs in driveways look as trashy as the next person, BUT, I would NEVER call the ******* police on someone for having one parked in their own driveway. Who does that? Seriously? Then the city was suing her to make her move it.

Make sure you don't park your car on east/west running streets, on Tuesday and Thursdays on left hand side between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. Okay, I made that one up, but it's pretty damn close!

They also outlawed people putting couches on their front porches. It's a college town. Who gives a **** what someone puts on their own front porch? Pull the sticks out of your *****! I personally don't want to put a couch on my front porch but I don't give a **** if anyone else does. That's the difference between me and an Iowan.

Iowans cannot drive. I only bring this up because it relates to the whole Iowa personality. It's not good enough for them to follow traffic laws and posted speed limits. Iowa drivers want to make sure that everyone is driving the way Iowans think they should. They accomplish this by going 55mph in the left lane next to a semi. This ensures that no one can pass them going at an unacceptable speed. Iowans do not get over to let other cars merge onto the interstate. I can't really explain or joke about this one. I've seen it a million times.  I think, though, that it might have something to do with the fact that Iowans also cannot merge onto the interstate. Iowans actually slow down and sometimes stop when trying to merge onto I-80. This is to make sure you have a better chance of getting hit in the *** by the Kenworth coming at you. Although I have to say, this is kind of like the chicken and the egg conundrum. Which came first? Did Iowans adapt to the unwillingness of other ******** not letting them merge onto the interstate? Or do people not get over because they realize the idiots will just stop?

There is also this thing I like to call the "Iowa turn". This is when instead of slowing down and turning at a normal speed, you actually must come to an almost complete stop before you can physically turn.

You must also wait at least 8 seconds before you move when the light turns green. It doesn't sound like a lot but sit and count...one one thousand...two one thousand... 

If you're not looking for a man who is at least 50 lbs overweight (if he is over 25), makes corny jokes, talks incessantly about Hawkeye football, thinks the Outback is gourmet food and anyone who doesn't look like a sorority girl is a freak- then bring your own.

Want to get away from Iowans and this godforsaken place? Well. It will cost you double and you will have to connect a half hour after taking off in Chicago. 

The food is horrible. I don't consider myself picky AT ALL. I love food. In fact, I'm packing on the pounds myself lately from the stress of living in this hell hole...but I digress. Good food to Iowans is anything that is tasteless, greasy and made of some type of unidentified meat, sometimes pork. Restaurants have caught on to this and serve ****** food, knowing the Iowans will eat it. I'm not kidding. 

People are really uptight in a "you drank before you were 21 so you're going to hell" type way.  I consider myself an average middle class person. I graduated from college, I have a family and I am gainfully employed. Don't have any dysfunctions or addictions. I'm 31 so grew up in the 90s. Pretty much everyone I knew drank from the time they were 16 or 17 and might have dabbled a little with drugs in college. No coke binges or anything just, ya know, a little weed, maybe tried some shrooms once or something. Not a big deal. If you tell an Iowan this they will look at you like you just told them you used to dabble in p*orn or prostitution.

On a positive note:

For some weird reason, anyone you meet over the age of 70 is the  nicest, most genuine, caring person you will ever meet.

and finally:

you know, maybe I just have bad luck meeting people. Maybe the people I've met so far (over the course of 8 years) just happened to be crazy or lame for whatever reason and I certainly don't want to offend anyone. I know, of course, that there are Iowans out there who do not fit this discription...I just haven't met a lot of them.

Like I said earlier, I have met some people that were born and raised in Iowa and they are awesome friends...but here's the thing...they hate Iowa too. So there you have it.

Oh, and before you post a "if you don't like it then leave" message. We are in the process of moving. yay!!!!!!!!

