Posts Tagged ‘Warren Buffett’

Sunday Funday at Borsheims

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Sunday is such a fun day at Borsheims. It’s really my favorite day of Berkshire shareholders weekend. It’s a little more relaxed than the rest, and we have all these fun games happening in Regency Court – right outside of Borsheims.

Back by popular demand… my helpful hints to playing the games today:

 

BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. In his letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett says he will play them and hopes to “have Ajit and Charlie there also.”

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! We expect Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates to lead off the play with her.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

Back by Popular Demand… Warren Buffett Signed Diamonds

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

We call it Warren Buffett’s tiniest and most valuable signature.

It’s so tiny that the signature can only be seen through a jewelry loupe.

WEB Signature Inscription

We’ve sold a very limited collection of diamonds inscribed with Warren Buffett’s signature the past few Berkshire weekends and they always sell out very quickly.

So we’ve brought another limited collection back.

We have 40 loose stones – ranging from under a carat to more than five carats. They are round and square shaped diamonds. You can choose to have them made into rings, pendants, earrings, or about anything else you can dream up.

The price on them for shareholders is incredible – starting at just under $1,900 for the smallest stones to $134,000 for the 5.34 carat round.

If you want one, act fast! They’re usually all snatched up by the Sunday of Berkshire weekend.

Revisiting some Frequently Asked Questions

Monday, April 25th, 2016

We did this post last year – but it’s worth repeating. We get the same questions year after year, so I’ll give you the same answers year after year.

Here are a few of the FAQs we always get:

Q: Where is The Bookworm?

A: The Bookworm (a great local bookstore that carries a huge supply of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett related books) has a booth at the CenturyLink Center on both Friday and Saturday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. But they also have a main storefront, which moved two years ago. You can now find The Bookworm about a mile south of where they used to be located. They’re now in Loveland Centre near 90th and Center Streets. If you want to get a sneak peek at all the Berkshire Hathaway books they’re carrying this year, they put together this handy list!

Q: Are there any Dairy Queen locations nearby?

A: There are! And trust me, I know how to get there. And what to order. (The banana split blizzard is my go-to.) The DQ closest to Borsheims is just south of 114th and Dodge Streets. There’s another on 72nd & Blondo, about a mile and a half north of Nebraska Furniture Mart. If you’re elsewhere in Omaha, find a nearby Dairy Queen by checking this handy locator on their website.

Q: Can I walk from Borsheims to Nebraska Furniture Mart?

A: You could, I suppose. But it’s not very walk-friendly. My friend Google Maps shows it’s about 3 miles and would take about an hour. If you take the suggested route, you’ll walk through some pretty posh neighborhoods, so that’s cool. Or you could just call a taxi or Uber. Or ask another friendly shareholder for a lift.

Q: Where can I see Warren Buffett?Buffett, Gates play ping pong

A: Like up close and personal? Your best bet is one of three places. 1) He wanders the floor of the CenturyLink Center checking out the exhibitors on Saturday before the annual meeting begins. He is usually surrounded by a horde of media, but you can try to elbow your way in. 2) He comes to Borsheims on Sunday afternoon around 1pm. He usually plays a little table tennis with Ariel Hsing and bridge. 3) He makes a stop at Gorat’s Restaurant on Sunday night. I’m sure reservations are already be gone, but you can sure try to snag a spot.

Q: Can you get this hand-crafted-ukulele, picture-of-my-kid-who-looks-like-Charlie-Munger, life-size-replica-of-Warren-Buffett-made-out-of-q-tips to Warren Buffett to have him sign?

A: Nope. Wish I could, but I can’t. He’s pretty busy during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend and so are we. Chances are pretty good that your prized possession would get lost in the shuffle if I took it!

 

If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments or come see me at the Info Desk in front of Borsheims.

Check out our Borsheims and #BRK2016 Coloring Book!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

You guys! I have a new favorite souvenir item to commemorate this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting. Check it out!

CORPcolorbook-VIDEO

Not only is it the coolest, but it’s also $5! This coloring book is for adults or kids – and is full of Borsheims and Berkshire related images.

Here are two of my favorites:

Coloring Book Jewelry

Coloring Book Warren and Charlie

Maybe it’s because I spend a good chunk of each day coloring (4 kids will do that to a person!), but I think this coloring book will be a best seller.

We have a few other items that are bound to be bestsellers, too. You can peruse all the memorabilia in this slideshow below, and click here to purchase some of the items now. The rest will be for sale at the Borsheims booth in the CenturyLink Center on Friday and Saturday of Berkshire weekend.

 

 
Created with flickr slideshow.

Fire Destroys Omaha Restaurant, a Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Favorite

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
The interior of M's Pub - courtesy of M's Pub Facebook page

The interior of M’s Pub – courtesy of M’s Pub Facebook page

A staple for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders during their weekend in Omaha is gone. M’s Pub burned down on the coldest day of winter in a three-alarm fire.

Fire investigators have said they think a crew working to install fiber-optic lines underground accidentally cut a gas line, which then resulted in the gas-fed fire. It burned for hours before crews were able to extinguish it.

The fire gutted much of the old building on the corner of 11th & Howard Street in Omaha’s Old Market. The boutique Nouvelle Eve also was destroyed, as well as the condos above the restaurant.

You can read all about the fire here, here, and here.

The great news is that the owners of the building are committed to saving the building and reopening M’s Pub there. Engineering experts are already hard at work shoring up the building and hope to start work on the renovations soon.

So the Old Market may look a bit different this year than it has in the past, but I know the businesses there appreciate your help. They had a rough winter with the fire and Omahans are making a big effort to support them through the construction.

