America: full immersion

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IMG_0081 Quick! You’re living in another country, you don’t have much time, and you need a USA fix? After visiting this weekend, I have to say that for a distilled concentrate of America, you can’t go wrong with Montana in general. If time is short, visit Missoula, home of the University of Montana, on homecoming weekend.

Hand-painted Grizzly. Of course.
Hand-painted Grizzly. Of course.
Decisions, decisions... microbrewski or home-brewed root beer?
Decisions, decisions… microbrewski or home-brewed root beer?
Best. School name. EVER.
Best. School name. EVER.
Ever wonder where all the hippies ended up?
Ever wonder where all the hippies ended up? Thank Gaia, they came to Missoula to be VW bakers.
At least they're honest...
At least they’re honest…
Bob's bike. There are no words.
Bob’s bike. There are no words.

If you live in Montana, you own a truck. If you own a truck, it’s in the Homecoming Parade.

And how best to prepare for the event? Why, by painting pianos and leaving them around downtown. Duh!

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Karlene from the ZACC (Zootown Arts Community Center) plus volunteers Chris and Ashley work with budding young artists on Missoula’s painted pianos project.

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Make sure you're in uniform--the whole town wears maroon.
Make sure you’re in uniform–this town wears maroon.

P.S.: In the battle of the bears, the University of Montana Grizzlies beat the Northern Colorado Bears 38-13 in front of a homecoming crowd of 25,000 maroon-clad fans. Okay, there may have been a few less-than-delighted Bears fans and one very lost Illini, but the Grizzlies owned the day.

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