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Old 09-13-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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Yes, this is yet-another-maybe-want-to-move-to-Montana post, but before you chuck me on the bandwagon, I hope I came up with a few new(ish) questions. If not, I really am sorry... but if you get bored, you really can stop reading ^_^. I will appreciate any answers that I get! Here goes:




1. Buglife!
I tend to keep a very clean house, yet I still get creepy-crawlies wandering in every now and then. This mostly happens in the cold seasons when they want a warm place to hide. Does Montana get this too, in the cold seasons?

How about in the warm seasons? Bugs cover the world from top to bottom, but some places are more bug-e than others! =o


2. Wildlife!
I live in Colorado, and the main animals to worry about here are coyote, raccoon, fox, snakes and the occasional mountain lion or two. What are Montana's common (pest) animals?


3. Human life!
I have lived in a few places, and visited many more, and let me say, you find many different personalities in different states, or even cities. But I would have to say, they get that "Eastcoast", "Westcoast" and "Midwest" feeling in general. Is Montana really of that "Midwest" feeling? If that made sense to anyone but myself! ^_^

This is not meaning to be racist, so let me say that first. I couldnt care less where someone is from or what color they are, be it black, white, green or turquoise. That being said, I am still curious about how prevalent illegal immigration is in Montana. Also, as to which way the scale is tipping in terms of laws regarding this. I mean, Arizona nearly expelled all illegal immigrants from their state with the law regarding hiring for work. California seems to be taking them in with wide open arms. How about Montana?


4. Porn and other such adult industries (you read that right!) =p
What people do in their own rooms, I could not care less about. That is everyones own business. However, when it comes to displaying such things in the public, I DO have to say I care. A store with fully blacked out windows does not bother me overly much, atleast they have the decency to leave their wares inside for those who want to see them. However, when I see pictures and such up in windows, and see magazines and things with explicit covers, it makes me fairly mad. All places have different rules regarding such things, and I was wondering about what the general standpoint of this is in Montana. Also, are there some places (cities, stores?) where these things are more prevalent?


5. Housing!
This may sound like a very stupid question, but I have to ask. Do houses in Montana have basements? In Colorado, most, if not all houses do. Well, that would be because of tornadoes im guessing. Some places are unable to however, because of marshy ground and such. Do houses out in Montana generally have basements, or no? Leave me be, I enjoy having a nice cool, dark place in the house for a gym, etc. ^^


6. Grocery, or other shopping!
I have seen plenty of jokes on here about Walmart being 40million miles away in Montana =) I am to assume that means all other stores are far away as well? What about groceries? I enjoy having a selection or rice, and breads and such, will that slim down by a fair amount?


7. Getting your mail, and buying stuff online!
If you have a house, in the middle of the mountains.. how does mail delivery go? Forgive me for sounding so ignorant, but do you go in to town to get your mail? Or is it delivered to the bottom of your drive, or to your house? That would seem like such a drag for the mailman. Also, what about having packages delivered, by UPS or FedEX? I am very curious as to how this goes, and if anyone can shed light on it. ^^


8. The internet!
I do quite a bit of work and surfing online. I pray, pray that I will not be back down to dial-up! =p How is the internet in more busy areas? And is it fairly poor in out of city areas? This is not a moving deal-breaker, but I am still curious.




Thank you brave souls for reading this long post! Any information would be greatly appreciated concerning these topics I posted. I will of course visit and learn more about Montana before I get too hasty and move there first, but I figured this information would be a great place to start!

Thanks again for reading, and/or posting! ^_^
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:43 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Big state, your answers will vary according to the part you are looking at.
For me:
1. got two fly strips hanging, the mosquitoes are quite miserable but these are seasonal.
2. coyotes, badgers
3. Lots of native americans pretty sure they are legal
4.
5.I have a basement, glad cause the clouds occasionally look rough.
6. I often take a vacation trip to Walmart.
7. go to the Post office
8. super fast here!

Good luck
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Originally Posted by Manapanda View Post
Yes, this is yet-another-maybe-want-to-move-to-Montana post, but before you chuck me on the bandwagon, I hope I came up with a few new(ish) questions. If not, I really am sorry... but if you get bored, you really can stop reading ^_^. I will appreciate any answers that I get! Here goes:




1. Buglife!
I tend to keep a very clean house, yet I still get creepy-crawlies wandering in every now and then. This mostly happens in the cold seasons when they want a warm place to hide. Does Montana get this too, in the cold seasons?

