Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hometowns

Havre, Montana
Great Northern, Burlington Northern and now Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Depot. Oh yeah, Amtrak is there, too.
The statue is of James Jerome Hill. The Empire Builder. Havre exists as it does solely because of this man. It is the halfway point between the Twin Cities and Seattle. So when the GN was pushing across the Northern Tier it became a major facility for the Railway. Roundhouse, locomotive and car shops and crew point.
From the hill to the west. Also the site of the Wapka Chug'n  buffalo jump. Along the Milk River.
Downtown Malta. This is 89 miles east of Havre. Did grades one through three here. Mom and her parents taught school here. This is Center Street looking north to Hwy 2 and under the railway. Note stack train in picture.The shadow to the left is the marquee on the Villa Theatre. It is the only movie theatre between Havre and Glasgow, 160 miles apart. The GN hotel is on the right. The white building is the First State Bank.
Grandpa, Grandma, Great Aunt and an Uncle are buried here. People still knew who I was when I was dumping the rock train from here to Glasgow in the spring of 07. Like when I was in diapers remember.

3 comments:

Buck said...

USAF used to have a radar site at Havre. I never made it there, but I was close... in Fortuna, NoDak. Which was a LOT smaller, i.e., pop 75.

But I knew folks stationed at Havre and they ALL spoke highly of the place. I'd wager there are even a few ol' retired radar dudes living there today.

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

The site shut down in 93, just about the time I retired!

prairiecat55kc said...

One of my friends in high school lived out at the base, we had 2 or 3 slumber parties out there. The only black kids in my graduating class were Air Force brats, too.

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

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