Have A Little Pride
A good friend of mine sent me this piece over the weekend, (which was a blessing in disguise since I didn’t have anything on my mind to write about) and after reading it, with the Fourth of July weekend coming up, I?think it fits the bill. Since it addresses 10 things, I’ll split it up into two parts.
This selection is entitled “10 Things Only Iowans Understand” and was written by Leah McBride Mensching, who is most obviously an Iowa girl to the core. I hope you enjoy this as much as I?have.
If the thought of a scotcheroo makes you wistful (and hungry), your prom seemed more like a movie premiere and you’re constantly surrounded by pigs, face it: You’re from the Hawkeye State.
1. The Worst Day Of School Could Be Saved By One Of These Guys
Nothing is more beautiful than a scotcheroo during class. In elementary school, kids looked forward to classmates’ birthdays and the treats that would hopefully be served.
By high school, everyone invented reasons to bring snacks: birthdays, holidays, presentations, completed tests, days leading up to midterms, days leading up to finals, Fridays, etc. However, one thing remained constant over the years: the scotcheroo’s steadfast place atop the class time treat hierarchy.
As soon as a pan of the chocolate-covered peanut butter Rice Krispy Treats made its way through the classroom door, learning became impossible.
2. Prom Is Basically Like The Oscars
Depending on where you are in Iowa, it’s called either “prom walk-in” or the “grand march,” and it’s where Hollywood red carpet meets small town Iowa.
Forget the awkward moment when your mom snaps a picture of you and your prom date just after you accidentally stab him with the pin from his boutonniere. In Iowa, the whole town is invited.
High school students arrive to the prom in style, in everything from limousines to tractors, while residents line the sidewalks, cameras ready. After parking, the couples are usually announced over a loudspeaker before walking in, while friends and family snap photos from the sidelines.
3. Everyone Counts Down The Days To RAGBRAI
The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa is the world’s largest and oldest bike touring event in the world. But to Iowans, RAGBRAI (pronounced Rag-bry, for you obviously non-Iowans) also means one of the summer’s best parties.
As riders head from the west to the east, the RVs and buses carrying their stuff make the trek too, adding a bit of a caravan-like atmosphere.
Citizens in towns along the way open up their homes, yards and public showers for the bikers, and all while grocery stores along the route see sales of energy bars and alcohol rise.
4. The Presidential Election Practically Hinges On What Iowa Thinks
Would you like the next president of the United States to kiss your baby? Come hang out in Iowa for the beginning of caucus season and you’ll get your chance.
Iowans love being in the spotlight for their first-in-the-nation caucuses, and are used to asking tough questions and trying to get straight answers from our presidential hopefuls, either at a speech in the town square or from across the booth at Pizza Ranch.
And if there are any politicians reading this, here’s a hint: “Regular” people don’t seek out a guy wearing a John Deere hat for a photo op, all while calling the guy an “average Joe” or “my farmer friend” and offering to buy him a beer.
Rest assured that the man is politely chuckling at you, not with you.
5. Facebook Is 90 Percent Trash Talk Leading Up To The Iowa-Iowa State Game
Iowans are passionate about two things: the Iowa State Cyclones and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The schools make up one of the best in-state rivalries in the country, and go head-to-head in many sports. Football, however, is the sport that causes emotions to run the most high and the Iowa-Iowa State football game (officially named the Iowa Corn CyHawk Series, but no one calls it that) is when the rivalry really heats up.
Iowans are generally born into Hawkeye or Cyclone families, and this devout dedication to one team or the other has been known to divide parents and children, marriages, friendships and plenty of Facebook feeds.
Watch for the last half of this list next week!