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    Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    My family and I are at a point where we are thinking about moving out of the state. Our current house is too small so we need to move anyway, and our three kids are all too young to be in school yet so moving would not be difficult on them socially. I've found a couple of jobs I'm interested in located in various states (the one I'm most serious about persuing is in Texas).

    For those of you who live out of state and live-and-breath ISU athletics, how difficult is it to follow the Clones? Naturally there is CycloneFanatic, and MBB and football are carried on satellite radio. There is also CloneZone. Currently in our small town in east-central Iowa, I end up listening to most games on the radio anyway, and still have to find ISU news on the internet. Does ISU get any coverage in TX since it's a BigXII state? From what I've seen, the Omaha World Herald does the best job of covering the Clones in print. Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    I have lived outside of Iowa since 1983. With the internet today, it is not hard to follow the Clones, although it is not as good as living in Iowa of course.

    You have sites like CF, and the ISU website. Then you have things like ESPN360, and Channelsurfing.net which will allow you to catch quite a few of the basketball games and football games. Plus of course, it all depends on what tv hookup you get. And there is always Clonezone, but quite honestly, I have never had a good experience with that, so.......

    You won't see every game, but then I'm not sure you can do that even if you live in Iowa.

    If I had any complaint it would be that I have virtually no access to the "minor" sports like WBB and Wrestling. About the only time I get to see them is maybe on the BTN, or ESPN if the women are ranked high enough and happen to be playing another ranked team. Sometimes the Fox channels might carry one of their games, late at night or something.

    There are radio connections, although sometimes they do not broadcast the games, so....

    Overall, it is not terrible, but it is not going to be as good as living in Iowa either, in terms of access.



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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    last year we saw more basketball games on tv than if we had lived in iowa. fssw covers the big 12 very well. as for football...next year we play both in norman and in austin...2.5 and 3.5 hours from dallas respectively.


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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dryburn View Post
    I have virtually no access to the "minor" sports like WBB and Wrestling.
    Not sure about wrestling (I don't follow it) but 22 of the Wbb's 31 games(exhib and reg) were/are viewable on either CloneZone or Cable (FSN,BTN).

    The remaining games can be listened to one way or another via the internet. Not too shabby.



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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    On a side note. If you actually move to Texas and will have school-aged children get ready to pay for private education. Texas public education is TERRIBLE! I've seen chimps get better education at a zoo.



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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    On a side note. If you actually move to Texas and will have school-aged children get ready to pay for private education. Texas public education is TERRIBLE! I've seen chimps get better education at a zoo.
    Thanks for the input, Aggie. The job I'm looking at is in San Antonio (specifically Southwest Research, on the west side of town). My wife is a teacher, but we're looking at this as an opportunity for me to make enough for her to not have to work so maybe she could homeschool...


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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    I lived in the Dallas Metroplex for a while and it was much easier to see games than it is in Chicago, mainly because it is still Big 12 country.



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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    Texas being heavy in Big12 helps things a bunch - plus it give you a few good chances a year to see the Cyclones play various sports if you're willing to travel a short distance.



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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    The biggest problem I have found with following the Clones outside of Iowa is that you lose a big portion of the comraderie of fellow cyclone fans. no longer will you have the benefit of being around people who love the clones (or are even familiar with them for that matter). In addition, being in Big XII country that is not Ames, you will likely develop a hatred for the Texas teams due to their fans constantly giving off the superior attitude about their conference team vs. yours. I have lived this in KC and STL over the last 10 years and it definitely makes you yearn for the days when you were surrounded by like-minded fans. STL is TERRIBLE in this regard - KC was much more bearable.



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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheHelgo View Post
    The biggest problem I have found with following the Clones outside of Iowa is that you lose a big portion of the comraderie of fellow cyclone fans. no longer will you have the benefit of being around people who love the clones (or are even familiar with them for that matter). In addition, being in Big XII country that is not Ames, you will likely develop a hatred for the Texas teams due to their fans constantly giving off the superior attitude about their conference team vs. yours. I have lived this in KC and STL over the last 10 years and it definitely makes you yearn for the days when you were surrounded by like-minded fans. STL is TERRIBLE in this regard - KC was much more bearable.
    Most of my fan encounters in St. Louis have been with Illinois fans. I really don't see many Missouri fans when I'm in STL or KC even, I only see them when I'm in rural Missouri. St. Louis is an Illini City and Kansas City bleeds KU blue.