Update: Yes, I realize if you are an Iowan this story will probably be offensive to you. It's a rant, you know, venting. Here's a tip, if you don't want to read negative comments about your "awesome" state than you probably shouldn't be trolling around an "I Hate Iowa" experience group. Go start an "I Love Iowa" experience group and share your thoughts there.

narrage narrage 31-35, F 46 Responses Jan 2, 2009

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Thank you, THANK YOU!! Lived here a few years now, and you hit the nail on the head, especially your comments about driving and treatment of transplants. I literally laughed out loud at your comment about the "Iowa Turn" (so, so true!). And I love the dirty looks I get when I pass someone on the right because they're going 60 MPH in a 70 MPH and NEVER get out of the left lane.This is by far the most unwelcoming place to outsiders that I have ever lived in, and I've lived in many states. And in reading the comments, the only people that say we are wrong in thinking this are (surprise!!!) native Iowans, who lack the self awareness to realize that starting their disagreements with "I've lived here all my life" actually weakens, not strengthens, their arguments.Glad that you are now in a better place and hope to be too someday :)

Psycho. The state has clearly dramatically improved since you have left. Please don't come back.

Whew! You need to get laid!

I have lived not only in different states, but different countries. Other than mountains the ocean I do not feel it is much different, because people are what make a place livable.

When someone complains about everyone, you really have to stop and wonder.

Maybe your husband cannot relieve your stress well enough. ***** is a good anti-depressant, come back and give it a try.

Seen and heard similar rants by natives and non-natives of nearly every state. Having lived all over the world and the US, people are about the same everywhere you go. No one place is any worse than any other. You are quite entitled to your rant. Since you are the one consistent feature of your narrative, I suspect you'd have a similar rant anywhere you found yourself.

I can relate to this in so many ways. I was born and raised in Iowa and moved away for almost 6 years. We have been back for 2 years. We mainly moved back to take care of a close relative that was sick and thought it would be good to be back by family. I also have to say it's not that I believe every person is bad in Iowa but overall, most share the same type of personality.
The food comment hits the nail on the head for me. At work I can't even bring a salad or hummus or anything without getting some kind of remark! It's like, it's way better to be eating crappy food that's horrible for you. I started eating at my desk just because I would rather try to be left alone to eat what I want. It is like being stuck in grade school where kids make fun of you for eating certain things. You shouldn't have to feel like you're showing off just for eating something healthy.
I also agree about someone noticing every little thing you do. People are so overly nosy here. People are even so worried about every little thing. They want to know personal things about you for some reason, maybe they don't have enough going on?
If you aren't a huge obsessive fan of the Iowa State Fair, Iowa/Iowa State football, and drinking crappy beer until you're passed out then you don't fit in. Oh, and if you don't work at one of the main things in Agriculture or Insurance and do something different- people look down on you.
I guarantee that about 90% of people that will get really defensive of Iowa have never moved out. That might be good, because if you're like me and have something to compare it to, you'll realize how narrow minded it is here.
It would be alot easier if I felt like this was home again and wanted to stay by family...however I don't think I can imagine living here forever with the lack of outdoor recreation, room for new ideas and good conversation, and overall feeling of being trapped by people's judgemental views.

I highly doubt that any of what was said here is actually what happened. Honestly, your exaggeration could be deemed a talent. Let me respond in a rational way, as my fellow statesmen seem to be unable to do that.

Iowa, despite the stereotypes, is actually a nice place. Once you get used to it, that is.
I will admit that this place can be quite boring, especially if your a teen with nothing to do over the weekends or the summer. But, I digress, Iowa is an awesome place. There are so many things about it that are simple, and easy to enjoy. How about instead of looking at the painfully obvious string of awful things that our ****** up federal cronies have done(not just to Iowa, but to EVERY other state), you look at the more enjoyable parts of living in a state as nice as Iowa, because not everything can be as good as we've got it.

Despite what they think, Iowa is NOT the number 1 agricultural state. That title goes to California. Yes, this place is awful, the weather is the absolute worst, the people are mean (Iowa is the originator of the 'dirty look'), and yes, I am moving as soon as possible!

Can you please explain to me how great California's soil is? Or how the 'dirty look' originated in Iowa? I would love to hear that. In the words of Herbert Hoover, "Iowa could survive without the United States, but the United States could not survive without Iowa."

The 'dirty look' most likely originated in the Midwest (including Iowa) because it's full of Norwegians and that's just the way their faces are frozen. The United States could absolutely survive without Iowa but probably not without California since it is the world's fifth largest economy.

