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    Back from Iowa

    I got back to the oven (central Texas) from my whirlwind trip to Western and Central Iowa. I saw my family in Council Bluffs and Altoona, I got to spend one night at my cousin's new hotel in Ankeny (really nice) and had a great meal at Iowa Beef!

    I didn't make it to the fair this year, but I did bring back 3 dozen ears of sweet corn (Iowa GOLD)!

    Now if I only could have brought back some of the cooler weather, it would have been perfect.


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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by TxCycloneFan View Post
    I got back to the oven (central Texas) from my whirlwind trip to Western and Central Iowa. I saw my family in Council Bluffs and Altoona, I got to spend one night at my cousin's new hotel in Ankeny (really nice) and had a great meal at Iowa Beef!

    I didn't make it to the fair this year, but I did bring back 3 dozen ears of sweet corn (Iowa GOLD)!

    Now if I only could have brought back some of the cooler weather, it would have been perfect.
    I made a similar trip a few weeks ago; Omaha/CB, Des Moines/Ames, and the Fort Dodge area. A friend in Austin tells me they have been having a very long stretch of triple digit weather. I really like that area, but man does it get hot and humid in the summer. Are you anywhere near Austin?



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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by sunset View Post
    I made a similar trip a few weeks ago; Omaha/CB, Des Moines/Ames, and the Fort Dodge area. A friend in Austin tells me they have been having a very long stretch of triple digit weather. I really like that area, but man does it get hot and humid in the summer. Are you anywhere near Austin?

    I work in Austin and live in Bastrop (30 miles east). we had our 44th day of 100 degree weather yesterday.

    I see you are in San Diego. Yesterday my step son calls to say he is wanting to move to San Diego. then today, my best friend from high school sends me an email to say he is moving to San Diego. I sent my wife the weeks weather forcast for San Diego and joked that we are moving there next. Now, I get this response from you, so that's it. I am out of here!



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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by TxCycloneFan View Post
    I got back to the oven (central Texas) from my whirlwind trip to Western and Central Iowa. I saw my family in Council Bluffs and Altoona, I got to spend one night at my cousin's new hotel in Ankeny (really nice) and had a great meal at Iowa Beef!

    I didn't make it to the fair this year, but I did bring back 3 dozen ears of sweet corn (Iowa GOLD)!

    Now if I only could have brought back some of the cooler weather, it would have been perfect.
    When I lived in Texas, I LOVED getting back to Iowa, especially for the fresh air. Dallas has really bad air.



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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    When I lived in Texas, I LOVED getting back to Iowa, especially for the fresh air. Dallas has really bad air.
    Unless you're down wind from a hog confinement- then the air might not seem as fresh here.



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    Re: Back from Iowa

    I have family in town from southern Cal this week - some that grew up in Des Moines and others have only been visitors. Of course, we'll go to the state fair - but what else did you do while you were here that you were glad you did? I want to show them a good time.


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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by sunset View Post
    I made a similar trip a few weeks ago; Omaha/CB, Des Moines/Ames, and the Fort Dodge area. A friend in Austin tells me they have been having a very long stretch of triple digit weather. I really like that area, but man does it get hot and humid in the summer. Are you anywhere near Austin?
    Oh yes. We have set a record for most 100-degree days in a summer this year. I can't even recall the number. It's like well over 50. It's been this way since the start of June.

    I miss Iowa the most come fall, when the temps dip into the 60s, you have to wear sweatshirts in the morning, the air gets crisp, the leaves change. In Texas, the air just gets less humid, but stays hot, the everything just turns browner than usual.



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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by TxCycloneFan View Post
    I work in Austin and live in Bastrop (30 miles east). we had our 44th day of 100 degree weather yesterday.

    I see you are in San Diego. Yesterday my step son calls to say he is wanting to move to San Diego. then today, my best friend from high school sends me an email to say he is moving to San Diego. I sent my wife the weeks weather forcast for San Diego and joked that we are moving there next. Now, I get this response from you, so that's it. I am out of here!

    The sad thing is that we are all complaining about how hot it is here. You really acclimate after a year or two. You find that you became the people you initially made fun of for wearing a jacket in 60 degree weather and turning on the air conditioning when it reaches 80.

    Texas hill country is a whole other kind of hot though. I try to only go in the fall. Last time we took a trip down to Lockhart (sp?) to take the tour of BBQ joints. That whole area is nice.

    My friend is opening a bar this week on Rio Grande in Austin. It will be called Dirty Bill's and sounds like it should be a pretty cool place.



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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by djkent01 View Post
    I have family in town from southern Cal this week - some that grew up in Des Moines and others have only been visitors. Of course, we'll go to the state fair - but what else did you do while you were here that you were glad you did? I want to show them a good time.
    For me it is mostly about seeing family and friends. I typically golf when I go back because I don't get out much here. I also try to hit all the food related items I can't get out here: pork tenderloins (oddly enough I haven't found a decent one in all of California), restaraunt chains we don't have, fresh corn/steak when we hit the farm.



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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    When I lived in Texas, I LOVED getting back to Iowa, especially for the fresh air. Dallas has really bad air.
    I guess you're not from Davenport, Clinton, or Cedar Rapids

    I personally didn't find Dallas' air all that bad (and I visited in August last year)


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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I guess you're not from Davenport, Clinton, or Cedar Rapids

    I personally didn't find Dallas' air all that bad (and I visited in August last year)
    Really? I just felt it was very thick and they do have regular color warnings in the summer about pollution. It wasn't unbearable, but didn't have the clean feel of midwestern air (hog confinements excluded)...btw, here in Chicago it isn't like the air is fresh all over either.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    Really? I just felt it was very thick and they do have regular color warnings in the summer about pollution. It wasn't unbearable, but didn't have the clean feel of midwestern air (hog confinements excluded)...btw, here in Chicago it isn't like the air is fresh all over either.
    It's actually kind of funny - Davenport has some of the worst air quality in the nation in proportion to its size. One year the ozone count got so high that the government threatened cutting off our highway funding.

    Clinton residents often talk about buying homes "above the smell."

    And Cedar Rapids residents don't coin the nickname "The City of Five Smells" for nothing - citizens can figure out which direction the wind is blowing just by the smell that happens to be in the air on that particular day. And if the wind isn't blowing at all, well, then, the smells just mix together and make one really nasty smell.

    All of these are due to various factories, not due to hog lots.


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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by TxCycloneFan View Post
    I got back to the oven (central Texas) from my whirlwind trip to Western and Central Iowa. I saw my family in Council Bluffs and Altoona, I got to spend one night at my cousin's new hotel in Ankeny (really nice) and had a great meal at Iowa Beef!

    I didn't make it to the fair this year, but I did bring back 3 dozen ears of sweet corn (Iowa GOLD)!

    Now if I only could have brought back some of the cooler weather, it would have been perfect.
    What is this Iowa Beef you speak of? I don't think I have heard of it, but it sounds appealing.


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    Re: Back from Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by joefrog View Post
    What is this Iowa Beef you speak of? I don't think I have heard of it, but it sounds appealing.
    www.iowabeefsteakhouse.com

    darn good steaks! I had the 20oz ribeye last friday.

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