I agree that living in the rural part of the state is somewhat tame,but living around the capital city of Des Moines or maybe Iowa City, home of the Hawkeyes is far from boring.In Des Moines I can go to a cruise- in 4 nights a week,I can drive 30 minutes to go to Iowa State university and watch sporting events,or see them also at Drake university right in town,(including the drake relays). There are at least 4 dirt race tracks within 1 hrs. driving distance, not to mention Knoxville Speedway, home of the Outlaws sprint cars.Lets not forget the recently completed Newton Speedway Asphalt track designed by Rusty Wallace just 30 minutes East.Some sort of high speed race every two weeks or so all summer long, with friday nite test, tune and grudge 1/8th mile drag racing.Eddyville speedway 1/8th mile program every Saturday nite, 1 hr. SE of town.Plus numerous art shows, Broadway shows and etc. coming to town all year long.
As far as the weather goes,its no colder or hotter than Illinois, Ohio, or any other state in the midwest.Less tornados than Kansas,less rain than Seattle,more rain than Vegas,no Hurricanes,earthquakes,and our governor wasn't an action hero actor.
There's also some of the best deer hunting, fishing,and mushroom hunting in the country.More golf courses than you can play in a years time, and yes, lots of salt in the winter to rust your cars.
I gues I have ranted enough, but there is more to central Iowa than you might think.Andy.
P.S. Wife just reminded me of the horse racing and gambling at Prairie Meadows racetrack 15 minutes east of town in Altoona.