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#5989909 - 10/22/15 09:18 PM Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa?
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Have a chance to move there to a different office in my company with a raise. Anybody have any comments? Seems like good hunting atleast?

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#5989927 - 10/22/15 09:27 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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You gotta do what's good for you and your family. It's been so long ago, but I'm sure one of our manufacturers was there. 'Been to several manufacturers in Iowa. All I remember is corn and sky. It would drive me absolutely nuts.
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#5989960 - 10/22/15 09:47 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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I'm only 25, single with family being my parents who live around 30 minutes away from me now, and then brother/sister -n-law, and nephews . Really no ties here.

I love Texas and definitely want to end up back here but I'm not so convinced a year of change wouldn't be a bad thing


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#5989978 - 10/22/15 10:02 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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Back in 70's buried telephone cable around their, the Mississippi bout 70+ miles away... Good fishing & hunting... Deer are bigger bodied, squirrel, pheasent, might be some partrage they tad smaller than quail, fast moving... Good people, talk ta some if the farmers at the cafe's.... Back home its getting tough ta find places ta hunt... Winters little cooler than here... Best Wishes Edit: i was just passing threw, hit the big time, rofl foundry work, was always able ta vacation 1-2 weeks every year summer shutdowns & several times in winter back home ... Todays ecconomy gotta take what ya can.. flag


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#5990051 - 10/22/15 11:30 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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In all the years I travelled most of the US, except the Left Coast and New England, the coldest I ever was ...was in Omaha. air temp was -24 and wind chill was -70.

Pulled into the Ramada at Omaha airport, across the river in Council Bluffs, haveing taken 2 hours to drive the 40 miles from Lincoln on black ice, desk clerk told me to put my car over the curb and bury the grill in the ligustrum bushes outside the restuarant windows to protect my radiator from the blowing snow & freezing it solid.

Next morning Dumb Arsed me went to unlock the car and could not get the key in the door, stuck it in my mouth to warm it, instead under my arm pit, and it went into the lock nice and easy and promptly froze solid on contact with the locks metal. Borrowed a Bic Lighter, and burned a orange sized patch of paint off the door around the lock, got the key out and started the car. Took a handful of snow and slapped it on the burnt spot, and made my sales calls in Omaha, called the office in NYC and told 'em I was going to SOUTH to Texas instead of driving to Kansas City to finish the week ...went to the airport turned the car in, caught a plane to Austin TX, drove the rent car home to Dallas and turned it in at the airport and never heard a word about the burnt spot. Oh well
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#5990101 - 10/23/15 06:06 AM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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#5990569 - 10/23/15 11:40 AM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
In all the years I travelled most of the US, except the Left Coast and New England, the coldest I ever was ...was in Omaha. air temp was -24 and wind chill was -70.
Ron


That was a warm day... Seen were its -100&some below 0.. People snowed in for days... Shoveled snow inside of porch just ta get out... Oil drip out of oil pan slower than thickest mallasses, after heater been on it for half hour... Could go on, but, tis worthless with out pic's , yet doesn't mean it not so... flag
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#5990837 - 10/23/15 02:38 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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Bear in mind that the job market in Texas is the hottest in the country; it's not like this in most places. If things don't work out in Iowa be prepared and have the $$$ to move back to Texas, should you need to do so to find work.
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#5991749 - 10/24/15 08:49 AM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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My manager at my first job after graduating from college was from Cedar Rapids. I asked him how the heck did he wind up in Lubbock, Tx. He said he and his wife packed all their belongings into two cars. The last thing he did was tie a snow shovel onto the hood of his car. When they stopped for gas in Lubbock, the attendant asked him what was that thing tied to his hood. He knew he had found the city he wanted to live in. Don't know if this was a true story or not, but he enjoyed telling it to everyone.
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#5991822 - 10/24/15 09:56 AM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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born and raised in the area, brother and sister still live there

father lived there until oct 2014, he passed. lived on the south side

just about 15 miles south of where he lived is the Coralville reservoir, some of the best hunting and crappy fishing in the state

