Ten Scary Podcasts for Halloween

1. Limetown – Ten years ago Limetown completely disappeared.  The government swept in that night and sealed off the area, a couple of weeks later the town is opened up and found to be abandoned.  Despite massive media interest initially, there are few answers.  Ten years after the fact a reporter investigates and starts to…

Des Moines Best Thai Restaurants

Des Moines is home to quite a few good Thai restaurants.   For those who have never tried Thai food, I would suggest that you venture out of your comfort zone and give it a try.   If you do not like spicy food, the restaurant will almost always offer a star rating of one to…

My Favorite RadioLab Episodes

Radiolab is probably my favorite radioshow/podcast.  What I like the most about it is the unexpected twists and turns it seems to take. Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich do an excellent job of always sending the listener curve balls while keeping the material fun and informative.  I used to listen when I could on the…

Ten must see things at the Iowa State Fair

What has always impressed me about the Iowa State Fair is the fact that the state of Iowa has 3 million people yet the attendance at the Iowa State Fair usually tops 1 million.  That means that 1 out of every 3 people in the entire state of Iowa attend the fair (of course some…

Eight storytellers you should check out

1.Edgar Oliver – Edgar Oliver speaks in such a way he would make reading the ingredient list on a muffin box interesting. If I had to describe his voice in one word I suppose it would be Transylvanian.  He has a slow delivery and pauses at odd times, but his voice adds so much he…

Top Ten Free Things to do in the Des Moines Area

There are quite a few free things to do in Des Moines.  You will in most cases you will have to spend a small amount in gas to get there though, but none the less its cheap entertainment.  Here are a few suggestions. 1.Take a walk around Grays Lake – Grays Lake is a popular…

Quirky Des Moines #5 – A Fortune built on Foundation

  Carl Weeks was born the sixth in a family of eight children. His family lived in western Kansas during Carl’s early years, then moved to Des Moines in 1888 when he was 12.  Carl got a job helping in a drug store, and studied at the now defunct Highland Park College on the north…

Top Ten Camping spots in the Des Moines area

1.Ledges State Park – The Ledges is one of my favorite natural places in all of Iowa.  A small creek winds through a deep canyon that has been carved out over many, many years.  Cars passing through the canyon are forced to drive through a few inches of creek water splashing water, and getting squeals…

Why we love the Good Guys Car show

The Good Guys car show is one of the cornerstone summer events in Des Moines. The Good Guys are a national car club that has shows throughout the country.  This year will be the 25th anniversary, and it should be a great one.  Usually the weather is very hot for the show, but this year…