Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” – the last one for 2013! Have a safe and happy new year!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Verizon wireless, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Montana’s Top News Stories, Five Vulnerable Senators, NBA on Christmas, the Funniest New Years E-cards, plus I have chosen a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Verizon Wireless:

Let me set the scene – I was enjoying Christmas day sipping eggnog, eating cookies, and opening wonderful gifts with family near the fireplace. In my driveway, a brand new car was parked with a big red bow on it. The snow was lightly falling.

All of a sudden Verizon, my wireless provider, decided to send me a text message to inform me that my “bill is ready to view.”

So I made everyone stop what they were doing and we viewed my cell phone bill. Verizon ruined Christmas for everyone. The children cried with disappointment.

Not really. The truth is I did get a text message from Verizon on Christmas day telling me that my “bill is ready to view.” Most of the rest of the stuff above is made up.

While I understand that I receive this message around the 25th of every month, maybe Verizon could spread a little holiday cheer and delay it a day. A thoughtful company would do that.

Nonetheless, you stay classy Verizon…

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport:

Congrats to BYIA which reminds me of BYOB. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, “Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is now the state’s busiest. For the first time ever, passenger totals for the calendar year at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport will surpass those at Billings Logan International Airport.”

Maybe BYIA is succeeding because of a forward-thinking non-vindictive airport board…

Montana’s Top News Stories for 2013:

It was pretty much a given that U.S. Senator Max Baucus’ retirement would be at or near the top of the Montana news stories for 2013. See the rest of the top 10 HERE.


Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the website: “Jonathan David Schlender of Bozeman has been arrested and charged with DUI and several other offenses after crashing his vehicle on Christmas Eve with two children in the car.” The children’s ages were three and one.

It was also reported, “Both children had been thrown from their unbuckled car seats.” They were not injured.

I’m thinking the same thing as you, “What a freaking idiot.”

Five Senators Vulnerable in 2014 Primaries:

Hotline takes a look at the five senators at risk of losing their primaries, although they correctly point out that it’s a “rare event” for an incumbent senator to lose a primary.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell will have a tough primary and, if he makes it through that, he will have a very tough opponent in the general election, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

McConnell has been a failure in his role as leader of the senate Republicans.

NBA on Christmas:

Sorry NBA, but basketball on Christmas day does not do it for me. It does not have the same feeling as the NFL on Thanksgiving.

By the way, the new NBA jerseys looked silly. I follow “NotBillWalton” on twitter and he tweeted, “Nets vs Bulls. Looks less like an NBA basketball game and more like oversized kids ready for AYSO soccer.”

For those of you who missed the games, the scores were 123-94, 95-78, 101-95, 111-98, and 105-103.

Funniest New Years E-cards:

If you need a laugh, the blog Pajamas & Coffee has posted the Funniest New Years E-Cards. See them HERE.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

## Happy New Year ##

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