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(Some Guy)   David Byrne sings his praises of Des Moines, Iowa. Wait, what?   (journal.davidbyrne.com) divider line 37
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2013-07-16 11:12:14 AM  
Just wait until he hears what the queers are doing to the soil.
 
2013-07-16 11:13:37 AM  
The 80/35 festival he played at was headlined by the Wu Tang Clan.
Des Moines is also one of the cheapest cities to live in for those under forty.
 
2013-07-16 11:14:42 AM  
Some good points, some bad points
But it all works out, I'm just a little freaked out
 
2013-07-16 11:40:41 AM  
I watched an old episode of Cops last night from Des Moines.  It featured a naked, bloody black man high on PCP who eventually punched a hole in a wooden fence just before being maced and tackled by 10 officers.

Good times.
 
2013-07-16 11:53:39 AM  
Heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens
 
2013-07-16 11:54:04 AM  
I'll never leave the Des Moines area except in the utmost of need.  You can keep your New Yorks, and L.A.'s, I'll stay here and relax in Des Moines.

Also, Smokey Row is awesome, come for the coffee, stay for the Cheeseburger Chowder.
 
2013-07-16 12:00:33 PM  
Des Moines? Hate that place.  The real action is in Cedar Rapids.

/Former Iowan
 
2013-07-16 12:01:25 PM  

monsignorguru: Des Moines is also one of the cheapest cities to live in for those under forty.


So does that mean if you move to Des Moines you can have a beautiful house, and a beautiful wife?
 
2013-07-16 12:03:22 PM  

mechgreg: monsignorguru: Des Moines is also one of the cheapest cities to live in for those under forty.

So does that mean if you move to Des Moines you can have a beautiful house, and a beautiful wife?


But then you marry a psycho killer who ends up burning down the house.
 
2013-07-16 12:04:36 PM  
there was a NY times piece a few years ago that touted des moines' resurgence. it really is a nice town.
 
2013-07-16 12:17:55 PM  
Des Moines, Iowa: Large underground homosexual population.
 
2013-07-16 12:21:11 PM  
Used to live in Ames, Des Moines is nice for the shopping but I'm not sure I would want to actually live there, but one of the little town within easy driving distance would be ok though
 
2013-07-16 12:33:03 PM  
Did Mr, Byrne just completely fail to look at anything on the East side of the river?
 
2013-07-16 12:35:10 PM  
Also, amusing thoughts on the small town Iowa that people are rushing to Des Moines to escape from a friend of mine.


"Basically, in Iowa you've got maybe the Neck Moines area, Quad Cities and IC areas (perhaps Crapids and Counciltucky as well) as the only engines providing even a modicum of economic opportunity for young people. Those with IQs of say 95 or above who are from Charles City, Mason City, Forest City, Kingsley, Onawa, Mapleton, Dodge, Ottumwa, LeMars, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Decorah, Creston, Reinbeck, Duncombe, Badger, Manson, Oskaloosa, Keokuk, Sioux City, Muscatine, Fairfield, Diagonal, Britt, etc. (collectively, the "shiatbag Towns") who muster up the courage to go to UNI, ISU, Iowa or one of the smaller colleges like Buena Vista or Loras are not going to repatriate back to the shiatbag Towns unless they have a family business or farm waiting for them when they get back. So take a hypothetical shiatbag Town with a graduating class of 50. Assume standard distribution of IQ and that ambition corresponds perfectly with IQ. So half the graduating class goes to college. At best, maybe two or three will have a family business waiting for them when they come back. The rest are going to roll the dice and try to stay in IC and end up working as a beer wench or bouncer at the Airliner or if they are really ambitious, they'll gun for a higher end gig in the big city, Neck Moines. The Wells Fargo cube factory always needs warm bodies, as does Principal and those modern day white collar assembly line style jobs are 1000 times better than getting $8.75 an hour at the Pizza Hut in Oelwein.

