Montana

Well, we don't really have any ren faires, even if you count the holiday craft show in the Holiday Inn in Missoula, but well, are there any other readers who live in Montana?

Specifically in the Missoula area? (Cause it's the best.)

Even if we didn't have something big and neat, there are always nice coffee shops (like Butterfly, or Break) and such...?

I think the west needs to step it up here, guys. :/

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Shade's picture

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I don't live in Missoula but I'm in SE Idaho . . . so only about, y'know five-ish hours away!

Mith's picture

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In Montana? Shit son, it takes me half an hour to get any place interesting and a day trip is anything short of 8 hours.

Okay- that's exaggerating, but Montana is wide, and sparsely populated. A day trip would be like going to Spokompton, which is about 4 hours. I tried one to West Yellowstone, which was seven hours, and a journey into hell. But I digress.

Do you feel left out when everyone has their nice little coastal get-togethers?

Shade's picture

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There's not much around apart from potato farms and desert. It takes a while to get to anything mildly interesting from here.

I drive across/through Montana at least twice a year - went to school in Moscow, so 10 hour drives a few times a year, and I drive through Montana and then ND every summer to visit family in Minnesota. It's a whole lot of nothing, that's for sure.

And yeah, it's a little depressing to not be able to go to the meet-ups, haha. Too bad there's nothing at all like that around here :\. Well, state fairs, but that doesn't even come close to being as interesting.

Mith's picture

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Are actually pretty fun for me. I like looking at all the sheepies and cowies and pretty things people made, and eating all the fun foods.

I've only recently started to appreciate the beauty of living in B.F.E. Montana is, of course, prettier than ND. But really, what isn't? (Nevada) But it is... barren. Especially on long drives.

But I would agree about the lack of... stuff here, there's almost nothing. I think it's just population. If say, .2% of the population is interested in something and you like in NYC, you're in luck and can find others near by. For me, I'm that little percentage.

I think the rural west needs to step in up in nerd terms.

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Shade wrote:
apart from potato farms, desert, and Mormons.

Also,

Mith wrote:
like in NYC

I hope that doesn't refer to the recent meet-up. Pet peeve of mine that all of NY is not NYC, and us Upstaters from the western part have a day trip to get there. Don't hate on the east coast just because we're densely packed. It's rude to insult your elders. Blum 3

Shade's picture

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Always looking out for me *wipes away tear*

I actually used to live in Connecticut and now that I've been in the west for so long it's hard to imagine going back to that many people. I'm still deciding which I like better - being really, truly alone in the mountains, or having stuff to do that involves the indoors and, y'know, a semblance of culture that doesn't heavily emphasize the 'cult' part.

applejax's picture

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of Connecticut? I grew up there and my parents still live there.

Shade's picture

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Stonington.

I was pissed when we moved from right near the ocean, delicious seafood to freakin' Idaho. But my dad was a nuclear engineer on submarines and left because he wanted to be able to spend time with his kids.

And I suppose snowboarding in the mountains makes up for some of the ocean delight :P.

applejax's picture

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from me. Yeah if I'd lived that close to the water and then got uplifted to Idaho, I'd be pretty annoyed. And I live in Boston now, so I still get the seafood Biggrin

Marri's picture

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Are we (when I'm home from school) close by to each other? I'm in Warren...

applejax's picture

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I'm in Danbury; so about a 45 minute drive I think?

Marri's picture

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I like the Danbury Fair Mall Smile I miss it...

Mith's picture

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I just meant that in a densely populated city it's easier to meet someone who is more similar to you. I used NYC because well, I thought of densely populated. I know that yes, the east isn't all magically connected by teleportation (sigh) but well, you still have something with in a day trip.

The closest big city is probably Seattle, which is a good seven or eight hours with out many stops. Six, if you push a hundred between the towns, but the passes take some time. (It can also nine hours, if you're my mother.)

And that's like... five hundred miles away. Where does one get in five hundred miles on the east coast? Well, using the nice and accurate practice of making a ruler with my hand and spinning it around NYC (again) you can almost cover all of the original 13 colonies. I think my point is that MT is the fourth largest state, and we have less than a million people, and it's sad because that means no one where I live reads An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom.

And that is sad.

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Mith wrote:
That means no one where I live reads An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom.

And that is sad.

It is sad Sad

Of course, you could help yourself & MeiLin out by getting what "neighbors" you do have to read the story... Wink

MeiLin's picture

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Don't tell anyone to read until book one is finished! *feverishly writing chapter 8*...

Daennea's picture

*waves* I guess I'm the only Montana reader willing to admit it so far. Central MT here - I haven't been back to Missoula since UM graduation (and it is NOT the best. The mountains are too close. Though the public library is wonderful).

Mith's picture

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They recently did some construction and redecorating and it's so lovely now... I like my mountains close, so it's all safe and snuggly. It also keeps it warmer in the winter, and makes it so we don't have those ball freezing winds that you get in like, Great Falls.

I traveled a lot during high school for speech and debate, (aka the nerd herd) and had not the best experiences in those towns- usually because my experiences were walking up retarded early, getting sick, running across ice in heels and no jacket, and safeways. So I can tell a horror story about almost every major city in the state- except Missoula Wink

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The library was nice when I was there - it's been about four years. But mostly, I liked the book selection - someone had great taste in fantasy (to phrase it more honestly, taste similar to mine Wink ).

And we're going to have to disagree on the mountains and winds - mountains make you feel safe and snuggly while I felt smothered. And friendly, brisk breezes are great for blowing away pollution - I remember coming back to Missoula one year after Christmas break and my white windowsill was actually black with soot (that's my Missoula horror story).

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