Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

I want all of you followers to have the best Christmas.  Life is changing for the better and I'll get you caught up on that.  Well, let's be honest. I've become a shitty blogger and you won't get much of anything.  The path to Hell being paved with good intentions and all that. Nonetheless. Thank you all for reading. For your wonderful comments. Your heartfelt wishes. It means the world to me.  I've met none of you yet I think that if, and possibly when I do, it will be like old times.

I don't have a lot of skills. One I do have is that I can spot a bad person. I can sit in a room and know who you are. I have a great feel for that. It's a trait that will see me through life.

So here's the deal. Not one person who reads or posts on this worthless thing is bad. I'd be privileged to meet any of you. And thankful.

Merry Christmas my beloved band of malcontents. This is a great journey I am on. I'm glad to share it with all of you.

Here's the good part. NO VIDEOS!!!! (I'll post them later. Getting on the youtube now, so keep your seatbelts fastened)

Safe Journeys,

Chip

Saturday, December 10, 2011

LIfe after football

I started this crappy blog in 2008 I think.  I post mostly drivel.  I try to entertain. Every once in a while post something of substance.  They are few and far between. 

In the course of all of this you have been able to see who I am. A man who doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve. I keep my cards close to my vest. I'm pragmatic.  Deliberate. Thoughtful. I'm not a bomb thrower.  I examine situations and solve problems. It's who I am. Insightful. And more than that, humble.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THE CATS GOT THEIR ASSES HANDED TO THEM TODAY BY SAM HOUSTON STATE!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

What an oversight

So I posted all of these Canadian bands and forgot the best of them all. I'm not going to look for the link. No way I can find it on the new format and with my limited skills. But if you remember, way back in the long ago, I had a post about if you were on an island for a year and could only take five CD's what would you take? That post was sadly met with limited response. It was heartbreaking because back then people actually read this shit. Anyway, one of my island CD's was April Wine "Nature of the Beast". For your viewing pleasure here is April Wine with "Roller". If I've post any of these videos previously, I don't give a shit. They are AWESOME!!! Watch them again. I do.


I guess some videos then

I guess I need to learn the new format better.

I'm going Canadian tonight. Grew up listening on the AM radio and our station was CHAB out of Moosejaw Saskakchewan Canada. The 51st state. Here's Trooper. These vids are for all my homeys from Malta.


I hate the new blogger

Had a great post and was previewing it and couldn't get back to the original. It was awesome. I hate the new format. KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Some Thanks to you all

I'm up and feeling full of the emotion of the life I have. Not that these videos have any meaning for Thanksgiving, they are just good. I've posted some before but I do like them so enjoy.

The Babys "Isn't it time" I'll listen to this again before I'm done.

CSN "Wasted on the way" Ralph and Delmer. Thanks for the tremendous friendship. I'm not who I am without you.
 
That was Ambrosia with "How much I feel"

Poco "Crazy Love" Ghoulies, if I could sing one song besides "Lasso you the moon", this would be it.

A toast

Happy Thanksgiving you malcontents. Eat well, enjoy your families. God bless you all.

Chip
The Milk River Madman

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gut me like a fish

I hate the university of Montana. They produce nothing. Journalism, political science, protesting. If the um blew up ( i can't spell decinagrated)  the earth would be fine.

The #1 ranked Cats lost. They lost. They were outplayed on both sides of the ball. I hate losing to these fuckers. They have dominated the conference for far to long. they are bad losers and even worse winners.

I hate it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

1984 just sayin


It's a big deal

Tomorrow my beloved Bobcats will take to the field to defeat the grizzlies of that other university in the state of Montana. This is a huge rivalry and like the 12th longest running one of all time. Or something like that. Wikipedia was no help.

The Montana State University Fighting Bobcats are ranked number one in the nation in the Football Championship Series (FCS formally know as division I-AA). The seventh ranked grizzlies come to Bozeman tomorrow to battle for the Big Sky Conference championship.

Tanaya, this is for you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What's wrong with America

"Project Accessories" Are F******G kidding me? I quit blogging for six months and we've come to this? What a bunch of horseshit!!

Big Cat/griz game post tomorrow as I wait for sister, LP, to fly in from New Jersey.   Stay tuned. But then don
t get your hopes up. Afterall its just me.


My Bobcats are ranked #1 in the NATION for FCS.  And we play the hated dark pink and glitter this week. The griz are (over)ranked 7th. It will be an epic battle. I think the Cats are Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better then the homos in dark pink but never rule out a rivalry. Shit happens.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

just some thoughts

Life is good. I wouldn't change where I am with anyone. I have a great family. I have the best friends. And I have you followers.  I said a while ago, I drink to much and sleep to little.  I'm not sad. I just remember when work was so slow I could post daily from my desk. Bwahahahha.

The bad part isn't that I don't post.  The bad part is that I don't read all of your great posts.

I leave for Wisconsin tomorrow for some training and I'm really looking forward to it.
I was looking for the scene from "Stripes" for the Wisconsin comment but all I could find was this.

 Ralph used the "lighten up Francis" line with me today. Only because he's in Nevada and knows I'd crush him like a bug.  Yeah. That's right. You say I'm not blogging and now when you read this I'm throwing you under the bus you little hobbit. What's that? You don't like it? Start your own blog then. Love you Ghoulies. I'll still crush you none the same.

Life is good. And might get better. Stay tuned. Thanks for reading. I do miss this so.

Friday, November 4, 2011

I miss this

So, life has changed for me. Different job, different responsibilities. I travel a lot. The hotel in Williston is an absolute dive. Showering barely makes me feel clean after sleeping in the sheets. I'm afraid I'll get a rash that there won't be a cure for.  I get home after driving 1500 miles in a week. I'm exhausted. The only thing I want to do is watch what I've DVR'd, drink some crown and go to bed.  I miss posting.  More than that, I miss reading all of your great posts. I'm in a horrible rut. I've become a selfish prick. Not caring if anyone reads this anymore, but still wondering why no one does.

I am have a great time with the new job. But the energy to post isn't there.

I think of all these great posts when I'm driving. About how much Obama is taking on us a path to self destruction and laughing his ass off all the way. How complacent America has become. How no one cares anymore. Yet when I get to my destination, I say nothing.

I don't read anything except the local paper. It infuriates me. Yet I don't post. I don't write letters to the editor. Probably because if you use the word "cocksucker" it won't be printed. But it looses it's context without it. Yes, I'm sure I can find a different word, but nothing would make the point as well.

I miss blogging. I miss all of you who I've never met but still read this crap.

I hate that the general public can't do math. Simple math.


100,000,000 people in America don't pay taxes. If they paid one dollar, that would me $100,000,000. If they paid $10 each it would be a billion dollars. If they paid $100 each it would be 10 billion dollars. Hey, I don't give a rats ass if you are making 35k a year. Thats $8.34 a month. If you can't afford that, then let me see how you are spending your money. I can save you that. Trust me.