Bang on comments. Absolutely brilliant, especially the bits about the God-awful food and the appalling driving and the sitting at the traffic lights after they have turned green! Drives me crazy. I am originally from London, lived all over the world, ended up in this cesspit due to marriage but hope to be out of here within the year. Hope you have managed your escape.

I have lived here for almost two years. I hate this state! The water is polluted and the air quality sucks! Cant wait to move out of here! The weather is horrible. So hot and humid in the summer. You must stay indoors. Winter time is awful ! Do not move here! You will regret it!

I have read most of the posts on this website and they are very true. Thank god I have others who feel the same way I do. I have been back here for three years and I'm already counting the days until I can leave. I grew up here, was raised here, and was blesses to spend five years away from this god forsaken place. I mean, it can be beautiful but the people are everything this site has mentioned. Judgmental. Close-minded. If they work at wal mart, they think they are doing you a service to be nice to you..,.Taco Bell, etc. The cops here need to get a life too! They invade your home with no reason or apology, all because they think everyone is addicted to meth. Screw going out and having a couple of beers, they're all on a stakeout because the cops having no tickets to write out since there are cameras all over the city. They need to get a life!!! Oh, and forget it if you have a pain disorder or severe back problem, you won't get any real pain medications here unless you are dying. And maybe not even then. But at least they're controlling the meth problem by denying real people who are in real pain drugs! Yeah, and talk about hard work-you have to be f--kng your boss to get a job, or know a lot of people....alll to kiss sum *** for minimun wage and be treated like you are a piece of dirt just because you secured a job at say, Burger King. The only real reason to stay here is if you have family.....and if they don'tkill you first from all their whining, hypocrisy and "living by the way it should be," then I beg you all find a way out before this place kills you. If you can manage to scrape up enough fine Iowan money to hijack (not really) but the hit the road jack and dont come back no more no more no more, say a plane......my blessings are with you! Personally I bought into the Iowan bullshit and came back after five years away, and it just reconfirms everything bad I already thought I knew, but wasn't sure. Please, people.....if youre family or fellow iowans are like this--controlling, hoypocritical, judging, stone throwers....better than god.....get the hell gone or dont come here cuz as soon as my winnow of opportunity opens, this place will be nothing more than a vacationj spot for a couple of weeks every few years. God bless all, and my prayers are with you

I have read most of the posts on this website and they are very true. Thank god I have others who feel the same way I do. I have been back here for three years and I'm already counting the days until I can leave. I grew up here, was raised here, and was blesses to spend five years away from this god forsaken place. I mean, it can be beautiful but the people are everything this site has mentioned. Judgmental. Close-minded. If they work at wal mart, they think they are doing you a service to be nice to you..,.Taco Bell, etc. The cops here need to get a life too! They invade your home with no reason or apology, all because they think everyone is addicted to meth. Screw going out and having a couple of beers, they're all on a stakeout because the cops having no tickets to write out since there are cameras all over the city. They need to get a life!!! Oh, and forget it if you have a pain disorder or severe back problem, you won't get any real pain medications here unless you are dying. And maybe not even then. But at least they're controlling the meth problem by denying real people who are in real pain drugs! Yeah, and talk about hard work-you have to be f--kng your boss to get a job, or know a lot of people....alll to kiss sum *** for minimun wage and be treated like you are a piece of dirt just because you secured a job at say, Burger King. The only real reason to stay here is if you have family.....and if they don'tkill you first from all their whining, hypocrisy and "living by the way it should be," then I beg you all find a way out before this place kills you. If you can manage to scrape up enough fine Iowan money to hijack (not really) but the hit the road jack and dont come back no more no more no more, say a plane......my blessings are with you! Personally I bought into the Iowan bullshit and came back after five years away, and it just reconfirms everything bad I already thought I knew, but wasn't sure. Please, people.....if youre family or fellow iowans are like this--controlling, hoypocritical, judging, stone throwers....better than god.....get the hell gone or dont come here cuz as soon as my winnow of opportunity opens, this place will be nothing more than a vacationj spot for a couple of weeks every few years. God bless all, and my prayers are with you

