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Brock About Town: Blood, sweat and beers

Right now, across America, idyllic small towns just like ours are also experiencing a heat wave of epic proportions. They’re probably cowering inside, worrying about pedestrian things like heatstroke and sunburn. Here in Iowa City, we’re a little hardier. We attend outdoor blues concerts when the heat index is 105 and let our children […]

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Brock About Town: A Very Messy Kondo

Remember your summer project? You know, from the summer fun column last month? We said we were all going to do a project together. Am I the only one who followed through on this? You guys are so lame. Anyway, back to me. Like all clinically depressed job-seekers who recently earned liberal arts degrees, I’m desperate to feel like I’m in control of my life, which is really what a summer project is all about. […]

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Brock About Town: Mr. Roger’s Ped Mall

Is it me, or are tensions running especially high in Iowa City right now? No, it’s definitely not me — there is a decidedly gloomy air among the populace. I think it’s the weather. Every other day, there’s a torrential downpour, but it still never gets any cooler. (Take that, climate change deniers!) There are 237 Democratic presidential
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Brock About Town: Ways to have fun (and stave off scurvy) this summer

There’s nothing quite like Iowa City in the summer. The peace and quiet are unparalleled—the other day, I made it all the way to my office without actually seeing another person, which is my personal definition of bliss. Festival season has begun, making it physically impossible to drive your car downtown for the foreseeable future, but on the other hand, funnel cakes are being sold on the streets most weekends. […]

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Brock About Town: Spring Break in Cedar Rapids

This past week, the University of Iowa observed that time-honored tradition known as “spring break.” You know this already, of course, either because you sort of vaguely noticed that the bars weren’t quite as hoppin’ on Friday night, or because you went splitsies with six other people on a room at the South Padre Island Motel 6. […]

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Brock About Town: Cheers to a successful Floodwater Comedy Fest

One of the greatest things about living in Iowa City is that there’s always something going on — a famous author speaking at Prairie Lights, a wild house party, a half-finished building burning down. This is particularly true during festival season, which, here in the cultural center of Iowa, encompasses basically every weekend that we […]

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Brock About Town: Four tips for surviving the last days of Iowa winter

For most people, talking about the weather is a necessary evil, a last-ditch attempt to make conversation with someone you wish didn’t know you existed, like your significant other’s co-workers or a creepy Tinder date. But in Iowa, it’s a way of life. How could it not be, when each day brings with it a […]

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Brock About Town: This Valentine’s Day was … better

Well, kids, another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. I’m as enthusiastic about the holiday as I was at 10, when I was not yet embittered and 28 classmates were obligated to give me candy. I understand that, for most people, it’s not the focal point of the year, but most people are not 20-something […]

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