Our current president can't add. He's a total empty suit, when he wears one. He has crippled this great nation.He upped the food stamp entilement program from $35k to $50k. I'm sorry. If you're a family of four and can't make it on 50k a year QUIT SMOKING.

I'm on a rant in case you can't tell.

Montana State is the second ranked football team in FCS. We have Weber State tomorrow. I won't be there, but the Cats will crush them and then humiliate the griz on November 19th. My sister Mary is flying out for her first Cat/griz game. It will be epic.

God bless you. You merry band of malcontents. Love you all.

Safe Journeys,

Chip



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Brother Bill, Captain Mike and Me (lots of pictures)


Let the stories be told from on high.  Stories of men, battling the elements. Of obstacles most would think could not be accomplished by mere mortals. Stories of great deeds, heroic efforts and the kind of feats that you've only read about in story books.  This is not one of them.  Sorry. This is just a day on the river.

Back in May at the annual Citizens For Balanced Use fund raising banquet, I bought a guided fishing trip donated by my good friend Captain Mike.  I happened to catch Captain Mike at The Mint Bar in the proper state of mind to donate a day on the river.  "You donate the day Captain Mike and I will buy it."  He agreed that night and again the next day when the Absolut had worn off.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Don't bug me when I'm eating

It’s a tough world.  The challenges of the new job are formidable but I’m still liking it very much.  Having worked for one man for 17 years and having free reign on almost everything I did, it’s a challenge to have, well, rules.  I don’t mind the rules it’s just that there are a lot of them and no real manual.  Still the cooperation I’m getting when I need it is good and helping me to succeed. 

I drive to Williston, ND every other week.  475 miles one way and I only cross one state line. The crew here is in the same boat as I am. They are all new Titan employees as this location only opened in January.  The entire staff is great and they give my all the help I ask for.  There is also a former ABC employee here so that is a tremendous help as well.  All in all, good things.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Random thoughts #24

Things that crossed my mind while wondering if Ralph will ever admit I let him tie me in the alumni wrestling tournament. ( I could have crushed him, just for the record ).

1) I went to Salt Lake City to watch my beloved Bobcats play the Utes in both teams opening game.  The Cats gave up 17 quick points to the 28th ranked Utes and settled down to only lose 27-10.  This is game one of my "perfect season" with the Bobcats. I have every intention of being at every game.  As a season ticket holder the home games are a given. Every game is 6-7 hours driving distance from Bozeman with the exception of Portland State which I've take an extra day from work to drive to.  If you're a sports fan, keep track of this team. Something tells me this season is going to be special. That's why I'm going to every game.  I could be wrong and if I am, it will still be a great thing to do.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The End of the Argument

Malta is the Center of the Universe.  I say that now and always will. For more affirmation you can watch this.
It's pretty much magnificent (the video I mean).  I'd say more but humility is getting in the way.  Here's my story.  i was sending my brother's kids their birthday presents.  I went to the UPS Store with the girls' dolls (poop and pee babys "Uncle Chip. We want poop and pee babys.)  Now, when you have twin nieces, you have to send every package separately.

The young man behind the counter had a name tag that read "Jake".  "Where are these going?" He asked. I gave him the address and said Malta 59538.  He starts to type into the computer and looks at me and asks "Are you from Malta?"  "Yes I am" I replied, "Are you?"  "No, but my family is from there."   "Really, who are they?" I asked. He told me his grandparents and said their name. "I'm Maynard's oldest grandson."  I looked at him and asked "Which of his kids are you from?"  He answered "Renee".  I just swelled up and said "I went to first Communion with your mom. I've known her my entire life.  She is a doll."  I had just got off the phone with Ralph. I told young Jake, "I was just talking to a guy whose dad was best friends with your grandfather." I called Ralph to tell him that the man handling my packages was Renee's son.

That's how it works. When you say you're from Malta you get those questions.

So here's the deal.  When someone asks any of you where you're from, just tell them you're from Malta. When they throw out a name, just tell them you know Chip.  Well, if they're over fourty you can say that. If they're younger than that, then to hell with em. GET OFF MY LAWN!!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

OK a couple of videos

I've been on the road. It's hard for me to wind down.  Here's some videos. Enjoy. Maybe Heff still reads this. Probably not. Kind of southern flavor though.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday thoughts

I really need a secretary to ride with me when I'm on the road.  Kind of like Van Wilder. "Write that down."  Honestly, my head is going 90 miles an hour when I'm driving.  So here's some stuff.

1) Why did Obama want to be president?  It's a "leadership" position.  He never voted as a state senator or as a US Senator. He is incapable of making a stand. Where I come from the term is "gutless".  I never thought I would wish for Hillary to be our leader.

2) If I saw Harry Reid in a bar or at a restaurant or on the steps of the Capitol Building, I'd challenge him to a boxing match.  They keep talking about how he was a boxer so that makes him a "fighter". All I see is a spineless wimp who would hide behind his wife in a home invasion.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A mixed tribute band

So when I was home for the 30th Greg gave me a CD.  Here is how cool Greg is.  We haven't hardly talked to each other in years. He's on the reunion committee. Helps put the best of the three we've had together. Knows I'm going to be there and when I showed up at his coffee joint/photograph studio he gives me a CD and says "Chip, I know you will really like these guys. They put an 80's song with a 70's song and make it great." He is soooooooooooo right.  Here for you followers is Rock Sugar.  By the way, Rock Sugar will be at Rockin the Rivers along with PAT BENATAR!!  MRM will be hanging with Greg and catching up with his life. This would be a GREAT place for a blog summit.  Get your collective shit act together and come to Montana. I'm not gonna beg. It's not my style. Please oh please come out. Buzz, grab Mrs. Buzz and the Eagle Scout and get your country ass out here.  You'll sell your house and build a nice leantoo.  Sorry for calling you out but you're an eastcoaster. Come see the mountains.   Here's Rock Sugar.


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By the way, I think I'm getting the new format figured out. You all can be the judge


Kind of random thoughts and some blather

Just some things that crossed my mind with all the windshield time I've been having.

1)  For years conservatives have been saying how Social Security is bankrupt.  Every time a conservative pundit or legislator has made that statement, the left has retorted that SS is fine. It's solvent. It's not bankrupt. It's not full of IOU's.  If that is the case as they claim why are they saying that if the debt ceiling isn't raised, that SS checks will be late or not coming at all?  If SS has it's own money, shouldn't that be least of their worries.  But no.  Now that the government doesn't have enough money, SS checks will be the first thing that doesn't show up. Who's fooling who here and why can't the general public figure this out?

