Someone asked me last week, "Why in the heck would you choose to take a road trip to Des Moines for your 30th birthday? For what you're paying for the King Suite, you could go to any number of better, warmer places."
See, but I don't need all that. People are more important to me than venue. And if I had my birthday road trip in Des Moines, my brother could join us -- something he couldn't do if we went elsewhere. So while there are certainly better places, at least on the surface, there is no better place in the entire world to be than at the bar with Cliff Glypha, Continental Frutiger, Dick Herculaneum and my Brother. Name your "better" cosmopolitan city, or your "warmer" climate, but unless its got that group together at a table, I'll pass.