I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 1:59 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
Monday night 58 degrees in Louisville at 8PM. Some nice showers moving through. In 6 hours we lose 30 degrees, hopefully the LAST gasp of winter. Probably what Iaotter had in Iowa, but here the few flakes of wet snow melt very quickly. There were a couple of snow showers but no accumulation.
Bad night for seeing the Blood Moon. Just like the Northern Lights in Anaktuvuk Pass. If the clouds are blocking the view, it ain’t no view. Oh well, all kinds of pictures floating around today. Three more chances to see another one on the near future.
I saw the 10 day forecast for Dutch a few days ago. Almost every day was high of 39, snow showers. WET SNOW.
Over the weekend Dotmom and I went to Thunder Over Louisville. It is a full day starting as an air show and ending as a fireworks display. It was the 25th year anniversary. First time I ever went to one, and it was pretty impressive.
The show started around 3 PM, Blue Angels scheduled at 3:38. We went down to Cox’s Park on the river. Decent crowd, but no hassle to get to where we wanted to sit. There was a group of RVs there. They were all barbecuing and had their generators humming. I wondered if they even knew about THUNDER? Or cared? Meanwhile, Dot and I were sitting on large driftwood next to the water waiting for planeage. Nothing. Then a glimpse of something that could have been a plane for a couple seconds....but no. We were still a couple miles from downtown, but we had the impression the planes made runs down the river a ways. Certainly there were thousands of others who were sitting near us expecting the same thing.
But having noticed the crowd was not that bad, I suggested to Dot we head into town and see what happens. Mom agrees. “Let’s bounce.” Actually this was our game plan from the start. We did not want to fight the crowds, but we wanted to see some cool planes. The Blue Angels were now barely in view, having just started their gig. We headed west on River Road. Soon we were right where we wanted to be, by The Big Four Railroad Bridge. And we were in an interesting situation where traffic was backed up to a stand still. As Blue Angels roared overhead. PERFECT.
We had good seats! It eventually started moving slowly. Just before where they had blocked the road and were forcing everyone off left, a line of cars were pulled over illegally along the curb. As if they were maybe dropping off someone, but not really. More like watching planes. They were just sitting in their cars which were still running. I pulled in with them. When someone came by and say LEAVE, I would have. Nobody came by.
Then I saw a Chinese family pull in behind me. I saw them PARK, and leave. There were signs everywhere. NO STOPPING OR PARKING DURING THUNDER. I got out of the car and took pictures as I stood there. Police went by in various vehicles, not even a look at us. We stayed until the Angels were done, then we were GONE.
That air show went until well after dark. An F-22 made an appearance. After dark, planes were performing with elaborate lighting, or even fireworks coming off them.
Then at last, fireworks. It was billed as the Largest Fireworks Display in North America. After I watched it, I believed them. But I hate these types of claims. Largest in WHAT terms? Acreage? Most expensive? Most bombs exploded.? I am thinking the last one. No matter. It lasted over 28 minutes, started strong and finished strong. 650,000 people watched from all over the city, but mainly along the river right downtown. I watched the fireworks from my place on TV. I was about 5 miles away, but I could hear the live explosions through my open patio door as I watched the TV.
Someone programmed music to go with it all. They chose to take just a bit of a song, maybe 15 seconds each. 28 minutes long, it was a LOT of songs tied together. And what I liked is they covered just about all genres possible. I even filmed some of it off the TV it was so good.
A few weeks prior there was a big fight downtown on the waterfront. It was unusual, came out of nowhere. So there were fears there would be trouble at THUNDER or other events downtown. Not the case. I heard SIX arrests, 3 alcohol related, nothing else worth discussing. And the crowd dispersed pretty nicely afterward. Many people, but over a large area.
I think it would be worth fighting the crowd over this thing. Would like to show up early and be prepared for a long day of fun. Maybe next year? Who the hell knows where I will be? Death Valley?
Today I took LEGGS into Louisville to get inspected and registered. I had called several agencies to make sure I was ready. I do not want to do a lot of city driving.
Headed out to Dixie Highway on the west side of town. Three lanes of heavy traffic. It all went well getting there. Too well. This was my first time SOLO. Last time Becky’s son came along if I had any questions. He drives a big rig for a living, as well as fire trucks. It was OK, but all the crying and terror screams became annoying.
As soon as I stepped into the place I was in trouble. I told the NICE lady who I interrupted I wanted an inspection and registration. She asked if I had my fire inspection. Never heard of it. She gave me two phone numbers I could call. Both went to voice mail before 1 PM today, have not heard back from either.
Tomorrow AM I fight that battle. Somewhere in the next couple days I feel spending a few more grand.
Watching a Deadliest Catch, next week is the start of nest season. Pretty interesting with the rebuild of Time Bandit covered in detail, as well as a quick coverage of the Time Bandit crew man getting seriously injured handling (SURPRISE) fireworks. I think he lost that hand or at least fingers.
Tired. Done for now. Moving out in 10 days. Fluffer the Cat Gargantua will be moving into her 10th home in 14 years. Just another place to sleep.
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