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.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
I have met a fair share of people that appreciate a different part of Montana style, the get away from it all aspect. I've met people that are not enamored of the chaos of the city, don't need much in the way of fashion or lifestyle amenities. People that have tried the rat race and are fed up with it. People that don't care for new buildings and growth because that encroaches on their away-from-it-all-ness. There are certainly some extreme examples of this personality. Ted Kazinsky and the stereotype of the loner in his cabin who rarely comes to town buying a couple months worth of groceries. I think there is a little bit of away-from-it-all-ness in all Montanans. In the natives anyway.
I think that is where some of my Montana frustrations come from. I like doing city things like finding new restaurants, going to shows, dancing to live bands, art and museums. Sure these things exist here in Montana but not in the quantities I am used to from the city. Part of the problem is the smaller population, but part of it is that these things encroach on the away-from-it-all-ness of Montana style.
I have been frustrated with how generic the music scene around here is. There is a ton of music, just so long as you like classic rock or country. It is easy to start pointing fingers at low populations and demographics but I think there is more to it than that. Montana style again. Self sufficiency. Away-from-it-all-ness. Importing musicians with other styles and tastes is easy enough, but Montana style is about getting away from all the hubub and noise and fashion trends and pop crap. Besides, why should we go to the trouble of bringing some of that hippity-hop music here when the kids down the street have guitars and can do a pretty good job of banging out some old rock and roll songs, it's just as much fun for dancing.
Not following trends. Do it yourself. Avoiding the madness of the world. All part of Montana style.
There is more Jones in the archives: February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 December 2009 January 2010 May 2014