MONONA COUNTY, IOWA -- The thought of people living in Iowa for their entire lives was just too much for
Steve "Colorado Guy" Garufi.
While driving throughout western Iowa,
Steve broke down in tears and ovewhelming sadness and pity for people who live there.
"Why would anyone want to live there? I just don't understand," said Steve, as he cried uncontrollably.
Mark, a sugar beet farmer in Minnesota, helped Steve puts his emotions in better perspective.
"Haven't you ever heard the saying that Iowa stands for 'I Owe the
World an Apology.'" he said,
"Those poor people ... they can't help that they live there."
Jason Friesema, an addictions counselor in Colorado Springs, had
a unique perspective on the matter: "Iowa is a big bore, it really is. Many residents
fourth and fifth generation people who live there, and it's
like their addicted to crack and they can't get away, even though it's destroying them."
Steve has driven through Iowa many times in his life, and recently he drove throughout western Iowa to see a friend and visit
Hawkeye Point, the state high point.
"I just kept seeing plains everywhere with nothing around. Occasionally there would be some rolling hills but that was about it," said Steve.
Left photo: Steve stands beside a barbed-wire fence and open field in Monowa County, Iowa.
Brandi D. in Tucson, Arizona encouraged Steve. "You look sad and desolate! Your care for Iowans is an indication that you have compassion for people." she wrote.
"I do feel sad for Iowans and as a former Kansan, I feel their pain." explained Brandi,
"I have been in Iowa and it felt like a continuation of Kansas ... only
corn instead of wheat!"
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