Feeling pretty damn fortunate today on my birthday – feelin’ the love.

My daughter sent me a very cool birthday package – and it was literally bacon-wrapped!

Bacon-wrapped gift!

Inside were some nifty treats – check out these way-cool fridge magnets featuring two of the coolest guys named James to ever live!

James Kirk and James Brown!

Also included: some sweet soul music!

Al Green - awesome

Some very thoughtful cards from my mom and my dad – the one from my mom is one of the cutest cards EVER:

And from my super-awesome co-worker Katie – some delicious animal-cookie-topped cupcakes! And a sign showing how easily I can be bought!

Ghost Tour

We took the “ghost tour” of the old Davenport Hotel and Lobby Bar on Central Avenue on Saturday night; it’s apparently the “most haunted place” in Great Falls.

It was definitely worth the few bucks – not for any paranormal or “ghostly” reasons, but for the fascinating view of the upstairs.

It’s in utter shambles – old furniture, old appliances, broken windows, loose wires, graffiti, dead birds. But as a peek into decades-old Great Falls history, it was very cool – imagining who lived and stayed there, etc.

The tours were hosted by the MT MAPS team; our host told a few stories about doors opening and closing when no one was around, some strange things showing up in pictures, etc, but no actual evidence of anything spooky, scary, or otherwise unusual. He also told a few tales about some of the residents – one with connections to the mob, another with links to the Klan, etc.

As for the basement of the Lobby Bar – complete bust. Lots of old casino machines, furniture, restaurant supplies, etc. Although the tour guide did point out a place where a woman supposedly hanged herself back in the late 1920s.

I’m not a believer in any type of paranormal activity, but some of the folks I was with very much enjoyed the ghostly and supernatural aspects of the tour.

But as noted – still fun, and worth the price of admission.

If I won a stupid amount of money in a lottery, it would be really neat to totally renovate the building and make it sparkle.

Here’s a few pix; more here.

Old-school bathroom:
Ghost tour of old Davenport Hotel in Great Falls

Retro kitchen:
Ghost tour of old Davenport Hotel in Great Falls

View from the window:
Ghost tour of old Davenport Hotel in Great Falls

Dead bird under the sink:
Ghost tour of old Davenport Hotel in Great Falls

One of the tour guides:
Ghost tour of old Davenport Hotel in Great Falls

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