July 27, 2010

Driving the Great Northwest - One Laugh after Another

Stop laughing!

So I'm sure that you are asking yourself, "Why in the world is Billings Montana one of your destinations while traveling the Great Northwest?"

I say "Why Not!"

Well actually Stijn was an exchange student here about 10 years ago or so, and while he is here in America on his extended visa he wanted to visit his host family.

We arrived on April 22 in plenty of time to settle in, get reacquainted and enjoy a fabulous meal with the Bough family!

One of the many things I didn't know about Billings is that they have some great comedian acts.  In fact our first night here we headed on over to "The Carlin Martini Bar and Nightclub" and laughed ourselves silly to the improv act of "Projectile".

We had so much fun here that the next night we went to "The R Club" at the Billings Hotel to see Alvin Williams and Morgan Preston.  Alvin was the opening act and was entertaining, but I have to tell you, when Morgan Preston hit the stage, my cheeks were hurting from laughing so hard!  A lot of what made him so funny to me was his style of in your face comedy.  But, when he mentioned a little town in the middle of no-where Nevada called "Tonopah", I absolutely lost it!

Of course when he mentioned Tonopah I had to blurt out "I used to live there!"  Which he replied "What the #?*! for?"  He then continued his story leaving out details to which I knew I needed to fill in....like the Mizpah Hotel where he got off of the Greyhound bus.

(photo courtesy of TonopahNevada.com)

Needless to say he continued to heckle me a little bit more throughout his performance. But he really was a nice guy and even let me have my picture taken with him.


I certainly never expected to be in Billings Montana and be listening to a comedian making jokes about Tonopah!

Who Knew?

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  1. So glad you found my blog via the synchronicity of posts mentioning The Mitpah! I am very interested in your travel ideas, having collected a son in the Philippines and a best friend in Vienna during my two years of blogging. I'm dreaming of visiting them (and of traveling overseas period)...in the meantime he was a week with us in June! And she is planning a visit next summer.Their blogs are in my bloglist...but today I want to direct you to another friend on my blogging list, wonder Phivos in Cyprus, who features nothing but travel (his own and guest posts from readers' travels) in his blog Traveling. Tell him Lydia sent you!

    Meanwhile, I was born and raised in Reno! Don't know if you read enough of my blog to see that. :)

  2. Its a small, small world after all.. its it Debbie. I'm sure you added drama and laughter to his one man act. Sounds like you had a great time.
    Enjoy ;)

  3. Oh! I would like to thank my dearest friend Lydia who has the kindness to introduce my blog to you. Big thank you Lydia.
    I also thank you Debbie for letting know about your excellent blog full of beauties. We definitely keep in touch. Philip

  4. The lighthouse you visited in Georgia was on Tybee Island. We haven't been there but would love to someday.
    Have a great day, Debbie.

  5. I guess it is a small world. I didn't realize there was so much comedy in Billings.
    Thanks for visiting my site.

  6. Hi Debbie, Thanks for coming to my blog... I am enjoying yours... WOW--you are one lucky gal, getting to do the traveling you have done.

    My hubby (George--comment above) and I are retired (late 60's)--and also love to travel. However, most of our traveling is searching for waterfalls. The waterfall you posted in Montana is one that is one our HUGE list. SOMEDAY--we will make it out west!!!

    You are so smart to do your traveling while you are young... Most of us wait too long and then we get too old and tired to travel. I will enjoy checking out your entire blog. Hope you return to mine.

    Thanks again.


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