I was born in the southern U.S. and raised by a 21 year Marine Corps Vietnam Vet and his hard working, successful, Tennessee born bride. They set the bar pretty high for their three kids...so I decided to just walk under it and go into radio at age 16. After years of "town to town, up and down the dial", I made my way to Billings in 2005. That turned out to be the best decision I ever made. It lead to a great job, and the love of my life, my daughter, Eliana. I'm happy to be raising her in a place with a great mix of conservative family values and progressive ideas about inclusion and embracing the differences in people (provided they are not too liberal or from California).
Three Reasons I’ll Miss IGA
IGA was actually my store of choice. Don't get me wrong, it's not the only place I shop, but it's where I shop the most and here are the reasons:
Billings Pools Open Next Week
On Wednesday, June 5th, both Rose Park and South Park pools will be open for business. Cheap fun and healthy exercise (definitely better than sitting on the couch playing Fortnite).
Another Free Over-The-Air TV Channel in Billings
For those of us who have "cut the cable", it's always nice to get a new broadcast (free) tv channel in the lineup. In this case, there is no need to scan for new channels as Court TV is now replacing one of the two Grit channels in Billings.
The Evangelist on 24th
Saturday's weather was amazing. While many of us were firing up the grill, this guy was trying to keep people out of the fires of Hell.
Loud Fire Drill Scheduled For Tonight at Billings Airport
I'm not sure how far down into town the alarms will make it, but if you know someone who lives near the airport you might want to let them know...or be mean and tell them there is a conflict with North Korea and to take shelter if they hear an alarm.
How I Make The Perfect Burger
First off, you have to start with the right meat. It needs to be 80/20. I know many are tempted to buy the extra lean stuff either for health reasons, or because they assume since it costs more it tastes better...not the case with burgers. If you start with that 93% lean stuff, you'll end up with dry, crumbly burgers. As far as seasoning the meat goes, here's all I do:
Movies Under The Stars Kicks Off This Friday
If you've never checked one of these out, you should. They're great summertime memories for the kids and admission is always free. You're not allowed to bring your own food and beverages, but the concession sales are always supporting a great local cause. You could buy a round of popcorn and drinks for a family of five and it's still the cheapest family movie night you're going to get.
How Much War Has the U.S. Seen?
I am grateful for the men and women who serve whether I agree with the war, the people who started it, or the politicians currently holding office.
Where Are You Taking Mom for Dinner?
Mother's Day is Sunday and lots of moms will be taken out on the town to their favorite restaurants to celebrate all of their hard work and sacrifices. My mom won't be in town this year, but last Mother's Day I had the privilege of taking our out for dinner.
What Single Dads Need To Remember About Mother’s Day
I'm pretty far from a perfect dad, so I don't often dish out advice on how to be one, but there is one thing that I learned from my dad that I think will pay out in the long run. Always remember that the person you see as your ex, your child just sees as Mom.
Five Must Haves in My Next House
I say "must haves" in the title, but "Five things I'm really hoping for" might be more accurate since you can't always get what you want. However, if at all possible, these are things I'd rather not pass on:
Kentucky Derby Party This Saturday (May 4th)
Montana has plenty of horse fanatics, but almost none of them will make it to Louisville to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. So, here's the next best thing: The Billings Derby Party.