Worland, WY

I’ve spent the last two days in Worland, Wyoming with Dan’s brother, his wife Emma and their kids Eric, Logan, Dane and Sara(h?). It’s been fun… the kids are way too energetic for their own good, but I’m sure they keep things interesting. :)

Dan, Curt and I spent most of yesterday driving around the state. We saw the hot springs in Thermopolis, Wind River Canyon, lots of hills and mountains. They do exist! I’ve taken some pictures with Dan’s father’s half frame, and I really hope they come out. I’m going to try to get them developed before we leave.. I hope there’s a Wal Mart somewhere up here nearby.

Well, I wanna get back upstairs before the kids leave for school so I can say goodbye… we’re going back to Powell today so we can see the hometown and see even more people.

I’ll post more when I get the chance.

Have you seen the kitties today?

2am and I can’t sleep because my head is killing me

We had a great day today, our second day in Billings, Montana. First we drove around down town for a few hours trying to find the Rimrock Mall, then we hung out some more with Dan’s parents for a while, followed by spending the rest of the evening with Dan’s super-cool cousin Noni and her equally cool husband Kent and son Kasey. :) (Shout outs to her kitty Zach!)

Tomorrow we’re driving down to Powell to see Dan’s hometown and then to Worland to stay with Dan’s brother Curt. (I hope I spelled that correctly!) Before that road trip, we’re going to get a late breakfast with Kint and make a few stops at a used camera store we passed today and at a pet store to get Kurt’s snake some food (read: mice. ick.)

By the way, the home page looks all ugly because I screwed it up before we left, which has been causing it give errors whenever you try to load it. So, in case you wern’t able to read that first post, check out the kitty cam. I miss my kitties!!! I’m f’ing exhausted, so I’m going to bed now. Good night!

I’m in Montana.

So far it’s like Twin Peaks meets 7th Heaven — but in a good way. Dan’s family have been great to me since we got here. Dan’s dad is hillarious… always telling jokes and stories. Kind of like my mom’s husband except without the overwhelming feeling that you’re somehow being manipulated.

We were supposed to get a Chevy Cavalier from the rental place, but it wasn’t clean yet or something so we ended up getting a Toyota Corolla with a CD player! I can’t wait to cruise around Montana as the only carload of fags listening to Public Enemy. :)

We laid over in Minneapolis for about two hours. I was really scared that I was going to have to bludgeon the first person that spoke to me in that fucking accent but the only one I heard from from some indian girl (dot not feather) at A&W so I let it slide just because it was such a bizzare mixure of sounds coming from her mouth. Did I mention that all the fast food places here are staffed with curteous, polite, completely non-ethnic people? Kind of culture shock to hear “Welcome to McDonalds, may I have your order?” instead of “Welco’ to McDon’l’s, Mav’yoda?”

We just stuffed ourselves at the Continental Breakfast at our Super 8 motel. Mmmm. Not sure what’s going on today.. I think I’m hanging out with the in-laws and then going to spend time with Dan’s cousin Noni – whom I met yesterday and seemed extremely cool. I’m typing this quickly so it’s probably riddled with errors. Oh well. :) I’ll fix it later. I’ll try to post a bit more later tonight.

We’re off to see the wizard…

Let’s see, a quick recap of the past three days:

I was supposed to meet Julie at 6:30 to see Some Like It Hot at the Saenger Theater. (The Saenger is showing three classic movies this weekend; Some Like it Hot on Friday, The Wizard of Oz on Saturday and Gone With The Wind today.)

I was trying to decide whether or not I had time to rush home, take a shower, change clothes and make it back downtown in time to meet her. My decision was made for me when I went to the ATM to get money and realised I had left my ATM card at home. In my wallet. With my ID. Since I was going to be meeting Dan and Kasey at 360 after the movie, I’d need my ID to get in – oh yeah, I’d also be driving to Algiers that night to see Stanton Moore at Old Point Bar. To make a long story short (too late) I ended up driving through a Brake Tag Road Block and made it through the other side with two tickets. One of which for no brake tag, the other for driving without a license. It’s just so hard being me sometimes. :)

So anyway, after the movie (it was so funny! I forgot how much I like Jack Lemmon – even in drag.) Julie brought me home and I came back downtown just in time to leave from 360 to make our way across the ferry to Algiers.

Dan bailed on us because he had work Saturday morning.

So now Kasey, her friends Byron and Matthew and I all pile in my poor little CRX and truck our little selves on over to the ferry. It was pretty uneventful throughout the show. Stanton was awesome – a fun time was had by all. After the show we decided to cut through the neighborhood instead of following the levee all the way back to he car. As it turned out, this was a mistake. We wandered around Algiers pretty aimlessly until a nice policeman stopped us, asked us where we were going and promptly gave us a lift back to the car. He mentioned in passing that:

“This is a nice neighborhood, but there’s a dangerous element that comes out at night. One more block and y’all would have been in the belly of the beast.”

So that was the first time I had ever been in the back of a police car, and it was actually a welcome experience.

That was it for Friday. I’m sure there’s more but it’s all kind of foggy now. I have to stop mixing vodka with cider, it’s just not good for me.

I finally woke up for good at 2pm. I had made several failed attempts beforehand, but the vodka and cider wasn’t about to let me off that easy. I scrambled for phone calls throughout the day, trying to figure out who was going to Wizard of Oz, how I was getting there and who had my tickets. (Did I mention the tickets for these movies were only 75 cents? Cool, eh?)

The Wizard of Oz was much cooler on the big screen than on the TVs on which I had seen it in the past. It’s not every day I get the change to see the Lollypop Guild guys 4 feet tall and in all their freaky glory. It was also kind of cool to have an entire packed house cheer for Toto when he escaped Mrs. Gulch’s basket in the first half of the movie. Afterward the show we all went to Deja Vu for grub. I ate entirely too much and forgot my cell phone in the theater. Yay!

I’ve only been awake for an hour and a half – so I’ll have to get back to you on this. Dan and Kasey went to Gone With The Wind and I stayed home since I’ve seen it a few times already and I’m just too tired.