Election 2008

And so it ends. Election 2008 draws to a close today – barring any Florida ’02 scenarios. It has not been a normal election year in Montana, as our state has seen more attention lavished on it by candidates in search of our three electoral votes than in (?) any previous election. Conspicuous by his absence, of course, is John McCain, but I don’t think that people inclined to vote for McCain would withhold their vote for that reason.
So here’s a simple poll to pass the time until the results roll in later this evening: who did you vote for – or did you? – and who do you think will win the election?

New Blogs!

Two new ones for the Greater Falls blogroll: the first one is Daily Life from Curtis. Last week he shared some pictures of the Golden Corral fire, and he’s also got lots more great pix to share.

Next up is Donna Ridgway, who lives near Vaughn. She shares pictures, too, both photographs and paintings. She was also one of the first people on the scene of the tragic accident that occurred over the weekend, and offers some sobering thoughts. On a much lighter & whimsical note, she also paints – hooray! – moo cows!

Montana Barbies

Oh dear. Looks like Great Falls is taking it on the chin again, this time in Barbie form. Some Montana blogger – not sure where – has posted a series of Montana Barbies, complete with pictures, which are pretty darn funny…even if our beloved community of Great Falls is portrayed in an unflattering light.

GREAT FALLS BARBIE: This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, a Ray Lewis knife, a Chevy truck with dark tinted windows, and a meth Lab Kit. This model is only available after dark and must be paid for in cash (preferably small, untraceable bills) unless you are a cop, then we don’t know what you are talking about.

Can you spot the Great Falls Barbie in this collection? Or the Whitefish, or Billings, or Missoula (ha!), or Wolf Point?

Montana Barbies

Don’t worry – none of them fare much better in the series.

Greatest of Great Falls: Blogs

The results are in, and Cindy Cieluch is the winner! The Tribune’s “Greatest Of Great Falls” contest produced many winners and highlighted so much of what is great about our community, and I’ll have some opinions about other results later. Your humble correspondent ranked third in the voting, ranking behind Cindy and (ahem) the Tribune blogs. A huge, hearty Great Falls “thank you!” to everyone who voted for Greater Falls!

Greatest of Great Falls Survey

But…I’ll admit it – I’m a bit of a blog snob, so I’ll just come out and say it: I like that the Trib offers their readers and some of their journalists a forum for blogging, but as a “category,” the Trib blogs don’t qualify as stand-alone blogs. So in light of that, I’m declaring myself the 2nd-place winner in their contest!

Oh, and I liked the write-up that that Trib gave to GreaterFalls, noting that my site is pretty upbeat and cheerful – unless I’m served a non-plain cheeseburger!

And now back to the real winner of the contest: go congratulate Cindy for her award-winning & awesome photoblog!

Tony Roma’s…?

Anybody heard anything about something going on with Tony Roma’s? I’ve been asked a couple times in the last week if I’ve heard anything about the menu changing, or something else “big” going on with the restaurant. New menu, new theme…or even a wholly different restaurant? I haven’t heard or seen anything. You?

UPDATE: according to an article in Nation’s Restaurant News last year, it is possible that our Tony Roma’s will become an On The Border:

Brinker International Inc. said Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Shoot The Moon LLC of Great Falls, Mont., to develop five On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina restaurants in southern Idaho, Montana and Utah.

And there is currently only one On The Border in the states listed, so four more are on the way. Hardly proof-positive, but definitely a possibility.

Tar Heel, Big Sky

Got a phone call from area code 551 a few minutes ago, and puzzled over the unfamiliar number. What the heck – I answered it, and was greeted by a pleasant female voice asking me if I have voted yet. Nope. Well, the voice continued, have I given any consideration to voting for Kay Hagan? Uh…I scanned my memory banks and couldn’t find a reference. I’m pretty familiar with most of the regional races in Montana (thanks to the nifty Candidate Profiles!), and the name didn’t ring a bell.

So I asked what district Kay Hagan is running in, and the voice replied, “The entire state of North Carolina!” Whoa. I explained that I’m in Montana, and the caller expressed mild puzzlement, apologized, and explained that she must have been connected to the wrong number. Ya think?

Hm. Well, our own Senator Tester campaigned on Hagan’s behalf recently. And I met Tester on Thursday when he stopped by the KRTV studio, so maybe he gave her my phone number. After all, it’s possible that he was so impressed with me that he quickly did some Googling, found my contact information, and passed it on to Hagan’s staff in an effort to recruit me into some sort of…um…nefarious plot to swing the North Carolina Senate race?

And FWIW – area code 551 is New Jersey.

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