"But let's not forget about the bottom half of the class of our hypothetical shiatbag Town. Those with sub-100 IQs. They don't leave. Most of them have no family business to take over. So they have a handful of career choices. Over the road trucking. But that requires ambition to sit through the 8 week course, so that's out. Farmhand. Well, not a lot of year round demand for that, so 2 get into that. Then, the old standbys of Casey's, Pamida, the Blimpie inside the truck stop in town and tank wipe at a propane dealer. And of course, the new favorite, SSDI. But while those 25 are mired in those dead end jobs, they have a lot of unprotected sex. Now of course it isn't dangerous because the sex pool is pretty small and no one ever leaves the town so there are no STDs around. But a major side effect is that they procreate like rabbits in a manner outlined in the hit movie Idiocracy. If through some miracle in 18-20 years the high school class is still 50 strong, only 10 will have 100+ IQs and ambition to go to college. The folks who moved to Neck Moines will only go back to the shiatbag Town for funerals, weddings and Christmas and they will wait until 26-32 to procreate and have far fewer kids than the scumbags. "
 
2013-07-16 12:40:44 PM  

BilltheThrill: Did Mr, Byrne just completely fail to look at anything on the East side of the river?


I'll take East side DSM over East St. Louis.

Its a matter of perspective. The East side is definitely a crap hole, but its much less crappier of a hole than a lot of big cities.
 
2013-07-16 12:46:22 PM  
He was wearing all-white and he was mobbed?   I can't believe it.  Maybe his long sleeves didn't conform to local standards.
 
2013-07-16 01:39:16 PM  
I see the shapes,
I remember from maps.
I see the shoreline.
I see the whitecaps.
A baseball diamond, nice weather down there.
I see the school and the houses where the kids are.
Places to park by the fac'tries and buildings.
Restaunts and bar for later in the evening.
Then we come to the farmlands, and the undeveloped areas.
And I have learned how these things work together.
I see the parkway that passes through them all.
And I have learned how to look at these things and I say,

I wouldn't live there if you paid me.
I couldn't live like that, no siree!
I couldn't do the things the way those people do.
I couldn't live there if you paid me to.
 
2013-07-16 01:40:15 PM  

RyansPrivates: Des Moines? Hate that place.  The real action is in Cedar Rapids.

/Former Iowan


I live in cedar rapids. City is finally starting to come back, and the newly remodeled hotel is awesome. Still smells sometimes. I wanna hear byrne say something about that!
 
2013-07-16 01:41:57 PM  

The Gentleman Caller: Still smells sometimes.


ah, yes... quaker oats and ADM.
 
2013-07-16 02:02:10 PM  

The Gentleman Caller: I live in cedar rapids. City is finally starting to come back, and the newly remodeled hotel is awesome. Still smells sometimes. I wanna hear byrne say something about that!


I hate driving in Cedar Crapids.  The closer to the river you are the less the streets make sense.

CSB:
Saw a guy commit suicide there at a parking ramp by the 4-seasons center (or whatever they call it these days).  There's nothing quite horrifying than seeing, and worse, hearing a guy splat on a sidewalk.
 
2013-07-16 02:05:26 PM  
i.imgur.com

As younger people who once thrived on the excitement of places such as Los Angeles or New York grow older they begin to discover other qualities in places such as Des Moines.
 
2013-07-16 02:37:27 PM  

RyansPrivates: Des Moines? Hate that place.  The real action is in Cedar Rapids.

/Former Iowan


Hahaha, what?
 
2013-07-16 02:55:27 PM  

Kimpak: BilltheThrill: Did Mr, Byrne just completely fail to look at anything on the East side of the river?

I'll take East side DSM over East St. Louis.

Its a matter of perspective. The East side is definitely a crap hole, but its much less crappier of a hole than a lot of big cities.


Don't be an idiot and stop comparing Des Moines to big cities, because Des Moines is NOT a big city.  Des Moines DESPERATELY wants to be a big city, but it's not.  The East side of Des Moines has more in common with Appalachia than it does with an inner-city ghetto.  It is basically the state of Florida without the jean shorts and beaches.
 
2013-07-16 03:02:10 PM  

FlashHarry: The Gentleman Caller: Still smells sometimes.

ah, yes... quaker oats and ADM.


That was always what was funny about CR growing up.  It either smelled like breakfast cereal or really bad depending on the direction of the prevailing winds.
 
