The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

One of the great features that I get to take advantage of because my blog is on WordPress is the “search engine terms” feature. It lets me know what questions or phrases people have used to find one of my blog posts. (Never fear, it doesn’t tell me who is searching for what or even …

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I had been driving all day on Interstate 90, on my journey to Yellowstone National Park, when I saw a faded billboard for a Testicle Festival in Clinton, Montana. The hell? I almost went off the road. Was I hallucinating? Nope. This was for real. What on earth? I can’t imagine there’s much to do …

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With an 8 hour drive ahead of me from Seattle, Washington to Missoula, Montana, I wondered what my brain would do with all that “down time”. So I decided to take a digital recorder with me and whenever I started to think about a new subject, I’d take note. I have no idea whether I’m …

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I left Billings, Montana in the pouring rain. But I had already had a bad opinion of it. The hotel was creepy, and the neighborhood was worse. For all I know Billings is a lovely place. I just didn’t get a chance to see it. I was so anxious to get out of there that …

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Today was going to be a busy day. There were just too many cool places between Chamberlain, South Dakota and Billings, Montana to not check out at least a few of them. First, I looped off the highway and into Badlands National Park. I was instantly transported to what seemed like another planet. The landscape …

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On my way to the library today I heard one of those stories on Public Radio International that makes me sit in the car in the parking lot long after I’ve arrived at my destination, just listening. The program in question, Radio Lab, is one of my favorites, and you can listen to this particular …

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Recently I watched a program about the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and in it they mentioned in passing that after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt went to congress to ask them to declare war on Japan and there was only one vote against it. Think about that for a minute. That had …

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Well we survived the Mayan Apocalypse. Whew! What a load off the shoulders of all those doomsday preppers out there. Or is it? I mean, once you get past the feeling of being a total fool, what do you do for fun? Here’s the thing, people: the end of the world has apparently been coming …

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