Yes, we have silverfish, and spiders, and crickets, and grasshoppers, and assorted flys, and bees, and wasps, and LOTS of mosquitos. Several kinds of beetles, too.

How about in the warm seasons? Bugs cover the world from top to bottom, but some places are more bug-e than others! =o

See previous comment, I should have put it here.


2. Wildlife!
I live in Colorado, and the main animals to worry about here are coyote, raccoon, fox, snakes and the occasional mountain lion or two. What are Montana's common (pest) animals?

We are out of town a ways, but all we have encountered is a racoon, a skunk or two, a few snakes, some deer, and a few barn cats. A shotgun took care of the skunks, and the rest are no problem.


3. Human life!
I have lived in a few places, and visited many more, and let me say, you find many different personalities in different states, or even cities. But I would have to say, they get that "Eastcoast", "Westcoast" and "Midwest" feeling in general. Is Montana really of that "Midwest" feeling? If that made sense to anyone but myself! ^_^

This is not meaning to be racist, so let me say that first. I couldnt care less where someone is from or what color they are, be it black, white, green or turquoise. That being said, I am still curious about how prevalent illegal immigration is in Montana. Also, as to which way the scale is tipping in terms of laws regarding this. I mean, Arizona nearly expelled all illegal immigrants from their state with the law regarding hiring for work. California seems to be taking them in with wide open arms. How about Montana?

If people behave themselves, and don't attempt to change our way of doing things, we pretty much leave them alone. I'm not sure what the "Midwest" feeling is, so I can't say much in regards to that.


4. Porn and other such adult industries (you read that right!) =p
What people do in their own rooms, I could not care less about. That is everyones own business. However, when it comes to displaying such things in the public, I DO have to say I care. A store with fully blacked out windows does not bother me overly much, atleast they have the decency to leave their wares inside for those who want to see them. However, when I see pictures and such up in windows, and see magazines and things with explicit covers, it makes me fairly mad. All places have different rules regarding such things, and I was wondering about what the general standpoint of this is in Montana. Also, are there some places (cities, stores?) where these things are more prevalent?

I know of one "adult" store here; I ignore it. There may be others, I don't know.


5. Housing!
This may sound like a very stupid question, but I have to ask. Do houses in Montana have basements? In Colorado, most, if not all houses do. Well, that would be because of tornadoes im guessing. Some places are unable to however, because of marshy ground and such. Do houses out in Montana generally have basements, or no? Leave me be, I enjoy having a nice cool, dark place in the house for a gym, etc. ^^

Some houses have basements, some don't. Some are even built on a hillside, with a "daylight" basement.


6. Grocery, or other shopping!
I have seen plenty of jokes on here about Walmart being 40million miles away in Montana =) I am to assume that means all other stores are far away as well? What about groceries? I enjoy having a selection or rice, and breads and such, will that slim down by a fair amount?

If yhou want to live way back in the boonies, you have to be willing to make the trek into "town" to get the necessities. If you live in town, the necessities may be only blocks away, or a couple miles, it depends. The selection will probalby be very close to what you have now.


7. Getting your mail, and buying stuff online!
If you have a house, in the middle of the mountains.. how does mail delivery go? Forgive me for sounding so ignorant, but do you go in to town to get your mail? Or is it delivered to the bottom of your drive, or to your house? That would seem like such a drag for the mailman. Also, what about having packages delivered, by UPS or FedEX? I am very curious as to how this goes, and if anyone can shed light on it. ^^

Rural mail delivery is the same here as anywhere else. Fedex and UPS will deliver almost anywhere, IF the directions/address is clear enough! The location of yhour mailbox can be negotiated with the postmaster, sometimes. Mine is about 1/10th of a mile away from the house.


8. The internet!
I do quite a bit of work and surfing online. I pray, pray that I will not be back down to dial-up! =p How is the internet in more busy areas? And is it fairly poor in out of city areas? This is not a moving deal-breaker, but I am still curious.

We are about 5 miles outside the City Limits. We get wireless internet service for $42.45 per month. Supposedly some "stimulus money" will be spent to get broadband access into remote areas. Yes, some areas will only have dial-up available at the present time.




