Downtown Fire

This is sad: huge fire in downtown Great Falls — seems like the whole block between 6th & 7th Streets along Central Avenue is burning. Fire crews have been on the scene for nearly four hours so far. So far, the good news is that there are no reports of injuries. This is the block that has Public Drug on one end and Triple Crown Motor Inn on the other – with That Bar, some apartments, and a scrap-booking store in between, along with the Set Free Ministries around the corner on 6th Street. I hope that this building can be save — the last big downtown fire we had was the B&B building, and it wound up being demolished entirely.

Casting Call for Sip-n-Dip

Wheeee! Remember I put out a call for folks to appear as “background” in a commercial for the Sip-n-Dip? Naturally, I showed up – I wanted to be part of the background atmosphere and be a tiny little part of the Sip-n-Dip legend! And it was cool to have some Twitter and online folks show up to be part of it too (waves to Elizabeth and Trish)!

But surprise, surprise – turns out that the producer of the commercial gave me and Elizabeth “starring roles” – speaking lines – holy cow! So it looks like I’ve got a catch-phrase now…heh. I’m not sure if I can “release” an online version of the commercial yet, but as soon as I get permission, I’ll share.

Visit From The ‘Rents

On Friday, we picked up my dad and his lovely bride at the airport for a weekend trip up from Texas. It was great! We wanted to take them EVERYWHERE, but our time was limited, so we started off with dinner at Eddie’s Supper Club – you just can’t go wrong with Eddie’s! And we met a fellow customer named Frank who passed himself off as one of the owners of the restaurant – quite a hoot!

And I’m so proud of my dad and his wife – on Saturday they hopped in their rental car and drove down to the wonderful community of Cascade and enjoyed some coffee and pie at the Badger Cafe – and they enjoyed it SO much that they did it again on Sunday for breakfast!

And we did some leisurely driving around town, too, focusing – duh – on the geese! Geese along the river near Giant Springs, geese at Gibson Pond, geese in the greenery at 10th Ave and Fox Farm. Oh, and we also saw the marmot along River Drive – what a cute little guy!

Saturday night dinner was at Rikki’s — always a treat…and on Sunday we indulged their passion for Chinese food and dined at Maple Garden.

Yeah, there were plenty of places that we didn’t get to see or enjoy (Dimitri’s, Howard’s Pizza, 5th Street, Goode’s, etc), but we only had the weekend. And the weather – couldn’t have asked for better weather. I told them a few days before they arrived that I could ALMOST guarantee no snow and no sub-freezing temps 🙂 and the weather cooperated.

And the best part of the weekend: they got to meet my lovely and amazing fiancee – finally!

So within the next few days, I predict that there will be a Special Edition of “Dad Chimes In” so that he and his wife can recount their trip!

Getting My Goat

So I was talking with Katie at work the other day, and we started talking about the Montana State Fair – wondering what changes might be coming up for ’09, what our favorite parts of the Fair are, etc. Naturally, I brought up the animals, and proudly told her that I got a blue ribbon for milking a goat at the ’07 Fair. She exclaimed, “I got one of those, too!” I let out a whoop and said, “It’s so good to know that I’m not the only ADULT that got a child’s blue ribbon for milking a goat!” At which point Katie explained – between chuckles and guffaws – that she got hers when she was five years old.

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