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Quote of the Day - Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair. - Dorothy Parker
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Only in Iowa

I don't get the chance to write about Iowa very much. It's not because I don't want to, it's just that there's not a lot going on there. I really like the state, and it's a great place to live (and go to school). In the summer, anyway.

Winters really suck. In Iowa, snow comes down sideways, with the wind. Where I was born in New England, that's where they take those winter wonderland postcard photos. The snow there falls ever so gently and piles up white. Oh, the memories. Enough of that, though. Back to Iowa. That's what started this whole article.

In Iowa, 14-year old Bryce Wiley is wheelchair bound in a little town 150 miles northwest of Des Moines.1 Unfortunately for Bryce, none of the sidewalks have cut-outs at the curbs, according to this article.

So, he drives his motorized wheelchair on the road. It doesn't go over well with the police, and the State of Iowa bans wheelchairs from the road.

Obviously, a conundrum.

Never fear, though. The police and Bryce worked out a deal, brokered by the Mayor and Bryce's dad. As long as he obeys the traffic laws and put a safety light on his wheelchair, all is fine in Mudville once again.

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1 Everyone uses Des Moines (mockingly pronounced dez moyne ez by locals) as the measuring stick. I don’t know why, because no one other than Iowans really know where Des Moines is. But, it’s the capital, so they figure that those of us who memorized the 50 capitals as kids at least have heard about it.back

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