2) The government spends more than they take in and they've been doing that for more than a while now.  Barry complains that "the rich aren't paying their fair share".  Here's my analogy to what he is saying.  I have a job. I'm spending more than I make.  My boss is giving me money but I spend more than he is giving me.  Now I go to my boss and say "I need more money.  You have it. I'm irresponsible but you have it so give it to me so I can continue to spend more than I have." It's the same thing. We don't need to "raise revenue".  I'm sorry but I'm going to go off a little here.  I hate the fucking double speak that these miserable pricks are using.  It infuriates me that they use it. What infuriates me more is that, sorry to quote Bill Maher here but I have to, this country is to fucking stupid.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some thoughts from my reunion

Wow, am I out of touch or did blogger really change?  It's taken me ten minutes to figure out how to make a new post.  I guess that's what I get for being a crummy poster.

My reunion was awesome as I knew it would be.  So many people showed up. Close 39 or 40 of the surviving 60 of 62.  I was thrilled and honored to be able to share a few words with these people that mean so much to me.


I think my speech went alright.  The introduction that Greg gave me was beyond phenomenal.  He set the bar very high and I wish it had been recorded.  Such kind words.  I can hardly wait to se him again at Rocking the Rivers.  I would link it but don't know how on this format. (Honestly, I don't have a tool bar or anything that looks remotely familiar.  I guess I'll have to to some research.  Anyway, here's my presentation to my lifelong friends.  I hope you like it.








EDITL OK, maybe I just found the tool bar but the video must be to new because it still isn't showing up. Regardless, I hate the new format.  "Hey you kids!! Get off my lawn"  God how I hate being old and grumpy.

Friday, July 15, 2011

LBOH 22

So I'm remote blogging from White Sulphur Springs. The 22nd annual LBOH is in full swing. Just finished 18 holes. Won 2 dollars. Chipped in for birdie. I'm sitting in the Stockman Bar having a glass of crown and loving the fact that I can make a post. I'll try for something good on Sunday. In the meantime, I hope you are all doing well. The reunion was awesome and I'll post about it later. I'm ready for another.

Safe journeys,

Chip

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A quick word

Tomorrow I head for home.  JR is flying in from Hawaii and I pick him up at 3:30.  I haven't seen him since our 10 year reunion.  Called him two months ago and told him to get his ass home for the 30th and now he's on his way.

Practiced my presentation about five times tonight.  I just hope it's not a mess.  I like it on my laptop which I will use though it is a little "teleprompterish" for me. Went into Macy's to find a nice "Mustang Blue" colored tie and well, $164 dollars later, I'll be looking good on Saturday.

I'm ALL IN for a blog summit in Malta.  It's me and Pam so far.  Lets make it happen people.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=144887372207520&view=wall&notif_t=event_wall

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Like sand through the hourglass

What a great week.  I don't have to go anywhere.  For the first time in three weeks I get to spend every night in my own bed.  The temperaturer finally broke 80.  I got to wear shorts playing golf.  I had a letter to the editor printed (making me 10 for 11 letters printed vs submitted).  But here's the highlight.  You all know how much Malta means to me and how great my friends are.  Two weeks from now, I will be attending my high school 30th class reunion. I know that you are all shocked that, given the maturity of my posts, I've been out of school that long, but it's true.  Last night, the reunion committee called.  They were having trouble coming up with a keynote speaker and someone suggest having me get up and talk.  I told them I would do it if they couldn't find anyone else and this morning my agent said I was booked. 

I'm not gonna lie.  I'm thrilled to be able to stand in front of all these great people and tell them my take on Malta, life and our great class.  I will be working hard to put it together and keep it under two hours.

After the jump you can read the op-ed by dipshit John Baden that fired me up to write my letter to the ed.  I hope you all enjoy it.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Some things for the record

Honestly, I've been busy. I miss blogging every day. Not only am I not posting, even worse I'm not reading anyone else.  This weekend marks the first weekend in four weeks that I will be in Bozeman. So there's one reason.

Another reason is that the shithole motel I stay at in Williston doesn't have wifi.

Another reason is that I haven't figured out the "vpn" thing so I can post and not get relieved from duty.

Another reason is that since April 7th, I've driven over NINE THOUSAND MILES FOR WORK!!!!  NINE FUCKING THOUSAND MILES IN TWO MONTHS!!  That's almost as much as I did all of last year.  Well, that's between us kids. I told Uncle Sam it was a little more than that.  But here's the deal with that.  9000 miles in 60 days is 150 miles a day.  Hey, I can live with that.  Here's my driving schedule. I leave Bozeman. Go to Powell, Wyoming (a really nice little town) meet a customer. Go to Cody, Wyoming (where I think I may retire) meet another customer, and then back to Bozeman.  Total miles that day over 500 inone day. I love XM.

I'm busier than a one legged man at an ass kicking contest.  I'll be around this Friday with a glass of Canada's finest to get caught up with all of you. 

God bless this merry band of malcontents.

Blah, blah, blah.

MRM

Please note: the Diane Lane references have been temporarily put on hold until further notice.  This does not mean that MRM has even begun to quit burning candles in his window for her. It just means he couldn't think of a way to weave her into this post unitl now.  Need to edit the "labels" thing to include her. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Some Friday videos

So I'm just sitting here with the XM streaming through my home sound system.  When I was buying my little townhouse I wired every room except one with speakers.  I can sit here in the "office" and jam to great tunes.  I'm just going to sit here and when I hear a good one, post the video. Enjoy.


Level 42 live with "Something About You" Kind of a studio version that I enjoyed.




"Dream On" by Aerosmith.  I couldn't belive that there wasn't a version of this from the end of "Miracle".  Quit hurting my youtube.


I guess I'm a Friday poster now

Hello followers of the drivel (yes Karl, the drivel. Thank you for thinking its more than that by the way).

Let me try to get you all caught up on things here in the Gallatin Valley.  Last Sunday I left for Williston, ND.  Spent the night in Miles City.  Every creek (we prounounce that word "crick" for the record) was out of it's banks. Every little stream that flowed water was swelled.  Bismark, ND is flooding as we speak. So is the town of Roundup, MT. My heart breaks for those people.  I've driven through Roundup more times than I can count. The Musselshell is a soft slow moving river, much like the Milk River.  To see this small town get hit this hard, is honestly breaking my heart.  Joplin, MO has me down as well.  I've often wondered why tornadoes have never hit towns of any sigficant size and when they have, have been so brief in reality compared to what Joplin suffered.  Still over 1200 people missing.  So sad.  Montana has never in my lifetime had the flooding we are enduring now.  It brings things into perspective.  We here in Montana have watched many, many times as other places have been hit with this disaster but have been fortunate to not have to feel the pain.  We do now.

Friday, May 20, 2011

For Karl

Karl is a great follower of the drivel.  I'm sure he'll like this. (Yes, its Friday what did you expect? The head of Alfredo Garcia on a platter?) So many trombones, and saxophones.  I might have to find more old great music that Alvina, my mother, made us kids listen to. Enjoy my merry band of malcontents.  Life is so much fun that I can't describe it.  C'mon life, last just a little bit longer. I want to play cards with my Dad again, just not tomorrow.

