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Old 06-22-2016, 07:12 PM
 
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Oh that's right, if someone doesn't agree with your not at all subjective preference for humor the only possible explanation is that they "don't get it." No wonder you like the smug guy.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:27 PM
 
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Allow me to use that phrase in a sentence based on my own definition.

I "don't get" classical music, I can read the notes, play the notes, and hear the notes. It doesn't move me in the least, I just "don't get it" (and I'm not offended in the least).


I have an old friend that loves puns and other word games, I always tell him it's not that I "don't get" the pun, I "don't get" what it is that makes you laugh about it.
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:29 PM
 
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Just stepping in to note what I've often said in other posts:

It is not logical to say "All Iowans" are any one particular thing or another.

Iowa is a very diverse place. The vibe in Sioux City is very different from the vibe in Cantril is very different from the vibe in Decorah, and etc. and etc.

This is part of the reason that Iowa is politically a "purple" state.

Therefore, it is inaccurate to imply that ALL Iowans are "serious" or lack a specific type of sense of humor.

OP should be specific and say, "Why so Serious, Jeffersonians" (or wherever it is that people don't get him.)

Also, OP, when you think about exactly where to retire in Iowa you might consider and make visits to a variety of communities in the state. I'm sure that there is one that is a great fit for you.

Best wishes!
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:46 AM
 
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thanks 601, I didn't intend for anyone to think "all Iowans", that sounds ridiculous, I'm glad you pointed that out.

Unfortunately my experiences with Iowans has been all over the state, (and on the west coast) so to be able to confine it to a specific city or county wouldn't be possible. FWIW I did live there my first 16 years and I have probably known thousands of Iowans. All of my own family are Iowans except my sons, a couple of nephews and most of the cousins-in-law.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I'm ready for a change and I want to spend at least a couple of years in Iowa before checkout time. I may need new material.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: MetroWest Boston
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Oh that's right, if someone doesn't agree with your not at all subjective preference for humor the only possible explanation is that they "don't get it." No wonder you like the smug guy.
No, the comment was eluding to the fact that, whether or not you find the guy in the video to be funny, hopefully everyone can acknowledge that his 'smugness' is just part of the act in an attempt for humor, as opposed to taking his act seriously and finding it 'smug', and not liking it because of that, thereby missing the humor entirely.
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:11 AM
 
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The video goes a long way toward explaining why people dislike hipsters. Iowans would never watch it because it's not "Nice".
Our state senators are Chuck "I won't do my job" Grassley and Joni "WMDs in Iraq!" Ernst. Throw in Steve King and you can see that Batspit Crazy has moved north. Our governor is a RNC geriatric experiment merging Scott Walker and Sam Brownback DNA on life support. I don't feel bad about retiring to Missouri, MO's met me halfway.
When people ask me what Iowa is like I explain that it has a population of 3 million people and 30 million hogs and let them draw their own conclusion.
As to humor, I've have a lifetime filled with blank stares. You get used to it.
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:13 AM
 
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No, the comment was eluding to the fact that, whether or not you find the guy in the video to be funny, hopefully everyone can acknowledge that his 'smugness' is just part of the act in an attempt for humor, as opposed to taking his act seriously and finding it 'smug', and not liking it because of that, thereby missing the humor entirely.
I guess I've met a lot of people who come off just like him and it is less of an act than you would want it to be.
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Iowa, USA
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If I met a person who acted like that IRL, I might take some offense - if he were aiming that attitude at me personally. I haven't met anyone in Iowa who was actually that...arrogant? obnoxious? I don't even know what to call him. That said, I still thought it was funny, because I grew up in Iowa and have heard plenty of Iowa bashing from people outside the state.

Now that I think about it, it's kind of ironic, because there are way more people like that HERE, talking about how awesome the PNW is, which I find annoying, since I don't share their enthusiasm. You think Iowans are smug? Try some Seattleites. Face it, anyone who talks about how awesome their place is - compared to everyone else - is bound to get on everyone else's nerves.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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I think it's great when people take a positive stand on their region or city. The Seattle area is one of the greatest places I've ever been, I've enjoyed 49 years on the west coast and it's all been grand. Growing up in Iowa was something I would not change for anything. That's where I want enjoy the final years of my life, in between travels, Iowa will be grand as well. I could not care less if someone is smug, I care if they are well informed and a healthy human being. Keeping my own ego in check is plenty to keep me busy.
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Old 06-23-2016, 04:21 PM
 
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Our state senators are Chuck "I won't do my job" Grassley and Joni "WMDs in Iraq!" Ernst. Throw in Steve King and you can see that Batspit Crazy has moved north.
Iowa's congressional delegation in DC is an absolute joke. Meanwhile, this state has been constantly lauded for its great education system for decades. That's funny to me.

Just goes to show you that even the best education doesn't make you very smart. Our voters prove that hypothesis every two years.
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