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Things, Ideas & People ….

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

Jeremy Hastings of Texas is a member of The Extra Miler Club, a non-profit organization with membership open to anyone having specific travel goals.

The primary purpose of the club, which has a quarterly publication titled The Extra Miler, is to encourage members to visit every county (and equivalent jurisdiction) in all 50 states of the U.S.A. He was recently in Daniels County looking over the courthouse in Scobey on a Saturday when local resident Phyllis Kaul struck up a conversation with him leading to this photo. There are 3,141 counties and county-equivalents in the 50 States and District of Columbia.

Here’s an excerpt written by Hastings that appeared in a 2019 edition of The Extra Miler: “The county adventures for 2019 featured two state completions and a hodgepodge of singular counties collected on work trips. The main event was a Labor Day sojourn through New England that started in New York City and made a loop through Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Normally my county trips are solo affairs that give me a chance to catch up on audiobooks and podcasts, or just otherwise enjoy a chance to think while appreciating the geography in between courthouses.”

Daniels County Courthouse, Scobey, Montana, check! — mike



The first census in the United States of America was conducted in 1790. — mike



Amtrak, the U.S. government’s passenger rail system serving Montana’s northern Hi-Line, has experienced an 80 percent drop in ridership in this state since the first of the year (if you missed Bob Sivert sen’s letter to the editor in the October 1, 2020 Daniels County Leader on page 4 concerning Amtrak in Montana, it’s worth going back and reading it!).



It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle, and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk, saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.

As soon as he walk upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op.

The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit.

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything . . . However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a Stimulus package works.



We were looking for something the other day at Amazon (something we could not buy locally) and ran across these “Ownership/Diversity” Classifications. Apparently, so you could choose who you would like to do business with . . .
-Registered Small Business
-Women-Owned Business Enterprise
-Women-Owned Small Business
-Economically Disadvantaged Woman
-Owned Small Business
-Veteran-Owned Small Business
-Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
-Minority-Owned Business
-SBA-Certified 8(a) Firm
-SBA-Certified HUB Zone Firm
-SBA-Certified Small Disadvantaged Business
-LGBT Business Enterprise -Disability-Owned Business Enterprise -IEE/ISBEE Indian Economic Enterprise
-SBA-Certified Native American Owned Business

We would like to see an OFWC owner, preferred business classification (Old Fat White Couple). The movement has begun! -bb



Spotted on an on-line advertisement for a pullover sweatshirt worn by an adult woman were the following words: In a world where you can be anything… be kind. — mike



“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain