by Chris200

Westroads on Saturday, December 8th

Dec 15, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: blog post

This is a first-hand experience of someone’s visit to the Please take a few minutes to read it.

Dear Family and Friends,
The Westroads Mall in Omaha re-opened today and, at 9 :00 a. m., I went there for my daily walk. Here is what I found:
Mall administrators handing out candy canes at every outside entrance to the mall as they said ‘Thank you for coming today.’
Free coffee and cookies set-up in the food court and all servers saying, ‘Thank you for coming today’.
Many, many security guards were walking and milling around. I heard that they had come from all over the Midwest on their day off from another full-time job to provide comfort and reassurance.
Every store/mall employee had a candy cane waiting for them when they arrived….tied to each candy cane was the note, ‘Thank you for coming to work and have a comforting, happy day’.
….The two inside entrances from the mall to Von Maur had their gates down and the gates were covered with tasteful white drapes, but all lights were on…..it would have been very creepy if there had been no lights. Von Maur management had beautiful wreaths at each entrance with a tribute letter to Wednesday’s victims. Many Red Cross volunteers had large tables set-up in front of the two mall entrances complete with lots of paper, crayons, pens, scissors, and tape for visitors to make snowflakes, with or without messages and tape on the gated entrances. The significance of the snowflakes was written in a poem….life is as fragile as a snowflake and can be taken away from us so quickly.
Many, many stuffed animals, bouquets and tribute cards were being left at all entrances to Von Maur.
….Other Red Cross volunteers, who were not busy with the snowflakes, plus Salvation Army staff and grief counselors were milling around the crowds at the two Von Maur entrances. People knelt or stood in front of the entrances obviously saying a prayer, there were many tears, and many hugs between complete strangers.
By the time I could finally tear myself away (a good hour after my walk), there were snowflakes being taped down the halls, the mall was packed, it was much quieter than normal, no one seemed in a hurry, and everyone seemed to greet passers by with at least a nod. The word is being spread about watching the news for the date of Von Maur’s re-opening. If you are able, please meet by the steps at the outside South entrance 15 minutes before the reopening of this beautiful store. All employees and management have been affected very deeply and need our support, if even just for a few minutes.

 

God bless the wonderful people of Omaha.

 

 

Pam

What could have and should have happened in Omaha

Dec 10, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: blog post

December 10th 2007

The Omaha mall massacre could have gone a different way.

A safe society = well-armed citizen.

This piece is a well written, “not-so-funny” satire from Scott Ott of Scrappleface.

(2007-12-07) — When 19-year-old Robert Hawkins entered the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle wrapped in a sweater, he intended to become famous by shooting as many people as possible and then turning the gun on himself.

The mentally-troubled teen left a suicide note, and a trail of evidence on his computer and elsewhere that he knew the police would spend months investigating. He had done everything possible to ensure that his name would be mentioned along with other mass killers at Virginia Tech, Columbine High School and the like.

He knew that the Westroads Mall was a gun-free zone, with signs on the entrances warning people with conceal-carry permits that they may not bring their firearms into the mall. He took comfort from those signs, as he pushed through the doors carrying the stolen assault rifle.

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[AudioOnDemand] My take on the shootings here in Omaha

Dec 6, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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I short talk about my take on the shooting in Omaha yesterday afternoon. Very close to my home in a city I love.


A link to a good YouTube video

Ok, this isn’t about the shootings here in Omaha that happened today. This recording happened before the events unfolded this afternoon.

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Here is a feed of what bloggers are saying.

The Stars are out there. Part 3 of a series

Dec 1, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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The Stars are out there. Part 2 of a series

Dec 1, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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The Stars are out there….Part one of a series

Dec 1, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

After much lamenting I decided to post this. Very old source here…

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Melba Blue where are you?

Nov 29, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast


Food Eat

James Brown

Honda Power

Sunny, your a fine girl

The Kmart Hex

Melba Blue where are you?

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Nov 26, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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Tony and George

Nov 26, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast, Video

shamelessly reposted from blip.tv

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Boils, Sprouts, and enchiladas

Nov 21, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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Emergency Ram Upgrade

Nov 17, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

I head off to Counciltucky for some RAM at the Best Buy and then go to the cashino…

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Nov 17, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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Mounting in the car

Keif and the Gyrl

That

Computer problems… RAM

Gas Prices

Friday

Zainy beyond all repair 071115AudioOnDemand

Nov 15, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

Wholewheatradio.org House Concert tonight

John Tesh

Oldies radio

Doctors

A bit zainy today…

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Nov 9, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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Not worth the bandwidth you used to download this.

Feelings…

Brother Love and Keith and the Girl

Prince and the PFU

This drive is driving me crazy!

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Nov 8, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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Appointment burn out

New Audio Rig

Time to do something different

Wholewheatradio.org podcast

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Nov 6, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

Backing up the hard drive

Ipod vs. Zune

Vitamins

Wireless Networking

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FAN WEBSITES JOINING FORCES

Nov 5, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: blog post

In an unprecedented move, the three largest Prince fan community websites on the Internet, Housequake.com, Prince.org, and Princefams.com have joined together to launch Prince Fans United. Many fans are aware of the ongoing requests that have been made from various attorneys and representatives of Prince / NPG Records, however the time has come to show support for the fan communities that have worked unpaid to allow freedom of speech and discussion.

Please take the time to visit the new site and show your support at the actions taking place across the net.

http://www.princefansunited.com

Halloween 2007

Nov 2, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast, Video

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A few snippets from Halloween 2007

Deer in the head lights

Oct 26, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast
  • Driving in the morning
  • Dr. Appointment
  • Phone Calls

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071021AudioOnDemand Video

Oct 21, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast, Video

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Vice Cops… a video from way back. Repost

Oct 21, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast, Video

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a repost.. I had a wacked file uploaded before.

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Oct 21, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

A funky Jazzy bit I put together this morning.

Check it out.

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Oct 18, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

Dads and Donuts

Oct 12, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

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Boobs on a truck

Oct 12, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: blog post

I happen to have the camera with me today on my drive home and this is what I found on the back of a truck trailer.


Don’t buy an ipod from Target

Oct 10, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: blog post

via J-walkblog.com

Odd: Rocks found in place of girl’s brand new iPod… twice.

It’s your birthday and all you really wanted was a brand new iPod. You unwrap your gifts fervidly and you hit pay dirt. The iPod you wanted-no, you needed! You open the packaging with great anticipation, only to discover that there is no iPod. Only rocks. Not even good rocks, or iRocks, just rocks. This scenario unfolded recently in the life of a 14-year-old in Texas.

So they went to Target to return it…

Apparently, Target’s return policy for customers using their Target cards is to issue store credit only-despite the family asking for their money back, it was rocks or store credit, period. Unfortunately, the store in Fort Worth had no other iPods. The employees did, however, call around to other area Target stores and found one that had the product in Grand Prairie, 20 miles away.

The Grand Prairie store’s employees, perhaps unforgivingly after hearing the sob story, insisted that the new iPod had to be purchased before opening it. The family finally agreed, purchased the iPod, and opened in in front of Target employees. Again, the box that should have contained an iPod contained rocks. The woman once again asked for her money back, but again was denied. She then, according to the article, had her daughter pick out other items in order to use the store credit.

Where are my teeth!

Oct 10, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast

Riding home from work. Tell a story about a pair of teeth.

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Fat kids always get picked on!!!

Oct 9, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: blog post

Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha

Oct 7, 2007 Author: Chris200 | Filed under: Podcast, Video

We spent part of the afternoon at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. Check out the garden railway, equip with replicas of the Omaha skyline.

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