has written 18 SperlingViews. Currently, Abhd is living in Omaha, NE and has a little something to say:
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re: Cost of living good in Omaha - 8/26/2009 Posted On: 12/23/2009 12:01:28 PM
Pat, I think most people would agree there is stuff to do, but it gets boring really fast. Outside of going to events or to eat, there isn't zilch to do here. Plus the weather just stinks. BTW I like California much much more than I do Omaha and haven't had any problems with going to the beach.
re: Makes you appreciate what you have - 2/19/2009 Posted On: 8/21/2009 10:50:36 PM
Nick, because Omaha has such a great crime rate, especially in those beautiful neighborhoods to the North and South...
And those Nebraska summers aren't hot and humid, no sir!
Great state? That one almost got me laughing. Almost.
Good move leaving Shawn, I did as well and never looked back. You won't either. Enjoy Florida, especially the tax rate compared to Nebrasucks.
Closest thing to hell in the U.S. Posted On: 7/16/2009 1:03:57 AM
This is a place where creativity and imagination go to die.
Too humid, too polluted, too flat, too congested, too bland, too industrialized, too many illegals, too many SUVs, too many idiots, too spread out, too commercialized, too focused on oil... need I go on?
Good? Um, it's cheap?
Houston might be doing fine right now, but in about fifty years give or take when America runs out of oil, it'll become the next Detroit. Until then, be like the lemmings and move in, get yourself a cheap house, and make tons of money while sweating profusely at all times and getting fat on all the food. I really don't get the love for Texas and I'm originally from here. I'd rather pay more money and live on one of the coasts.
re: A bit too hot, a bit too conservative, a bit t Posted On: 7/8/2009 11:22:02 PM
Darren, I'm not a huge fan of extreme liberals, but creepy religious weirdos like you scare me much more. Please stay away from me with your guns and bible when you pass me in Fort Worth unless you want them shoved where the sun don't shine.
re: Young Liberals Beware - 6/26/2008 Posted On: 2/20/2009 11:51:49 PM
I agree with your sentiments 100%
Love It! Posted On: 1/31/2009 12:48:17 AM
Gosh people, cry cry cry! That's all I seem to read when I look at the comments about San Diego. Honestly if you moved here and hate that there aren't four seasons, you are a moron to put it bluntly. Nobody moves to California for distinct seasons, they move to avoid winter because they hate winter. I moved because I hate cold seasons. I seem to be much happier than my friends who are stuck in the Midwest shoveling snow and staying inside. If you like seasons and cold don't move here, it's that simple. There are so many things to do and great sports teams. I love the beach and the Gaslight district. The people I know aren't stuck up. Sure there are some that are around here, but no more or less than anywhere else I've been. If you think everyone is stuck up, look in the mirror and question why that is. I think there is great diversity in demographics, cultures and personalities here. White, black, Hispanic, Asian, liberal, conservative, religious, non-religious, they all mix together in a place where the sun shines close to 300 days a year. It's more expensive than the Midwest, but that's because you get more. And the traffic really isn't that bad, especially comparing it to L.A. I love it here, but if you want seasons, don't move here.
re: Omaha has a nice mix - 11/16/2008 Posted On: 12/19/2008 3:39:10 PM
Weather: Dude, buddy, I don't know what you're talking about. The winter has been HORRIBLE this year. I've lived here for a long time and winters more often than not are awful. From December to about mid March, expect to spend most of your time couped up in your house. Then get ready for humidity and thunderstorms. You're lucky to get 2-3 months of decent weather here (fall and some of spring).
Employment: it's bad everywhere right now, thanks to our economy. Some places are hit harder than others. Omaha hasn't been hit as bad, but people are still losing jobs.
Things to do: Zoo, old market... then what? Sure, there are things to do, but it's not a ton. For a city of Omaha's size, it's good. I do agree the Qwest Center was needed, but the bridge wasn't and I don't like where this new baseball stadium is going, plus with the Royals leaving, sounds kind of pointless in my opinion.
re: The good and the bad - 9/9/2007 Posted On: 7/6/2008 4:34:42 PM
Hey Steven, good review and I somewhat agree. However, I have some disagreements. I've lived in both Fort Worth and San Diego and I didn't find Fort Worth greener at all. Sure it rains more there, but I found San Diego to be much greener (and scenic) than Fort Worth. Also, maybe it was the people you knew in San Diego, but I've found most people from San Diego to be pretty laid back. Fort Worth people are pretty laid back and friendly as well, so I find them equal in those areas. Otherwise, I pretty much agree with your solid review.
One of America's Drunkest cities Posted On: 3/26/2008 6:33:44 PM
Omaha has an unusually high number of bars for a city of its size. As a consequence, they suffer from some of the highest rates of alcoholism, drunk driving incidents, and liver disease in the country.
