Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
For weeks now, or has it been months, I've been following the race to house Amazon's new headquarters.
It's been like watching The Apprentice without the catchphrases, the boardroom and the boorishness.
But now Amazon has released its list of the 20 who have made it to the Finals.
What a list it is. From the 238 cities, all that remain are mostly famous names.
No, there's no Dublin, which once ranked high in the betting.
Still, Atlanta, Austin and Boston -- the three current favorites -- are all there.
Portland, Oregon, on the other hand -- currently fourth favorite at 14/1 -- is not. Neither is Cleveland, Ohio, also a 14/1 shot. Columbus, Ohio, however, is.
What's clear is that only one west coast city -- Los Angeles -- is still in the running.
Amazon looks like it's heading east or south.
Or, oh, to Canada.
Many couldn't fathom that Toronto, currently at 16/1, might have a chance. Yet here it is having made the Top 20.
To many, this will truly be a shock. Could it be that Amazon was stringing America along?
Could it be that it wants to expand beyond American borders?
Just imagine what Donald Trump would say.
As the president claims victory in creating the conditions for U.S. companies to bring overseas cash back into the country and create jobs here, could it be that Bezos will go the other way?
What a delicious political spectacle that would be.
Now Amazon will "dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company's hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community."
I wonder what that will really entail. I wonder whether Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos already knows where he wants to go.
I wonder whether he has a hankering for Canada. Just in case, you know, things go bad in the U.S. for some reason.
- Austin, Texas
- Columbus, Ohio
- Los Angeles
- Montgomery County, Maryland
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York City
- Northern Virginia
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Washington D.C.