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Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:36 pm

ad2330 wrote:Grew up in Omaha, attended UNL and since relocated to DFW.  I currently live in Fort Worth, TX about a mile from TCU, and have for the past 2 1/2 years.  Fort Worth is a great city, especially the downtown, but I'm longing to get back to Omaha and will have the opportunity to do so in the spring.  Moving away has given me the greatest appreciation for what Omaha has to offer.  Such a great size and EASY going life.  People think big cities are so amazing but I'm telling you, it's just controlled chaos (not always controlled).  Don't even get me going on TRAFFIC.  If Omaha could pick up a professional team, whether it be NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, MLB or whatever, I think we'd considerably raise the bar as a city.  It would provide such great entertainment and camaraderie among our city.  Every time I come home I see something new that has popped up and from my college days, Lincoln downtown has absolutely taken off!  Anyways, Omaha is great and once I move back I don't plan on ever leaving again.  What a great place to call home!


I totally agree...I have gained such a great appreciation for what the Omaha metro has to offer.  I moved to Dubuque, IA and currently Cedar Rapids, IA, and although I like the mix of cities in eastern Iowa, they pale in comparison to Omaha.  I am also looking forward to moving back to Omaha this winter/spring, once I get a job.  I realize that I took many things for granted when I lived in Omaha previously.  It is just all the little things of having different restaurants to eat at, concerts and games at the CenturyLink Center, Vala's pumpkin patch to visit, the zoo, Holiday Lighting Festival and fireworks and so much more.  Another thing that I have noticed is the lack of public art in the other cities.  Sometimes I know that I didn't appreciate the public art in Omaha, but Cedar Rapids for one has a lack of any public art.  Omaha does have a lot more traffic than either of these cities but the roads are designed much better (interstates to get around instead of highways and regular city streets).  I didn't realize how much of a difference the interstate makes for getting around town until I moved.  The stop and go traffic on city streets just to get to work gets to be a pain.  Overall I am very anxious to move back to what I and many others feel is a great hidden gem of a city in Omaha.  I am very excited for the direction that Omaha has headed over the past decade and anxious to be a part of an excellent community with great future growth.

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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:46 pm

There should be a medical name for the syndrome that afflicts a native Omahan who moves away and then comes to realize how special a place Omaha really is.
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Postby Cranky Redneck » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:22 am

My family has been in the area a decade before there was an Omaha.  I miss some of the...seedy edginess of the old (pre90s) Omaha and I rarely venture west of 42nd St.  Everything west of 84th St is all bland and unknown Linoma to me. Downtown outside of the old market didn't used to be such a ghost town though and while I can appreciate the attempts at downtown redevelopment it sure seems like the working class are getting the short end of the stick in favor of cappucino swilling hipsters and gentrifying yuppies. Yes, I lamented the loss of the Aero Rooms the same way I did when they tore down the Delmar, the Irwin, Jobber's Canyon, and a lot of other things that used to make Omaha Omaha.  Without the Antiquarium I rarely go to the old market anymore but at least the bohunk and 11-worth cafes are still around. I guess that's something. A shame the 11-Worth ain't open all night anymore though.

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Postby erik2 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:04 pm

StreetsOfOmaha wrote:There should be a medical name for the syndrome that afflicts a native Omahan who moves away and then comes to realize how special a place Omaha really is.


How about bitch-slapped by reality?  I heard some friends talk about how much they hate the cold and decided to take them outside when it was 28 degrees. I made the statement that it wasn't very cold and they agreed.  they admitted they climate-bash Omaha cause that is the common thing to do.

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Postby Bosco55David » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:24 pm

StreetsOfOmaha wrote:There should be a medical name for the syndrome that afflicts a native Omahan who moves away and then comes to realize how special a place Omaha really is.


Does this syndrome also apply to people who as, 15 year old kids, were dragged away to the hellish state of Florida by their parents and never really wanted to leave to begin with?  :mrgreen:

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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:26 pm

Yes. Anyone can be afflicted.  :;):
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Postby Stargazer » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:48 am

For crying out loud Bosco, when are you going to finally move back here??

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Postby samizdat » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:35 pm

Cranky Redneck wrote:My family has been in the area a decade before there was an Omaha.  I miss some of the...seedy edginess of the old (pre90s) Omaha and I rarely venture west of 42nd St.  Everything west of 84th St is all bland and unknown Linoma to me. Downtown outside of the old market didn't used to be such a ghost town though and while I can appreciate the attempts at downtown redevelopment it sure seems like the working class are getting the short end of the stick in favor of cappucino swilling hipsters and gentrifying yuppies. Yes, I lamented the loss of the Aero Rooms the same way I did when they tore down the Delmar, the Irwin, Jobber's Canyon, and a lot of other things that used to make Omaha Omaha.  Without the Antiquarium I rarely go to the old market anymore but at least the bohunk and 11-worth cafes are still around. I guess that's something. A shame the 11-Worth ain't open all night anymore though.


