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2013-06-19 06:51:15 AM
 
2013-06-19 08:53:13 AM
Plus there are the landing strips for gay Martians.
 
2013-06-19 09:28:38 AM
I thought it was going to have the highest per capita Starbucks.

/runs
 
2013-06-19 10:30:57 AM
Do you know what the queers are doing to the soil?
 
2013-06-19 10:31:05 AM

Sybarite: Plus there are the landing strips for gay Martians.


AW COME ON! I thought surely I'd be able to make this kind of comment in a thread with only 3 replies!

JUMPIN JESUS ON A POGO STICK!
 
2013-06-19 10:32:07 AM
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2013-06-19 10:32:30 AM
You're still stuck in Iowa, though. Far from the ocean, far from culture, and far from a realistic career.

But hey, cheap food, housing, and alcohol. Surely that won't get old after a while.
 
2013-06-19 10:32:47 AM
NOW you tell me.
 
2013-06-19 10:33:14 AM

xalres: Sybarite: Plus there are the landing strips for gay Martians.

AW COME ON! I thought surely I'd be able to make this kind of comment in a thread with only 3 replies!

JUMPIN JESUS ON A POGO STICK!


He beat me too.

Keep your arms and head inside the mixer at all times!
 
2013-06-19 10:34:03 AM
There will be no T-shirt forthcoming to help put all of this into perspective for fellow Iowans, but if there were, Raygun T-shirt shop owner Mike Draper, 30, said it might go something like this: "Des Moines: At least it's inexpensive."

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2013-06-19 10:35:45 AM

tripleseven: xalres: Sybarite: Plus there are the landing strips for gay Martians.

AW COME ON! I thought surely I'd be able to make this kind of comment in a thread with only 3 replies!

JUMPIN JESUS ON A POGO STICK!

He beat me too.

Keep your arms and head inside the mixer at all times!


Here.  Enjoy this index card interpretation of the song. The views on it are criminally low.
 
2013-06-19 10:36:22 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: You're still stuck in Iowa, though. Far from the ocean, far from culture, and far from a realistic career.

But hey, cheap food, housing, and alcohol. Surely that won't get old after a while.


A buddy of mine landed a sweet job here in DC... then immediately moved to western Michigan so his two kids could grow up around his in-laws, his wife wouldn't have to find a job, and he could afford 3x the house.

Telecommuting FTW. Granted, he's still in Michigan, but he's saving enough cash to make it worth his while.
 
2013-06-19 10:36:26 AM
well, everybody's got to live somewhere.
 
2013-06-19 10:36:44 AM
AverageAmericanGuy

You're still stuck in Iowa, though. Far from the ocean, far from culture, and far from a realistic career.

But hey, cheap food, housing, and alcohol. Surely that won't get old after a while.


You would be surprised what Iowa has to offer..

Like indoor plumbing..... uhh electricity (not everywhere), truck stops, and plenty of meth for everyone.
 
2013-06-19 10:39:06 AM
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♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫
Please come to Des Moines for the springtime
The place is full of hipster douche-bags just like you...
♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫
 
2013-06-19 10:39:49 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: You're still stuck in Iowa, though. Far from the ocean, far from culture, and far from a realistic career.

But hey, cheap food, housing, and alcohol. Surely that won't get old after a while.


Hey different people like different stuff. Funny enough, some people don't like the ocean, and whatever your idea of culture is, it's not universally held.

It sounds like Des Moines isn't right for you, but that doesn't mean it's not right for anyone.
 
2013-06-19 10:42:06 AM
The sidebar story about Floppy going into storage almost made me cry.  Floppy was the greatest entertainer of his generation.  Here is my proposed butter sculpture tribute for the Iowa State Fair.i253.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-19 10:42:18 AM

xalres: tripleseven: xalres: Sybarite: Plus there are the landing strips for gay Martians.

AW COME ON! I thought surely I'd be able to make this kind of comment in a thread with only 3 replies!

JUMPIN JESUS ON A POGO STICK!

He beat me too.

Keep your arms and head inside the mixer at all times!

Here.  Enjoy this index card interpretation of the song. The views on it are criminally low.


You can't build on it; you can't grow anything in it.
 
2013-06-19 10:44:04 AM
ha, my uber-conservative younger sister just moved there!

/she's not single
 
2013-06-19 10:44:59 AM
Im surprised at the 'single' part. It seem like a lot of them have been breeding uncontrollably and continuing the cycle of the degree choice of 'why bother'.
 
2013-06-19 10:53:24 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: You're still stuck in Iowa, though. Far from the ocean, far from culture, and far from a realistic career.


1. Culture compared to where? We have plenty of college sports and see plenty of theatrical productions and concerts. I'd compare that to where you live, but you're clearly too scared or embarrassed to put your location in your profile.
2. The Fortune 500 companies headquartered here are... unrealistic?

By living and working here, I've been able to afford trips to Australia, Japan, Ireland, and Germany in the last eight years... on top of weekend getaways just about every major holiday. Can't imagine that I'd have that kind of disposable income if I'd taken job offers in Minneapolis, Chicago, or Portland.

/low cost of living and good public schools FTW
//couldn't care less about oceans
 
2013-06-19 10:53:26 AM

xalres: tripleseven: xalres: Sybarite: Plus there are the landing strips for gay Martians.

AW COME ON! I thought surely I'd be able to make this kind of comment in a thread with only 3 replies!

JUMPIN JESUS ON A POGO STICK!

He beat me too.

