Monday, September 1, 2014

Des Moines gives up-close lessons

By Alex Pearlstein
The Des Moines Register

Recently, after living five years in Des Moines, our family packed up and headed south to Macon, Ga. Medical school for my wife at Des Moines University brought us from Atlanta to Des Moines, while a pediatric residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia has brought us back, albeit an hour south of Atlanta to the largest city in the state's central region.

Macon is smaller than the Des Moines area (2012 metro population of 232,398 versus 588,999), the weather-oppressive season is summer instead of winter, the tea is sweeter, the speech twangier and the college football more obsessive.

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