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Old 04-08-2014, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by DeliciaFreeman View Post
I was wondering what was going on with some of the comments, I think there is plenty to do in Des Moines
Originally Posted by funksoulbro View Post
Compared to Fort Dodge, yes.

Compared to any actual big city...no.
I think this is a difference of definition.
a : a full or more than adequate amount or supply <had plenty of time to finish the job>
b : a large number or amount <in plenty of trouble>
(Plenty. (n.d.). Retrieved April 8, 2014, from Plenty - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
By definition 1 a, if a city has enough activities to occupy more than every moment of a person's day, that's subjectively plenty; with definition 1 b you can make comparisons based on an objective number of activities. Objectively (1 b), Tokyo probably has way more to do than, say, Boston or Atlanta; subjectively (1 a), they all have "plenty" going on because once you get to the point where there's enough that you want to do to fill up every leisure hour with choices to spare, the number of "choices to spare" doesn't matter that much.

So when folks say that Des Moines has plenty to do, they're saying that they don't want for interesting (to them) things to do. Again, this is subjective; if your idea of a good time is to spend a couple of hours every night star-gazing in splendid isolation, then New York City has "nothing to do" and rural Iowa is happening. Even people with similar tastes in entertainment have a different level of desire for variety--some people prefer to go to a different restaurant and then on to a different club every night of the month; others are happy cycling between a few favorites, with other activities and maybe some quiet nights at home thrown into the mix. I imagine the same city could be deadly dull to the former, and plenty exciting for the latter.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:33 AM
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I was rarely bored in Des Moines, always something going on/to do.

In other areas of the state in smaller towns? Not so much. When I lived in Burlington we spent a lot of time driving to larger areas for stuff to do.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:59 AM
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Its an overall good town, just way too much "Des Moines voted #1 city for cell phone reception on every carrier" mentality at times.

Its a groupthink type place in ways you've probably never seen, or will ever see. Most mid-sized cities are like this on varying levels.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by RonnieJonez View Post
Its an overall good town, just way too much "Des Moines voted #1 city for cell phone reception on every carrier" mentality at times.

Its a groupthink type place in ways you've probably never seen, or will ever see. Most mid-sized cities are like this on varying levels.
Between this post and Elle, it pretty much sums it up.

Outside of Des Moines, very little to do. In Des Moines, it's an alright city. Unfortunately, there is a lot of hyperbole about it being a phenomenal city, which gets in the way of being able to appreciate it for what it actually is. Imagine if you were going to a subway for lunch and you had someone standing next to you the whole time telling you how each piece of meat and vegetable there is voted #1 by people who know nothing about it, in a category that doesn't matter. Then when you tell them to stop, they complain about everyone critiques their sandwich, but no one said it was world class, however it is the best sandwich you could ever get. Yes, they contradict themselves within a single post, sometimes within a single sentence.

That's Iowa in a nutshell

Of course, to the credit of the person there talking your ear off, there may be a few guys who left signs outside the subway with maps attached leading to better restaurants.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:57 AM
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I grew up in Iowa. Of course its boring. Very little nightlife, boutiques -- mostly retail shopping and chain restaurants. Most of the denizens are coarse and blue collar. The reason for that is everyone with a dream leaves. I guess it could be a pleasant place to live if all you want is a steady job to raise a family.
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