The Recipe

Delmyspuds

Take 2 to 3 baking potatoes.  Cut them potato chip thin.  Cut 3-4  1/4" thick slices of the big block Velveeta, slice up a 1/4 of a medium sized onion.  Lay out a double of aluminum foil (was just singing the lyric to that "always double the aluminum foil") large enough to lay the potatoes on.  You don't have to lay them out individually.  They can lay on the foil like they were in a can of Pringles.  Forgot a step. If you have some spray on oil like Pam ( Ralph's ex-girlfriend, but that's a story for another day ) spray the foil, but then cover it with butter, margarine, Old Spice it's really your choice.  Put the potatoes on the foil.  The Velveeta on the outside of the spuds, onions on top, then lots of butter (or margarine, Old Spice etc).  Take another double sheet of foil the same size and put it on top. Roll the four edges until they are tight and throw them on the fire or BBQ.  About fifteen minutes a side.  Don't flip them with a flipper as you may poke a hole in the foil.  Remove from the fire open and enjoy.  It's why you gotta where gloves when you cook Delmyspuds.

You can throw whatever seasoning you likein before sealing but they usually cook off so I prefer to season them afterwards.  If you like them crispy, cook em longer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Time for a parody

Here's a little tune I wrote on my way to Sheridan.  It's for the LBOHers.  It's to the tune of "Galveston" with sincere apologies to Glen Campbell

DELMYSPUDS

Delmyspuds oh Delmyspuds
You only take ten pounds of potatahs
Butter and onions and sweet Velveeta
And you gotta where gloves
When you cook Delmyspuds

Delmyspuds oh Delmyspuds
I don't think you're good for my cholesteral
Always double the aluminum foil
Skeets will eat the crisp ones
Cause he loves Delmyspuds

I can smell you cooking by the fire
As Skeets says Jeter's overrated
Just shut up and get my food plated
Another time he's not right, but it's not the first one

Delmyspuds oh Delmyspuds
Slice them thin cause they cook so much better
Always remember you can't use to much butter
But they give Jim the runs
So he can't eat Delmyspuds

MRM 5/13/11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Far be it from me to criticize

Where the hell is everyone?  What, I get a new job and everyone quits posting?  No one is keeping up with MCW?  What the hell?

I find it hard to believe that this absolute blather was the cornerstone of our blogging community.  Wait. It wasn't. 

In other news, the job is great.  Not only do I like the new company but the people at the other locations have been spectacular.  They have all been recently acquired so we are all going through the same growning pains and everyone in Montana wants to work together.  North Dakota, well, we'll just have to bring them around to our way of thinking.  Lots of good guys there as well, they just think wrong differently.

I've played 90 holes of golf since the second week of April.  Most of them good but some have been very forgetable or however it's spelled.

Not a lot else. Going to see The Prodigy this weekend.  Have something special for him that he will absolutely flip for.  Can't say what it is as he does sometimes reads.  Hardly ever posts for whatever weak reasons he gives to me, but I'm telling you he'll go nuts and if he doesn't post after this weekend, he's banished.  He will ride out of the blogosphere backwords on a horse with his hands tied behind his back and a bucket on his head.  Do you hear me Frodo?

Friday, May 6, 2011

MCW "Teen Vixens"

Yeah, I'm late. So what?  You have a problem with that?  I'm a busy man.  So this week's theme is "Favorite Teen Vixen"  I had to do some searching and make this a none Mrs MRM Diane Lane theme and chose the delightfully spectacular and always makes my loins ache Lea Thompson.  Enjoy this clip to the stylings of Donny Iris singing "Ah Leah" I'm not quite back but getting closer. Wait, you asked to have this meme back again for why? Just kidding. Love ya Boxer.

I've lost my readership

I've been busy.  Working harder than a one-legged man at an ass kicking contest on ice.  Still I thought there'd be more love, more foregiveness.  Followers are asking for information.  "Whats the new job like?" "How is it going?"  "POST PICTURES! WE WANT PICTURES!"  I post great pics and an awesome video and what do I get. One comment for the Big  Sky Fly Guy who seldom if ever says anything. Though his comment was great, what the hell?  Did I lose you Boxer? Moi? Chickory (who by the way has been the most adament of you for pics)? Buzz? 

Holy shit people, did I forsake you?

Enough.  I thought I put up great photos and expected more by now. I know you are all busy as well.  Who am I to throw stones.  Haven't posted a comment on anyone's blog for a week. 

Hang on a tic.  It's Friday. I'm home. Have a glass of Canada's finest. Maybe I'll make some rounds. Throw some stuff out there. Yeah. That's what I'll do.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PICTURES!! Finally.

So here are some pictures from my last road trip.  Drove from Bozeman to Missoula and then Great Falls on Monday. Then from Great Falls to Helena, Butte and Bozeman.  Here are some photos and a video from that trip.  Don't get your hopes up. I took most of these while driving but did stop and take a few where I could kind of frame a shot.


The view from my front window Sunday morning.


 The Pintler Mountains west of Anaconda, Montana.


 This one is out of place.  This is at Three Forks, Montana about 22 miles west of my house but before the last one.  Three Forks is named for the confluence of the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Rivers and is where the Missouri begins. More after the jump.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Gotta do it while I can

I'm going to be busier than a one-arm paper hanger for the next few weeks.  I'm glad for that but I have to post while I can.  It's Friday 7:35 MDT I'm home at The House of Sloan and am just going to put up some music videos for y'all. 

Playing in a pool tournament tomorrow with Little Sister.  Was going to play golf but the ground is FUCKING WHITE!  Are you shitting me?  It's April twenyf***ingninth.  Bring those global warming pricks here and let's see what they have to say. 

Just breath Chip.

Here's my first selection.  The Staple Singers with "I'll Take You There".  Good beat.  Hard vocals.  Just good times people.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I guess I could have slept in my truck.

It's not Heather's fault.  She did what she could on short notice.  After the buyout (it's easier to spell than acquisition) my boss told me to have Heather get me a room in Williston.  Williston is in the heart of the Bakken Formation and it's where things are really happening. When you're in Williston you're "Rockin the Bakken" and yes they rhyme. Heather booked me in a hotel called The Vegas.  It was new and fancy before any of us were born, except for maybe Buzz or certainly Karl.  Hey, it was a place to stay.

Meeting the crew in Williston was great. Heather decided to call me "Munk".  As in "Chip"munk.  She should really be calling me "Monk" as that is the life I've been living if you know what I mean.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In the COTU

Just sitting at Delmer's having a glass of Mist and watching the tube.  Played 27 today with Delm. Was late for dinner at Mom's because she forgot to tell me so she was not upset.  Had a great visit with my mom.  We sat and talked for almost two hours and the conversation was excellent (no politics, she's a democrat so I'm kind of a disappointment in that regard). She is doing fine and looks good for going on 80 this November.

