Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Big Sky Top Ten

Things I love about living in Montana instead of San Diego
(in no particular order)

  1. There is no waiting, ever. No waiting in traffic, no waiting for coffee, no waiting at the grocery store (okay, no more than 3 minutes). The state motto should be Montana: No Waiting. (Aside: when we go back to San Diego for visits now, it all seems like One Big Wait.)
  2. You never have to worry about groceries melting in the trunk. In fact, you could use your trunk as a refrigerator for most of the year, if you wanted to.
  3. People actually stop in the middle of the street to let dogs, and people, cross.
  4. There are regular announcements on the state public radio station about lost dogs.
  5. There are 4 seasons. (mind you, winter is a wee bit longer than I might like, but summer is heaven)
  6. The air sometimes actually smells like Mountain Fresh Scent. Really. We tried to track it down to someone doing laundry, but it was just the air.
  7. I can drive 5 minutes out of town and be in a national forest.
  8. We get excellent theater, ballet, and concert productions that tour through all the time--and we go to almost every one. They're cheap, they're great, and there's No Waiting.
  9. When you have to pick someone up at the airport, you can wait until the plane flies over your house before you leave, and still have plenty of time. (There are only 4 flights a day, too.)
  10. We bought a 3-bedroom, 2-bath, nice house in a good neighborhood for under $90,000.

I could go on, but that's probably enough for the moment. Of course there are things that annoy me too, but I'm in a good mood today. {s}


Anonymous said...

Living in the Daytona Beach area, I wanted to cry while reading your list. All we do is wait, and we have one season--hot and muggy! (Maybe that's two.) Montana sounds great! Enjoy.


Susan Adrian said...

It really is great, most days. Though I would recommend considering #2 pretty carefully before moving up here. {g}

You do become used to the No Waiting thing very fast. Now if there's one person in front of me I find myself getting impatient. Then I stop and think, and smile.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,

That's it. I'm moving.

Today I was stuck in traffic several times. Once on the way to Bellevue to sign papers for our refi, and on the way home there was an accident. On the way to pick up kids from school there was another accident. It rains here all the time, but people seriously lack the skills to be smarter than the rain and drive in it safely. [sigh] I could go on...

Suffice it to say your top ten sounded loads better than my top ten.

And is it just me, or do you find (or did you find while vacationing here) that there is a serious lack of skilled people working "out there". Every time I go to a restaurant my order is screwed up. Silly punk kids will wander across the road at any point and go as slowly as possible with their pants falling down their asses and their ugly underwear showing. They're usually smoking too. There is a general lack of courtesy and respect around here... Arrrgh. WTF?

We went to the science fair last night . Ashley presented "How To Make A Compass". All the kids worked really hard and each one got a ribbon at the end. But... The Kindergartners went first, then first grade and so on. Well, I was dismayed that the crowd thinned out considerably as the kids were presented with their ribbons. Just as soon as a child received theirs, the parents raced to their exhibit and took it down and left. So, by the time the fourth graders (the highest grade in the school this year) were presented, there were only a smattering of people left to cheer for them. Pissed me right off. I made a point to stay and clap for each and every child. And these kids made some *impressive* projects. Just made me mad. I told Jim how it pissed me off that most parents couldn't be bothered to stay until the end and he told me that I was a kind person because I stayed right up front and clapped for everyone. So did Ashley, and I didn't even tell her to. :)

Whose blog is this? Sorry! [G] You just struck a nerve I guess. I'll bet people are much nicer in Montana. [g]


Susan Adrian said...

Hi Rose!

Of course you _know_ that the entire purpose of that post was to subconsciously convince you that you need to move here. {g}

The Science Fair sounds interesting--and you ARE a nice person to stay and clap all the way through.

You get no sympathy on the traffic, though. It could all so easily be avoided by moving to Montana...{eg}

Anonymous said...



I wish. [s]