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Old 02-12-2008, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho by way of Iowa City, Iowa
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I really don't think Iowa is a good place to retire. Most of the old people here are very sad, bored, resentful and seldom smile. If you're leaving Nevada (I used to live in Henderson) and you have to come to Iowa, don't go to a town that is too small. You will not like it. People are NOT friendly, in spite of all the statements heard to the contrary. They are not helpful and I don't think I've ever seen anyone under 40 offer to help a senior citizen carry groceries, cross an icy sidewalk, pick up a prescription, etc. This is not a nice place. Check out Indiana. They have a great respect for senior citizens - older folks are admired and looked up to. Here in Iowa, it seems as though as soon as a person is over 65 their family starts checking out nursing homes or assisted living. People don't do that in most parts of the country. They take care of their older citizens. I think you'd be a lot happier anywhere but here.

Sorry but this post is so completely wrong. I don't even know where to start....

If this is your view on things then you must have lived in some tiny backward city. Or not even live/d here at all...
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: IN
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Iowa City had a low of -8F this morning.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho by way of Iowa City, Iowa
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Iowa City had a low of -8F this morning.
yeah but it wasn't all that bad I walk a mile to work/class every day
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:42 PM
 
Location: IN
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yeah but it wasn't all that bad I walk a mile to work/class every day
If the wind was calm, then -8F would not feel uncomfortable to me.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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When you have a winter this cold, it's all relative. Fifteen degrees with no wind feels tolerable to me right now. Thirty degrees is a warm winter day you look forward to this year.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Manchester Township, NJ
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Default Cold Temps Indeed

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If the wind was calm, then -8F would not feel uncomfortable to me.
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Iowa City had a low of -8F this morning.
I had to smile because I remember it was -10 when the hairs in my nose froze and broke off! I didn't wear a face scarf because I thought I was just walking across the campus square to return some books. Live and learn.

I can remember the December where it never got above zero. I was outside in a couple feet of snow, the sun was shining and I thought "finally, we've gotten above 0 degrees". I went in the house and turned the radio on to find that it was actually -16. The big difference was that, for once, the wind had decided not blow.

That was the month that our trailer's heater never stopped running--never. It was electric and the bill was over $300. That was at 1983 prices, so it was a HUGE amount for one month's worth. Of course $300 now doesn't even fill the heating oil tank halfway...
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Last winter was snowier than this year. But this winter has been colder than last year. A few weeks ago here in eastern IA we had a week of -20 or colder temps. In fact one of those days we recorded the coldest location in the US.

But what is the difference between 5 and -25? It all feels cold as hell to me and I'm dressed for it anyway.

I would rather have things frozen all winter than slushy, icy, or rainy every other day like in Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, or wherever. Yuck!
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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Compared to Chicago winters, they are almost tropical in Des Moines.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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If you have a brass monkey, you will need to periodically wrap it in a blanket to keep its balls from freezing off.

If you like a four season climate with rapid (and often severe) weather shifts, Iowa is the place for you.

I grew up in Des Moines and went to school in Iowa City, but I wouldn't retire there unless medical is an issue for you. The winters are horrible, the summers are humid.... there's really about 3 weeks of good weather a year and that's IT.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:42 AM
 
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Last winter was snowier than this year. But this winter has been colder than last year. A few weeks ago here in eastern IA we had a week of -20 or colder temps. In fact one of those days we recorded the coldest location in the US.

But what is the difference between 5 and -25? It all feels cold as hell to me and I'm dressed for it anyway.

I would rather have things frozen all winter than slushy, icy, or rainy every other day like in Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, or wherever. Yuck!
Yes, Yes it indeed rains every other day here
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