I have read most of the posts on this website and they are very true. Thank god I have others who feel the same way I do. I have been back here for three years and I'm already counting the days until I can leave. I grew up here, was raised here, and was blesses to spend five years away from this god forsaken place. I mean, it can be beautiful but the people are everything this site has mentioned. Judgmental. Close-minded. If they work at wal mart, they think they are doing you a service to be nice to you..,.Taco Bell, etc. The cops here need to get a life too! They invade your home with no reason or apology, all because they think everyone is addicted to meth. Screw going out and having a couple of beers, they're all on a stakeout because the cops having no tickets to write out since there are cameras all over the city. They need to get a life!!! Oh, and forget it if you have a pain disorder or severe back problem, you won't get any real pain medications here unless you are dying. And maybe not even then. But at least they're controlling the meth problem by denying real people who are in real pain drugs! Yeah, and talk about hard work-you have to be f--kng your boss to get a job, or know a lot of people....alll to kiss sum *** for minimun wage and be treated like you are a piece of dirt just because you secured a job at say, Burger King. The only real reason to stay here is if you have family.....and if they don'tkill you first from all their whining, hypocrisy and "living by the way it should be," then I beg you all find a way out before this place kills you. If you can manage to scrape up enough fine Iowan money to hijack (not really) but the hit the road jack and dont come back no more no more no more, say a plane......my blessings are with you! Personally I bought into the Iowan bullshit and came back after five years away, and it just reconfirms everything bad I already thought I knew, but wasn't sure. Please, people.....if youre family or fellow iowans are like this--controlling, hoypocritical, judging, stone throwers....better than god.....get the hell gone or dont come here cuz as soon as my winnow of opportunity opens, this place will be nothing more than a vacationj spot for a couple of weeks every few years. God bless all, and my prayers are with you

I don't want to go to Iowa now at all, I am going to Iowa in January for college but just reading these comments makes me think I may need to change my mind I am from Florida where you are so use to meeting people of different religions, cultures, or races that just hearing about the level of intolerance that people are being subjected to is mindbogglingly. Gah......I really don't even want to go now. To me the worst thing you could be is ignorant whether it's about religion or race or whatever I feel everyone should be allowed to live the way they feel is comfortable and if Iowa is like you guys said I would not be able to live there happily I think I may switch Colleges.

To be honest, I never met anyone who was racist in Iowa City. People put up a very good front of being liberal and inclusive while at the same time being extremely judgmental and unfriendly. It really is very odd. Also keep in mind that I am a 30ish person with kids who had to deal with older adults who had lived in Iowa their whole lives. I'm sure being around college kids at U of I would be a much different experience...at least I would hope so. Just trying to be fair! :)

@narrage: *thumbs up* good one!!! lol

I've been all over the U.S., too, & have never seen anything like this place :(

I should report all of you.

LOLLOLLOLLOL. Of course you would. You're an Iowan.

I was surprised about the intolerance of other races. I was visiting a friend in Fairfield and we took my kids to Fun City in Burlington and was also in Ottumwa, and I saw many black kids and white kids who were friends. No one was batting an eye at any of this. The reason it surprised me is that because I saw a lot of kids of different races hanging out together--it gave me hope. I live in Chicago and it's very segregated in a lot of ways. Didn't see many if any Asians. My kids are part Asian but look Caucasian.

