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    Tuesday, September 20, 2005

    Cause We're From Iowa, IOWA

    Today’s blog motto comes from Episode 22 of Lost. In it we find that Kate was actually born and raised in Iowa, adding her to the list of fictional characters to come from our fair state. The line is spoken by her ex-boyfriend Tom, a doctor, as she and Tom go to dig up a time capsule they buried in when they were kids. Here it is in context:

    Tom: (Reaching into the car to grab a beer) You want a beer?

    Kate: You brought beer?

    Tom: No self-respecting man in Iowa goes anywhere without beer.

    It’s not a bad Iowa depiction, as far as these things go. The state trooper uniforms look like Iowa State Trooper uniforms. (The trooper cars are a navy blue, though, which doesn’t cut it.) There are Iowa license plates on all the cars. The most glaring thing, though are the longhorn cattle walking by in the scene where they dig up the time capsule. Now I’m not saying there are no longhorn cattle in Iowa, but you would have to look hard to find them. It would have been better just to leave the cattle out.

    On the other hand, it’s a far better depiction of Iowa than what came in last season’s 24. Sorry folks. No mountains here.

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