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First Snow

First snow of the year! Yay! It's about time. Ready for some cold weather.

Senator Fagg

Among the early hopefuls to challenge Democrat incumbent senator Jon Tester in the 2018 midterm elections, is former district judge Russell Fagg, of Billings.


He'll be getting my vote for the comedic value alone.


PSA: If what you are doing is supported by half the American people, and has the backing of society's culture-making institutions, then it cannot properly be defined as courageous. 

Realtor Showings

So, the property management company is trying to sell the house that I rent, and they have been showing it every day for the past week.

As compensation for my inconvenience, I was given an Applebee's Gift Card today.

Wherefore art thou, First Amendment?

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee succinctly describes the modern left's dedication to free speech.

"If people want to have the stage in San Francisco, they better have a message that contributes to people's lives rather than find ways to hurt them," Lee said. "That's why certain voices found it very difficult to have their voices heard today."

Wind River

Saw Wind River tonight. It caught my interest because I was just there for the Eclipse. It was cool seeing names dropped of little towns and places that I had just driven through. My review is basically good film ruined by bad science. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but let's just say that one of the physiological phenomena that the story hinges on totally does not happen. Otherwise, I'd be dead.

A Few Shots From the Eclipse

This is about 15 minutes in. This photo illustrates the sunspots nicely.


Diamond ring.

Eclipse traffic

Wyoming was totally not prepared for the tourist traffic they got today. What should have been a 7 hour drive back to my home in Montana from the Riverton, WY area took 12. The first 80 miles to get out of the band of totality took about 4 hours. Left my campsite a little after 1:00pm and I'm just now getting home at 1:00am.

That said, it was totally worth it.


So, what is everyone doing for the eclipse on the 21st?

I will be camping at the Castle Gardens Petroglyph Site near Riverton, Wyoming.

Monday, July 31

Most people do not like Mondays. However, there is this particular case that we have today where the last day of the month falls on a Monday.

Having the last day of the month fall on a business day early in the week like Monday or Tuesday gives you the opportunity to get all of the previous month's lose ends tied up so that you can face the next month head on, ready to go and with a clean slate, and be able to give your complete and undivided attention to whatever it has in store for you. When the last day of a month is on a weekend or late in the week, you typically spent it or the few days immediately following it having fun and doing your thing, so you still have unfinished business from the last month at work when you come back in to start the next month.