Seattle Pros and Cons Posted On: 2/25/2008 6:05:53 PM
-Some of the most beautiful natural scenery of any major metro area
-A very strong economy with many major corporations having jobs
-Lots of unique neighborhoods
-A hopping downtown area
-Stays relatively mild all year round (typically 40-50 degrees in the winter, sometimes dipping below freezing, 50-60 in the summer, sometimes going into the 70's or above in the summer).
-Numerous outdoor activities (hiking, skiing, beaches, etc.)
-Very rainy and cloudy. Only 100 days of sunshine a year
-Nightlife relatively quiet compared to other big metro areas
-Big city traffic
re: Cost of Living - 12/28/2007 Posted On: 1/28/2008 10:46:51 PM
Wait until you have to pay taxes... you're money will "go a long way"... to the pockets of the politicians.
The housing slump will put a hamper on the "new construction."
Weather Posted On: 11/28/2007 6:39:38 PM
OKC has some of the worst severe weather in the country come Spring. Come Summer the severe weather tapers off, but triple digit days kick in.
Dirt Cheap to live here Posted On: 11/28/2007 6:35:08 PM
I lived in St. Louis for one year before moving to Chicago. St. Louis isn't a terrible place to live, but I found it to be kind of an bland, ugly city. Unless you love professional sports, there isn't a whole lot to do here. It's cheap to live here, because like most Midwest cities, there isn't a ton of people flocking to move here. I like a little more diversity and action in my cities, likely why Chicago is a better fit for me.
Great community Posted On: 8/31/2007 10:43:42 PM
I moved to Irvine from the Midwest about 3 years ago and haven't regretted it for one minute. This is one heck of a nice community. Very planned out, clean, safe. Great university close by, lots of business opportunities, parks, recreation spots. The housing is beautiful with a lot of townhomes and cottages. Traffic flows through the area very well. Good access to the freeway, close to the beach, shopping, airport, museums, sports, theme parks, other O.C. neighborhoods. L.A. and San Diego are within 2 hours north and south respectfully. Great weather year round as well. Only negatives are lack of personality (Compared to places like Orange, which has the Old Towne, very charming place with a lot of character) and high housing prices (then again, it's California, but good news is housing prices are starting to drop due to the slow real estate market, so good time to get a house!)
Omaha expensive? You damn right. Posted On: 7/20/2007 1:39:02 PM
Omaha might have cheap cost of living, but then the taxes are outrageous, as are the gas prices and other costs. In the end, it ends up being more expensive than what you get in return.
Love this place Posted On: 5/19/2007 11:56:19 PM
I came here for graduate school and stayed for my lifetime. I love it here. The old town is cool, and it's really close to everything. Disneyland is just down the road, as is Angels Stadium. You have the beach about 20 minutes away. L.A. about 30 minutes away and San Diego about an hour drive away. The weather is beautiful, the sun shining and the temperatures moderate all year round. Don't know how you can get much better than this.
Love it Posted On: 5/18/2007 3:34:55 PM
I am so sick of these posts about how California is so expensive. DUH! It's California! I moved to California from the Midwest and haven't regretted it for one minute. Yes, it's expensive, but I budget. I enjoy the coast, the variety of things to do, the great weather and much more. I will be in San Diego for the rest of my life. All those people who always complain about pricing, I'll say it again: you pay for what you get.
Your average suburban city Posted On: 5/14/2007 11:46:18 AM
People love to boast and brag about how much Omaha is growing, how great it is, etc. Frankly I don't get it. I was born here and lived here for 18 years before leaving for greener pastures. Omaha, Nebraska is one of the most overrated, ugly, boringest cities I have ever been in. I come home to visit my family and still cringe about it. It is one of those places that is ten steps behind everyone else when it comes to anything.
People say that we have great culture. We have a performing arts center, a community playhouse, the orpheum, the Qwest Center, the Joslyn, the Western Heritage and some other smaller things. It's not that great. It's good for what it is, but much better theatre, museums and concerts can be seen elsewhere.
People say how great the Old Market is. Old Markets are everywhere in this country. Every city has one with different names, and most cities have one that is bigger, better and everything else.
Yes, I'll agree the zoo is nice. But there are nice zoos everywhere, and that shouldn't be your sole reason for coming here. Once you have been through the zoo you have been through the zoo.
The weather sucks. I'm not a fan of freezing winters and hot, humid summers. Some people are.
This isn't the place for nature lovers. There are some nice paths to walk or bike along, but no mountains, no oceans, smallish lakes, not many trees. Just the ugly Missouri river.
Now if you love to eat, you'll love Omaha. There are tons of restaurants to eat at here. However, the quality isn't that great at most of them. There are only about 3 that I would recommend people to go to.
The architecture is pretty standard.
Go west of 102nd and Dodge and be dazzled by the bland, boring houses and strip malls that are everywhere.
This place is as conservative and bland as they come. I coudn't wait to leave. The ignorace and small-mindedness of the people is downright sickning. Sure they are nice, but there are nice people everywhere, even in the "big bad cities like NYC or Chicago."
If you have a family or you want to die somewhere quietly, come live here. Personally I'll pay more money and move somewhere else.