Monday’s Quick Hits

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. – Benjamin Franklin

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Cellphone Fines
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Easter Egg Roll
  • Saturday Night Live

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Caught My Eye…

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Trump & Nukes, popular vote totals, Family Research Council, Best Tweets of 2016, The Baby & Puppy Example, State of Montana Blogging 2016, One More Thing, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line! Don’t forget it! – Vice President Joe Biden, 07/27/16

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Powerball, Veterans Administration & art, unemployment, beer historian, Donald Trump & Russia, the fire near Great Falls, Yellowstone National Park, President Obama’s speech, Robin Selvig, John W. Hinckley, Jr, Freddie Gray, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Welcome to the big show to end the week – and start April, “Caught My Eye” (CME).

There’s no foolin’ around today…well maybe a little!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include Tim Fox & Jason Thielman , Cruz & Kasich & Montana, Kristen Cates & the Montana Democrats, Female Mayors of Great Falls & KRTV, Bumper Sticker Mania, and much more!

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Over the Top

The Montana media is going a little over the top with their coverage of the final days of the senatorial career of Max Baucus.

Get the popcorn – this week I believe the Montana Television Network (MTN) will bring viewers “a behind-the-scenes look as Baucus’ career in the Senate comes to a close.”

I wonder if they will tell the whole story.

All this coverage got me thinking about one of the first times I saw Senator Max Baucus. It was when he was giving a speech at a local hotel in Great Falls in the mid 1990s.

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The Weather

With the temperatures not expected to be above 10 degrees this week in Great Falls, Montana, I fondly remember some of my weather experiences.

Several years ago I received orders to Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB), Montana. My report no later than date was mid-February. At that time I was stationed at Andersen AFB, Guam, where the daily high temperature was about 87 degrees.

When my wife and I arrived in San Francisco from Guam, we picked up our car that had been shipped a few weeks earlier from Guam. The temperature in San Francisco was 45 degrees. I was already freezing.

The trip was eventful. Due to a massive blizzard, we were trapped in Dillon, Montana, for a few days. I checked the weather channel and the wind chill in Great Falls, Montana, (near Malmstrom AFB) was 85-90 BELOW zero. My wife remembers the trip fondly; she was eight months pregnant with our first child.

As we drove over Gore Hill, which overlooks Great Falls, I promised my wife I would put in for orders and get the heck out of this God-forsaken place as soon as possible. Who could live/survive in this cold weather?

That was about 25 years ago.

When I exited the Air Force, they would have moved me about anywhere in the USA. I picked a place a few miles down the road from Malmstrom.

Did I enjoy the nice weather in Guam? You bet, but it did get a little boring with an average high of about 87 and an average low of about 76 with a chance of rain. Of course, when a typhoon was coming, it was an exciting time for the meteorologists – and for those of us who had never been through a typhoon.

I also enjoyed the beaches and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. I kind of wish I was there this week.

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Caught My Eye…

You made it to Friday – Congratulations!  I’m here to help you bring it home and slide into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Here is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write or comment about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile…

BE ADVISED: Before proceeding please understand that everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about F-15s, Armstrong, cellphone ban, raising a child, I share some e-mails from my political inbox, I talk about party line voting, and there’s a lot more! Continue reading