Category Archives: Great Falls Montana

BLEEP

My two favorite Sirius/XM stations are, of course, channels 49, Soul Town, and channel 50, The Groove.

But something odd: when they play The Isley Brothers “Fight The Power,” they bleep out the word “bullshit.” But in “The Bird” by The Time, they do not bleep out the word “fuck.”

Don’t understand why they bleep one, but not the other (which is likely more “offensive”). And remember, this is the business that was built on the back of Howard Stern.

And now for your listening pleasure, I present arguably one of the best examples of the 80s Minneapolis sound:

And here is The Isley Brothers — does it get better than this?

Coming Soon: Roadhouse Diner

OMGOMGOMG — a new burger joint is coming to Great Falls — the Roadhouse Diner!

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Looks like they plan to open on June 1st in the “log-cabin” building on 15th Street North, which used to be Goode’s (Pam’s Friendly Diner, etc).

They’ve got a website and a Facebook page, and promise some treats for folks who register via email:

“Join today and you’ll receive exclusive offers, a birthday freebie as well as a rewards card that gets you a free burger after 10 visits. Decent! And just for signing up, we’ll email you a coupon offer to boot.”

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Also in the works: “Coming soon for cheese fries aficionados – an exclusive club that gathers once a month to try out new cheese fry recipes. Join the Roadie Rewards program for information!”

Looks like their motto/slogan is “Respect The Beef” — I can dig it.

Can’t wait to try it out!

East-Side Walmart (maybe)

The big development on the east side of Great Falls is the subject of some rumors.
Nobody who knows (or claims to know) what the “anchor store” will be are willing to say so publicly, but a lot of people seem pretty confident that it will be a Walmart. I’ve also heard it might be a Costco, or a World Market, or The World’s Largest Olive Garden (kidding on that last one).
But what about the four or five smaller stores that will be in the retail center? Nobody seems to have any idea what they might be.
And some people have speculated that if the large store really is a Walmart, then the current Walmart on Smelter will be sold to the Calumet refinery, who will use that huge space as part of its expansion project.
I have no problem believing that the new large store will be a Walmart, but I don’t put a lot of stock in the rumor about the existing Walmart closing.
I’m fine with a second Walmart in Great Falls — if a new east-side Walmart will help lighten the traffic along Smelter Avenue, then bring it on!

Which reminds me — holy cow, has it really been NINE YEARS since the east-side Walmart debate? My, how time does fly…

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Big Red + Turbo!

I have been a faithful Verizon (Big Red!) customer since 2002, and absolutely love upgrading to a new phone. I’ve been through Audiovox, LG, Motorola (Droid X), Nokia, Blackberry (!), LG, and my most recent, the beloved Samsung Galaxy SIII.

I was pretty excited about the Droid Turbo and the HTC One M8 (and now M9) and S5 when they were released, but I kept resisting the upgrade because my SIII was so damn good. But last weekend, at the urging of my lovely wife on the occasion of our wedding anniversary, I finally took the plunge and got the Droid Turbo.

WOW. I absolutely love it — it’s simply amazing.
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All that talk about the great battery life is no joke. Photo and video quality is excellent. The only downside that I have experienced so far is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to set the default photo size to make smaller pix, but now that big bandwidth and WiFi are pretty much everywhere, it’s not that big of a deal. The speech recognition of Moto (and Google, duh) is quite handy – and remarkable. And the extra 1/5th or so of an inch of screen size makes a HUGE difference in my texting accuracy!

So now I’m back in the Droid/Motorola camp, and happy as can be.

Bonus: when we went to the VZW store (the official one on 10th Avenue South near Walgreens), I was absolutely blown away by the awesome customer service. The sales rep, Trace, was simply delightful — when I asked her how long she had been with VZW, I expected her to say years and years, because she was SO knowledgeable about the products, plans, and accessories — but was amazed when she said she had only been with VZW since October. And Destiny, the gal who did the transfer from my SIII to the Turbo, definitely earned her nickname as the “Guru” of device transfers. She, too, was delightful to work with. In fact, my wife and I had so much fun during our 90 minutes in the store, it honestly felt more like a party. There was music, lots of jokes, some dancing, and even a celebrity impression!

In addition to getting a couple of spiffy cases and a wireless Qi charger, I just *had* to buy a “selfie stick.” Gave it a test-run at work on Thursday — here’s me checking in with my buddy Mike in the weather center at work.
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Bottom line: Droid Turbo FTW! And if you want great customer service, go say hi to Trace and Destiny!

UPDATE: Quick video from atop airport hill!

WTF Sonic?

Had a craving for a double-bacon breakfast burrito or two, so I headed to Sonic on 10th Avenue South. Unfortunately, I opted to park in a stall instead of using the drive-thru — a mistake that I don’t normally make.

I placed my order at 12:14 pm and settled in to wait for a few minutes, comforted by my Sirius XM.

When the clock hit 12:30, I started to get a bit worried. At 12:40, my worry began turning to frustration. I hit the “order”button” again, to no avail.

At 12:45, I Googled up the phone number for Sonic and tried calling — it just rang and rang and rang.

At about 12:52, I got out of my car and walked up to the door that says EMPLOYEES ONLY, and dared to walk in. The folks behind the counter looked up in surprise, and I told them that I had been waiting for more than 40 minutes. One of them kind of shrugged and said in a semi-apologetic tone that they were very, very busy, and were trying hard to get everyone’s order filled.

I returned to my car and took my frustration to Facebook — posted at 1 p.m., and some kind friends and acquaintances kept me company in the comments.

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About one minute after I posted on Facebook, an employee came out to my car and apologized (sincerely, it seemed), and re-took my order. At 1:06 pm, he delivered my food to me, and again apologized.

Total time from order to delivery: 52 minutes. WTF, Sonic?

And is it kind of weird that everything finally happened literally a minute after I posted on Facebook?

To be honest, I likely would have bailed on the order and kissed my $15 good-bye if it hadn’t been for my beloved Sirius XM, and checking in on the KRTV Facebook page and comments during the agonizing wait.

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Random Pix (January 11, 2015)

I love it when companies make it so easy to Doge-ify their products:

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Dropped in to the new Do Bar for the first time ever, and I ran into these fine folks!

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Yup, more snow — more than 13 inches during the past several days. Winter wonderland, indeed — beautiful!

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Behind the scenes during a KRTV newscast. Many screens, tons of buttons!

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