Iowa rule #1: Make yourself comfortable.

Arrive at your hotel room after midnight. Feel its grayness. Stick the coffee maker and stuff you'll never use on top of the TV bureau. Stick your clothes in the closet and drawers. Use a coffee mug for your pens. Stack the books so that they remind you they're there. Add a pillow to the desk chair because it's old and worn. Choose a new and comfortable dress to wear the next day.

Get a good night's sleep. You're going to need it.

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