Iowa September 04, 2017
12 Things Longtime Iowans Wish They Could Tell Newcomers
Some of us love it when people move into Iowa. Welcome to the best state in the country! Maybe there should be a class for newcomers.
1. We are going to try to feed you. Accept the kindness.
For many of us, the occasional Sunday Dinner with friends and family is something to look forward to. If you get an invitation, consider yourself lucky.
2. We like to share.
If you know an Iowan who grows zucchini, you'll have plenty.
3. The left lane is for passing, it’s not your private road.
Don't slow down traffic by spacing off in the passing lane. Please.
4. You may get yelled at a little bit for putting ketchup on that Maid Rite. You also may hear that it’s just fine to put ketchup on that Maid Rite.
Either way, you'll want to try one of these amazing Iowa sandwiches.
5. It’s not a flat state.
These are the Loess Hills. Behold. Terrain.
6. If you don’t love it here, go ahead and just "fly over."
Oh, you don't like it here? Ok...please leave.
7. Homecoming is a holiday, here.
We have parades. We dress up. It's a seriously huge celebration.
8. We like fungus. In fact, many of us hunt it.
You can buy morel mushrooms, but it's a lot more fun to find them on your own during a damp Iowa spring.
9. We’d like to apologize for the weather.
It snows. We experience 99% humidity and 99-degree weather. Sometimes, it's 20 below zero. Sorry.
10. But we probably won’t apologize for how much we love bacon.
We have a festival, a bacon-themed restaurant, and a lot of pigs in this state.
11. After combining hamburgers and the un-dead, we think we’re really on to something.
You must visit Zombie Burger. The food is seriously amazing. The decor is fun if you like zombies.
12. We’re gonna need you to quit crying about how far away from the ocean you are….
We have Lake Okoboji. It's nearly 4,000 acres of clear blue water surrounded by fun resorts, beautiful homes, and wonderful restaurants. So, head to north western Iowa for some serious Midwestern fun on the water.
What advice do you give newcomers when you learn they aren’t “from here”?