If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you probably know I own a storage facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The name of the storage facility that I own is called Dino’s Storage, its on 1569 Orange. This is right at the intersection of Dublin and Notre Dame in Winnipeg. It is about three miles west of downtown Winnipeg. As you can see from the picture Dino’s Storage is by far the tallest storage facility in Winnipeg. The building used to be a grain elevator and has an eight story tower and on three sides of the tower it has Dino’s Storage.
As you are also aware I am am born again Christian, which is the subject of a blog by itself, and as part of my belief to share my faith I put quotes from the Bible on large changeable copy boards on all of my buildings. We are excited about the reader board in Winnipeg. Our board is up and we are about to start putting up the wording in the next two weeks.
This trip to Winnipeg has been one of the longest business trips I have been on and it has given me a lot of opportunity to get to know the Canadian culture better.
1. People from Omaha and the Midwest don’t embrace the cold enough. It’s colder here than the Midwest by about 30 degrees, but people are out in it full force. They are even walking down the streets. People in Winnipeg just love the outdoors more than we do.
2. In Omaha, we are just not pedestrian enough, by this I mean we simply do not walk enough, look at myself. I live just 12 blocks from work but I rarely walk. I am not the only one. Too many Omahan’s try to walk less just by parking closer to the door when they go to their favorite big box store.
2. Enjoy the snow. We don’t get much in Omaha, so we don’t see it as much. The snow is beautiful, you don’t really realize it when you don’t get that much. Here in Winnipeg there is so much, they cannot completely remove the snow from the streets.
3. Take time to Chat. While working at Dino’s Storage in Winnipeg, I have had a lot of contractors stop and one of them was from Israel. As you know Israel is an amazing country. It is the home of Abraham, David and Soloman. He had a lot of interesting things to say, I wish more people from the Midwest took time to chat. Namely me.
4. Be overly pleasant. I think this is simply not done in the Midwest, we are simply not as pleasant as the people here in Winnipeg.
5. Kerosene and diesel can be intermixed. I had no idea. I have a piece of equipment we have been using at the Dino’ Storage in Winnipeg and when I looked close on the directions, it’s made to take kerosene. You can also put diesel in it, I had no idea.
6. I have an accent. When I was at the Center for Real Estate at MIT in Boston, people told me this but I some how forgot. Since I have been working in the office at the Dino’s Storage in Winnipeg, several people tell me I have a very pronounced accent. I think its kind of cool.
7. The Canadians have a much more secure of the way credit cards are used. Some examples:
A. When you are at a merchant the card never leaves your site, they bring the terminal right to your table if you are at a restaurant.
B. The cards have a microchip in them that must stay in the machine while you use a pin number.