Cranky Redneck, I have never agreed with a post more... on any forum. My natural habitat is South Omaha, but I have migrated to Midtown. Antiquarium is probably the only reason I have to go to the Old Market, except for the possibility of Jackson Street Books. I still lament the loss of the original Antiquarium and Drastic Plastic turning into an ironic T-shirt shop. I think that west Omaha is a mythical forest where a fairy gives you a $5 Red Mango gift card upon entrance. I'm not sure, because I've never tried going there - I don't like frozen yogurt.

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Postby Seth » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:33 pm

samizdat wrote:I think that west Omaha is a mythical forest where a fairy gives you a $5 Red Mango gift card upon entrance. I'm not sure, because I've never tried going there - I don't like frozen yogurt.


Haha, while my wife and I are solid midtowners, but she loves Red Mango! Of course, she usually goes to the one in North Downtown.

I think you are being generous calling West O a forest, though; the trees aren't that big yet!

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Postby Bosco55David » Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:38 pm

Stargazer wrote:For crying out loud Bosco, when are you going to finally move back here??


Unfortunately, I'm not sure that will happen now as there are other considerations in my life.

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Postby omaproud » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:03 pm

Do tell, Bosco.

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Postby ricko » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:21 pm

Bosco55David wrote:
Stargazer wrote:For crying out loud Bosco, when are you going to finally move back here??


Unfortunately, I'm not sure that will happen now as there are other considerations in my life.




OK, what's her name?

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Postby Big E » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:00 pm

"her"
"The above statement was not intended to be factual."

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Postby Garrett » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:51 am

We can convert her to Omahaism.
From Omaha to Chicago
From Axel to Garrett

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Postby Bosco55David » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:30 pm

Axel wrote:We can convert her to Omahaism.


That's not completely out of the realm of possibility. She doesn't really want to go back to a cold climate (she is from PA) but I think she could be persuaded. She is only half the equation though because as I mentioned in the helicopter thread, the dream I am chasing now won't be putting me in Omaha.

We'll see what happens though.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed May 09, 2012 10:36 pm

I recently just moved back to the area after having lived in Dubuque, IA and Cedar Rapids, IA for the past 3 years.  I will first start out by saying that each of these cities have some good things to offer.  Dubuque: the views of the Mississippi River with the bluffs, and all the historic homes and buildings in the downtown area.  Cedar Rapids: a continued redevelopment effort (mostly the result of federal and state funding the city received as a result of the 2008 flood).

But from the moment I moved away, I couldn't help but think how great it would be to move back to Omaha.  I am extremely excited to have recently gotten a job in the Old Market and get to experience that on a daily basis.  There is definitely a "buzz" in Omaha that I feel when discussing the past history, present development and the potential future growth that the city could have.  I did not get this feeling in the other cities.  

The only thing I need further is my finance to get a teaching job and be able to move here as well, regardless we are looking at finding a place in the Omaha metro this summer.  I can't wait to get to be a part of the community again.  The city has come a long way in the past 10-15 years and I look forward to continue to see it grow and develop into a great family friendly urban environment.

I would like to thank everyone on this forum for posting updates and photos that kept me in touch with the metro and its happenings while I was away and unable to experience them firsthand.  I definitely feel that it has contributed to me realizing what I moved away from and how great it is going to be to move back for our October wedding, and eventually raising a family in Omaha.

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Postby cdub » Thu May 10, 2012 8:05 am

People get used to things, theres no doubt about it.  Particularly when you grow up somewhere you develop some affinity for it.  I don't think there are necessarily any more folks who want to get back to Omaha than anywhere else, we just know those stories.  There are just as many likely that are more than happy they left and don't look back.  

Of course, this from someone who is not a native, and will probably move out one day again.  In the meantime, however, its a great place to be and call home.

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Re: Why Omaha?

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:05 am

Another reason I love Omaha. I just went for a walk through the Old Market and a police officer on a horse was taking the horse for a walk. He realized that there were two little girls starring at the horse. He went out of his way to go over to them and they were so excited. They said it was the first time they had ever been close to a horse. The officer was very polite and talked to them about school and where they were from. In many other cities, the police could care less about the "everyday" person. But in this instance, the officer just made those girls day.

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Re: Why Omaha?

Postby Brad » Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:34 pm

skinzfan23 wrote:Another reason I love Omaha. I just went for a walk through the Old Market and a police officer on a horse was taking the horse for a walk. He realized that there were two little girls starring at the horse. He went out of his way to go over to them and they were so excited. They said it was the first time they had ever been close to a horse. The officer was very polite and talked to them about school and where they were from. In many other cities, the police could care less about the "everyday" person. But in this instance, the officer just made those girls day.


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