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Why would I want to move to Des Moines?

The company that I work for is looking to place a person in/near Des Moines for three years.

What are the reasons that I would want to move to Des Moines?

What about reasons to stay away from Des Moines?

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The company that I work for is looking to place a person in/near Des Moines for three years.

What are the reasons that I would want to move to Des Moines?

What about reasons to stay away from Des Moines?
Guess it depends on your employment. Would you have to move to keep it?

As far as riding, the mid-state Iowa area is pretty flat with lots of wind. However, NE Iowa, SE Wisconsin area is really nice.

I used to work there several years ago, like 25, so I don't know how things have changed over the years but I know there are some troopers over that way...:beatnik:

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If you like corn, wind, and tornados, I say go for it. :biggrinjester:
You forgot blizzards and ice storms. But then again..snow days!

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When you come from Des Moines you either accept the fact without question and settle down with a girl called Bobbie and get a job in the Firestone factory and live there forever and ever or you spend your adolescence moaning at length about what a dump it is and how you can't wait to get out and then you settle down with a local girl named Bobbie and get a job in the Firestone factory and live there forever and ever.
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The chapter on Iowa from The Lost Continent is brilliant! I was born in Iowa, and I rode through Des Moines this week. It's not the best motorcycle country, but as noted, you can always head to NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin for some great roads. In any other direction you're 800 miles from anything.

As a town, it's just like every other mid sized town in the Midwest. But we all have our price.
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What about after the three years? Back to the tri-cities or ??? (Get an employment contract) Keep your house and rent it out or ???

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Being quite familiar with Tri-Cities and having lived few years in central Iowa.... both have similar hot summers, cold winters, plenty of sunshine. Des Moines probably gets more of its precip from summer thunderstorms than you get in Tri-Cities. Iowa is salt-of-the-earth good folks. Pretty homogenous culturally and ethnically, but mid-america values. People still attent church there! I felt like I'd stepped back a couple decades moving there from Seattle. Good schools. Good sports programs for kids, good college sports programs if you are a fan.
One of my favorites was that there was plenty of good bird hunting and deer hunting throughout the state, and half the people in Des Moines grew up on a family farm in Iowa and will give you introductions to help you find places to hunt (not of much interest if you are not a hunter.) Something like 5 times more hogs in Iowa than people, and it is the land of a million corn fields, though not as flat of terrain as people think. Much of Iowa is rolling "hills".
You can visit lots of areas and cities on weekends: Minneapolis-St.Paul, Chicago, Kansas City, St Louis.
After all that, I assume you mean Des Moines, IA, not Des Moines, WA!
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Positives -

Iowa State Fair, pork chops, butter cow and CORN as far as you can see.
You can easily see the curvature of the earth. It snowes enough you can watch your dog leave for three days.

More importantly, John Wayne was born just few minutes from Des Moines.

Hoodoo days in Neiolla, Bridges of Madison County, Dayton County Rodeo and the zoo.

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