You can find a list of other Old Market restaurants here. Feel free to ask for any recommendations – we are happy to help!

Ready for Table Tennis at #BRK2016? Borsheims Champ is!

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Any Berkshire Hathaway shareholder who has been a part of Sunday’s festivities at Borsheims probably can tell you the name of an Olympic Table Tennis player.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Ariel Hsing has been attending the shareholders weekend for years as a special guest of Warren Buffett. She even spends a few hours on Sunday outside Borsheims playing table tennis against Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and any other shareholder brave enough to take her on.

And she doesn’t lose.

But there are always several table tennis enthusiasts who try to beat her each year. This year, Borsheims held an in-house tournament to see if one of our own can defeat an Olympian at her own game.

Check out the winner’s slow-mo winning shot!

That ping pong pro is Borsheims Systems and Network Engineer, Tommy Luong. Here’s what he says about how he learned table tennis:

 

“The first time I picked up a paddle was around age 9 or 10. We lived in California at the time. My father had just laid down tons of concrete in our humongous backyard (Do-It-Yourself project that took forever). When we were finally done, although it looked nice, it felt like a big empty parking lot. So we christened all that flat concrete with a ping pong table. I learned how to play from my dad and practiced with my Uncles. Played a lot up until high school and then I stopped. Didn’t play again till a few years ago when I found out our church had a table. Now every time I pass by a pong table I feel the need to play it…can’t resist a good slam.”

Tommy’s pretty good – but he’ll need to practice quite a bit to beat Ariel Hsing! Look for the match-up Sunday, May 1, outside of Borsheims. Ariel will play Warren Buffett (and likely Bill Gates) first, around 1pm – and then take on any others who dare including Tommy. If you want to join the fun, just get in line Sunday afternoon. We provide the paddles, balls, and Olympian!

Wait… What Happened to Root Beer Floats at Piccolos?

Friday, April 1st, 2016

piccolosWe didn’t neglect Piccolos when we talked about making reservations at Gorats Steakhouse earlier today.

We have bad news.

Piccolos, Warren Buffett’s favorite spot for root beer floats (among other things), closed over the winter. It was one of a handful of original Omaha steakhouses, all started by one Omaha family decades ago.

The Omaha World Herald’s columnist Mike Kelly wrote a nice piece about the closing, including memories of Warren Buffett and a lot of the famous guests Warren would bring in to the restaurant with him. There were groups of college students, heads of companies, and famous folks like New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Buffett would instruct each of them to order the biggest root beer float for dessert – saying the smaller size was for sissies.

Piccolos’ owners would also regularly pack Mr. Buffett a lunch if he was heading out on a long flight. Always the root beer float. Sometimes chicken parmesan or chicken noodle soup. He loved the hash browns. (Think he put Heinz Ketchup on them?) I’m sure Mr. Buffett is in mourning as much as the rest of the Omaha crowd that loved the old steakhouse.

You shouldn’t fret, though. I know where else you can get a root beer float – and this one is a Berkshire Hathaway company! Dairy Queen does not have one on the menu – but I know from experience that you can order one! They’re not super complicated to make.

Make Your Restaurant Reservations Now!

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Gorat'sToday is the day! If you’re hoping to get in to eat at Gorat’s on the Sunday or Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend (or any of the other days that weekend), you can call for reservations starting now.

Here’s the line from Warren Buffett’s crew at Berkshire Hathaway headquarters:
One of Warren’s favorite steakhouses will open Sunday for a private shareholder event. Dinner will be served from 1-10pm. To get a reservation, call 402/551-3733 starting on April 1 (but not before). If Gorat’s happens to be booked on Sunday, try them on any other evening you are in town. They are open Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 11am – 10pm and Saturday from 5 – 10pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made any time for Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the shareholders weekend.
We love Gorat’s – as does Mr. Buffett. But we also love a lot of other restaurants in town. And no matter what type of cuisine you’re looking for, it might be a good idea to start making reservations now. We have a great list of area restaurants here. It’s broken down by area of town or cuisine and is a pretty good glimpse of what we have to offer here. I also love to make personal recommendations, so feel free to ask and I’ll point you in the right direction.

Invest in Yourself – Register for #BRK2016 Run Now

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Want to get your hands on this medal?

Brooks 5k medalWant to join hundreds of other shareholders in Investing in Yourself by running a 5k through the streets of Omaha?

And do you want to save $5 by registering now? (Of course you do, your’e a Berkshire Shareholder known for being frugal like Warren Buffett!).

The Brooks 5K is open for registration and if you register by March 31st, it’s $35. It goes up in price after that the closer we get to the event.

While I have never participated in the Brooks 5K (both because I do not enjoy running and I’m super busy at Borsheims at that time), we hear it’s an incredibly well-done event. It’s organized. Fun. A nice course. And full of Berkshire shareholders and corporate execs.

We honestly cannot recommend it enough.

So sign up now and save yourself $5. It’s well worth it for the free Brooks Technical T and sweet Warren Buffett medal.

Get a Sneak Peek of the #BRK2016 Visitor’s Guide

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

We have a special treat for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders today. How about a sneak peek of the 2016 Visitor’s Guide!?!

Visitor's GuideWe’ve linked to it on the right hand side of this page.

Or you can just click here to see it, too.

If you don’t have time to peruse it now, I can tell you that it is very similar to guides from prior years. One thing did catch my eye… Fruit of the Loom may have outdone themselves this year. Check out their ad from the 2016 Visitor’s Guide. Happy reading!

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