ok i duno who said that but someone did. i've got a few points that related to montana and god.
1. country music revisited: today, i left missoula, mt (think "a river runs through it") for miles city, mt. (think "billy bobs banjo hits vol.1"). my car is chock full of stuff, and the passenger side seat is crammed way forward to make room for the boxes on the back seat floor. sadly, my iPod adaptor cable is stuck in that seat. enter...the radio. the only channel that i could get about 40 miles out of missoula was a country one. when faced with the choice between country, and nothing, it's an easy vote, nothing. so i turned it off. an hour later, i turned it back on, just to see if i could deal with "god's country". twenty minutes later, i nearly drove my car off the road on purpose, so i figured it would be a good time to turn it back off, which i did. in short, nothing really IS better than country, although not in the way that hillbillys would have you take the meaning.
2. i've got a habit of seeing cop lights in my rear view window, and clenching the steering wheel, and hoping they pass by, which they usually do. "thank god," i'll say. well, today, a mere 70 miles out of miles city, my little prayer wasn't answered, as a cop pulled me over for doing a mere 91 in a 75, forever dispelling the age-old myth that "there's no speed limit in montana." or is it a myth? let's break it down:
the ticket isn't going to be reported so my insurance rates won't go up
the ticket has been paid, a mere $40
i average 15 mph over the speed limit
the entire trip is 2163 miles, which at an average speed limit of 70 mph would take 30.9 hours.
at an average (speeding) speed of 85 mph, the trip will take 25.44 hours.
those of you who know me know that these numbers are modest. i'm glad i wasn't pulled over today on a montata straightaway going 110. anywho......
speeding saves me 5.46 hours, which at a total cost of 40 dollars, is only $7.32/hour. i'm quite certain that when i'm 80, whatever cash i have left over, if i could spend $7.32/hour, i'd do it if it would extend my life. that said, i feel that the 40 dollars was well invested, and i'm happy that montana has given me the opportunity to recoup that lost time, time that i never would have been able to get back, and at such an affordable price to boot.
tomorrow, on to fargo.