2013-07-16 03:16:59 PM  
Gunny Highway

Des Moines, Iowa: Large underground homosexual population.


Look at the soil around Des Moins, you can't build on it, you can't grow anything in it,  government says it's due to poor farming., but you and I really know whats going on Gunny....it's the queers.... they're in it with the Martians...they're building landing strips for gay Martians!
 
2013-07-16 03:17:37 PM  
missed an "e"...f*ck!
 
2013-07-16 03:29:05 PM  

BilltheThrill: Des Moines DESPERATELY wants to be a big city,


No it doesn't.  Des Moines wants to be exactly what it is, and I think it does quite well at it.  There may be some people who think that we think we desperately want to be a big city.  I don't know where that perception came from, but I think most of us like the size just the way it is.  Big enough to have the conveniences of a city, small enough to have some space to spread out.
 
2013-07-16 03:45:24 PM  

WhiskeySticks: I watched an old episode of Cops last night from Des Moines.  It featured a naked, bloody black man high on PCP who eventually punched a hole in a wooden fence just before being maced and tackled by 10 officers.


Dad?
 
2013-07-16 03:53:07 PM  
This is not surprising coming from the guy who didTrue Stories. He's always been a type of anthropologist.
 
2013-07-16 05:22:05 PM  

busy chillin': mechgreg: monsignorguru: Des Moines is also one of the cheapest cities to live in for those under forty.

So does that mean if you move to Des Moines you can have a beautiful house, and a beautiful wife?

But then you marry a psycho killer who ends up burning down the house.


Marry a psycho killer? I've always felt Girlfiend Is Better, plus the bonus of Girls Want To Be With The Girls.

I was in attendance at the David Byrne/St. Vincent 80/35 concert in Des Moines last week and Byrne rocked that show as much as he rocks his journal entries.
 
2013-07-16 05:59:28 PM  

Metalupis: Used to live in Ames, Des Moines is nice for the shopping but I'm not sure I would want to actually live there, but one of the little town within easy driving distance would be ok though


My wife was born in Iowa...  Grew up near Union/Whitten.  Still has a lot of family in the Ames/Nevada area.  We would give serious consideration to moving to Ames/Nevada, but jobs seem pretty scarce.
 
2013-07-16 06:30:15 PM  

Kimpak: BilltheThrill: Des Moines DESPERATELY wants to be a big city,

No it doesn't.  Des Moines wants to be exactly what it is, and I think it does quite well at it.  There may be some people who think that we think we desperately want to be a big city.  I don't know where that perception came from, but I think most of us like the size just the way it is.  Big enough to have the conveniences of a city, small enough to have some space to spread out.


My experience does not reflect this.  Want a laugh, go and look up Des Moines' pitch to the NCAA to host men's basketball tournament games.  Tell me Des Moines is happy being second-fiddle to Omaha.
 
2013-07-16 06:47:51 PM  
I'm checkin' 'em out
I'm checkin' 'em out
I've got it figured out
I'm the one who's got it figured out
There's some good points - some bad points
But it all works out - I'm just a little freaked out
Find your city -
Find yourself a city to live in
 
2013-07-16 09:57:52 PM  
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He's just expanding his horizons again.

\shocked, SHOCKED, that I'm the first on this one
 
2013-07-16 10:54:26 PM  
He played a show last month at a theater just a short walk from my house. Not going was stupid.
 
2013-07-17 11:08:32 AM  
Iowa sucks... Tell your friends.

/Iowan
 
2013-07-17 11:18:47 AM  

The Gentleman Caller: RyansPrivates: Des Moines? Hate that place.  The real action is in Cedar Rapids.

/Former Iowan

I live in cedar rapids. City is finally starting to come back, and the newly remodeled hotel is awesome. Still smells sometimes. I wanna hear byrne say something about that!


Quad Cities represent!

Davenport guy - I don't mind living here at all.  If you put the Quad Cities and surround areas together, it's something like 400,000 people.  Not a small town at all.

I still think my wife and I will move to Chicago at some point, but in the meant time, this is a nice place to live.
 
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