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Thread: Report from the Fossil Frontier

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2000

    Post Report from the Fossil Frontier

    Hi Guys!

    Well it's been an interesting week out west. Got into Winnette Montana (pop 175)last Monday and the weather was beautiful. On Tuesday it rained all day, then Wednesday, it rained ALL day... The ranchers in the area called it "liquid sunshine" because they have had less than an inch of rain since January and many of them were forced to sell their cows due to lack of grass.

    I came to find out that a few weeks before, a rainmaker came to town and wanted to charge the people 15,000 dollars to make it rain. Well the people actually debated about it because this guy had charged the same money a few towns over several years ago and it rained more there than anywhere else in Montana that year. They have been paying him ever since. Now I should point out that this is not any kind of scientific stuff this guy is going to fix the "atmospheric disturbance" that hovers over the town by setting up tubes and such on a hill outside of town.

    SO the story finishes up with the fact they decide not to pay him and he leaves saying their attitudes and atmosphere are so screwed up he is not coming back for two years. Then I show up and it rains. Next he takes all the credit for the rain in the Billings newspaper. That night I stand up in the bar and proclaim "the only new person in this town is me and the rain followed me here. You owe me some bucks!!" Lyle (one of the Freemen) yells back "you are getting pretty close to the third S !!". They have hats in this town that say SSS, it stands for Shoot Shovel and SHUT UP!! Needless to say I sat down....

    The next few days we checked out some sights around the area with little luck. I have a paintball friend that owns a ranch here and his name is Lark. I brought him an Emag and he wanted to show his friend T-bone from Lewistown so he brings the Emag right into the restaurant. Only in Montana can you show off a gun in a restaurant and no one notices.

    I am now outside of Lusk Wyoming staying in a cabin on a friends ranch. Ill be here for the next few weeks and as soon as I get my computer system on the Internet Ill post some pics. Right now Im on the ranchers computer.

    Glad to see you all are keeping things lively without going overboard!

    In the field,


    This is what it looks like out here, we will look along the ridge for fossils

    They don't do anything small in Montana, this is the BIG BUD tractor that can pull
    a 60 foot wide tilling bar. This one has over 600 horsepower. I am going to send this to Budd Orr

    [This message has been edited by AGD (edited 06-17-2001).]

  2. #2

    Thumbs up

    Tom Kaye = Rain God.

    Sounds you're having a good time! Keep us informed.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2000


    lol i like the three S thing!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Old Town, Maine


    Wow It sounds like fun out there I would like to try that. Keep us all up to date!

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    Well, in Texas you can show off your gun in a restaurant, it's just that if another patron sees it you get into a gun showing contest...

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    I think the rain followed you from when you were in NH. Normally it rains all the time up here and it hasn't rained much since you came. Well, it did rain today, on my day off.

    Have you found any fossils yet? I found a chicken bone in my sandbox when I was a little kid. I thought it was a dinosaur bone.

    Anyway, have fun

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Don't make me pull over!!


    Tom; if you saw any big (2-3-400ft) towers with dish antennae all over them, likely they are the ones I put up. Microwave tele-communications was all the rage in the early '80s. If you have Sprint or MCI, you are using the gear I installed!

    Didn't you wish you had a rifle for all those Prairie Dogs out there! Oh, by the way, I drove a Steiger which is even larger than that tractor. Pulled a no-till drill, a machine you could appreciate for it's technically complex simplicity


    "My job is to kill people and break things." Gen. George S.Patton USA

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    Sounds cool, that rain maker story is crazy.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2001
    A small planet somewhere in the neighbourhood of Betelgeuse


    who needs a rifle for Prairie Dogs when you have an E-mag and a velocity adjuster?


    There must have been a time
    when we could have said no.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Houston, Tx


    hope you find somethign Tom.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Oceanside, NY


    Tom, you are a Brass Eagle paintball gun? LoL...

    Why don't my friends bring me stuff cool from work like an E-Mag? All I ever get is Jolt Cola and copies of Ebony.

    Tom, I hear the faint sound of Harry Nilsson singing in the background of this thread...

    "...when the rainmaker came to kansas (montana, same thing...)"


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