Saturday, October 1, 2011
The city of Missoula itself is built on the banks of a river that flows east to west. It meanders though the valley, eventually passing Superior as it heads to the Pacific Coast. It supports a rather large university, which is fairly renowned for its academic achievements and scholars. It educates about 20,000 students annually. But the thing I love about Missoula the most is its simplistic honesty. People here are genuine and sincere. It seems everywhere I go I know lots of people. Last night, as we were sitting on the street having dinner, about six people I had not seen in a while stopped to chat. After dinner, with my cowboy boots and an old rugged Carhart jacket on, I walked the banks of the river with Thor in the semi darkness of the city light. I realized how much I miss this simple pleasure. We talked about drugs and sex and life issues as we heard a band playing in a park across the river. The water gurgled off the pathways near our feet and again we encountered people I knew and so we chatted along the wayside.
Missoula is home to a very creative culture. It supports many renowned artist, musicians, writers, painters and sculptors. This is what the University brings to it. It is a very open community that seems accepting, nurturing and caring for others. Creativity abounds here with freedom and flexability. It used to be the cheapest place in the world to live, but the California developers have again driven the prices up. I guess that is happening everywhere. Unfortunately, the cost of living has not risen to match it, so if you really want to be in Missoula, it becomes a struggle. It’s not uncommon to work several jobs to sustain yourself. All in all, in the heart of the city, wandering the river last night I felt a peacefulness I have not felt in some time. I realized that although I am beginning to live in my head on the web quite a bit, Missoula is a physical place where I have always belonged and still feel at home.
My vision for today's image is from the mountain top over looking the city with a naked man looking out over the valley, but I did not have time to pull it together, will work on this week and replace, check back late.
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