Most of this conversation should probably take place via e-mail. You can get to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The short version is just that I've always wanted to live there -- from as soon as I knew that the place existed. I blame Petula Clark, really. I felt so at home from the first day I was ever there. See, for all the noise we Americans make about individual rights, we're really pretty bad at allowing people to be individuals. Conformity is the name of the game -- especially in a place like Iowa. It's not that I'm some great eccentric, I'm not. But I've just never fit in. Combine that with the fact that my political views, while relatively mainstream by European standards, put me on the fringe left in the US.
Hope to hear from you soon!