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Ali, you have a very nice looking family, thanks for sharing that !  You're lucky to be Westerners. When I went out West those few times, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscapes, the mountains and deserts and wide, open spaces. I'd feel so free if I lived there and especially if I were a native, and lifetime resident. I felt I could really breathe, in the wide open spaces. The weight of the Bible Belt was off me. They really freak here if you say you don't believe something that's in the Bible, and I feel contrary sometimes and feel like expressing that, and am regarded with horror.
George Clooney is handsome, but when he tries to kid around and joke in public he can annoy me, with his asinine quips. He's funny and witty sometimes... I'll never forget when that hunky French actor won Best Actor, and Clooney (also up for best actor Oscar that year) was shown doubled over with laughter when the camera panned to him. As if he were making fun of the Frenchman, or perhaps he was just laughing at himself, for being so sure he'd win. 
Ali, I thought you told us once that you had traveled hardly at all--but there you are in Utah--have you also been other places outside Montana? To the South or Northeast?

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Yes this was a recent picture.  June 3rd to be exact.  So about 2 months ago.

Pinkie, I seldom travel.  I have anxiety issues.  For this particular occasion I really had no choice.  Ever since my sister was diagnosed with als - I know her time is very limited.  She lives in a suburb of SLC.  This was a surprise party that her daughters planned for her and I absolutely would not miss that.  (She was very surprised!  She seemed to have a great time.)  
My brother, on the left, and his family live in Massachusetts and have for about 20 years.  They love it there.  My brother and his wife make trips to Montana about every two years to visit Missoula (and relatives) since Missoula holds a special place in their heart.  They met on the very first day of their freshman year at the university there, and have not been apart since.  Almost 35 years! 
My brother, on the right, lives in Montana - about 3 or 4 hours away.  I had not seen him in almost 10 years so it was a fantastic opportunity to visit and get that picture!  
There are two sisters missing from the picture.  One lives in So. Cal. and the other lives right around the corner from me.  I never see them and I never talk with them.  They were not invited to the party.
I will make more trips to SLC to see my sister.  Her als seems to be moving more quickly than we had hoped.  She has lost the use of her right arm. You can see that in the picture. That is where it affected her first.  Now it just seems to be affecting her everywhere, and her voice is going too.  I can think of nothing that is as cruel as als in the way it takes a person's life. So I go and see her.  I remember all the times past that were so good because she was there.  There were six of us kids growing up in the '50's and '60's and she was the best of the bunch.  She was our fearless leader and is my best friend.  

Well I got carried away.  

I have never been east of Montana.  I have been to California a few times and Nevada to see a friend.  I went to Bellingham Washington in the '70's and got so drunk I don't remember much. We went into Canada and stayed a few hours and came back.  You didn't need a passport.  That's pretty much it for my travels.

I do like western Montana.  I live right in the middle of the Rockies.  Love the mountains.  So I might visit - but at this stage of my life I'll never live anywhere else.  And -- that's the story of my life!





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Great pic but sorry to hear of your sister's health problems.  I bet your visits will be appreciated and she'll enjoy having that contact.  There is a certain similarity in looks going on there, not just with the famous, but within the family.  You are all definitely related for sure.

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If there is a similarity, Haggie, I could never see it.  
When we were young (teens, 20's and 30's) my sister turned a lot of heads.  I never turned any heads!  My parents bought her all the nicest clothes and got her contact lenses.  I was sent to a school where we wore uniforms.  No new clothes for me.  No contacts lenses either.  
She had more boyfriends than she could handle.  
I had no boyfriends.  Well - I did have one but I didn't want him.  
I look back at pics of me in my 20's and I was awesome!!  Why didn't I know that then?

That picture I recently posted from June 3rd - it surprised me that I looked halfway decent.  I got up at 4 am and drove to SLC.  A 7 hour drive.  I found my kids at their hotel in Salt Lake and let my son drive to the park.  We got there in the nick of time.
I had a wonderful time there.  Then when the party broke up - me being me - I left to drive straight back home.  My son said "No!".  I said "Yes".  So he drove, and I was grateful.  I really could not have done it.  (My daughter had gone to SLC in her own car with my son and she drove herself home the next day.)

The drive from Montana to Utah is nice and can be very relaxing.  High speeds are common (but not encouraged) and can easily be done until you reach Utah.  I'm a small -town girl living in a state that is almost the size of California but with only a total of one million people.  (Cal. has about 20 million people. Wait,  I just looked that up and can that be right?! California has almost 40 million people?)  Wow.

Jeezus.  The traffic in SLC is 12 lanes - not counting the 6-lane merging lanes every half mile.  It's stressful.  Yes it is.  And it goes on and on from Ogden to ... probably St. George.
See, what they did in Utah is build a very nice city - and then everyone who was Mormon came to live in it, or in very close proximity to it.  And they multiplied.  
Salt Lake and the surrounding area is not quite as Mormon as it was only a decade or two ago.  It's so desirable that the place is a boom town with absolutely no sign of going bust.
I would guess that most of Utah is serene and somewhat empty and quiet.  But the SLC dwellers are very proud of their Wasatch Mountains and their ski areas.   They should be proud.  It's beautiful.  But if I lived there I would not ever get on the Interstate highway through there.  Never.  

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