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Hey everyone! I can't wait to meet you all and show you a couple of my fave places in my beloved Des Moines :)

 

Date: Saturday, March 1st (time TBD)

 

We will start off at:

Brenton Skating Plaza

520 Robert D Ray Dr
Des Moines, IA 50309-1824

 

We're obviously going ice skating, and Brenton is an outdoor skating arena, so wear several layers and bring plenty of gloves, hats, scarves, etc. Also, it costs $6 for admission and $3.50 for ice skate rentals. However, if there are 10 or more people, it will only cost $7 per person. This is one reason that it would be fantastic for everyone to commit as soon as possible, so I know what kind of numbers we're looking at, but either way, no big deal.

 

For more information about Brenton, check out: http://brentonplaza.com/

 

We will then be going to my favorite restaurant, Zombie Burger :D The food's delicious, it's a really fun atmosphere and it's undoubtedly one of a kind. The restaurant is literally two blocks away from the skating plaza and has been my hangout spot since it opened in August 2011. They also have really creative shakes, spiked shakes and a full bar.

For more information, here's their website, along with the menu: http://www.zombieburgerdm.com/

 

If everyone would like and if we had time, we could go over to UpDown (which is also a couple blocks away; all of the places we're going are in the East Village). drink beer and play arcade games :)http://updowndsm.com/ Or, we could just stay at Zombie Burger and drink there :) Either way, it's going to be a blast!

 

As far as accommodations, I would definitely let you guys stay with me if I had my own place, but I don't yet. I would suggest finding a hotel near the airport, which is about 10 minutes away from the East Village, where we'll be spending our time. There are some very nice hotels in downtown DM, but they will be pricier.

Here's a link to some airport hotels: http://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsNear-g37835-qDSM-Des_Moines_Iowa.html

 

Confirmed nerds so far:

SnowWhite

FalseAesop

Wufkar

SammyShark

mmitchell151

Bananandrea

 

And lastly, please reply if you are still planning on attending, and let me know if you have any questions; I'd be more than happy to answer them! I'd recommend everyone post their challenge thread or battle blog so we can get to know each other a bit before the meet up. I can't wait! Battle on, Nerds. 

 

Cheers!

-SnowWhite

 

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"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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I really hope you can make it!

Don't know if I will be able to make it but I really want to!

 

Well, I really hope you're there!

It's closer than I thought it would be. I'm a maybe.

 

Yay :D

As stated in the general Iowa thread, I'll be there. Since all the cool kids are doing it.

 

Awesome! :)

Wufkar - Confirmed.

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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:D :D :D :D

YAY!!!!

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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Yesssir! We have the best standard of living in the entire country because of our low cost of living and booming economy and job creation!

I love this city so much! Here's another awesome article about Des Moines :D

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/01/23/why-iowa-rules-in-10-steps/

 

And here are all of our rankings!

#1 Wealthiest City in America - TODAY show, 2014

 #1 Best Medium-Sized Metro Area for Homeownership - Nerdwallet, 2014

#5 "Best US States for Young Adults" - MoneyRates, 2013

#15 America's Most Productive Metros - The Atlantic Cities, 2013

"Three Best Cities to Start a Business" - Forbes, 2013

#12 "Best States for Business" - Forbes, 2013 

#1 "Best Places for Business and Careers" - Forbes, 2013

#2 "Strongest Local Economy" - Policom, 2013

#3 "Top 15 U.S. Cities' Emerging Downtowns" - Forbes, 2013

#1 "Best Midwest Cities for Young Adults" - The Business Journals, 2013

#2 "Best Cities to Start a Business" - The Street, 2013

#6 "Cities Where Startups Are Thriving" - CNN Money, 2012

#6 "Best Cities to Grow Old In" - MSN Money, 2012

#1 "Best Cities for Families" - Kiplinger, 2012

#4 "Best Places for Business and Careers" - Forbes, 2012

#2 " Best Cities for Jobs this Summer." - Forbes, 2012

#10 "Most Educated Young Workforce." - The Business Journals, 2012

#2 for "Best Cities for Jobs." - Forbes, 2012

Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market recognized as "One of America's Best." - Country Living, 2012

#1 "Best Cities for Young Professionals" - Forbes, 2011

#1 "Richest Metro in the Nation" - US News & World Report, 2011

#1 "Cities in the US for Home Renters" - Time, 2011

#9 "Best State for Business" - CNBC, 2011

#3 "Best Cities for Business" MarketWatch, 2011

#7 "Best Cities for the Next Decade" - Kiplinger, 2010

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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How do you have all those links ready?

