I’m taking the gloves off.  The American Association of Retired Persons, known as AARP, is putting out a shortlist of the best places to live in retirement.  Idaho Falls is on the list.  Now, I’ve been there, and there are some nice things, but it doesn’t measure up to other similar-sized cities with which it’s often confused.  I’m talking Twin Falls!  Last spring, a major trade publication claimed I worked there instead of “Twin” as it’s simply called.  Then in late summer, some newspaper wretch from Boise made the same mistake.  Both are in Idaho, but only one has any real claim to actual waterfalls (with several).  The other has some sort of trickle.

Keep in mind, AARP also selected Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which has had a record number of homicides this year.  Yes, that’s the type of place I’d like to call home.  After all, there are numerous housing vacancies after every weekend!

Regular members of my audience have heard me tell a story about visiting a pub owned by Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin.  In her home city of Idaho Falls.  I told her she lived in a nice town and she gave me a look like I must have lost my marbles.  “But you have a canyon,” she replied.

We do.  And much more.  For comparison's sake, let’s list a few things the same and some that are different.

LDS Temple, Idaho Falls

It's on a lovely street.  The day I took the picture it was 30 degrees warmer in Twin Falls.

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LDS Temple, Twin Falls

Yes, we have one of those as well.  A couple of blocks from the canyon.

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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Radio Stations in Idaho Falls

There are some good ones.  They wouldn't let me past the reception desk.

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Radio at Twin Falls

We have some great stations.  One is positively the best in Idaho and has the best talk show in the northwest!  I should know, I listen to it five days a week!  On my headset.

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Idaho Falls is a Godly Place

A monument in what appears to be a public park.  That takes courage.

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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Twin Falls is a Godly Place

We have many of the same rules.

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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Overlooking the Snake River in Idaho Falls

Is that a trout stream?

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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The Same River Flows Through Twin Falls

Enough said!

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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They've Got a Bridge Over the Trickle

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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Twin Falls Also has a Bridge

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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Janice McGeachin Owns a World-Class Pub in Idaho Falls

The food is really good.  Especially when it's a hot meal on a cold day.

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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Twin Falls has an Irish Pub

It also serves magnificent calzones and pizza!

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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Idaho Falls has a Great Museum

It should.  You need a place where you can escape the Arctic chill for an hour.

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Picture by Bill Colley.
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The Museum of Natural History in Twin Falls

On a hot summer day, it's a great place to cool off.

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Any questions?

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