I had two of my brother's kids with me for 18 holes and they were a treat.  Told them you can't talk when Delm and I are standing over our golf balls and they followed that to the letter.  They were a little upset that I wasn't staying at their house tonight (staying with Delmer) but told them I'll be there tomorrow.  I've already convinced them they are Bobcat fans.  It wasn't that hard as their mother and her brother both are, but tomorrow they become Cincinnati Reds fans as well.  Have to get them while they are young.

I love Malta.  It's the greatest place on Earth and last night Delmer and I visited the town and had a great time.  It's funny how I only come home four or five times a year, but every bartender knows what I drink.  Imagine that.

Spending tomorrow with mom and then teaching the kids about baseball.  It will be great day.  I'll get my camera out for the trip to Williston on Monday.  To appease the masses.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Where ya been? Whatcha doin?

"Hectic" would be an understatement. "Swamped" not quite, but close.  The transition for me so far has been quite easy. Still selling construction equipment and having a blast turning a lot of old gear loose.  As far as the rest of the old ABC crew goes they are adjusting pretty well. Still some humps but then it's only been 20 days.  Between work, getting ready for travelling and trying to keep my house in some semblance of order, my waking hours are completely filled.

I still don't have a real job description but plenty of tasks to complete and loving the challenge.  Titan bought me a new Dodge Ram and it's mine to drive five days a week.  A completely different expense account, which is great and some big goals to try to hit. With their resources I'm not at all worried.  I have the entire state of Montana and western North Dakota as my territory so driving many miles is a big part. For those of you in the eastern part of the U.S. let me tell you how big the states are out here, just to put it in perspective.  Bozeman to Fargo (or as I like to call it "Corporate Headquarters" it sounds so much more glamorous than "Fargo") is 750 miles. I cross ONE state line. One.  It's big country. Montana is the fourth largest state in the union and we only have a million people. 

There will be many miles of driving but the cool thing is this, I have family and friends in every big town in the state and many friends at virtually every town of significant size otherwise.  This job will give me the opportunity to see them as well a great chance to prosper beyond what I was doing.  This isn't to say I wasn't doing well with my former employer.  Everything I have is because of him.  No, this just gives me a chance to improve on what I've learned and use my experience to go forward.

I do need to get back in the gym.  I'm to wound up at the end of the day and need to have something to take that off.  Did have dinner with a woman in Sheridan when I saw The Prodigy.  It went well I think.  She was prettier in real life than her photos, which were really good, so I might have been a little nervous.

It reminds me of a conversation I had years ago.  I was in charge of advertising and a sales lady from one of the local radio stations was calling on me.  She pitched her package and I told her I would look it over and get back to her.  She was a lady about ten years older than me and very attractive.  We get done talking and she said to me "Chip, are you intimidated by me?"  I looked her right in the eye and said "Kay, I'm only intimidated by women I'm sleeping with."  Good times.

Hope all is well.

Safe journeys and Happy Easter.

Chip

Monday, April 18, 2011

Back for a bit.

Fargo was awesome.  Great training, like the company.  Things look positive.  Just have enough time to say hello to you all.  I am happy and the future looks very bright.  I'll have more to say when I have more time but just be rest assured that I am alive and doing well.  I hope to come around and check everyone out this week before I leave for NoDak again next week. I am more busy than I have been for quite a while and am thankful for that.  Don't expect a lot from me for the next couple of weeks. Lots of travel but I will try to get something up here a little more consistent. I know you all have been wondering how I've landed but it has been solid so no worries there. And the rest of the crew is good as well.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Still swamped

Lot's going on with the new gig.  Too much to even say but it's fun, challenging and good.  It will be a week or two before I'm back in full force. Until then I'll try to make a brief comment on the world's events, throw up a video or link to keep your appetites dripping. Until then, I hope to at least  read the great things you post and hopefully can comment.  Leave for a week on Friday for Sheridan with TP then to Fargo for training.  I'm sure there will be more drinking than posting but will do what I can.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Quick one

Things are good so far. I'm liking the challenge. I'm am so frickin busy and I love it.  I love the challenge so far, we'll see if it pays off. Regardless of that, I've met some great people and I do like to be busy. I'm a shitty employee when it is as slow as it has been. Unfortunately, it makes me a shitty blogger as well.  It's a trade off deal.  I hope to make the rounds the next couple of nights to see what's going on with you all. I head to Sheridan WY to see The Prodigy's new joint and then to Fargo from there for some training.

Hope it's better than this. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarmy training sir!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

What is sleep?

It's late.  Too late for me to tell you how late it is.  I can't remember a longer week in many, many years. We shot pool at 10PM in our city league tournament. More on that later.

The Titan Machinery transition team has been in Bozeman all week and on Friday we switched colors.  It seems to be a great company and the people who were out here this week were more than exceptional.  I was confident that I would remain employed but was worried in what facet.   I was also worried about some overlapping positions and whether anyone would be let go from ABC Rental.  Everyone was hired and that made me extremely happy.

I have a new position and what appears to be a huge opportunity. I have a title "Strategic Accounts Manager" but no real job description. We will see where it goes but I am happy.

 The guys at work seem happy. I'm sure over time some will go. Not happy with the change and all of that.  I really don't think things will change for the guys on the rental end. Their jobs will just flow into what Titan does.  My job is the change. It will be totally different from what I've done the last 12 years.  The thing is this, I've been wanting a change in my life. I haven't wanted to drift from being in the equipment business, just wanting something new and different.  This sale brings that.

I am a little sad though. To be wearing different team colors. I started with ABC in 1992.  Everything I have is because of the opportunities it gave me. The relationship I had with my now former boss was more than I could hope for. A generous man. I've spent many Thanksgivings at his house and if he even caught wind of any employee who was going to be alone at Thanksgiving or Christmas, he had them at his house for dinner. He would rather miss a house payment or a banknote before he would miss a payroll.  And in lean times would take a mortgage out to make sure his business stayed alive before he would ever, EVER let an employee go. He knew how much the people who worked for him relied on him and would never let them down.

With all that has transpired, I know you that have all figured out why I've been such a pisspoor blogger the last few months.  I'm not saying that I'm going to be a better one for a few weeks.  I haven't even looked at this week's MCW posts and probably won't.

As I said. I am welcoming the change and the challenge.  I'll see what I can do with it.

On a side note. My pool league team won it's division and tonight in the city tournament we won our first match.  I didn't lose  a game and was the guy who closed our match out. And yes, I am absolutely bragging. I shot great pool tonight.  Willie Masconi? Meet MRM.

