The Opposite of Great Falls

Looking for a weekend project? Try this: go to the center of ZIP code 59401 – take a shovel and start digging. Keep digging. Straight down. All the way. Through the earth’s crust, through the core. Keep digging. Eventually, you’ll wind up in the middle – or, more precisely, the bottom – of what appears to be the Indian Ocean.

And for the geography geeks in the audience: if you started at -111.280356°N, 47.515458°W, you would wind up at 68.719644°N, -47.515458°W.

Other Side of the World from Great Falls

According to antipodr, anyway.

Paul Lynde Halloween Special

Talk about “trick or treat!” Wow — we watched “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special” over the weekend, and I’m still not sure if this is the single biggest cause in the downfall of “variety” show specials so famously mocked since then (Simpsons, anyone?), or a mega-awesome cheese-fest to be cherished every October. Probably both.

The premise: Paul Lynde is kidnapped by his maid, Margaret Hamilton – yes, THAT Margaret Hamilton – and taken to her sister’s haunted mansion. Her sister is none other than Billie Hayes – yes, THAT Billie Hayes. Margaret reveals herself to be none other than The Wicked Witch, looking as frightful and fun as she did nearly 40 years prior to this 1976 show…and she and Billie – in full Witchiepoo mode – give Lynde three wishes. One of his wishes is an homage (really) to the mid-70s CB-radio/trucking craze, featuring Roz Kelly (remember Pinky from Happy Days?) and Tim Conway.

Oh, and be on the lookout for a VERY brief Donny & Marie appearance. Florence Henderson show up, too, and does a hideous, ghastly, terrible version of “Disco Lady.”

And in what I believe is their first prime-time TV appearance: KISS. Seriously. They do three songs, and the lip-synching must be seen to be disbelieved.

Folks, this kind of cheese just can’t be seen on TV anymore. Draw your own conclusions. Updates

Making some progress at! The KRTV Community Page is doing great so far – thanks to everyone who has visited and provided feedback. Some updates:

After tinkering with several calendar options – including some WordPress plugins – and not being satisfied with any of them, it finally occurred to me: Google Calendar. Duh. Something that I have used for years – because it’s simple, flexible, and goes anywhere. Why didn’t I think of it before? So for your viewing pleasure, I present to you the KRTV Community Calendar!

Click on any item to see details of an event, and let me know what you think of the calendar — good, bad, suggestions? And of course, if you have something you’d like added to it, just let me know (either here or using the KRTV Contact form).

Also: the Candidate Profiles are up! Well, some of them. Interviews with other candidates are scheduled for the next several days, and as they wrap, I’ll get them added to the Profile page.

Monkey On A Segway

Sometimes I get stuck trying to figure out a “Great Falls connection” to something that I want to post. After all, this blog exists because of Great Falls and my love of the community. My goal is to inform, entertain, and celebrate my awesome visitors with entries about Great Falls: people, events, places, news, and such.

But sometimes there just is no simple way to “connect” something to Great Falls. This is one of those times. It’s just a video that has nothing whatsoever to do with our town. It has no connection to Montana.

But it has to be posted. It must be seen. It deserves an entry. So without further ado, I present to you: Monkey On A Segway!

Of course, I could try to relate this to Great Falls by somehow trying to convince you that maybe our police department should be issued Segways for their crime-prevention efforts. Or…maybe our community needs some sort of zany locally-produced TV show similar to the one in the video. Or…maybe the monkey on the Segway is a 2nd cousin of the monkeys downtown at Jack’s Pet Store.

But no. This is just an awesomely awesome video. Especially for people who think of monkeys the way that I think of geese, cows, and sheep. 😉

Prospector Restaurant

Prospector Restaurant in Great Falls

As noted below, we gave the new Prospector Restaurant & Casino a test-drive on Saturday, Let me point out that I ate at the old Prospector once before, about three years ago, and was not impressed; couldn’t even finish my burger & fries. We went in on Saturday night very optimistic, however, prepared to be impressed.

On the menu: nachos as an appetizer; bacon-cheeseburger & fries, a combo platter of fried shrimp, fish, and chicken strips; and a serving of fettucine alfredo.

Let’s employ the Good/Bad/Ugly format for the review:

The Good: it’s really a cool building; log-cabin and wood decor is just beautiful. It’s neat to just drive by the Prospector and take in the lodge-like view. When you walk in, you are presented with two doors: on the left is the door to the casino/bar, and on the right the door to the restaurant. The interior is not quite as fancy as the exterior, but it is nice.

Also good: the service. Everyone we dealt with was friendly, and the service was prompt. We went late, so there wasn’t a crowd, which probably helped.

The bacon-cheeseburger was pretty good, too; a bit small, but good.

The fried fare – shrimp, fish, and chicken – was decent. Nothing to get excited about, but decent.

The Bad: The french fries were somewhere between bland and bad. Didn’t even finish them. The fettucine alfredo was equally bland – and warm in some spots, cold in others. The alfredo sauce was almost pudding-like – ick. Tasted very much like the box-dinner types of pasta; not necessarily bad, but we expected something a bit more tasty from a restaurant.

Prospector NachosThe Ugly: and when I say ugly…WORST. NACHOS. EVER. They should be embarrassed by the nachos. Seriously. Bottom-of-the-generic-bag bits of chips with a few globs of some sort of cheese product, sprinkled with stale bits of burned beef. It was simply bad. Movie-theatre & baseball stadium nachos are better. Heck, I could crack open a bag of Tostitos and melt some Kroger-brand cheese on top and have people lining up to pay for it, compared to these “nachos.”

And re: my burger – they insisted on serving it with a piece of lettuce next to it, with a pickle on top of the lettuce. And when I picked up the burger, there was a one-inch square of brownish-lettuce stuck to the bottom of the bun. Ick. And why?

Overall, very disappointing. Despite the impressive new building and the friendly staff, the food was at best just decent, and at worst un-eatable. Another chance? Doubt it.

Also: more restaurant reviews over at Eat Drink GF.

The Other Dave offers up some insight into the good, bad, and ugly restaurant food in Great Falls (and elsewhere).

Burgers & Me

Before I get to the review of last night’s restaurant (the new Prospector), a note about me & cheeseburgers: the cheeseburger is the most wondrous of all foodstuffs. Available just about anywhere, no matter the venue or type of cuisine. When in doubt, I usually order a cheeseburger. And when trying out a new (or new to me) restaurant, I’m likely to try a cheeseburger first – if they can’t do a decent burger, well…it doesn’t bode well.

But here’s my quirk: I like my burgers PLAIN. Meat + cheese on a bun. No lettuce. No tomato. No pickle. No onion. No mustard. No mayo. Just P-L-A-I-N. Sounds pretty simple, right? But over the years, I’ve learned that I can’t just simply tell the server “Plain cheeseburger,” because 9 times out of 10, it will be served up with other stuff on it.

So I always make sure to tell the server that I want my cheeseburger PLAIN, and then practically spell it out: “I’d like a cheeseburger — plain. Just meat and cheese on a bun.” Once in a while, I’ll add the word “bacon” to the order, too. As I did last night.

My exact words to the server were: “Yeah, I’ll take a bacon cheeseburger – plain. Just meat, cheese, and bacon on a bun. No lettuce, no tomato, no onion, nothing else.”

Her reply: “So…you don’t want mayonnaise?”

Sigh. “No, no mayo. And no mustard. Nothing. Just meat, cheese, and bacon on a bun.”

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