y story differs slightly from the others in this forum. My parents moved to Iowa from a nearby state right before I was born, because my dad had a job opportunity in the western part of the state. Technically, I am a native Iowan. They thought that Iowa would surely be no different than any other midwestern state. They were sorely wrong. <br />
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I'll never be sure why Iowans tout their amazing education statistics. They're right around 27th in the nation for education. Not stellar whatsoever. The teachers, at least in my experience, are often times all related to each other and terrible teachers. The teachers were often lazy and show movies in class when they don't want to teach. Trust me, my childhood was filled with random "parties." They favor the people with the "right last name." For example, the girl who was supposed to be valedictorian of my class was ******** of her honor by not factoring in the last quarter's grades so that a girl with a prominent last name could have the honor. It was tolerable and normal for students to use the words "gay" and "jew" to describe people and situations in a derogatory way. My years at said school were filled with severe harassment by both teachers and students that went unchecked because my parents were "outsiders" and "had money" because my parents both worked full time jobs. I kid you not.<br />
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The people are insanely intolerant of anything that doesn't completely follow their views. If you don't like excessive drinking and partying well into your forties, Christian, being married by the time you're 22 and with kids by the time you're 23, get ready to want to pull your hair out soon after getting here. Everyone looks the same. Crappy looking spiked, teased, badly dyed, or platinum blonde hair accompanied by an orange fake tan is the norm here for women. The women are insanely bitchy/cliquey as though they have something to actually be bitchy and snobby about; sorry ladies, shopping at the Buckle and having gaudy fake designer purses that you take with you down to the dive bar doesn't make you classy. The men are shallow in such a way, that if the women don't fit the aforementioned desc<x>ription you're treated like hell. I've seen many a beautiful woman being trash-talked by Iowan men because they don't fit their odd and trashy specifics for beauty. They're "snobby city-folk" of course. They love their sports, crops, and cheap beer; while there's nothing wrong with this, get some outside interests. Grow a little, would you? <br />
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If for some ungodly reason you cross an Iowan, they go bat-**** crazy on you. I mean, trashing cars and houses, calling cops over minute things, making the entire town shun you for the most minute of reasons that probably didn't even happen in the first place.. they heard it from their husband's cousin's ex-wife after all so it has to be true! Don't believe me about "trying to get an entire town to shun you?" You **** off one small-town Iowan, you've pissed off 75% of the town because they're all related somehow. The gene pool in Iowa has to be awfully small... <br />
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I never realized how truly hateful, xenophobic, and racist Iowa was until the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 election in which the state judges were to be reconfirmed after the gay marriage ruling. Well, they did elect Steve King so I shouldn't be surprised. Iowans make it seem like every hispanic and gay person wants to swarm to Iowa to get married and "steal their jobs." Look, white trash Iowans: No one would come to this state, even gays. <br />
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It's sad for me to hate my home state where I was raised and educated through my undergraduate degress this much when I'm only in my early 20's. I'm moving out of the state in a week, and I won't ever look back. Iowa, you can have your trashy people, your meth labs, and your delusional idea of being awesome. I'm also waiting for jackasses to comment on this being like "omg i love Iowa. its awesome! **** yeah!!!1! love it or leave it." Those are the type of people I can't wait to get away from.

Yeah, Iowa sucks. In general. There are good things, bad things, and very ugly things about every single state in this country. To generalize that "Iowans suck" just because you can't make friends is kind of petty. Also, if you really think the food is terrible, you must have gone to the typical chains. Way to go on that one. I'll give you that most Iowans can't drive so well. It'd take a friggin' miracle to get most people to use their turn signals just once in their life. Winter sucks... but that's the same no matter where you go. At least we don't get lake effect snow. Yes, there are meth addicts. Don't like it? Don't hang out with them. <br />
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Iowa allows Gay Marriage, has an burgeoning music scene and nightlife, has a fairly low unemployment rate, and has been voted by several top magazines and websites as one of the best/coolest places to live. (Except in winter, which REALLY sucks) Also, Iowa is high on the amount of parks per capita. <br />
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Granted there are some VERY interesting characters, a**holes (kind of like every other sate), and rednecks (also, like every other state). There are also kind, generous, hardworking, wonderful and open residents. Hey, just like every other state.

I moved here to live with my boyfriend. I moved here as an energetic young lady that had an ambition for life, and discovery.<br />
Three years later....<br />
I've barely made any friends at all, most of the people here just make depressed to be part of humanity, I've lost all ambition for living what-so-ever, and I've put on a ton of weight because there's nothing to do, and no one to do things with.<br />
I've been trying to convince him to move somewhere else(anywhere else) with me, but he seems hesitant on the idea.<br />
Guess I'm stuck here in Iowa for now.<br />
Maybe one day when I move away I'll rediscover my soul once again.<br />
..'Til then..