also have a couple of shooting ranges in the area also, hawkeye wildlife management area. consisting of Coralville res, and lake McBride alarge piece of ground for hunting and fishing, the farmers in the area leave rows of corn in the fields for the wildlife. deer all over and if you have a good dog pheasant galore. this year is supposed to be better for pheasants then past years

several rivers in the area including the cedar which goes straight through cedar rapids, the iowa which feeds Coralville, and the wapsipincon river just north east of cedar rapids, has a whole bunch of hunting areas that run almost the entire length, matsells bridge being one of the larger ones
east of town towards the Mississippi there is a place called muskrat slough, darn good duck hunting, best accessed with a canoe. go west of town quite a bit on 30 there is otter creek another hunting area

north of town is the palo area, there is a large lake on top the hill, for some darn reason doesn't hold a lot of ducks in the last few years. does however have a darn good number of Canada geese, during the later part of the year, hunting seasons open, hard to drive anywhere in the area without spotting a large group of geese going somewhere, good crappy, and have heard a story or 2 of having some nice size walleye. pleasant creek state park, and goose pond natural area. all is open for public hunting and fishing

got more, but that should answer a couple of questions

thought I would add a little story, one year while hunting palo lake one morning it was -3 with wind chill putting it at -17, ya it does get cold some years. we had to walk through decoys every 20 minutes to break up lite film of ice forming between them. and we were in a protected cove.
had ducks all over the main body of lake that year, they just wouldn't for some reason commit to cove. leaving hours later we found out why, guy had setup on tip of cove and was basically hunting our dekes. the joy of public.


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#5991900 - 10/24/15 10:55 AM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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Some good info on this thread... Like usual my posts ain't worth 2cents typed out post, hit send on me android rofl & it done gone missing... As they say here in texas Dang Gov... rofl as pappy once said: tis a conspiracy i tell ya ... Hit send & had ta relog in... Don't believe ya have ta pay lease fees, like here in texas... Up their ain't got them zombies hogs ta hunt like here, unless some escaped HF... They do have ice fishing, its cool... Can be very dangerous if ya don't know what ya doing... Theirs people can give ya advice bout that.. Best Wishes flag
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#5996692 - 10/27/15 11:39 AM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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Thanks for the information, and the stories guys.

My situation is, I am a 25 year old Civil Engineer, that works for a Geotechnical Engineering Company here in Texas. We have recently merged with a large company based out of Minnesota, but with offices all over the midwest, and this would allow me to work for some different folks, and learn some new things I wouldnt mind seeing some different country either, so maybe the corn fields would be nice. Either way, I want to find me some hunting land up there for sure if I am going to be there for a while. So you say talk to local farmers?

Thanks again for the input!


Edited by jcarroll3 (10/27/15 11:43 AM)

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#5997192 - 10/27/15 04:17 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: jcarroll3]
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I figured out who you work for, Braun's a good company, flexibility in accepting assignments will help your career. One word of advice; try to avoid dating women that are wed to the area. I met my wife in Texas, but she's from MN, I couldn't get her out of the state with a crowbar.
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#5997593 - 10/27/15 07:40 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: nsmike]
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There is definitely lots of corn here, and fields of beans too. Good hunting possibilities around the wooded areas. Corn feeds deer really well, so there are some brutes up here. The Cedar Rapids area is in the middle of a lot of good ground. The pheasants have had a rough go lately with heavy spring rains and rough winters. The stories of Iowa being cold are true. You will see lots of vehicles and people out on the frozen lakes in the middle of winter. Summer humidity will be brutal on those not used to it, but you can work outside in the middle of summer and not melt away.

I live in the northwestern part of the state.

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#5998062 - 10/27/15 11:52 PM Re: Any of you familiar with Cedar Rapids, Iowa? [Re: nsmike]
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Originally Posted By: nsmike
I figured out who you work for, Braun's a good company, flexibility in accepting assignments will help your career. One word of advice; try to avoid dating women that are wed to the area. I met my wife in Texas, but she's from MN, I couldn't get her out of the state with a crowbar.


Haha, yea i figured if anyone was from the area, you would be able to figure it out. I am definitely excited about the merger, and so far I have really enjoyed working with the Braun guys . And thanks for the advice on the women. I am used to the daisy dukes/ cowboy boots, sundress women of Texas so interested to see how the women up there are .

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