Just a few shout-outs to some folks…

- To KYLE who just celebrated a birthday dinner – best wishes, buddy!

- To the gang at Malmstrom Clinic (including Dave F, Bren, Reg & John, Sema, Tiffi, and Greg (mofo butta lay me to da bone))

- To Ellie and R.J. @ Good Time Charlie’s (love the new carpet, booths, tables, and paint!)

Ducks In Truck

People, if this isn’t the absolute epitome of whimsy, I don’t know what is…

Ducks In A Truck!

A friend of mine had to transport these four ducks from Great Falls down to near Bozeman; apparently the ducks were none too happy about their temporary confinement, and quacked mightily during the journey.

Great Falls Books

Shameless plug for some books set in and around Great Falls!

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Pete Fromm’s “As Cool As I Am” is a powerful coming-of-age tale of Lucy Diamond, a student at GFHS. I’ve said before that I normally don’t enjoy such books, but this one really is unique; Lucy Diamond is a character that you won’t forget.

Skip Halmes’ “The Cow Whisperer” is just plain funny, offering whimsical tales of life and “business” on a ranch near Cascade (including a few trips to the Driftwood Bar).

And Norma Ashby’s “Rattlesnakes & Movie Stars” is a great way to see how Great Falls TV “grew up” over the years; no surprise that I’ve been poring over it as KRTV gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary!

Distant Rainbow

Several days (week?) ago I snapped a couple of pictures of a very distant rainbow; I was near the Lewis & Clark sign just off of River Drive on the NE side of town. I thought it looked pretty cool.

Small Rainbow

Rainbow, Small

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Dad Chimes In: What’s So Great?

Been a while since we’ve had a “Dad Chimes In” entry, but I got an e-mail from him today in response to the “What’s So Great…” entry below. Here is why my father thinks Great Falls is great:

Because you have a very good Mayor
Because my son David resides there and is a solid civic backer and contributor (Okay, so maybe I am just a bit prejudiced in my viewpoint)
Because you have some wonderful wildlife in the area
Because of the grandeur of your scenery
Because of the really nice people that I met on my two visits to your fair city
Because of the many good eateries that I enjoyed on those two trips
Because of the generosity of your populace–such as when they let me leave one of your live poker rooms with over $110.00 in winnings. Now that is what I call being “a good host!”

By the way – the poker room in question was at the 50s Casino, co-located with Howard’s Pizza near the Marketplace.

And on a belated note: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my father’s lovely wife Jacqui!

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Putting the “Great” in Great Falls

Back in 2006, the Trib released the results of a “What Makes Great Falls So Great?” survey; I blogged about it back then, but in light of the current conversation, it might pay to re-visit some of the replies:

Great People: 129
Local Parks: 52
River Running Through the City: 52
Rivers Edge Trail: 52
Arts & Culture: 51
Education/Schools: 48
Hunting/Fishing/Outdoor Activities: 47
City Size: 45
Big Blue Sky: 42
Natural Beauty/Nature: 29

So our community has some less-than-stellar aspects, according to some: casinos, downtown despair, etc. I agree with some of the criticism – hell, nobody likes pot-holes.

But our positives – many reflected above – need to weighed against those negatives.

Which weighs more? You all know my answer. Tell me why the “pros” of Great Falls outweigh the “cons” – or vice versa.

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