Safe journeys,

Chip

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Forget Ralph

Ralph and I talked tonight. He questioned my drinking ability.  Really?  We are in our late 40's and you're still throwing this out? Why? Because you had two beers with Marlo and now you think you can party? How dare you condescend to me!  How many nights of me kisssing you on the forehead will it take for you to know that you can't keep up with me (again we're straight, despite what my drunken typing may imply. Yes, I've kissed Ralph on the forehead on numerous accasions, he can't hold his sauce). Talk is cheap you little dwarf. Delmer just moved into "best friend" position. We talked for two hours and it was kind and gracious. Much unlike the our talk before that. OK, maybe that is just the Crown.  No offense Delmer. You'res still way up there Delmy. I'm still thinking about that rock fight we had with the Webbs back in the day. You were on the wrong side of the fence that day and forgiveness isn't really an option. ya feelin me? Ralph wins. Thems just the rules Holmes. Catholics and all.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ralph, you are the best.

Ralph sent me this CSN song,  You fucking ass. Why? Why would you send this to me?  At our stage in life, this song rings volumes. To hell with your incitfuelness. Be damned with your appreciation of lyrics. I hate you with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns for reminiding me of our impending mortality. Damn you Ralph. I never want this to end and yet you keep reminding me that it will.

I don't hate you, you miserable Notre Dame/Red Sox loving fuck (was going to say "homo" or "faggot" but we live in a politically correct world, so calling him a "fuck" is as good as I can do. We grew up at Catholic school so those terms were completely acceptable at the time. I still use them. No offense intended.)

Very few of you can relate to how much love I have for him, or maybe you can, that would be great. I'm 48. He's been my best friend for 44 of those years.  Every post I write about Malta, I write for Ralph. He has been there for all of them. Now he sends me this video.  Fuck off Ralph. Quit making me cry.  This is a song about three buddies. God, how you make me mad. None of this is to imply we have a "different" relationship. Just for the record. We both love women. Despite what you may have read into the "waterbed" statement. We are very much straight. 

Here's the deal for all of you bloggers. Ralph is the complete salt of the earth. He is a man that if you met him would say to yourself  "what a great guy". The fact that I've had this great friendship for 44 years just gives me the right to call him out and say "fuck off" for this video.  See you in July Ghoulies.  Words cannot even begin to describe how much I miss you. And Skeets, and Delmer, and Adrian, and Ernie, much less brother Bill.

Here's a cool thing. Tomorrow night, Ralph (in Carson City, NV) and Delmer (in Malta you lucky fucker) and MRM will be all on the Skype.  Drinking beer and bullshitting like old times. God I love the 21st century.





Am I back? Maybe. No alliteration though. For all of you keeping track.

Songs on my way home

My letter to Adam Ant.

Adam Ant ( why would call yourself that?) Here's a video that sucks. Why are you doing this Adam? Oh wait, I know, it's because everything else you've done sucks.  Here is the oringinal which is good. EnjoyAnother version here.   Here's what pisses me off /has another glass of crown and tries to gather his thoughts. Don't pretend to want women when you really don't.  You just fuck it up for all the straight guys.  Be gay. I'm fine with it. Just don't prance and pretend you want women when you don't. You mess it up for the rest of us Adam. It's hard enough out here without you fucking it up. Just sayin. And yes for the record, I've had a Crown or three.

Adam Ant, I'd beat your eyes shut. Just for a little life lesson. Oh, that seems harsh. I'd better go to bed.

Songs on my way to work

I've been thinking about starting a daily feature where I put up a video of the best song that I heard on my casual 15 minute commute to work every day.  Then I thought "what the hell are you thinking about?  You can't do a daily meme/theme whatever deal.  You barely participate in Haiku Monday, it took every ounce of creativity you had to host Movie Clip Wednesday and now you want to have a DAILY post? Pull your head out of your ass!"  Ah, the voice of reason.  So seldom does it make an appearance that I barely recognize it.

More after the jump

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A bit distracted

As you all know by know, my job situation is changing.  With everything going on I'm a little out of sorts.  Be that as it may, I wanted to tell all of you faithful followers that whatever happens, happens.  I haven't been much of a blogger for a while and this week I haven't even been a follower of all of your great posts.  I don't have the want or the energy until I know were I will land, much less the great people who I work with ( or is it with whom I work? God how I hate the English language. It's supposed to be easy and I have a minor in it for crying out loud) and the people who will come on board with the merger.

Anyways, a hiatus is what is going to happen for the next few days.  Bear or bare (don't think it's the latter but too lazy to grab my dictionary) with me and I will let all of you know what transpires after next week.  Might throw a link or video just so I don't lose anyone in the mean time.

On a side note. We all get a song in our heads.  This morning as I showering Prince's great song "When Doves Cry" jumped into my head for whatever reason.  I was singing it to myself all day. As I drove home tonight, it came on the XM.  How freaky is that.  I found this version it is incredible.  Prince, as whacked as he is, is a very talented man and the lyrics are incredible.  I'll be back in a few days. 

Thanks to all of you who don't know me from Adam for your great support. It warms my heart and is greatly appreciated. To all of my homeboys who read and never comment, I thank all of you as well.  One way or another I'll be fine. No sense in worrying about me. None at all. Thanks again though, you weary band of malcontents.  It's nice to know there are so many friends I haven't met yet. Who knows where I will land, but knowing that you are just friends I haven't met is comforting. God speed to you all. Meanwhile enjoy this great acoustic version. Peace out.                         Did I really just say that?



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Change is a good thing, I guess.

The company I've been working for since 1992 has been sold.  Bought out by a huge publicly traded company Titan Machinery. Titan currently has a location with 8 employees in Belgrade.  Those employees are going to move to our location as we have a beautiful 3 million dollar facility that is only three years old. There will be some changes but in a positive way.  I'll keep you posted as things develop.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday!!

It's been a long week.  Actually, it's been a long year.  More stress than I am accustomed to but that corner is about to be turned.  More on that this Monday so stay tuned.   Meanwhile, as it is Friday and I'm in a great mood, well, because it's Friday, I'll treat you all to a video.  It's what was playing on the XM when I rolled into work after having breakfast with my good friend KB.  Happy Friday everyone.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Movie Clip Wednesday "Best drunk scene"

It's that time of the week when I search youtube to find the perfect clip for this week's theme for Movie Clip Wednesday.  It's also the same time of the week where I can never find the clip I want.  I wanted to use a scene from Porky's. It's when Meat learns he didn't get the football scholarship, get's drunk and passes out in his chili.  It's nothing we all haven't done at least once. What's that you say?  You've never passed out in your chili? Or a plate of food at all.  I haven't either.  It doesn't look like much fun.  One time back home my brother was at the all night cafe waiting for a table when a fight broke out.  One of the patrons heard it was his buddy and ran outside to see what was happening.  Just as he turned to leave, the waitress served his breakfast.  Brother Bill sat down, ate it and then called out "Thanks for breakfast Barry".  Barry didn't figure it out for a little bit, when he got the bill I suppose.  He laughed hard.  Barry and I were talking about it at Christmas.  Good times.

Then there are a couple of great drunk scenes from "Blind Date" with Bruce Willis and Kim Bassinger. One was on youtube but the quality was so crummy I didn't use it. Of course there's Arthur but you're just asking for a blog jinx. 