Thank you brave souls for reading this long post! Any information would be greatly appreciated concerning these topics I posted. I will of course visit and learn more about Montana before I get too hasty and move there first, but I figured this information would be a great place to start!

Thanks again for reading, and/or posting! ^_^

I thought the image of Montana as being beyond the end of nowhere, and incredibly primitive, died out back about the late fifties. It seems there is still some residual thinking along those lines.
Strange as it may seem, we have electricity to almost all areas now, and most cities and towns have all the amenities of anyplace else in the country. There are still some of us who spend part of the summer cutting firewood for the winter, but even that is becoming more and more rare. We don't harvest ice in the winter, and bury it in sawdust for the coming summer anymore, we actually have refrigerators! I haven't had a wood/coal cookstove in the kitchen since, oh, about 1950, and even back then we had an electric iron for our clothes.
Yep, we'uns have been "modern" for many years!
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:05 PM
 
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Badgers! =o I never even thought of that. Also, I havent heard of a "daylight" basement before... hmm..
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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What to Watch

A nice site, enjoy.

basement answer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basement
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I thought the image of Montana as being beyond the end of nowhere, and incredibly primitive, died out back about the late fifties. It seems there is still some residual thinking along those lines.
Strange as it may seem, we have electricity to almost all areas now, and most cities and towns have all the amenities of anyplace else in the country. There are still some of us who spend part of the summer cutting firewood for the winter, but even that is becoming more and more rare. We don't harvest ice in the winter, and bury it in sawdust for the coming summer anymore, we actually have refrigerators! I haven't had a wood/coal cookstove in the kitchen since, oh, about 1950, and even back then we had an electric iron for our clothes.
Yep, we'uns have been "modern" for many years!
'lectricity?? Don't bury ice??

I suppose your roads are paved, and youse wear shoes, too, like they do in Arkansas!?
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:36 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Badgers! =o I never even thought of that. Also, I havent heard of a "daylight" basement before... hmm..
A "daylight Basement" is a partial basement used on hillsides where the basement is in the uphill side and the daylight portion of the daylight basement is on the downhill side usually with windows and a door.

Badgers, leave them alone and they'll leave you alone. I had a baby badger come up to me while I was eating a sandwich on a fishing trip.
It sat down beside me while I ate the sandwich and when I was done it just walked away !
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:37 AM
 
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Hi.
I can only respond for the far eastern half of the state (east of Billings)..but here goes...

1. Buglife!

Outdoors, wasps are an issue in the summer, especially this time of year.
Indoors, other than box elder bugs I haven't seen or heard of anything...and box elders tend to only come inside occassionally.


2. Wildlife!
An occassional snake or mountain lion. However, if you garden, you do have to do something to protect your veggies from the deer..even in towns and cities.


3. Human life!
We have one of the lowest rates of illegal immigration in the country. Personality wise, it's a mix of the midwest and northwest with a strong conservative flavor.

4. Porn and other such adult industries (you read that right!) =p
East of billings there is only one adult store, a small out of the way place far off the main road in Glendive...and from the rundown condition of the building it has little business. A few small stores such as Loaf and Jug carry a couple of magazines...I was here over two years before I even noticed them in our local store. This is a very conservative area.


5. Housing!

Many houses do. While tornados are not common, they do happen occassionally out here.

6. Grocery, or other shopping!

I have recently done a comparison of prices locally (Glendive) to Walmarts in Miles City and Helena. For the most part, local stores were the same price or cheaper. My personal brand of laundry soap was 50 cents more at home and ricotta cheese was twice the price...but most things were the same. We have Albertson's out here as well as a regional chain called Reynolds with great selections. Several other chains are in surrounding towns. Additionally, you will find the local foods movement is strong and affordable with a great variety.

7. Getting your mail, and buying stuff online!
All package delivery services have rural routes....commerce is active here, most towns have an airport with seven airports served by Great Lakes Airlines and all airports receive USPS, FedEx, and UPS.

8. The internet!

There are still a few cell service dead zones..but as someone who travels constantly I use a Verizon aircard and generally can find cell and highspeed broadband no matter where I am..and more towers are always going in. Additionally, all telephone coops as well as Qwest are out here and all have highspeed cable. You can also get wildblue, a satellite cable provider.
Thanks again for reading, and/or posting!

Hope this helps!
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