Saturday, April 28, 2007

Monday, April 23, 2007

Say what?

(found on the internets)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Bozeman Clean-Up Day - 4/21

Bozeman Clean-Up day is Saturday 4/21, 8:30 - 12. The main staging point is Bogert Park. However, if you want to walk thru ditches with Big Mike, meet at the eastern terminus of Cascade Street.

Update: A big success - over 20 folks showed up from my neighborhood. They picked up lots of trash. And one volunteer found a dollar bill in the ditch east of Ferguson.

Thursday, April 19, 2007



Springtime in Bozeman

There were a couple of ring neck pheasants sheltering under the pussy willow this morning.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pics bloggered

Well, my recent photos have been bloggered - they look fine in "preview" but are chopped of when published. It's frustrating - I'd like to be able to recommend Blogger to newbies, but things like this don't help ;-(

You can (almost) always click on the photo & see the original in Flickr.


The alley-side view of the Fraternal Order of Eagles building, in downtown Bozeman. I've never had occasion to go inside this building.

Review: The Lighthouse restaurant

The Lighthouse restaurant, located on Tai Lane near MSU, serves a $10 lunch buffet. Today, I had chicken tikka masala, rice, and kheer. Pretty good - I'll dine there again.

Awards: "Hottest Hostess"

Monday, April 16, 2007

Review: Cateye Cafe

The Cateye Cafe is an "all-meals diner" in downtown Bozeman. I had pancakes there this morning - pretty good, but they were the first pancakes I'd had in many months, so who knows. The restaurant is bit more upscale/bohemian (????) than Mainstreet Overeasy or the Western Cafe.

The Cateye Cafe has a weird schedule, so be sure to check their website before visiting.

Horrific events at Virginia Tech

When I was an undergrad at Texas A&M, it was not uncommon for jerks to call in bomb threats to get out of an exam. When I was a grad student at Georgia Tech, we received a memo on how to avoid being a victim of the Unabomber. When I taught at the University of Arkansas, a fellow professor (in a different department) was killed by a former graduate student. I know a couple of engineering faculty at Virginia Tech - no word yet on whether they are among the dead.

I had a "business breakfast" this morning with a visitor from Virginia Tech. What a horrific day VT had.

Do you ever get the feeling that no place is safe?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Review: The Garage restaurant

The Garage is located on the corner of Church and Main in downtown Bozeman. The restaurant is located in a former automobile service facility, hence the name.

I had an excellent hamburger (with swiss cheese and a kaiser roll bun) on Saturday. In fact, I hereby award the Best Buns in Bozeman award to The Garage.

(As a bachelor, I eat out a lot, and like to think I know about great buns.)

Happy Sunday

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Review: Western Cafe

I had breakfast here last Friday - eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, and toast. The sausage patty was ginormous - the size of a small steak. I was so full I had to skip getting a sweetroll for dessert.

I liked the Western Cafe a bit better than Mainstreet Overeasy. I won't be eating at either one very frequently, though - I want to avoid a heart attack ;-)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Got Broccoli?


Review: Mainstreet Overeasy restaurant

Main Street Overeasy is a popular breakfast eatery in downtown Bozeman (on the north side of Main St.). The restaurant gets very busy after 7:45am, so your best bet is to get there when it opens at 7 am. Don't be surprised to see movers & shakers -- I saw MSU president Geoff Gamble there this morning.

I had eggs & sausage -- good, but not great. I want to go back and try the pancakes, though.

In coming days, I hope to review breakfast at the Western Cafe and at the Stockyard Cafe (is it still in operation?).

Bozeman tourist guide

Frommer's online guide to Bozeman

Monday, April 09, 2007

Review: Boodles restaurant

Boodles is a fine dining establishment located in downtown Bozeman. I recommend their New York strip steak (~ $30). Next time I visit, I'll skip the apple dessert, though. Overall, I think it would be a good place to entertain a business client or a date (as long as your guest has good table manners ;-)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Review: Best-Remembered Poems

Best-remembered Poems (edited by Martin Gardner) presents well-known 19th and 20th century British and American poems. The poems range from classics to nonsense to doggerel. I enjoyed Gardner's introduction to each poem.

The book is published by Dover, which produces inexpensive high-quality paperbacks. In Bozeman, Hastings has a small selection of Dover books.

Beer Fest report

My favorite was a wheat beer, of all things: Mandarin Orange Hefeweizen (Lang Creek Brewery). The brewery is located in Marion, Montana. (Any bloggers from Marion?)

I went alone, but recognized several folks. I would swear I saw Patia Stephens, except I was trying on some beer googles at the time. She had a posse, so I was unable to verify. A former student gave me a token for a free beer - can't complain about that! And, I recognized a fellow ski volunteer (which is actually an accomplishment because I had never see her except bundled up in ski gear).

There was a good honky tonk band: TenFoot Tall and 50 Proof. Made me feel like I was back in Texas.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Montana Beer Fest - this Friday!

Montana Beer Festival - Friday at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman. I went to a beer fest in Portland some years ago and had a really good time. So, I'll try this beer fest, too.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

National Poetry Month

If I were clever I'd write a haiku or limerick in recognition of National Poetry Month.

My library has more poetry then I knew -- 12 books.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Pop music

Sometimes we get Butte's KOPR 94 in Bozeman, and get to listen to such songs as:

I enjoyed this video back in the day, but the song seems pretty sucky in retrospect - Madonna and the backup singers are grating (to my ear). The costumer did a good job in keeping the dress from falling off, though.

Bonus: Here's a rock critic dissin' the Beatles, (I was more of a Stones and CCR fan, as I recall, but still.)