guitarguy wrote:Would be an interesting study to find out what has always made Omaha more of a family oriented city than a city that aggressively values urban living?
I don't know about 'This Family oriented city' thing. Â Â Wasn't Omaha known as 'The babe Capital of the Mid-West' once? Â With brothels in downtown, run by the city fathers themselves?
What I speculate is that people in the old days knew what Omaha was really about, and decided to create a new image for Omaha. Â Like JFK said once, "The biggest enemy of the truth is the myth."
as they said in 'The Man who shot Liberty Valance', Â "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend".
You know what, one thing that really shocked me after I started living here was how spoiled, irresponsible some children were as a group in Omaha compared to Portland.
In downtown, often there was a sign saying, "only 1 or 2 or 3 students at a time." Â I didn't understand it. Â I never saw such signs in Portland. Â Later I found out, children here love to create trouble just for the sake of trouble. Â Also, I noticed teenagers here in general do not have a very strong work ethic. Â Often, teenagers as soon as they got enough money to buy stuff they want, they would quit without any notice.
Portland has a reputation as a slacker city, (undeserved I believe). Â People care about what is, regardless of what others think. Â Whereas here, people as a group care more about what others think of them rather than what is real and what really matters, even if it is self-contradictory. Â Like some people condenming watching porn, but praising the motherhood. Â or like that fella Â chiding me in wasting my time replying to posts while being unaware of his wasting his time in chiding me without contributing anything.
People here are as a group more interested in being seen as smart rather than being smart. Â Â Acting like as if they are going somewhere instead of going somewhere for real.
One example, Â in Portland, people rarely dress in suit and ties, even business people in white color occupation. Â Only time I see business people in suit and ties is during some very important business meetings. Â Â Also, many ride bicycle to work, and bring the bicycles into office and hang them on the wall.
Also, children work to earn their allowances, even the children of rich. Â Â I remember one childhood friend of my brother, whose father was a famous anchorman in Portland, working as a dishwasher/busboy during his teenage years to earn his spending money. Â He didn't get it from his father (who, by the way, was a very liberal, and progressive man, didn't believe in spoiling his son).
When I attended Beaverton High School, a suburb of Portland, and solidly middle class town, I never saw one brand new car, much less brand new BMWs driven by some high school kids in West Omaha.
Over the years, I have seen so many grown ups, (men in their late 30's, or even 40's, living off the help from their parents, who are not even well-off). Â In one case, a man in his late 30's with 3 children of his own was using those children as a way to get money from his single mom in her 60's, and to 'borrow' her only car so that he could get to work in comfort while his 65 years old mother was taking bus to go to her work in Omaha winter!
Still, I met some of the smartest (for real) and 'real' people I've met in my life, I met them from here. Â I just wish more of Omahans are like them.