Montana License Plates: The Numbers

I learned pretty quickly that Montana license plates have a “pecking order” based on the relative size of the counties – according to population data from decades ago, that is. Fechter.com explains it (and has a handy map): County numbers were originally assigned based on most populous to least populous counties; sequence numbers were assigned about 1930 and have not changed since then. A plan was proposed in the 1999 Legislature Session to change things,…


Windy, Eh?

This has been windiest few weeks that I can recall in Great Falls…and today seems likely to take the cake. Wobbly sign forces Baja Fresh to evacuate…trees and power poles down…power outages and traffic signals out…blowing dust from Gore Hill causing big dust storm… UPDATE: here’s a picture from my friend Chuck (not his house); click the image to see a photo gallery of more wind damage at KRTV.com.


Jack Horner and “T-Rex” Thomas

The Bozeman Magpie reports that Jack Horner – arguably the most famous paleontologist in the world – recently took a bride: Vanessa Shiann Weaver, 19, of Ohio. And speaking of Horner…here’s a neat story from a few years ago, when I was still serving at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The Wing Commander at the time was Colonel Everett Thomas (now a 2-star general); like most high-ranking leaders, he had a nickname – “T-Rex.” When it…


Trailer Gypsies

The Trailer Gypsies spent some time in Great Falls – not sure when, but it was back when Cool Beans was open. Here’s what the gypsies had to say: We have a love/hate relationship with Great Falls. We enjoyed our visit but found that: (1) it’s windy … turns out that Great Falls is the fourth windiest city in the U.S; (2) it’s overrun with bars and casinos … no wonder billboards remind the locals…


Grrrr.

If you happen to recognize this vehicle that was in the Starbucks drive-thru on Sunday morning at about 10:30, and the four young people who were in it (probably between 17 and 22 years old)…ask them if they are the ones who tossed and broke a bottle into the parking lot, and if so, why they felt it was necessary.


SEAGOOSWAN

This doesn’t technically fall under the category of “Great Falls,” but since it does reference geese, I’m ruling that it is indeed fair game for posting – namely because it literally had me in tears (of laughter). It started as a goose tangent over at AskeMeFi and sort of snowballed. Kudos to griphus for the laugh. QUESTION: How do I best prepare a meal of swan and goose for me and my homeless friends? ANSWER:…


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