So in the end I went with a scene from Porky's. There's no drinking but its funny. Its the scene where the old bag gym teacher wants to have a tallywhacker lineup.  I'd forgotten how funny it is.  I just love how all of the men are giggling and the old principal has to hold it together.  He almost makes it.

Head over to Boxer's for more real good stuff.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Attempting a comeback

Between a major personal life change a couple of weeks ago and company the last 10 days, I haven't been much of a blogger.  I do have some things in the works (no, it's not poems Shoey) and hope to get back in the swing  this week.  Thanks for hanging in there. Hopefully the batteries are recharged and I can put some crap up that's actually worth reading and do a better job of keeping up with the rest of the merry band. Fortunately my breakfast of coffee and Girl Scouts thin mints has my energy level up and maybe it can carry over this week.

Lots of potential business out there.  Boss had the reins pulled for a bit but is turning me loose again. More travel in the greater Bozeman area and maybe a trip or two to Williston *fist pumps while choking back puke.

Supposed to be in the 40's and 50's this week and maybe some golf but I'd like to ride one more time before that season starts.  We sit in first place in pool league with three weeks to go and play the second place team tomorrow night on their home felt.  Should be a great match.  Good shooters and good guys.  Looking forward to it.  Last week we played the #3 team last week and they are still in intensive care from the beating we gave them.  Oh, that sounded boastful.  My apologies.  I hope we can keep it going.

Have a good week all.  See you on MCW if not before.

MRM

Haiku Monday "Pulchritude"

A dictionary
So I could write this haiku
Of course, Diane Lane

I may have issues.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One room school

30 miles south of Livingston.
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Movie Clip Wednesday "Favorite Movie set in the British Isles.

Boxer picked favorite movie set in England, Scotland or Ireland.  I'm in a time crunch but my first thought was one of my all time favorites "An American Werewolf in London".  This clip is graphic but it's the dream scene. I like it for the very end.  Ralph, I couldn't find our favorite exchange.

Jack "Debbie Cline was there"
David "Debbie Cline?"
Jack "Then she went to bed with Mike McMann. Life mocks me. Even in death" bwhahahahahaha

Anyway, hope things can get back to normal so I can get back on the blog horse.  I'll be around later to visit everyone. Happy MCW.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Haiku Monday "Signs"

Going home

The Robinson Bridge
Then Alkali creek, soon mean
Entering Malta

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pretty little philly.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

just a couple poems

Untitled

sometimes I think about her
and then start to yearn
there's just something out there
that says it's not my turn

its just so hard to give
when others hold things back
i just want to live
does it have to be white and black

life shouldn't be this hard
we try to do what's right
do we have to play a card
it jusn't seem that right

and so we all just linger
to think what comes this way
we try to put a finger
to make us feel better today

so take all this thinking
and do what you will
cause i've been drinking
but i want it still

CG 12/10/09

No Gary Morris, but it was worth it.

So I posted yesterday that I was going to see Gary Morris tonight but I went to Emigrant to meet a couple of guys who work for money men. The first guy works for the owner of Cummins Diesel huge property with a lot of things to come. The second was for a golf course that Arthur Blank is building. Blank is the owner of the Atlanta Falcons.  My good friend Tommy G is in with both of the decision makers and these guys love Tom.  Both meetings went better than I imagined and the amount of equipment I think I will rent will make my check signer very happy ( though I'm on the account and can sign my own paychecks, it still isn't my money).  Got back to late to see Gary but business and work comes first in these times.  That's just how it goes.  I'm not unhappy about it at all.  Would have been nice to do both but the feeling I left both meetings with is that I am in and they liked me.  Mostly because they like Tom a lot.  One of those, if Tom likes this guy he must be good. So, hooray!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

LBOH 22 the clock is ticking

So 21 years ago my lifelongs and me decided to have a weekend where (or is it wear or ware, Moi help me out I  have an English minor for shits sake) anywhoo we have this weekend where we all get together. No wifes ( or is it wives, again Moi a little help) now this is getting confusing. So, we have this weekend. It's called the LBOH (Lonely Bachelors Oppressed Husbands) weekend.

Every Saturday night, the last nigt of reveling, Skeets, Ghoulies and me ( or is it I, God how I'm glad I'm not teaching) sing this song. Tomorrow Gary Morris will be in Bozeman singing at the eloquent Ellen Theatre. If he doesn't sing THIS song, I'm storming the stage, taking my Old Timer pocket knife out and puting it to his throat and making him sing. Three years in Deer Lodge be damned!

Ralph, I'm sorry you can't be there with me and hope I don't get misty.  It will probaly be the dust if I do.

 Great song especially given where I am at this state.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MCW "Most overrated Oscar"

In case you don't remember how this works or are new here to planet Earth, here's what happens.  Each week, our magnificent host and creator of this meme The one, the only, BOXER!! picks a theme, you find a clip of around three minutes and put it up.  You go to Boxer's place, let her know that everything is a go and we come over and visit. 

This week's theme is Most Overrated Oscar.  I'm kind of like Troll.  I assumed for best picture.  Best performance well, Russell Crowe winning for Gladiator was beyond stupid.  Fighting CGI tigers isn't really Oscar worthy is it?  The movie itself was nominated for twelve Oscars and won five.  NOMINATED FOR 12? Where the hell I am I? Bizzaro world.  Amazon Women On the Moon (short clip here) was twice the movie and it has nothing to do with the title.   A young Arsenio Hall here in AWOTM.  It's a great movie.

The Teachers' Lament

I saw the article listed below on FB yesterday.  I chose not to comment on it as I didn't want to ruffle any more feathers than I usually do.  I did make put the following comment on my FB page "Does anyone out there think that people home-schooling their kids should be at least paid the average rate of teachers in the district they are teaching their kids? Afterall, they are doing the same job AND their is one less child for these poor overworked teachers to have to worry about. They should get something. Afterall, its never about "the children".'  This comment was enough to get me unfriended by at least on thin skinned liberal.

Any way, here's the blogpost that caused all the uproar.  My comments are in blue.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Evan Sayet

Here's a guy named Evan Sayet.  He was a liberal before 9/11.  He's giving a speech on liberals, his conversion and a couple of other things.  It's almost an hour and I may have linked this before.  Now that I'm read worldwide I thought it might be worth putting up again.  His insight in to how modern liberals think is definately worth watching.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another show you should be watching.

Episodes is a new sitcom on Showtime.  It's about a couple of British writers who come to America with at the behest of some Hollywood schmuck to have their hit series on American television.  The Hollywood guy of course bastardizes the entire series.  It's really a very satirical look at Hollywood and how completely phony it is.

It stars Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.  LeBlanc plays himself and Mangan and Greig play the husband/wife team of British writers.  If you follow the link above, you can watch the first three episodes for free.

