Monday’s Quick Hits

Winners never quit and quitters never win. – Vince Lombardi

Today I take a look at Super Bowl 51, Saturday Night Live, Super Bowl Ads, and much more!



I Got the Call…

It’s always interesting to read about people who have been scammed over the phone. Sometimes I wonder how in the heck someone could be ripped off so easily.

I kind of enjoy it when the “Windows” guy (who has an accent) calls to tell me there’s something wrong with my Windows. If I have time, I ask a bunch of questions and make statements like “I know one of my windows has a crack – can you stop by and repair it?” One time I screamed, “Why do you want to look through my Windows?” Another time I told the caller in English that I don’t speak English. That confused him.

I also enjoy the spam emails saying a Prince or Princess or widow in some country I’ve never heard about wants to send me several million dollars. All they need is my bank account number. Today I received an email from a lady who is dying from cancer. She wanted me to help her disburse $10.8M to charities, widows, orphans and less privileged.

Several years ago I received what I thought at first was a legitimate email. The email was from U.S. Bank and it looked official and it even had their logo. It looked just like their website, but I always check the email address and it was not a U.S. Bank address. I tried to contact U.S. Bank to let them know about it, but they are so bloated in bureaucracy that I gave up when I could not reach a real person.

Over the weekend I read about an alert from the local sheriff’s office where a scammer was calling to tell the person there were warrants out to arrest him/her because he/she did not show up for a jury trial. The person was told he/she needed to pay a couple thousand dollars as bond to stay out of jail.

I recently received a similar call.


Published in: on September 16, 2015 at 6:05 am  Comments (2)  
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50 Shades of…Blue

I think the folks who work at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls do a pretty good job. A year or so ago I got to see up close how they work, and I think they did a fine job.

Yesterday the Great Falls Tribune published a story about Benefis Hospital requiring employees to wear “colors” specific to their department. Benefis hopes this will help prevent confusion from patients.

I guess some patients wondered if an employee was coming into their room to take their blood or clean their toilet. By the way, I am pretty sure the new colors don’t have anything to do with gangs.

When I first saw the illustration in the E-Newspaper version of the Tribune showing the different colored scrubs that are required to be worn, I thought they were showing the silks that jockeys would be wearing for a horse race. Giddy-up…

What was amusing to me and others who read the story is how many shades of blue scrubs the employees will be wearing at Benefis.


Published in: on August 26, 2015 at 4:45 am  Comments (4)  
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Royal Baby, Zimmerman, & Wolf

Yesterday’s news coverage of the announcement that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William had welcomed their first child into the world was over the top. It was one of those days that you are either glued to the TV or you shut it off and get a lot accomplished around the house or at work. The coverage continues today.

Shortly after the birth, someone Tweeted, “Whatever, England. Our Kate had eight children.”

Thankfully the George Zimmerman murder trial was completed or we would have had a big problem on the cable news networks.

Ironically, #GeorgeZimmerman and #RoyalBaby were trending on Twitter at the same time. Zimmerman came out of nowhere and helped four people get out of an SUV that had overturned in Florida. I guess this happened around the same time the Duchess of Cambridge was giving birth.

CNN did not disappoint; they had “CNN Breaking News” alerts about both. By the way, the more I watch CNN, the more I wonder what they will do if anything ever happens to Wolf Blitzer.

Now we are waiting for the name(s) and for the first photo. I heard the photo might be delayed as they forgot to stock up on film and flash bulbs for their Kodak.   (more…)

Published in: on July 23, 2013 at 7:08 am  Comments Off on Royal Baby, Zimmerman, & Wolf  
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Making Montana Proud

Today (Wednesday) is one of the biggest travel days of the year, so if you are traveling have a great time out there on the highways or in the airports as you make your way over the river and through the woods to your destinations! The Associated Press reports, “Around 43.6 million Americans were expected to journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday.”

Wear your seatbelts and please don’t drink and drive!

Today I write about three recent issues in the news which has cast Montana in less than favorable light. Although I titled this column and the three paragraphs “Making Montana Proud,” I’m being sarcastic…


Published in: on November 21, 2012 at 8:09 am  Comments Off on Making Montana Proud  
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The Invitation

The glossy 11″ by 6″ postcard I pulled from my mailbox said, “Join us for a lunch event and get an introductory look at the first Continuing Care Retirement Community in Great Falls.”

I opened the envelope and read the glossy flier that said, “Wanted 31 people to try new digital technology in hearing aids.”

The postcard and envelope were addressed to my dear old dad – with the correct first name, the correct middle initial and the correct last name. By the way, my full name is different than my father’s.

Sadly, my father has been dead since December 1996. Yes, 1996. I know this is true because I was there and watched the casket being closed. (more…)

Published in: on March 24, 2011 at 8:03 am  Comments Off on The Invitation  

My New Car…

I never thought I would be the owner of a car like this! It’s a little scary knowing I have to make payments now! Turn up the sound, so you can hear the engine hum…

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Breaking News: Malmstrom AFB and UFOs

There’s been a lot of news recently about an incident at Malmstrom AFB in 1967. Some folks contend UFOs visited Malmstrom AFB and shut down a nuclear missile squadron.

Now for the first time, a video from the incident has been released. This video is not “Top Secret” and is available for public viewing:

I always liked the Coneheads….

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 6:41 am  Comments Off on Breaking News: Malmstrom AFB and UFOs  
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Caught My Eye…

Here we are almost at the official end of summer. I only hope the cold weather can hold off a little longer so my tomatoes will ripen! Have a great time this Labor Day weekend and remember, if you drink don’t drive! I want you back next week to read The Western Word.

In this week’s edition I take a quick look at some of the stories that “Caught My Eye” that I did not have time to write about this week. Enjoy!

POW/MIA bracelet:

Get your tissues out; this is a very touching story about a POW/MIA bracelet being returned to a family. We must never forget those who did not return.

Number 24:

No, NASCAR fans, I am not going to write about Jeff Gordon (NASCAR #24), but about Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) being ranked #24 in the House and Senate. Not in seniority, but in riches. The Hill’s annual look at the 50 wealthiest members of Congress was released this week and Rehberg is estimated to be worth $10.9 million. (more…)

Apple Pie

I happened to see the story about Democratic U.S. Senator Carl Levin getting hit with a pie during one of his meetings in Michigan.

It was a Dutch apple pie. It was a waste of a Dutch apple pie.

I don’t condone violence against elected officials. I also don’t believe you should waste a good pie on a politician. The pie thrower was arrested on felony charge of stalking and misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct.

Supposedly, Levin was targeted because of the war. When I first heard about the incident, I thought he was targeted because he has the worst comb-over in the history of the senate (only slightly ahead of Byron Dorgan). (more…)

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 5:00 am  Comments (2)  
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