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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    "being in Big XII country that is not Ames, you will likely develop a hatred"

    As clones living in Lincoln, we know that Huskers are more friendly when they kick our arse. I wore my ISU hoodie to church yesterday (weather justified it) and got comments. As for ESPN360, that is strangely linked to your local cable service - ours doesn't qualify. Our salvation here is that we can drive to Ames for a Clone fix. But, we aren't rabid fans - I wouldn't change a major life decision like a career and family opportunities for Cyclone coverage. Anywhere has some alum which can be found and have game watch/listen. Before the internet, we lived in North Platte Nebraska and got together with another alum family and listened to games on the speaker phone, courtesy of KMA.


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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    Thanks for the input, Aggie. The job I'm looking at is in San Antonio (specifically Southwest Research, on the west side of town). My wife is a teacher, but we're looking at this as an opportunity for me to make enough for her to not have to work so maybe she could homeschool...
    Does anyone have any experience with homeschooling? It just seems that most home schooled kids i run into have zero social skills.


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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    Quote Originally Posted by BenEClone View Post
    "being in Big XII country that is not Ames, you will likely develop a hatred"

    As clones living in Lincoln, we know that Huskers are more friendly when they kick our arse. I wore my ISU hoodie to church yesterday (weather justified it) and got comments. As for ESPN360, that is strangely linked to your local cable service - ours doesn't qualify. Our salvation here is that we can drive to Ames for a Clone fix. But, we aren't rabid fans - I wouldn't change a major life decision like a career and family opportunities for Cyclone coverage. Anywhere has some alum which can be found and have game watch/listen. Before the internet, we lived in North Platte Nebraska and got together with another alum family and listened to games on the speaker phone, courtesy of KMA.
    Of course it wouldn't be the basis for the desicion, or even a significant factor. I just know that my Cyclones would probably be the biggest thing I missed about being in Iowa other than being near my folks. I grew up in Ames and have been attending ISU games since I was like 4 years old (25 years).

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    Does anyone have any experience with homeschooling? It just seems that most home schooled kids i run into have zero social skills.
    As I said my wife is a teacher, so we spent last night looking up a bunch of stats on TX public schools, and my wife said that they don't appear to be any different than IA schools based on ITED/ITBS scores of all students, and ACT/SAT averages of graduating seniors. Granted this was comparing one of the better school districts in San Antonio, where the offices are located, to several CIML schools. Texas is one of the states that actually takes the Iowa ITED/ITBS standardized tests, so the results are directly comparable (without getting into the issues surrounding standardized testing in general).


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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    The weirdest thing about this whole "job search" for me is that I actually like my job. What I don't like is the location. I live out of town, and the school in the small town I actually live in is declining in both enrollment and subsequently quality as they are starting to drop programs. My wife is a teacher is a rough school district which I don't like, and because they started her as a Step 5, she would take a significant pay cut moving to any other district that is within an hours drive of my job (this includes Ankeny, Ames and the DSM/WDSM schools).

    We need to move anyway as we have three little kids in a two bedroom house. We're still looking at doing an addition, but that is looking unlikely due to the cost and new lending rules for construction loans in our area. We also want to pretty much be settled once our girls are in school, and our oldest will start pre-school next year. So we want to be wherever we're going to be within the next 2-3 years. Of course we don't want to move now, and then move again 2-3 years later so we're looking at this as a chance to make a positive life change even though I like my current job.


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    Re: Following the Clones from out of state (TX)

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    The weirdest thing about this whole "job search" for me is that I actually like my job. What I don't like is the location. I live out of town, and the school in the small town I actually live in is declining in both enrollment and subsequently quality as they are starting to drop programs. My wife is a teacher is a rough school district which I don't like, and because they started her as a Step 5, she would take a significant pay cut moving to any other district that is within an hours drive of my job (this includes Ankeny, Ames and the DSM/WDSM schools).

    We need to move anyway as we have three little kids in a two bedroom house. We're still looking at doing an addition, but that is looking unlikely due to the cost and new lending rules for construction loans in our area. We also want to pretty much be settled once our girls are in school, and our oldest will start pre-school next year. So we want to be wherever we're going to be within the next 2-3 years. Of course we don't want to move now, and then move again 2-3 years later so we're looking at this as a chance to make a positive life change even though I like my current job.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.



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