Archive for the 'Iowa City' Category

View from the sky of the Mayflower dormatory.

Jun 12, 2008 in Iowa 2008 Flood, Iowa City

Somewhere underneath all of that water is Dubuque Street.

Mayflower dorm on Dubuque Street in Iowa City.

Obama wins the night in Iowa City.

Jan 03, 2008 in Barack Obama, Iowa, Iowa City

Just got back from caucusing here in Iowa City and I’m glad to report that it was a resounding Obama victory.

There was a total of 719 people in attendance at Precinct 24 and before I left the numbers went thusly:

  • Obama: 382 votes
  • Edwards: 169 votes
  • Clinton: 120 votes

Keep in mind there were a little over a hundred votes that weren’t yet counted but considering the above I think it’s safe to make conclusions.

I’m watching CNN right now and they’re openly mourning the loss of their preferred candidates; Clinton and Giuliani.

-mg

PS-the Clinton camp almost didn’t make viability and even after they reorganized they were only a few over.

I forgot about this guy.

Nov 24, 2007 in Iowa City

Until Common Iowan jogged my memory.  I saw the Reverend Billy at the Memorial Union here in Iowa City about six years ago.  Back then he was evangelizing against Starbucks and other mono-cultural entities.  The crowd was tepid to say the least.  I don’t think anybody knew what the make of him.  Whoever booked him really dropped the ball.  He would have absolutely killed at the Gabe’s beer garden or on the ped mall.

-mg

Iowa Under Water.

Aug 24, 2007 in Environment, Iowa, Iowa City, Uncategorized

That’s me holding a Smallmouth bass at one of my favorite fishing locales in Iowa City. It’s the railroad bridge perpendicular to Riverside Drive right next to the historic Dairy Queen. It is also the point where the then Western-most train depot led way for Mormon trekkers who made preparations for their arduous journey West.

Concrete pylons narrow the path of the water and produce a sizable increase in hydraulic velocity which results in a “scour hole “, or depression, following or immediately behind the pylons, followed down stream by a wide-spreading “riffle” where the speed and force of the water column disperses. Hungry predator fish will predictably hold right at the leading edge of the pylon where the quick water meets the edge of the slack water. They will use that area as an “ambush point” because smaller forage fish will lose control and get disoriented by the quick water and become easy prey for larger, more opportunistic species which will patiently hold position in the “slack” water in order to conserve energy.

This morning I couldn’t fish at my above favorite location because it’s completely under water. In the picture I’m standing on top of the train bridges’ xxxxxxxx-most pylon because with a couple dozen medium-sized minnows it’s the most opportune location for crappies, white bass and the occasional walleye (and since I’m a fisherman I’m not about to completely disclose why). Unfortunately, during conditions of heavy precipitation, leisure activities are put on hold. The Iowa River watershed is expansive but because of the wise management of the Army Corp of Engineers, Iowa City is normally spared the tribulations caused by weather related flooding. Other Iowa locales haven’t been so lucky, my hometown included, and growing up in a miniscule river town I know their plight.

Since this is an Iowa blog I welcome any all photo contributions. It’s always amazing to witness the climate extremes everyday Iowans endure. Here’s to hoping that all who read this blog are safe and have enough fresh water to drink.  The DM Register has coverage.

-mg

Biden and Edwards at the Hamburg.

Aug 21, 2007 in Election crap, Iowa City

John Deeth has got a jukebox full of great music*. He’s also got the skinny on recent Dem visits to Iowa City’s Hamburg Inn.

-mg

*Attempts to play Sham 69 will take you zinging off to some error page so be forewarned!

Iowa City is tops to live in.

Aug 07, 2007 in Iowa, Iowa City, Uncategorized

Iowa City regularly makes it into major publications as a terrific place to live so it’s not a surprise to me that we’re on this MSN list (gleaned from Sperling’s Best Places) of “10 low cost locales where jobs are plentiful.”

Once the state capital, Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa and has one of the highest levels of educational attainment in the country. While it still retains some of its traditional agricultural base, Iowa City has expanded its economic sector to include light manufacturing, high tech and biotechnology businesses. Despite its isolation from other large towns (Des Moines is 110 miles away), Iowa City feels progressive, Sperling says. It boasts a lively cultural scene, a complete offering of goods and services, an attractive downtown and active community efforts. Older tree-lined neighborhoods comprise the east and south parts of town. More suburban developments springing up to the northeast and west, heading into nearby Coralville.

Larger retail developments are confined mainly to the nearby I-80 corridor, and sprawl issues are modest. The area is a scenic mix of flat river valleys and wooded undulating hills, which help shelter the area from some of the more severe storms in the state. Summers are warm, but winters can be harsh, with below-zero evening temperatures fairly common.

Those who write of Iowa weather commonly describe our summer months as warm which leads me to believe that they’ve not spent a lot of time outside of their air-conditioned environs while they are here. The fact that spring and fall only last two weeks is regularly ignored. Spring gives way to oppressive heat which is invariably made worse by ample humidity. As of this writing the temperature is eighty-five degrees, humidity seventy-two percent and the dew point is seventy-one degrees! Winter begins seemingly after the first golden leaf hits the ground. The writer is correct about the lack of severe storms, however. Despite the occasional killer tornado Iowa City thankfully misses out on a great deal of inclement weather.

Money magazine also has Iowa City listed as both a best place to live and retire. Kiplinger also has some admirable comments for Iowa City. The town is listed on their top ten places to live in the Midwest.

-mg