 

..maybe I need to move to Des Moines.

 

But I just moved here:

 

http://www.gallup.com/poll/161483/lincoln-neb-bests-cities-wellbeing-2012.aspx

 
When I get home.. I'm going through your links looking for Nebraska. We're going toe-to-toe!

Current Challenge: Wufkar Stops Making Excuses

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Hahahaha Wufkar, I use the "Rankings" page on the DMMO Partnership website :D And YESSSS! You need to move here! Everyone should move here! But good luck at your new place :D And uh, hahaha, good luck trying to beat Des Moines' stats with any NE town ;P

 

How do you have all those links ready?

 

..maybe I need to move to Des Moines.

 

But I just moved here:

 

http://www.gallup.com/poll/161483/lincoln-neb-bests-cities-wellbeing-2012.aspx

 
When I get home.. I'm going through your links looking for Nebraska. We're going toe-to-toe!

 

I really hope you can make it as well! That would be awesome :)

Hopefully i can make it

LMAO!!! I laughed so hard at this :P Uhm, good try, sir :D

Oh yeah? Well Rockford is in top ten lists too!

3rd most miserable city in America http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45lmhg/3-rockford-ill/

Wait...


Crap...

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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THIS IS SO EXCITING <3 I can't wait to meet you and I hope you can still make it! :D

I *should* be able to make it.    Money just got very tight though.   :(

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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Count me in for a confirmed! I won't be eating anything at ZBurger but I'll hang out for sure! I can't wait to play GIANT Jenga with my Nerds!

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Count me in for a confirmed! I won't be eating anything at ZBurger but I'll hang out for sure! I can't wait to play GIANT Jenga with my Nerds!

So glad you will be joining us!!! :D

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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Hey guys! I am so excited to see you all in 18 days! A few things:

 

1. Does meeting at Brenton Plaza at 4pm work for everyone?

 

2. If anyone has any questions about hotels or anything, be sure to let me know! I'd love to offer any assistance you require. 

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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Also. I have a couch in a guest bedroom and another couch in the living room AND an air mattress if Nerds need a place to stay that's not a hotel room. :) I do have 2 extremely loving cats though ;)

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Make today your someday~~~"It's a lifestyle - train like there's no finish line~~~"I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion." - Muhammad Ali, Boxer~~~"There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Guyyyysss! It's only a week awayyyy!!!!!!!!! :D I am SO excited to see you all! 

 

1. Final vote.....would you guys rather meet at 3pm or 4pm?

 

Feel free to call or text me at 515-822-3109 if you have any questions or need anything! I can't wait to meet you guys!

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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Four it is!

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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I _just_ figured out that this is happening this Saturday and now I want to come!  I'm going to talk to my hubby and see what we can swing (it's about a 2 hour drive) and if the Dimpled Wonder (my 9 yo son) will have to tag along.  Both of my boys are huge nerds, so no doubt they will fall right in line with NF nerds :)

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Constitution 35/380 XP

9.2%
9.2%

Intelligence 15/380 XP

3.9%
3.9%

Wisdom 35/120 XP

29.2%
29.2%

 

 

 

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Awesome! We would LOVE to meet you and your boys, Erin! Now we need to convince Musa to tag along :D

Pirate Kender Druid, Level 3

 

1.5 STR | 1 DEX | 1 STA | 7 CON | 3 WIS | 3 CHA

 

Specializes in flexibility, determination, promoting peace and giggling

 

 

 

Spoiler


"And though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare

 

 

"She loved life and life loved her back."

 

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, only an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

 

 

-Samuel Adams

 

 

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." -Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

 

 

"I owe to God the gifts given me, to God alone. Without Him I am nothing." -Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

 

 

 

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