Two sides of the coin
I love comments on the blogs - can be more revealing than the blog itself!
From The Barometer:
(Idiots Out Walking Around)
Congrats! I don't think I could [do] that. Enjoy those long, cold midwestern winters.
and from Gordo (love the name!!!)
Des Moines has an active gay bar scene - lots of great people and not a lot of attitude. Oh, and it's cheap! I live in DC but travel to that area frequently. You won't miss the district.
I put these comments up because they do represent the two opinions that are going on in my head. I think that Des Moines will be a good place to live and I look forward to NOT being in the District....I didn't even put my Takoma missives in the post yesterday. But I will miss my friends here and, more generally, the East Coast way of living.
When I moved to grad school at UC-Davis, it took me a year to get used to the weather in Northern California (and I was never comfortable with it) and I never got used to the people. I hope that Iowa will not be as severe a change as California was. I plan to make lots of snow angels in the winter and get the NFL package on satellite (the Iowa State wrestlers will need something to watch when I host keg parties for them!!!).
One thing Gordo said is definitely right on the money: Des Moines is CHEAP!