Monday, May 14, 2007

West Des Moines Reviewed

Lets face it, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, just cornfields, overalls, and straw hats. Instead what I got was more like a scaled down version of St. Louis. This place has a microbrewery, a huge 20-screen movie theater, a good selection of both fast food and sit-down restaurants, a horse track, and (something that every town absolutely needs) tons of hot girls.

There is also a really nice bar called Drink, where I was witness to 2 absolutely smokin hot girls not only making out with each other, but groping as well…it was like I was watching a porno on spectravisiono. Also, one of my co-workers tried to get me laid. Here’s how the conversation went:

Chris - “Hey, my name is Chris, how are you?”
Random girl - “Fine.”
Chris - “This is my friend, Bill.”
Random girl - “I don’t care.”

Moving along, Granite City, the microbrewery/restaurant, isn’t particularly great. There are only 4 house beers; light, dark, stout, and something else that’s not as good as a regular beer. But the atmosphere is very nice, there’s a patio so you can enjoy a sunny day and Bud Light. Also, there’s a Chilijs right next to the hotel, and there are nothing but cute waitresses working there.

I’ve been working overnights for 2 weeks, so I haven’t seen too much of the city. However, I have had the opportunity to observe the locals, and the people here aren’t rednecks or even farmers. This part of Des Moines is more ritzy, like a North county, yet the people seem very down to earth. There’s still the occasional monster truck, but you’ve got to expect a few bad apples.

Something that would surprise a lot of people is the kind of music that is popular here – Slipknot, Mudvayne, Hatebreed, and other super-heavy rock bands. The reason for this is very simple; Corey Taylor (lead singer for Slipknot and Stone Sour) was born and raised in Des Moines. It’s the same effect Nelly had in St. Louis, but Taylor’s bands are much more successful, plus this is a city with not a lot to celebrate.

I wouldn’t make it a point to vacation here, or even put West Des Moines very high on a list to move to if the opportunity presented itself, but it’s not a bad place, and is much better than you would think.

On a totally unrelated note, the other day I apparently received a cease and desist letter from Charter Communications, ordering me to stop downloading The Sopranos. It sounds to me like Charter Communications only cares about the downloading of shows that are broadcasted on premium channels, even if you subscribe to these channels, but Charter Communications doesn’t care about the downloading of network TV shows, movies, pirated software, or child pornography. (Legal Disclaimer: This is not an admission of being in non-compliance with the DMCA)


Fitz said...

Yeah, you pretty much hit Des Moines right on the head. I have two cousins that live there, and it's definitely an allright place. Not great, not horrible, and probably not a bad place to live.

Unfortunately, it has the taint of Cubs baseball on it.

Bill said...

I really don't understand the random cubs fans here. I also don't get the U-Mich haters here.

And for some reason, the Cubs fans don't realize one thing; no matter how badly the Cards are doing right now, they won the World Series last season. The last time the Cubs won a Series, My grandpa wasn't born yet.

Fitz said...

It's because Cubs fans are retarded, which is why they are Cubs fans in the first place.

specialkmo said...

How long are you in Iowa?

Des Moines sounds decent, but it doesn't seem like it should make it one my list of places I'd be willing to live. It is REALLY tough for me to deal with Cubs fans...And, no, I would not want to live in Chicago either.

Fitz said...

I don't care how nice a place is. If the taint of Cub is there, I don't want to be there.

Other than my Uncle Howie, there better not be Cubs fans in heaven.

Bill said...

I was only in Des Moines for three weeks, and I got back in town on May 18 or so.