Keep your arms and head inside the mixer at all times!

Here.  Enjoy this index card interpretation of the song. The views on it are criminally low.


That has made my day, thank you, thank you very much.

Also, this song is telling, because before the internets, everyone knew a "Bill".  Trailer park living, or not.

Now, the internets have given the collective "bills" a voice, and quasi-legitimacy by allowing the to band together.
<shudder>
 
2013-06-19 11:07:47 AM

C0rf: AverageAmericanGuy: You're still stuck in Iowa, though. Far from the ocean, far from culture, and far from a realistic career.

But hey, cheap food, housing, and alcohol. Surely that won't get old after a while.

A buddy of mine landed a sweet job here in DC... then immediately moved to western Michigan so his two kids could grow up around his in-laws, his wife wouldn't have to find a job, and he could afford 3x the house.

Telecommuting FTW. Granted, he's still in Michigan, but he's saving enough cash to make it worth his while.


2.bp.blogspot.com

Who needs the ocean?

Love me some West Michigan.
 
2013-06-19 11:24:54 AM
I don't see how DC made the list of best towns to be "Broke, Young and Single" as it takes cost of living into the criteria.  Young and Single - Yes - broke - not so much.
 
2013-06-19 11:26:32 AM
Lame headline is lame. Des Moines sucks but you can live and work anywhere with a degree if you have half a clue. Don't be jealous we had fun in college, bang women, work in tech or something else other majors thought were certifiably impossible with our degrees, AND don't live in shiatty places.

/only half-trolling
 
2013-06-19 12:55:33 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: You're still stuck in Iowa, though. Far from the ocean, far from culture, and far from a realistic career.

But hey, cheap food, housing, and alcohol. Surely that won't get old after a while.


I'd still give it a try; I might actually like it.

/lives near an ocean with somewhat culturally different people, high rent and plenty of alcohol
//it's rather overrated
 
2013-06-19 12:55:49 PM
There are a lot of technical writing jobs in Des Moines.  Great place for your first job - gain experience in a cheap place to live, and use that to springboard to better things.

Plus, the Iowa Cubs play there.  So you get to see future stars, and current ones on rehab assignments.  Used to be a great way to see Kerry Wood and Mark Prior pitch.  A lot.
 
2013-06-19 12:56:41 PM

Solid State Vittles: Lame headline is lame. Des Moines sucks but you can live and work anywhere with a degree if you have half a clue. Don't be jealous we had fun in college, bang women, work in tech or something else other majors thought were certifiably impossible with our degrees, AND don't live in shiatty places.

/only half-trolling


I suspect your degree is not in English.
 
2013-06-19 01:04:01 PM

tripleseven: Solid State Vittles: Lame headline is lame. Des Moines sucks but you can live and work anywhere with a degree if you have half a clue. Don't be jealous we had fun in college, bang women, work in tech or something else other majors thought were certifiably impossible with our degrees, AND don't live in shiatty places.

/only half-trolling

I suspect your degree is not in English.


Actually, one of them is in English.  Was this a grammar insult?  I'm confused.
 
2013-06-19 01:05:04 PM
"liberal arts graduates"?  Is that what they're calling con men now?
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2013-06-19 01:08:24 PM
Iowa.  When you wake up you're in Iowa.  Jesus Iowa.  Can't even generate the hate that fexas does.  MilqueToast WhiteBread.  Do all the women there wear comfortable shoes?  Or just most . . .
It took me a week to drive across it one day.
iowaunltd.com

Wasn't there a federal program to give everyone a bus ticket out of Iowa at one point?  *scratching head* yeah - sometime in the early '80's I think

oh yeah and spankin' hot too
 
2013-06-19 01:18:59 PM

clkeagle: Culture compared to where? We have plenty of college sports


Do you realize that, by mentioning college sports as your very first example of culture, you've confirmed virtually every negative stereotype about Iowa?
 
2013-06-19 01:45:32 PM
But it's still in the middle of farking nowhere. It ain't hell, but you can see it from there.
 
2013-06-19 05:10:13 PM

thurstonxhowell: clkeagle: Culture compared to where? We have plenty of college sports

Do you realize that, by mentioning college sports as your very first example of culture, you've confirmed virtually every negative stereotype about Iowa?


I think he meant entertainment. I live in Madison, Wi we are an amazing college sports town, however we also have a vibrant art scene,  excellent orchestras, fantastic restaurants, botanical gardens, a zoo and Arts center.
 
2013-06-19 08:26:23 PM

xalres: tripleseven: xalres: Sybarite: Plus there are the landing strips for gay Martians.

AW COME ON! I thought surely I'd be able to make this kind of comment in a thread with only 3 replies!

JUMPIN JESUS ON A POGO STICK!

He beat me too.

Keep your arms and head inside the mixer at all times!

Here.  Enjoy this index card interpretation of the song. The views on it are criminally low.


that was so amazingly excellent. thank you so much for posting that. i love the dead milkmen.
 
2013-06-19 09:14:23 PM
Being a D.C. transplant who made the choice to move (and then settle) in Des Moines, the comments about lack of culture initially make me chuckle.

Then shiat like this crops up and gets featured on the local news: http://desmoinesisnotboring.com/wordpress/

Des Moines has several small gems scattered all throughout the city in terms of restaurants, shopping and cultural goings-on. Iowa itself has some really cool spots, like the Vedic City (although I think Fairfield itself is FAR more interesting). What annoys me to no end is the asshole natives that exemplify cultural cringe.
 
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