Check out a few of the Making It readers’ responses for their “Only In Missoula” moments. Thanks for participating in the discussion of what make’s Missoula unique–feel free to add your own moment to the list by commenting below.
Only in Missoula…where the worst dog owners in the world seem to flock like the swallows of Capistrano, can I step in dog shit in the Albertson’s parking lot. -Poopy Shoe
Only in Missoula…we’re all new west people–Patagonia, cowboy boots, tool belts, laptops–they’re all welcome in the western Montana my family helped bulid. -Sarah
Only in Missoula…lighting up a huge joint with friends on the Old Post deck or in Charlie’s…a smile, opening the door for someone, thanking a driver for stopping for you to cross, not being a dick on a bike (unless its 2:00 AM…the fun bike hour), or listening to a transients story…these are Missoula values to me. -Change
Only in Missoula…the lack of anonymity, and the honesty and friendliness it creates, makes cities like Missoula a great place to live, and it’s something we as a community should try to hold onto as we grow larger. -Zane
Only in Missoula…while talking to a friend after we had both been away for our first year of college, I found out that we had both decorated our dorm room with a free Missoula bike map from Parks & Rec. -Spaz
Only in Missoula…real locals don’t: hang out downtown with the clowns, know that Snowbowl is the most over-rated hill in the State, never buy Patagonia anywhere other than Dillon, and are more likely to see a friend at the Northern Lights or Antlers than downtown, with the clowns and the burrito bus. -Pendejo
Only in Missoula…during the same evening can you have a beer with John Engen at the Union Club then catch a burger with Jon Tester at the Mo Club. -Love this Town
Only in Missoula…can you watch two dreadlocked women in patchwork skirts pretend they don’t notice that precious Rover is working out a grumpy not three feet away. -Matguy
And, the self-proclaimed (for good reason) “winning entry” thus far:
Only In Missoula…A few years ago I frequently ate lunch at a downtown restaurant, and I would occasionally see this incredibly beautiful woman there, eating alone, like me. One time we arrived at the restaurant at the same time, acknowledged our previous mutual sightings there, and decided to have lunch together. There are other towns that could happen in, but not many. That’s the warm-up…
Over lunch I learaned that I was already acquainted with her sister. And I had just the week before learned that her sister’s husband (with whom I was also acquainted) wanted to leave their marriage, and asked to rent a room in my house for a few months (to which I had already said yes). But that’s not all.
When I picked up this beautiful woman for our first real date a week later, she was living in the very apartment that my ex-wife moved into when she and I divorced the year before, and still in that apartment was a small bookshelf I had made years earlier while living elsewhere in town.
And to top it all off, I am now married to my happenstance lunch date.
And we now have a black lab. -OiM
Thanks for sharing your moments. Keep up the discussion!