I enjoy blaming your lack of self control and your fatness on a state. Good pork? Love corn?

Look at the raging Iowan and his exclamation points -- probably high on meth.<br />
Arguing with an Iowan is like arguing with a child -- they have that level of unsubtlety in their thinking and are that immature.

God where the **** are you from! CA? FL? NY? D.C.? Well, that definetly explains your arrogant attitude, narrage.

I grew up in IN, which is just as boring, only the people there at admit it. ....and you misspelled definitely. You know when the fancy computer machine puts a red dotted line under a word you've typed? That means it's spelled wrong.

I thought it was just me. I've been obsessed with trying to understand from a sociological perspective what I see as an attitude of anti-intellectualism, prejudice and a general lack of health or interest in anything creativein this state. Is it inbreeding, Christianity or a combination of both? I'm sure this is partly it among a multitude of other things I am not able ascertain or quantify using language or other discernable means of communication save for a sound I make which one could interprit as disgust and fear when one, from an evolutionary standpoint, observes daily a society of those who really have nothing meaningful to contribute to the proliferation of human advancement. Iowa is like a mutation or virus which survives, not because it's good, but simply because it thrives in a certain kind of environment perpetuated by the virus itself. If you do not feel the sickness in Iowa, you probably are the sickness in which case you probably love it.. You are also boring, stupid and fat. Jesus made you that way. It lives, unfortunately.

Iowans have a huge inferiority complex vis-a-vis non-Iowans. They know that it totally sucks here, or at least know that many non-Iowans think it sucks there. But they'll irrationally defend the homeland for all the hackneyed reasons. Their defensiveness is rooted in their inferiority complex.

I forgot the about the drivers on my list yes I have started a list! I couldnt agree with you more. Someone get me out of this ***hole!

I moved to Iowa City 3 years ago and I am so desperate to get out. I've really had it. I'm here only because of my job. I'm looking elsewhere and desperately hoping that I can land a job far from this Godforsaken place.<br />
I agree with all the posts above. Iowans do not deal with questions of race well. I'm Asian-American, was born in the US and have lived in Chicago, CA, Boston, and other large metropolitan areas in the US and abroad.<br />
I take the bus everyday to work. One time I was a little late to the stop and ran after the bus. The driver noticed me in his rear-view mirror, graciously stopped, and let me on. Since I see him everyday, he indicated that I didn't have to insert my bus pass and simply to quickly board. As I headed toward a seat, an evidently native Iowa passenger, he had that worn-down rural-as-**** look, sitting close to the driver told me gruffly and condescendingly that, "In this country we say 'thank you.'" Unfortunately I didn't say anything in response, as I was so caught off guard. I remember a woman sitting next to him -- I know she heard this old ****** -- her face was blank and she obviously was not going to get involved.<br />
Iowans largely have a conformist mindset, have provincial notions of racial difference, and, delusionally, seem proud to be that way.

free2bducki: what you said about the use of the word "Jew:" being an insult rather than a statement of fact... so true. We have one Jewish woman at work who is a P.A. (Physician's Assistant) My "beloved" racist, yet 2-faced co-worker was in suck-up mode to this women a while back and I casually added to a conversation when she was discussing this P.A. going home for Passover that I had been to a few Sader meals at home when I lived in Detroit and I was very moved by the service around the Sader meal. I went on to explain parts of the service/meal to this co-worker who rolled her eyes at me and snickered something about Jews being so supersitious. I was a bit taken aback by the comment, until my lovely co-worker added that had I not on an earlier occasion mentioned that I was Catholic that she would have guessed that I was Jewish from my name and my "goofy ideas about God and faith", I didn't even know how to respond to this. She stills kisses up to the Jewish P.A. and she still tells Jew and Catholic jokes and tells me to lighten up because after all, this is America and no one is forcing me to not belong to a "Christian" religion, it's my own fault if I want to be "stupid". <br />
Funny thing is, ever since I tried enlightening her about the symbolism of the Passover meal, she has become very close to the Jewish P.A. and that same P.A. who at least used to say hello to me, well she NEVER greets me anymore and at best gives me very angry looks. Want to make a wager my typical Iowan co-worker told the P.A. some daffy story about ME putting down her faith instead? TYPICAL IOWAN!!!!!!!

