Monday, March 24, 2008

Changing Times...

Tonight we're sitting at the ranch drinking the latest batch of Hopzone IPA from our local brewery, the Bozeman Brewing Company. Check it out if you've never been -

Discussions fall from topic to topic. Justin is quite excited because he's put on about 10 pounds in the last few weeks. Like I said, we've been drinking Hopzone. He's on number five, I think.

We got onto the topic of Scrapple a bit ago. What makes Scrapple what it is to us? The soundtrack is perhaps the greatest out there, but really the movie epitomizes what living in a town like Bozeman is and should be. Steph mentioned that you must look past the acting, and once you do, you find a slow pace; a life lived for the joy of every moment; a desire for cool mountain mornings and never ending adventures. In any moment of despair in this place, Scrapple provides guidance and inspiration. It's kind of like having a video version of the New Testament. I think that I'm likely to go straight to hell for that comment. It does actually make me want to downgrade to a smaller ranch closer to the hills, in the woods, and hopefully including a yurt.

In other ranch news, we've been lucky to be host to a few former ranch hands in recent weeks. Patrick made his home here for about the past five weeks. He lived in the big room downstairs and we enjoyed having him. We ate brats, talked about leinies, and made inappropriate comments. What more could you hope for? As much as we loved having him here, we are happy for him in that he found a place all his own, near downtown. He just moved in the other day. At least now we'll have another place to crash on downtown nights in Bozeman. Perhaps he'll be back someday.

Julia also came for few days. You'll have to dig back in the Spring Creek archives to find the last time she was in town. It was great to have her back at the ranch, even if it was just for a few short days. She skied at Big Sky a couple of days, we got drunk and went to McKenzie, and we did plenty of other fun old time activities. I don't think that we watched Scrapple, though. Perhaps next time...

But these things come to ends. Julia left, despite my urging to stay for a while and have fun. Patrick, as previously mentioned, remains close at hand but isn't working full time at the ranch. Justin's future seems uncertain. He's still working on finding his Seattle job, and it will come. It looks like he'll at least be around long enough to participate in the beer festival.

Steph and I will be here throughout the summer, holding down the show. We're searching for more ranchers, but so far the future is uncertain. Until then, keep you stick on the ice.



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