I'm gonna come right out and say it.  Tamsin Greig does something for me.  She is simply beautiful and that accent drives me nuts.  Something about British women and the way the talk.  Russians and Aussies do it for me a little but not like the British.  Irish chicks are up there too.  Anyway.  Give it a watch.

Now, I'm off to get a lock of Tamsin's hair.  I heard the Chinese are close to human cloning, 


Tamsin Greig, making the short list.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MCW Best Broadway Musical to the big screen.

Welcome to Movie Clip Wednesday.  This is hosted by Boxer.  To get the rules and to find out what everyone else has going on go to Anonymoust Boxer and check it out.

This week's theme is best broadway musical made into a movie. I could have went with Oklahoma, or Music Man, or any other number of moives my mom made us watch when we only had two channels but not for this. I went with a movie I totally love and that is Grease.  There is no question that I still have the hots for Olivia.  Why wouldn't I?  Aussie chicks are smoking hot.  I'm a man who is about to rejoin the dating world and I think she may be on the market.  Finally, things are going my way. It's my big chance and I don't want to use some corny line when I first meet her.  So what better way to break the ice than tell her I wrote about her in a blogpost.  It's not like it's stalking or anything.

MRM "Olivia, it's a pleasure to meet you.  I wrote a blogpost about you for a movie clip Wednesday theme."

ONJ "What, because Diane Lane wasn't in a musical."

Back in civilization.

Here's a few photos from my snowmobile trip to Alpine, Wyoming.  The lodge was at 6600 feet.  Most of your riding for the weekend was 8600-9000 feet. The snow could have been better but it was still awesome.  Our cabins were strictly propane.  No electricity.  It wasn't bad.  Three meals a day.  Hot water when you're done riding.  A great place.

The sign at the trail head.




 Just a view from a place on the trail where we stopped on the way in.  It was a 28 mile trail ride just to get to the lodge.  Took almost an hour.


Stopping for look around on the ride in.  Had to have a snort of brandy.  It was tough duty but I stepped up.  Team player.



This is the parking lot.  The sleds are fired up and ready to roll.


A view of one of the cabins.

I'll have some more to post later.  I didn't take a lot of pictures as I left my camera at the cabin one day, but did get a couple more.  Waiting for some to be posted on FB from some of the other travelers so I can get them from there.  Back safe and sound. Hey Buzz, what's the them for MCW? hahahahahahaha

Friday, February 11, 2011

From the road. Literally.

writing down the road using the speak now function on my phone to make a blog post. how cool is that ?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Indiana, being uptight since 1816

Indiana officially became a state on December 11, 1816.  Hoosiers have been uptight ever since and now this from the Huffington Post.  Really Indiana?

Don't forget that tonight is the season premier of Justified. I'm not saying I have a man-crush on Timothy Oliphant but dammit he's so cool.  If you get a chance check it out.  Maybe set your DVR to Archer as well.  It's animated but I watched my first two episodes last week and it's pretty funny as well.  It also has sex, violence and strong language so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

I caught the premier of The Chicago Code on Monday. ITS AWESOME!!  I love DVR. It's a good thing too because I have a Jeopardy qualifier at 7, then a committee meeting for the Citizens for Balanced Use, then have to pack for a four day snowmobile trip to Alpine, Wyoming staying at the Box Y Lodge. It's a 30 mile trail ride just to get there and I can hardly wait.  I think there are 12 of us going.  Accomadations include three meals a day but it's a BYOB place.  I can handle that.

When you get to be my age, you have to enjoy these moments all you can. HEY YOU KIDS!! GET OFF MY LAWN!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MCW Favorite movie from the 1930's

Well, well, well it's time for another edition of Movie Clip Wednesday.  About this time a year ago, one of the malcontents known as anonymous boxer began a meme wherein a theme is chosen and we followers of said meme find a clip of about three minutes, post it on our blogs and then go to Boxer's place and let it be known that we are up and participating.

At some point, I "temporarily" took the reigns as Boxer had matters to attend and have been in charge ever since.

The Grizwagon "Dash Cam"

Well here's a little slice of life from southwest Montana.  We had a pretty nice storm blow in yesterday afternoon so I took four videos with my old Kodak.  Two of a couple of legs of my journey home last night and then two of my trip in this morning. I just set the camera on the dash and let it do the work.  I even have some commentary along the way.  Proof positive that I have a voice for blogging. This first video is right after I turned onto Love Lane.  It really looks like I'm going fast than I am.  Travel speed on the first two videos is 30-35 mph.

video

Monday, February 7, 2011

The pre-Superbowl interview

During the interview with Barry and Bill O'Reilly yesterday, O'Reilly asked the president something to the effect of "what don't you like about being president?" To which Obama responded that he didn't like how he was always under the microscope.  He couldn't just go out and and go to dinner, you know that sort of thing.

Really B. Hussein?  You really don't like alll of the attention?  I've been following the presidency since Jimmy Carter and I've never seen a president more in love with himself than you.  You go to burger joints and shut down complete areas of downtown.  You go to NYC to take your wife to a play and shut down airspace for over eight hours.  These are but two that  come to immediately to mind.  When you always want to be in the limelight, when you spend every waking moment seeking it or figuring out how you can get in it, don't complain.  Even for you it's unbecoming.  No wait, it's exactly what I expect.

If you didn't want to be on television, then decline the interview.  If you're going to be on television put on a tie.  Oh, and don't think for a minute I don't know you're coloring your hair.  Its way less gray than it was after the November elections.  Does Carly Simon know you're living her song?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Force is strong in this one.


I can't believe VW isn't going to give me a kickback after dozens of people watch this.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MCW Favorite British Comedy

Welcome back to Movie Clip Wednesday. The Boxer inspired meme where you come here to see what the theme is, find a clip of about three minutes, come back here to say "you're up" and then we'll come and visit and give you our two bits. This week's theme is "Favorite British Comedy" a suggestion from Moi.

I'm not gonna lie, I've had better weeks.  It's like someone cut the artery to my ambition and that it's pumping out of me in a fast way.  Just got nothin.  Add that to the sadness I feel for both Chickory and Aunty Belle and well, I'm hoping I can come up with something that's worth a damn.

Monday, January 31, 2011

A little smorgassbord.

Here are some links you may find enjoyable.

First, from Kissing Suzy Kolber here is  a nice bit of sarcasm from one of the guys pretending to be Jason Whitlock.  The jurty is still out for me with Whitlock.  I used to watch him on ESPN's Sports Reporters back in the day and liked him on that.  He always put Frodo Mike Lupica in his place.  His articles can be edgy but like all journalists he can fall in love with the sound of his own voice or keyboard as it were.  I'm so glad I'm not like that. Humility, it's my middle name. You can read an actual Whitlock here.  The guys at KSK are very funny but they're writing is rated "R".  You've been warned.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Marc Faber, telling it like it is.

This is Swiss economist Marc Faber.  This clip is 11 minutes long but very much worth your time.  It frightens me for our economic future.