Monday’s Quick Hits: Man on River, Tester, and Oscar

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. – Benjamin Franklin

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Man on River
  • Tester: Dressed for…
  • 90th Academy Awards
  • A Final Thought

Man on River:

Great Falls’ Fire and Police officials, the media, and many folks with nothing better to do on a cold and snowy Saturday were mesmerized that a homeless man was walking on the Missouri River – the frozen part.

He refused to leave the frozen river and supposedly spent the night there. He was identified as Ben Staples. He planted a U.S. Flag on the ice. He was supposedly upset that his camp on someone’s private property had been destroyed.

Officials were worried that people would walk out on the unstable ice to try to talk to Staples. People offered to buy him a tent and the Great Falls Tribune reports that a GoFundMe account has been started to help him.

Maybe this is a wild guess, but I think this will all be settled by July.

A report from KRTV Sunday evening said that Staples would be staying in a hotel Sunday night. The room was purchased for him by a local couple.

Tester: Dressed for…

On Saturday (March 3) Brigadier General Bryan Fox retired from the Montana National Guard. The Guard held a change of command ceremony at the Montana Air National Guard Headquarters in Great Falls during which Brigadier General J. Peter Hronek assumed command.

In attendance were Montana Governor Steve Bullock, U.S. Senator Jon Tester, community members, and others (many who were required to attend).

I happened to catch a few photos taken at the event, like this one posted on The Electric website and this one posted on Tester’s Twitter page.

Whereas Bullock and others in attendance were wearing a suit or the proper military uniform for the ceremony, which is deeply rooted in military history, Tester looked as though he had dressed for a trip to Walmart or for a trip around the farm on his tractor.

C’mon man.

I hope “Farmer Jon” cared enough to clean the manure off his boots…

90th Academy Awards:

Is it me or are these award shows getting harder to watch? I seem to be waiting for someone to screw up and offend someone, or for someone to take a stand about something.

I always think if I devote three hours to an award show, then that is three hours I will never get back.

I watched a little of the 90th Academy Awards last night. For me, Sunday night (when it’s not football season) is 60 Minutes night and time for Homeland – a great show on Showtime.

Once again all the movies that were nominated for an Oscar and those who won an Oscar I have not seen. I think the last time I saw a movie in a theater was The Blind Side in 2009.

I watch movies on the premium cable channels, a streaming service, or through Redbox.

A few movies nominated are on my watch list: Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Post, Three Billboards, etc.

You can check out a list of winners HERE.

Final Thought:

I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers…



2 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits: Man on River, Tester, and Oscar

  1. I think Senator Tester’s clothing is a non- issue. There are many Montanans who do not own a suit and have no plans to purchase one. Your blog is best when it sticks to policy.

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