Elephants kissing and Warren Buffet

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It’s easy to forget how big an elephant is, until you see them in person. In this case, two of them: kissing, playing, hanging out at the Omaha Zoo.

It was on our list of places to see, things to do, while we were in town for the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting at the Qwest Center (hey, this place could hold an NHL team…).

Our Omaha to-do-list looked something like this:

  • eat at Warren Buffet’s favorite steakhouse (Gorat’s Steakhouse, where an older gentleman scolded me, “No sex in the restaurant” when he spotted me affectionately nuzzling Loni’s neck… just slightly)
  • window shop at Borsheim’s (which actually ended up being more than just window shopping…)
  • pick up shareholder discounted See’s Chocolates (Loni) and Fruit of the Loom underwear (yes, Clint)
  • visit the downtown Arts district, and tour art studios
  • enjoy some dining, cafes, wine, (and beer), shops in the Old Market district
  • check out the deals at Warren’s Nebraska Furniture Mart (there are many, but not so sure I like the puffy furniture)
  • flog the heck out of our Ford Mustang rental

On all counts, I think we scored well. Still, the main highlight on this trip was taking in the always entertaining and informative banter between Warren Buffet (the Oracle of Omaha), chewing continously on See’s candies, and his deadpan sidekick, and business partner, Charlie Munger. Few investor/philanthropists can hold court like this under such quirky, humble circumstances. Jimmy Buffet “opened” the meeting. Bill Gates was in the house.

But for some reason, the burning image that remains from this trip are these two elephants at the Omaha Zoo. Just being.

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