Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

It takes a year

Based on my previous moves I have learned it takes at least a year to settle into a new location. Sometimes more. I have been here just long enough now that I am no longer frantic with my time. Cramming my waking hours with quests for bath towels, yet another waste bin, mattresses, drivers licenses, so forth. Things have slowed down enough that it is time to start looking for the important stuff. A good Chinese restaurant. A comfortable neighborhood dive bar. A sandwich shop. A friend to share them with. You can read the yellow pages all you want, but you may never find the right places without a little guidance. Someone to tell you to go there on Thursday night because that is when so-in-so is in the kitchen. Someone who will introduce you to their friends so you can get their opinion too. Heck, I would appreciate someone who would join me for some eggrolls and fried rice. Sure beats dining alone.

Good luck on the Chinese place. We've been in the valley just over a year and still haven't found one we think is "to die for."
Ha! When I left NY in 1980 I was in withdrawal for Chinese food. Williston, ND did not have any. By the time I got to Wong's Village I was in culture shock. White people serving Chinese food? Saltine crackers with the soup?

I guess it's a good thing moos can cook - maybe not as good as Yan, but much better than saltine crackers with wonton soup....
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