One more thing about Iowa is people here are so racist!! I'm in a small town high school so most of the racist stories I have are from kids my own age but its absolutely astonishing how bad it is in Iowa. In no other state have I seen such racism. I live in a college town that has a VERY diverse student body that love to hang out downtown ( our main street ) my friend and I were walking down the sidewalk of main street one day and there was about 3 african american students walking down the sidewalk towards us. My friend wanted to cross the street to the other side just to avoid them because they were "scary" . wow. she had lived in this town her whole life, and was afraid of these boys because their race and what they looked like. And never in my life have I heard "JEW" be used as an insult -- but it's very VERY popular here, basically because everyone is christian or a branch of it, and being of another religion is unheard of in their minds! I hate iowa, i hate most of the people, and I cant wait to live somewhere that has scenery other than ******* fields!!!

narrage: I am sooo jealous. We too (spouse and I) had to move here because of his job and a position that should have lasted 2 years ended in a matter of months (He worked for the gov't for nearly 25 years, right out of high school!) Anyways, a relocation that should have last 2-3 years tops is now into it's 6th year (We are from the Detroit area of Michigan and we are exiles here..can't go back but have obiligations there (ex: elderly relatives to care for) and do not want to stay here (but I have a job and he just finished a degree). I need and want to get home. At home , I encountered all sorts of people in a city that was mostly black and becoming increasing Arab. Some people were good, some very bigoted and scarey, but honestly, I thought Iowa (Des Moines/West Des Moines) would be better, safer, saner. HAAAAA! These people are so two-faced, especially the folks 40 and under. They love to pat themselves on the back for being broad-minded (gay marriage and gay parentlng being big deals here), but if you are not from here and somebody's third cousin twice removed or some other relation, then you are no good. I work with a woman who bends over backwards to be "nice" to a very large Asian population at our place of work and then crabs to me about how lazy and untrustworthy they are behind their backs! If you do not pretend to be politically correct and if you dare speak the truth about anyone who is a different ethic group or sexual orientation, you are seen as MEAN even though you are speaking the truth about the said individual and not the ethnic group as a whole. I guess being from Detroit where white people are the minority, I am more comfortable seeing people as individuals and judging a given person on their merits. That is, if a person is a bad worker you can't count on, I will say something, I will not smile and pretend everything is OK and then turn around when they leave and tear down the whole race! The dishonesty, clannishness, back-stabbing, and bigotry around here is insane. "Oh, look at me, I have a black friend! Let me show them around like a little pet while I priase my own open-mindedness" (All the while I take every effort to never allow my kids to go to their house in that past of town or let their kids be without my supervison in my house because I don't want things to disappear) That is how these Iowans think! Aack!<br />
Here's a perfect example of the navel gazing that goes on around here... When the horrible earth quake and resulting Tsunami hit Japan last week, I said to my co-worker, "How horrible for those people. It's chilling just to consider the terror those vicitms must have felt" She told me I was stupid to worry about something that had nothing to do with me. I was expressing grief for my fellow human beings. She couldn't care less. And just to prove its not just her, I checked out the headlines online in The Detroit News, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Chicago Tribune, The Port Huron Times Herald, The Dubuque Times Herald, The Macomb Daily (Michigan paper), and The Des Moines Register... Of all the front pages, the Iowa papers did NOT have headlines about Japan. The Des Moines Register featured sports, Ragbrai (local bike race later this year) and the cost of energy in Iowa. All the other papers, even the tiny local ones, had a word or two on the front page about Japan. That says it all. Anyone know if St. Paul or Chicago might be a preferable move to consider? Gotta get closer to home, but gotta find work.

I am happy to report that after almost 9 years in Hell, we are finally moving out of here as soon as we sell our house!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I am ditching this place and never, ever setting foot in this state again for as long as I live!!

I am green with envy. Hope you found a better place than Iowa, but the again, that wouldn't be difficult.