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Automakers, listen up

I think this is a great time for automakers to go out and find out what consumers really want.  Go hit a few malls, a bookstore, a tea bar (ok, coffee, but I am a tea drinker), or even the local grocery store.  You don’t need to be completely scientific about it.  Pick a few places and visit those same types of places in Anytown, USA (yes, there are more than you think, and they aren’t necessarily Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, or Dallas). I am talking about Fort Wayne, Indiana or Harrisonburg, Virginia, or Wexford, Pennsylvania, or Huntington, West Virginia, or maybe Omaha, Nebraska.  These are great cities with some great people who are brimming over with ideas.

For one, every time I hear about dual climate control in cars I don’t think about what they really mean, which is a way for the driver and the passenger to operate their own temperature controls (not that it’s not a good idea).  I always think about a dual climate control in which you can have one temperature for your feet and one for your face.  Have you ever been driving someplace where it’s rather cold out, so you want a bit of heat on your tootsies, but at the same time, the sun is beating down on your windshield and said heat is making you sweat (which is why many of us have our windows cracked open when it’s 20 degrees out).  This happened a lot in North Carolina because it could get darn cold but then there would be that beautiful sun baking you while you were driving.  If you turn the heat off, your feet get a little chilly, so that doesn’t work either (no matter how great your boots are).

It happens a ton here in Omaha. I seem to constantly have my window open halfway whenever I drive even though my dash says it’s 7 degrees outside.  I love the sun too so small price to pay. However, wouldn’t be awesome if there was a way to have warm feet and a cool face at the same time? Or am I asking too much …

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February 16, 2009 at 8:28 am 1 comment

Omaha, the new Silicon Valley

Actually, Omaha is the new Silicon Prairie, or haven’t you heard?  Not only is PayPal here, but also People Search Media, Google, Yahoo, Contemporary Analysis, and LinkedIn.com. And that’s just the really BIG names.  Heck there is even a website.  For those that don’t know about Omaha, Nebraska, well then, let me educate you just a bit.

Omaha is home of 5 Fortune 500 Headquarters.

The Reuben sandwich was invented in Omaha.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo has the world’s largest geodesic dome and indoor rainforest. The Lied Jungle located in Omaha is the world’s largest indoor rain forest.

Borsheims in Omaha is the largest jewelry store in the nation.

Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha is the largest furniture store in the nation.

The Mutual of Omaha Corporate headquarters has 7 underground floors.

Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha in 1917.

In 1950, Omaha became the home of the College World Series.

Hometown to Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Nick Nolte.

There are many more fantastic facts about Omaha, but I wouldn’t want to be seen as bragging 🙂  Regardless, when people ask ‘why Omaha, Anissa’ more and more , my answer is ‘why not?’


February 13, 2009 at 8:16 am 2 comments

Bobby’s back

I am in giddy nation right now.  It was a while ago that the story leaked that Coach Knight would be interested in coaching again.  Wahoo!!  I hope something happens in the near future. I would love to see him coach again!

February 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm 2 comments

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