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Old 08-03-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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There are things that would repel outsiders but the people that live in Montana do so for the same reason.

Humidity. If your used to high humidity and can stand it, you'll miss it in Montana. Woodwork in your house needs added moisture. You need added moisture. You'll get chapped hands and dry lips. But once you get used to the lack of humidity, you'll enjoy it.

Cold. It can get bitter, bitter, beyond belief. Learn to layer and you'll be fine. Plus, it kills the skeeters.

No traffic. Could be a hundred miles to Wal-Mart. But you'll learn that the corner drug store has everything you need. You don't need to go to Wal-Mart, Home Depot and such. Family owned business' have what you need. So there is not a lot of traffic. I've driven the interstate at night and didn't meet a car in 50 miles or so. Course, break down and you'll get lonely waiting for help.
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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There are things that would repel outsiders but the people that live in Montana do so for the same reason.

Humidity. If your used to high humidity and can stand it, you'll miss it in Montana.

Cold. It can get bitter, bitter, beyond belief. Learn to layer and you'll be fine.
It's the relatively low humidity that makes the summer 100F+ highs and the winter 20F below temperatures tolerable, and allows you to blow-dry your hair in a fraction of the time it would take in a high humidity area.
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Albertsons has in-store kosher bakeries and kosher butcher shops in many of their supermarkets, but not in Montana.
As a humorous aside Walter, 35 years ago I was a (dashing) young US Army Captain detailed to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization - Palestine. Over a period of a week or so, I escorted Israeli Army Rabbinical teams into the Bar Lev Line (Suez Canel area) to recover Israeli dead. While the Israeli Army had their own rations, the UN had no such thing and we had to forage at the UN PX in Jerusalem or US Embassy Commissary in Telaviv or buy stuff in local stores, both Israeli and Arab, whose labels we couldn't read very well.

So as soldiers always do, we began trading our rations to sample what the other guys ate. I had a can of either Spam or Vienna Sausages, (definately not Kosher!) and pointed to the little pig on the side of the can as a warning. "No problem" was the reply and my Rabbi comrade downed them with relish. I was a little shocked but later learned that, in time of war, there was dispensation to Jews on dietary laws. But I was even more suprized that it applied to Rabbis as well!

All I can tell you, Walter, is that Matso Balls and Gefelte Fish are really horrible!

But, except for some pretty gorey duty from time to time, that was a most memorable tour. I lived in Jerusalem and after a couple of months paid for my wife and two small children to fly to Israel to join me for a year. We actually lived in a little Palestinian village that Christians know as Bethany (El Azariah - sp?). Very educational time of our lives.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Albertsons has in-store kosher bakeries and kosher butcher shops in many of their supermarkets, but not in Montana.
I suppose that's just following the market -- it's not like MT has a huge Jewish population demanding it. In SoCal, which has a significant Jewish element, even Walmart has a big kosher section. (Not being Jewish, I don't really care, except that matzah-brei is just not the same if you make it with regular crackers.)

I do like kosher hotdogs and Polish sausage (which you can get at Costco) -- they're very good quality, more meat, less filler, and tasty -- you can tell that they started with better quality meat than the norm for such products.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Humidity. If your used to high humidity and can stand it, you'll miss it in Montana. Woodwork in your house needs added moisture. You need added moisture. You'll get chapped hands and dry lips. But once you get used to the lack of humidity, you'll enjoy it.
Ha... I thought MT was dry til I lived in the SoCal desert. You ain't never SEEN dry... even running a humidifier all the time doesn't cut it. I put vaseline in my eyes (and lots of other places) every night, and sleep with a towel over my face, so I don't wake up with raisins instead (a very painful condition, lemme tellya). Take clothes out of the washer and put them straight on, no need to bother hanging them up cuz they'll be dry in 10 minutes anyway. Spit and it may not hit the ground!!

The bizarre thing is, stuff molds faster here than anywhere I've seen. Fruit and veggies won't keep more than 3-4 days tops. And if your household trash is more than a week old, it may attack someone!
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