iPod Shuffle Contest II

Wanna win a brand-new iPod Shuffle? That’s right – it’s time for another GreaterFalls contest! Here’s the rules:

1.You purchase anything from the Amazon.com GreaterFalls store – see the embedded box below, and click on through to your heart’s delight. Get something for yourself or as a holiday gift for someone else! UPDATE: you don’t have to buy anything to win – you can also enter by sending an email to david @ greaterfalls.com (fixed!) with your name, address, and what you love the most about living in Great Falls!

2. When you receive your confirmation e-mail from Amazon.com, forward it to me (you can delete any information except your name, the order number, and product name).

3. I will draw the winner on December 19th and announce it here, and deliver the iPod Shuffle to the lucky winner the next day. If you can’t see the Amazon box below, you can click right here.


4. But wait – there’s more! There will be a runner-up drawing – the prize will be a brand-new copy of “Movie Stars & Rattlesnakes: The Heyday of Montana Live Television.”

5. One last thing: make sure that the link in your browser bar when you are shopping at Amazon.com contains the phrase “greaterfalls-20” or “davidmsc-20” to qualify for the drawing!

UPDATE: well, as near as I can figure based on my exhaustive research using Google, it turns out that Allen is correct in his comment below: this contest, as originally presented, may indeed be illegal. So here’s the update: No Purchase Necessary! You can also enter to win a prize by sending me an e-mail with the following information: your name, your address, and what you think is the best thing about living in Great Falls (scenery, shopping, weather, people, river, etc). Send the e-mail to david @ greaterfalls.com, and your entry will be added to all of the others!

New GF Sites!

Two new Great Falls sites! After hanging around over at GeeGuy’s place for a while, GFGirl has finally struck out on her own – go welcome her to the Great Falls blogosphere at Cataract City! And the other site is not a blog, but a pretty nifty place called Great Falls Scanner…it aims to provide up-to-date information about local law enforcement and a live feed to the police scanners. Cool.

Montana Media: Clay Pigeons

New Category: “Montana Media!” I’ll feature a book, movie, or TV show that features Montana and give a brief review. First up is “Clay Pigeons,” which I first saw about two years ago.

Clay PigeonsWhat a unique movie. It’s set in Montana, which is what originally got me to watch it, although it was filmed in Utah. “Clay Pigeons” revolves around Clay, whose best friend commits suicide and tries to frame Clay for it, because he discovered that Clay was having an affair with his wife. Clay manages to hide the body, but then more bodies begin appearing around town, and Clay…well, he has a connection to all of them, unfortunately, which gets the attention of the sheriff, who knows that Clay didn’t kill anyone but has to follow the rules…and then two FBI agents show up once the body count climbs. Joaquin Phoenix is very good as Clay, convincingly portraying a man who has entered the Twilight Zone and is not quite sure how to get out, and keeps getting deeper and deeper…

And then there’s Lester. Lester shows up and becomes a “fishin’ buddy” of Clay’s, and Lester’s extroverted, enigmatic presence is like a force of nature. The way that Lester interacts with people – the sexy widow, the waitress, an office co-worker, the FBI agent, and of course Clay – must be seen to be believed. He is always just one second short of either bursting into laughter – or something menacing. Vince Vaughn deserves an award for his portrayal of Clay; even if the rest of the movie was unwatchable, you would watch it just to observe Lester and try to figure him out.
The sheriff is a friend of Clay’s, and although he knows that Clay didn’t murder anyone, he has to follow the rules. His deputy, named Barney, is a narcoleptic who doesn’t quite know how to behave around corpses. The FBI agents are dry, by-the-book people, although when the female agent tries to relax in a bar, her off-the-clock vulnerability provides some of the movie’s most intense moments.
Like many great movies, “Clay Pigeons” teeters on the edge of plausibility; if it had gone just one step further, the disbelief would have begun to show around the edges. As it stands, however, this is an absolutely quirky, oddly intense, and oft-times funny movie, highly recommended, and has been added to my list of favorite movies.

And in terms of Montana…yeah, I think it accurately captures the feel of a small Montana town, where everybody knows everybody else, the scenery is integral to understanding the people, and outsiders are viewed with some skepticism.

The bottom line: like many great movies, “Clay Pigeons” teeters on the edge of plausibility; if it had gone just one step further, the disbelief would have begun to show around the edges. As it stands, however, this is an absolutely quirky, oddly intense, and oft-times funny movie, highly recommended, and has been added to my list of Favorite Movies.

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Tom and Jerry @ City Bar

Lived here for over five years, but never even heard of a “Tom and Jerry” until a few weeks ago…and Saturday, I finally had one at the City Bar. Pretty good – it really went well with the chilly temps and holiday atmosphere.

tom and jerry @ the city bar

I don’t know exactly how the City Bar prepares their T&J, but there are plenty of recipes online.

And yes, my T&J was non-alcoholic.

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