Viki Anderson

Living in a good way

January 4, 2015
by vikianderson
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Don’t bother “Googling” North Omaha

Everyone does it. If you want to find a nearby business, you “Google” for the closest business of your choice and up pops a map to find your destination. I loved Googling businesses when people first started doing this. It is my goto reference choice on any of my social devices.

The problem is, I live in Minne Lusa (North Omaha).

I love where I live.

Businesses don’t.

Just try googling ANY typical business that you want to find. You will not find it in North Omaha, east of 72nd Street. Just look at the map! We have a virtual “desert of business” that in any other part of Omaha, you have so many choices you practically trip over them on every corner.

  • Coffeehouses
    (see Tim McMahan’s story at the Reader about searching for a latte)
  • Hardware Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Doctors and Dentists
  • Pharmacy: Walgreens, CVS
  • Variety Store: Walmart, Target
  • Banks and Credit Unions
  • Malls: Indoor or Storefront-type
  • Fast Food: Pizza, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Arby’s, etc

And on and on. It doesn’t matter what you are doing a search on. Compare our very few choices to anywhere else in the city. This is VERY TELLING.

Why? Is it the crime? Yes we have crime up here, but I don’t believe that it is more dangerous than many other parts of the city. Echos of civil unrest (from the 1960’s) have tagged our area as untouchable. C’mon folks that was 50 FIFTY years ago. Really?!!! Get over it already, turn the page. BELIEVE in the good people that live here.

It is a  huge shame and lost opportunities for businesses. We spend money up here. We too have shopping and business needs.

The sad thing is, we have been without for so long that we think nothing of traveling 20+ miles to shop or do business in West Omaha, Midtown, The Old Market or even in Council Bluffs. We have stopped supporting the businesses that do serve North Omaha. We do have some business in nearby Florence and Benson, but choices are slim. This has to be turned around.

Although I believe in small business, it would help to have some bigger business come in to anchor a shopping district up here. While I am not a huge fan of Walmart, I applaud their recent store at 50th & Ames. That attracted some other small businesses and shops, even a US Cellular Store. But I could use a Costco or a Sam’s up here. I want a Schlotzky’s, a Runza or an Arby’s. Why am I traveling to Midtown or 120th & L to go to Verizon?

As an aside, we used to have a Shopko up on 30th. To this day, I refuse to shop at any Shopko because they abandoned us and left. So why on earth should I shop there. They don’t believe in the people of North Omaha. To me, they had their chance.

A friend and her husband had a dream of starting their own coffeehouse and worked themselves to the bone to get it going. Huckleberry’s Coffee House & More in Florence was born in October of 2014. I was in shock this morning to hear that they will close their doors next week. I want to cry. I want to scream! Where were the patrons in this area to support them?

When you see a new business in this part of the city, we need to try them out, support and encourage them. I do my part. I shop local when I can. I partner with others in my community (Minne Lusa House friends) to shine a light on these issues with our community newsletter. I encourage you to always shop local, support your community, especially if you are in North Omaha.

 

December 13, 2014
by vikianderson
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We don’t always agree

We don’t always agree or even understand an issue in the same way all the time. But we do on most.

The recent issues in the national news has us on a split decision. And…I cannot fathom how he arrived at the understanding he did, but I am trying to understand him. He doesn’t understand how I am seeing something entirely differently while viewing the exact same thing. I don’t think he is trying to understand my views at all.

I do not believe that he is a “racist”, he does not identify himself as such. He married a tri-racial woman, we have quad-racial grandchildren and he works as a security guard at a high school with all races of kids at his school. Kids there love him and he is well respected.

He does have a bias toward law-enforcement. He believes laws should be followed and that if you break the law, you should be arrested. I agree with the premise.

If only it were that simple.

Unfortunately, a number of blacks put themselves in predicaments that cause themselves to be arrested and are killed.

Unfortunately, a number of whites put themselves in predicaments that cause themselves to be arrested and apprehended or let go. (see Twitter #crimingwhilewhite)

Unfortunately, a number of blacks are simply living their lives, not doing anything wrong and are arrested and/or killed. (see Twitter #alivewhileblack)

Unfortunately, those in law-enforcement are human and mistakes CAN be made.

Unfortunately, racial and other profiling exists.

Labels!

Racist! what comes to mind? A white, black or brown person?

When you think of a typical white person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical black person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Asian person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Arabic person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Hispanic person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Indian person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Christian person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Jewish person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Muslim person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Buddhist person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Humanist person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Atheist person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Conservative person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Liberal person, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Police Officer, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Law-Abiding Citizen, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Law-Breaker, what do you imagine?

When you think of a typical Criminal, what do you imagine?

What IF…you/I were wrong?

 

 

July 2, 2014
by vikianderson
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Ugh! Politics and Religion!

Can I hate Politics and Religion more?

I doubt it.

It has caused more riff in my family and I won’t have it. ANYMORE!

I usually enjoy social media, but I don’t anymore. You cannot say anything that you believe and hold as your own opinion without being attacked…by friends and family, the people you most care about.

This is the biggest problem with Social media. People openly state there opinions (myself included) without regard for how it affects those they love. Now if I were in the same room with my family and friends, I would never push their buttons like that. Purposely, when you already know the outcome. Why would I set the room on fire burning bridges and relationships like it didn’t matter.

Well it does.

The people I love and care about mean more to me than their stupid opinions or my own. We do have stupid opinions, we do. At least someone else thinks your thoughts are “crap” and they tell you so. They use social media like it is their own personal debate event.

It’s not.

When you go to someone else’s wall or space, you are entering their own personal space. You need to remember to respect their opinion and leave it at that. You are more than welcome to (instead of commenting on their page to start a flame war) share the discussion on your own page to state your own differing opinion. Then it becomes your own and I will respect your space and opinion as your own. You will never find me starting shit on your wall.

If you come to my wall or space, and make a comment that starts a flame war, I will delete your comment. If you think this is stupid too, well that is too bad. Your need to vent all over me and my opinion is not up for debate. You will not be allowed.

I won’t be childish and unfriend you (unless I’m just not that into you). I won’t unfollow you. I will respect you and your opinion, if you keep your dissenting opinions to yourself and your own space/wall.

If you disrespect others so much that you don’t care who’s feelings you hurt as long as you have your say, then I will lose respect for you.

One of my favorite cousins, teaches all to be kind. I will use that standard (Is what I am about to do or say…kind?) as much as possible. I am not perfect, but I will keep trying.