Monthly Archives: August 2011

Basset Lamp!

You all know that one of our new favorite places is Faster Basset – home of the best “non-burger” burger in Great Falls! – so we decided to show our appreciation. We noticed this cute “basset lamp” at Homestead Treasures and decided to buy it to present it to Brandon and his crew, and the owner of Homestead Treasure even pitched in half the cost!

So now when you visit Faster Basset, take a look at the counter towards the back near the drive-thru window and wave to the basset lamp!

Zandy’s Coming Back?

It appears that someone is trying to bring Zandy’s back to life, and they’re looking for support on Facebook to help make it happen.

Someone created a Facebook page with this note: “It is closed right now. This is so a friend of mine can get the loan from the bank. I am trying to get 2500 likes. If this happens, the bank will re-consider.”

Hmmm…never heard of a bank re-considering a loan based on a business garnering a certain number of Facebook “likes,” but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief for a while.

Zandy’s has had quite an interesting few years – closed, then re-opened, then closed again. Would be awesome to see it brought back, and if a show of support on Facebook will help make it happen, I’m in.

UPDATE, Tuesday morning: after more than 10 years of blogging, I’ve finally been Farked! Howdy, Farksters. Welcome to Montana.

Here’s Fark’s take: “Before the collapse, banks based lending decisions on inadequate collateral and income. Now that they’re more responsible, they’re basing lending decisions on the number of Facebook likes potential businesses can get.”

GreaterFalls.com has been Farked!

Retro: Spike Jones

Some retro goodness from 1950: Spike Jones performs in Great Falls! Um…any of you happen to remember that?

Spike Jones in Great Falls!

And for all you young whipper-snappers (via Wikipedia):

Lindley Armstrong “Spike” Jones was a popular musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells, and outlandish vocals. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the United States and Canada under the title The Musical Depreciation Revue.

More retro goodness here.

Predator Squirrels

Note to self: think twice before going forward with your plan to train squirrels as domestic house pets. From Wikipedia:

Predatory behavior by various species of ground squirrels, particularly the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, has been noted.[10] For example, Bailey, a scientist in the 1920s, observed a thirteen-lined ground squirrel preying upon a young chicken.[11] Wistrand reported seeing this same species eating a freshly killed snake.[12] Whitaker examined the stomachs of 139 thirteen-lined ground squirrels, and found bird flesh in four of the specimens and the remains of a short-tailed shrew in one;[13] Bradley, examining white-tailed antelope squirrels’ stomachs, found at least 10% of his 609 specimens’ stomachs contained some type of vertebrate, mostly lizards and rodents.[14] Morgart (1985) observed a white-tailed antelope squirrel capturing and eating a silky pocket mouse.[15]

I keed, I keed. I’d still love to have pet squirrels. Just never occurred to me that they are carnivorous.

Radio Gaga

Sad news, but also potentially cool: SAM radio (similar to the Jack format) is coming to end in Great Falls. It sprang to life back in 2005 on 107.3 and was mostly awesome: playing everything from Zeppelin to Duran Duran to Motown to No Doubt.

Then a few months ago, it moved to 102.7…and now, it’s going to adopt an all-news format. I’ll miss the eclectic SAM mix of tunes, but looking forward to seeing how the all-news thing works.

In related radio news: sports fans will be happy to hear that 98.3 FM and 1400 AM will start broadcasting Fox Sports Network.

More Great Falls radio news here.

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