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Things, Ideas &  People . . . Things, Ideas &  People . . .

Graffiti is plural of graffito. It is adopted from an Italian word for scratching. Railroads dislike graffiti because at times it covers up the number of the railcar, like this example earlier this summer on the east end of Plentywood, Montana (see lower left of the boxcar). Note to graffiti artists: if you are going to deface something at least do it with a positive message. FAIL? Really? — mike



As many in this area prepare to hook up with the Dry Prairie Rural Water System, users may be saving some money, offsetting the up-front costs. Water is sourced from the Missouri River, then to the treatment plant near Wolf Point and into its system.

According to DPRW “Reverse osmosis, filtering, distilling or softening will not be necessary when using treated Missouri River water. Offensive color, odor, and taste will be eliminated. Additional cost savings include extending the usable life of faucets, hot water heaters, appliances, and clothes. Eliminating the need for bottled water, water softening, and excessive cleaning supplies will also reduce water related expenses.”

It sounds like it will be in November that Scobey, Flaxville and some rural areas will be on the system.



POSTAL UPDATE: We got this from a Great Falls subscriber . . . “Thought you might find this interesting we got the 9-17 paper Monday [Oct 5] and 9-24 and 10-1 today!! [Oct.6] Great postal service!”

We concur.



“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle Onassis



We see at 92 years old, famous composer, songwriter, record producer, and pianist Burt Bacharach is still cranking out music. Good stuff too. He’s been in the pop genre since the 1950’s with literally hundreds of hits. Many are movie theme songs, which became hits.

Listening to a podcast the other day he noted that staying active in music is part of keeping him alive and healthy. At 92 he hasn’t had much trouble keeping up with technology adapting to the COVID-19 way of recording music with his collaborators.

Having personally gone through nearly all the stages of printing a newspaper and commercial job printing, we’ve seen technology change so much since being a kid in this industry. In recent years we haven’t looked forward to the technology changes with the same excitement we did in our 20’s and 30’s. We’ve gone from letterpress, cold type to hot metal to photo typesetters, to computer software. Change should never be done for change itself. Change should improve things and most technology changes in our industry have been for the best. I don’t know how my family got the work done in time each week with such archaic, yet high tech methods for the times.

We can only admire our predecessors and someone like Burt Bacharach who has welcomed and been able to deal with the forced changes in the music industry and still be productive. While we’re sure he has plenty of help, not letting technology get in his way, when they put together new songs, such as each musician working from their own location. Gathering in the studio to record would be his preferred method, but he says it all gets put together and still sounds amazingly well.

Whether you appreciate his music or not, we can certainly appreciate the man and his talent. Maybe this also speaks to where the retirement target age should be.



“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” — Alphonse Karr