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    The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Yesterday, some coworkers and I had a rather spirited discussion about Iowa. Specifically, out of our 9 man cell, 4 of us are originally from Iowa, despite all of living in Germany and having travelled the world prior to arriving here.

    In itself, that's kind of freaky, but the subject of our talk was: What's the difference between "being from Iowa" and "being an Iowan."

    I submit that the other 3, though they had fond memories, by and large, of growing up there, none of them were willing to actually return and live in Iowa. Myself, I am as firmly anchored in Iowa as can be, despite living overseas. I own a house there, and will do what it takes, up to and including taking a pay/responsibilities cut in my job to return and resume my life there.

    My reasoning is that I love the weather, the people, and the incredible green-ness of everything, pretty much all summer. I like the "micro-history" of Iowa, and how such a small and population-poor state has made such an out-of-proportion contribution to the world.

    Iowa is inside me. And it is in my wife, as well. That's one of the reasons I believe we are so well-matched. I know, as an Iowan, I'm supposed to have this inferiority complex; you know the chip on the shoulder they sing about in The Music Man?

    Well, I've outgrown the need to compete with other states' attraction. I am an IOWAN dammit! And proud of it....


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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post

    Iowa is inside me. ..
    I think that is the key, you can be from Iowa because you were born here, hated and moved, that would not make you an Iowan.

    But there is something that IOWANS love about the state no matter what anyone says about it that makes them Iowans.

    Just because you lived here doesn't make you an Iowan, that means you are from here.


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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    What a great post! I lived in Phoenix for a while, and didn't realize how much I would miss the "green-ness" of the state. Iowa is inside me as well.
    Only complaint: there is indeed an inferiority complex here within many folks; it drives me crazy.



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    What a great post! I lived in Phoenix for a while, and didn't realize how much I would miss the "green-ness" of the state. Iowa is inside me as well.
    Only complaint: there is indeed an inferiority complex here within many folks; it drives me crazy.
    I was a little intoxicated at the Big 12 tournament when a guy with this complex from Vail, CO start spewing his resientment. I had to leave or there may have been trouble. I have seen this in some others places I have lived as well.


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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    Only complaint: there is indeed an inferiority complex here within many folks; it drives me crazy.
    You will find the people with this problem have never been anywhere else. I am too an Iowan. I have lived several other places and I am back to stay. You appreciate it all the more once you leave for a few years.



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    My reasoning is that I love the weather, the people, and the incredible green-ness of everything, pretty much all summer. I like the "micro-history" of Iowa, and how such a small and population-poor state has made such an out-of-proportion contribution to the world.

    Iowa is inside me. And it is in my wife, as well. That's one of the reasons I believe we are so well-matched. I know, as an Iowan, I'm supposed to have this inferiority complex; you know the chip on the shoulder they sing about in The Music Man?
    I couldn't agree more. I don't get it when people say that Iowa is boring, or has no natural beauty.

    I think a lot of people just don't stop and open their eyes to see it. I love the green-ness too, and right now is the best time for it...



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    I was in Ames last weekend for a wedding and I was blown away by how gorgeous it was with all the greenness and blossoms. I lived in Iowa for 22 years before moving out of state for work and I am sad to say that I never appreciated it then as I do now.



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by cys_av8r View Post
    You will find the people with this problem have never been anywhere else. I am too an Iowan. I have lived several other places and I am back to stay. You appreciate it all the more once you leave for a few years.
    I didn't realize how much I like Iowa until I spent a week in Cancun, and the feeling was further cemented in me when I spent a week in Chicago. When I was young I always wanted to move out of Iowa. Now I'm happy living here for many reasons.


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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Maybe some only see the 8 mos of brownness that is Iowa. I am a hater of Iowa winters, but love the spring, summer, fall and culture of Iowa.



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Maybe some only see the 8 mos of brownness that is Iowa. I am a hater of Iowa winters, but love the spring, summer, fall and culture of Iowa.
    Be fair, Iowa is only brown 6 months out of the year!



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    I was born in Iowa, stayed for 18 years, moved to Sweden, Montana, Canada and then back to Iowa. Then I decided Shanghai, China was the place to be. Now I am moving back in June to live for good. I love Iowa! People here will tell you that too.



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by chinapuck View Post
    I was born in Iowa, stayed for 18 years, moved to Sweden, Montana, Canada and then back to Iowa. Then I decided Shanghai, China was the place to be. Now I am moving back in June to live for good. I love Iowa! People here will tell you that too.
    Lol, someone's a wanderer.



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    I was raised in Iowa and go back to see family and friends regularly. I have spent the last 5 years living in Colorado. I moved to here due to lack of jobs in Iowa for my skill set (Litigation Technology). I enjoy visiting Iowa. I love going over my old stomping grounds in Des Moines and Ames. (wish I didn't have to visit Marshalltown, but it is what it is) I don't resent growing up there and I am proud to say that I am an ISU Alum. (current news withstanding). I spent most of my life in Iowa, but it just isn't home to me anymore.



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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybone View Post
    I was raised in Iowa and go back to see family and friends regularly. I have spent the last 5 years living in Colorado. I moved to here due to lack of jobs in Iowa for my skill set (Litigation Technology). I enjoy visiting Iowa. I love going over my old stomping grounds in Des Moines and Ames. (wish I didn't have to visit Marshalltown, but it is what it is) I don't resent growing up there and I am proud to say that I am an ISU Alum. (current news withstanding). I spent most of my life in Iowa, but it just isn't home to me anymore.
    Okay, WTH is "Litigation Technology???"

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    Re: The difference between "Being From Iowa" and being "An Iowan".

    Quote Originally Posted by CyGuy33 View Post
    I was a little intoxicated at the Big 12 tournament when a guy with this complex from Vail, CO start spewing his resientment. I had to leave or there may have been trouble. I have seen this in some others places I have lived as well.
    Someone from Colorado was at a Big 12 sporting event?


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