Sip-n-Dip

Somebody has some fond memories (and pictures!) of their visit to the Sip-n-Dip! The Sip-n-Dip Lounge is located in the O’Haire Motor Inn in downtown Great Falls, and back in 2003 it was ranked by GQ magazine as the “#1 Bar In the World Worth Flying To.” The primary attraction, other than the kitschy ultra-tiki-theme, is the mermaid swimming in the tank; in fact, when the most famous mermaid of modern times, Darryl Hannah, visited…


Stormy Weather

Wow — quite a thunderstorm yesterday! Driving home from work, I crossed three sets of railroad tracks, and the lights were flashing at all three, but there were no trains. And the lights at the intersection of Central Avenue and 3rd Street Northwest were not working — created a bit of confusion. Even had some hail — I pulled over along River Drive, as did several other drivers, until the hail and heavy rain let…


Java Up!

It’s finally official: Great Falls is getting it’s very first free-standing Starbucks! Great Falls will join Billings, Helena, and Missoula as a Starbucks town. I’m sure you’ve all noticed the building going up in the parking lot of Holiday Village Mall. I’ve heard that the intersection there, 10th Avenue South & 9th Street, is the busiest one in town, so I suppose it makes sense to plant Starbucks right there. I have no doubt that…


Pfeiffer. Fred Pfeiffer.

For local TV news, I usually turn to KRTV, channel 11, as do most folks in Great Falls. The set re-design, the improved graphics, and the website that debuted over a year ago went a long way to making KRTV more watchable. One thing that has not changed, however, is the delivery of Fred Pfeiffer, chief meteorologist for KRTV. He seems like a nice guy, and he clearly loves Montana and his job. But every…


What’s Up?

Bob Dylan is coming to Great Falls in July. His popularity continues to baffles me. Every song of his that I’ve heard sounds something like this: “Huh-hee-blah-blah-doo-dee-da.” Still, I’m glad that he included Great Falls on his concert tour. Regarding BRAC: Montana officials journeyed to Oregon to make the case for keeping the F-16s in Great Falls. Based on past BRACs, I’d put the odds of success at roughly 5%, but I understand our elected…


Hot Stuff

Well, the mercury finally cracked the 75 degree mark in Great Falls yesterday. I know that’s probably very nice for most folks, but it makes me a little sad (in a way) to know that Summer has arrived. I’ll enjoy parts of it — the sunshine, the fans blowing, etc — but I won’t enjoy the temperatures once they get above 80 degrees. Sigh.


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