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Old 11-01-05, 11:46 AM
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School me about...Omaha

At the beginning of the Month an announcement was made that our department is being sold. We all were given severance packages and a timeline of 6 months. It was a very sad day and drank myself lots of vodka. Fast forward to today where said company in question will be giving everyone offer letters and relocation packages to their facility in Omaha. We will be given the choice of the boot w/severance or relocate to Omaha. I have never lived in the Midwest nor do I desire to but I'm entertaining all ideas cause I like being employed.
So, tell me about Omaha. Are there bars and clubs? How long are said places open till? What kind of restaurants do they have? What do folks do for fun? Is there fun? Public transit, does it exist? Lots of old folks, lots of young folks or a little bit of everyone? Lots of snow, will I need an SUV to get around?
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You can get good DVD prices at Nebraska Furniture Mart.


I got nuthin'.
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Originally Posted by squidget
So,tell me about Omaha.
They'll send ya steaks, a whole box of 'em, right to your door.
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I think they have some sort of Wild Kingdom there. It may be Mutual. I'm not sure.
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My brother was born there.

Aside from that, there is no earthly way I could be coerced to move there. You have the lovely stench of the stockyards in the summer (while it is insanely hot), plus you will freeze your ass off in the winter.

Not to mention it's located in freakin' Nebraska, for crying out loud.
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311 is from there I think.
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I hear many vacationers visit this state.

Here is a picture of some of them.
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so far omaha is not sounding good at all.
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It's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I moved to Nebraska from the Los Angeles are in 1993. Probably one of the best things that happened to me. The schools are outstanding, the real estate is extremely affordable. The airport is small, but it is awesome to fly out of since there are usually very minimal lines at security etc. You can basically get to anywhere in the city in 20 minutes. Traffic does not exist.

Winters are mild, not too much snow...the most I saw while I lived there was about 1 foot total. You will not need an SUV, I got around in my rear wheel drive Volvo just fine. Omaha is also very centrally located(duh) and it's a short drive to KC, a minor drive to Minneapolis/Chicago, and you can get to Colorado easily for skiing. The people are very nice, crime is minimal.

Bars are pretty good in the Old Market area which is downtown. Can't say much about public transportation though.
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Originally Posted by woofman
311 is from there I think.

So wear earplugs when you go there.
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Omaha actually has a pretty big alternative/punk music scene -- Many of the artists are signed to Omaha's Saddle Creek records.

That's about all I know about Omaha.
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Tygan pretty summed up my thoughts in a much more elegant manner.

And nobody has mentioned (the sound of) the College World Series.
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Just out of curiosity, what company?

If you like to golf, Omaha has some nice golf courses, a couple of them are rated high for public courses, no public transportation, but the Interstate makes it easy to get around, you have the CWS, bars are good, housing is cheap, people are friendly.
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Originally Posted by woofman
311 is from there I think.
"Omaha stylee did not think there was one
Where the radios weak and the shows are more fun"

-311

Sounds kinda nice by the "honest" reviews I'm reading...lord knows there's no such thing as winter here in Florida...and real estate prices are insane. I've always thought of moving to Colorado or Arizona, sounds like this is nice and close to Colorado. Hmmmmmmm
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
I think they have some sort of Wild Kingdom there. It may be Mutual. I'm not sure.
... Omaha is people you can count on when the going's rough....
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Omaha Playhouse is one of the premiere community/amatuer theatres in the nation. So if you're a frustrated ex-professional actor like myself, living in Omaha offers the chance to play great roles in big productions (albeit for free) while keeping a "real" job during the day.

The winters are mild by comparison with some places, but you can expect solid snow throughout the winter. As stated above, the traffic around town is light, and homes are very cheap. I loved it when I worked there for a year.

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They have a really nice zoo there too. And the Strategic Air Command Museum about 30 minutes west of Omaha is nice. There are casinos 10 minutes from downtown.

And in the Fall, there is Nebraska Football (have to experience at least one game there). Omaha has an arena football team, college hockey team, and a semi/pro hockey team. There is plenty to do and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

The music scene was really good when I lived there....shows at the Cog Factory, Capitol Bar & Grill (both now closed). The new Quest arena is really starting to draw big name acts through town...talks about having the Big 12 Basketball Tournament there. Wouldn't be surprising if they had a Regional NCAA tournament there sometime as well. And as B.A. mentioned, the College World Series is outstanding.
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Originally Posted by Tygan
They have a really nice zoo there too.
I was there, the Henry Doorly Zoo. Back in '91, I visited friends that were living in Sioux City, Iowa and one in Dixon, Nebraska so I spent some time in Omaha. Didn't get a chance to explore much, but it seemed like a nice place. Everyone was very friendly.
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Originally Posted by tywebb1976
Just out of curiosity, what company?

If you like to golf, Omaha has some nice golf courses, a couple of them are rated high for public courses, no public transportation, but the Interstate makes it easy to get around, you have the CWS, bars are good, housing is cheap, people are friendly.
The name is in the link. Just in case they search my computer I refuse to mention said company by name.

Not really a golf fan nor care much for the schools since I have no kids. I'm a twenty something single female looking for a reason to relocate besides continuation of employment.
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I have been though Omaha, and I like it and all of Nebraska. Everything is flat and no traffic, it is going to be a big change from Sterling, VA. If you are making the same amount of money you are while in VA then you will live like a queen in Nebraska. If I had the opportunity I would go, then I could chase tornadoes.

One bad thing the nighlife is probably NOTHING like the DC area so if you are a party girl that likes nightlife then Omaha is probably not for you.
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Will the company pay for you to visit the city and perhaps meet with real estate agents? I don't think it's that far fetched of an idea to have them do that for you.
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He is the leader of a large terrorist network.
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Originally Posted by RaMMaR
... Omaha is people you can count on when the going's rough....
I wasn't sure if anyone would get that or not.
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Well, I lived there from 1985 to 2003 so if you have any particular questions I can help. Be prepared for nothing much to happen for the time that you are there. Must be a registered Republican although it's okay to like John Kerry. Nebraska football hasn't been the same since Osbourne quit to be a senator. College World Series in June, the AAA baseball is affiliated with the Royals so it's worthless. The zoo is amazing. The taxes suck.

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