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Montana Wisdom

I’m in Montana right now. The people here have asked me to tell you that Montana is not the most beautiful place in the world and that you should in no way think about moving here. Done!

The Mountain West is known for having individuals who are more rugged and independent than, say, people who live in or near Washington, D.C.

One beautiful woman I had the pleasure of meeting told me that she can’t stand the way candidates for the U.S. Senate and House say they’re going to go to Washington and…

  1. Israel P.
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Also, anyone want to give me a pep talk to help me get on the plane to head back home today? I don’t want to leave. · · 4 minutes ago

    Shouldn’t we leave that to Mark?

  2. Mollie Hemingway
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    Israel Pickholtz

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Also, anyone want to give me a pep talk to help me get on the plane to head back home today? I don’t want to leave. · · 4 minutes ago

    Shouldn’t we leave that to Mark? · 0 minutes ago

    My plan — and the bad thing is he thinks I’m joking — is for him to bring the kids and join me here at once.

  3. Eeyore
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    …anyone want to give me a pep talk to help me get on the plane to head back home today? I don’t want to leave.

    It’s too late to get an absentee ballot and we’ll hound you for not voting.

  4. Adriana Harris

    The changing leaves in the east are fabulous right now. – end of pep talk. That’s what I had to tell myself coming back from western Washington about ten days ago. Of course, I was more than happy to escape the politics of the area, but the landscape is second to none.

  5. Sisyphus
    Eeyore

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    …anyone want to give me a pep talk to help me get on the plane to head back home today? I don’t want to leave.

    It’s too late to get an absentee ballot and we’ll hound you for not voting. · 3 minutes ago

    What? Anyone can show up and vote for her.

  6. The King Prawn

    I live right between the Olympic Mountains and the Cascades. I can walk to the neighborhood park located on the south end of Gamble Bay in about 2-3 minutes (depending on how fast the dog drags me.) There’s no way I could make a case for leaving such a place. Here’s some pics from a walk I took just outside the neighborhood.

  7. Eeyore

    On the other hand, I understand progressives are doing their viral-spread thing in the college towns, so maybe you need to stay as an anti-viral agent.

  8. Vance Richards

    I see ads for politicians from both parties bragging about the money they “brought home.” Redistributing wealth seems to be one of the main jobs of the Federal government (everyone sends them their money then we send politicians to see if they can get some of it back). It was never supposed to work that way, and it is sad that so few people seem to care.

  9. raycon and lindacon

    Molly:

    Linda and I have played with the Montana idea, but Castle Rock is as far north as we would want to go.

    Come home and help get the coasters out of Colorado.

  10. GLDIII
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    I’m in Montana right now. The people here have asked me to tell you that Montana is not the most beautiful place in the world and that you should in no way think about moving here. Done!

    Mollie,

    Interestingly that is the same thing my sister-in-law and her in-law brood expect me to say after I visit with them in Boise, Idaho.  I harbor fantasies that when I retire I will join them, and not look back on Maryland even though I have been here since 68′.

  11. Yeah...ok.

    Gonna be a dental floss tycoon.

  12. genferei

    Stay.

    • Ricochet needs more contributors and (better) editors from flyover country.

    • Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
    • Do it for the kids!
    • When the R+R administration hits Washington, it’s going to make neutron bomb seem mild – and with no bloodsucking bureaucrats, DC is just a (literal) swamp.

    Am I not helping? How about:

    • Imagine ‘Marlboro’ Mark Hemingway in chaps…

  13. Donald Todd

    I had the privilege of living in Missoula for five years, and of all the places I have lived, it is still the favorite.  Winter was mild but did occur.  The mountains surrounded me.  I could ride my bike to Frenchtown or down the Bitterroot.  The pace of life (at that time) was not so hectic.  The university brought in the Guthrie Theater and rock and roll.  Life wasn’t a holiday, but it was very pleasant, and the people were generally very nice.

    We also posted signs such as “don’t californicate Montana” because we weren’t looking for wealthy individuals from other states to come, buy land and make it all off-limits, which is what those Californians did in Montana.  The signs were posted with limited success.

    Times change and I no longer have the privilege of living in Missoula, but occasionally I dream of returning there to live.  If I do, I promise to say bad things about the place.

  14. Randy Weivoda

    Reasons to leave Montana:

    1: The winters are cold and snowy.

    2: Sorry, can’t think of anything else.

  15. Horace Svácz
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Also, anyone want to give me a pep talk to help me get on the plane to head back home today? I don’t want to leave. · · 1 hour ago

    I was in Missoula, Montana, in October 2006 (remember?). The Cardinals were 3-1 and could win the series that evening in game 5. Although we found a sports bar, they had hockey in 326 of their 327 TVs. We found a table next to the tiny TV with the Cardinals-Tigers game. As you know, they won. My point is that the Cardinals are playing this week to earn a place at the World Series. Do you want to miss it? You have to go back East.

  16. tabula rasa

    Could you head up to Helena and visit some friends for me?  They’re liberals still in the Obama tank.  They’re wonderful people and the best of friends, but are still buying into the fraying liberal narrative.

    Does Montana have a big sky?  I’ve spent time in Helena and Great Falls doing legal work in the past 15-20 years. I grew up in rural Utah, where we have a big, big sky. But I must admit that the sky in Montana is even bigger. It gets it’s name for a good reason.

  17. Mollie Hemingway
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    Horace Svácz

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Also, anyone want to give me a pep talk to help me get on the plane to head back home today? I don’t want to leave. · · 1 hour ago

    I was in Missoula, Montana, in October 2006 (remember?). The Cardinals were 3-1 and could win de series that evening in game 5. Although we found a sports bar, they had hockey in 326 of their 327 TVs. We found a table next to the tiny TV with the Cardinals-Tigers game. As you know, they won. My point is that the Cardinals are playing this week to earn a place at the World Series. Do you want to miss it? You have to go back East. · 37 minutes ago

    Edited 36 minutes ago

    This is definitely the winner!

  18. Keith Preston

    My wife and I are considering Idaho in our future, but Montana sounds sweet too.

    I’ll get Directv so I can watch our Cardinals.

  19. iWc

    The Feds should give all those lands back to state management. Think of what could be unlocked!

  20. Innocent Smith

    Mollie -

    Welcome to Montana!  What part of the state are you in? 

    I’m almost a little surprised you ran into a woman who expressed the sentiment you related.  I grew up in Lewistown (born in Denver, moved to MT in the 5th grade) and went to college in Butte.  I’m a bit disappointed with the prevalence of leftism in places like Missoula, Helena, etc…  The flathead area is probably the most popular for tourism, and all you find is a bunch of dirty Californians!  I’ve heard things about the Helena school system that makes me think I’m reading something from California, too…

    But you’re right.  There is no better place on earth (maybe some that are as good, though).  And if you think the winters are harsh, try having a conversation with someone from Washington State.  Nothing colder.

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