2009 Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

Montana is chock full of rodeos in the summer. You can’t back your truck up without hitting one. But if you only have time to go to one rodeo, you should go to the Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City. It’s the rooten’est, tooten’est, well, rodeo.

The BHS is unscripted, loose and wild, not slick new-country. People here actually use their trucks. There’s nary a mullet in site. Ranchers mingle with rodeo promoters looking to complete their stables for the upcoming rodeo season. After every event the bucking broncs and bulls are auctioned off.

You’ll also find a limitless supply of photographers. And they’re there for a good reason — the Bucking Horse Sale is incredibly photogenic (and incredibly phun). Don’t miss you chance to catch a fleeting glimpse of the old west before it turns into a coal-bed methane wasteland.

A parade on Sunday concludes the events with tractors and farm equipment dating back to the turn of last century. It takes a long time for 110+ years of farm implement history to roll down mainstreet. There’s plenty of time to fetch breakfast or a cowboy coffee in the middle without missing too much.

The Dirt

  • When: Third full weekend in May
  • Where: Miles City, Montana
  • Fun Fact: Real cowboys with an unlimited supply of beer

Flickr Photos

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Sayonara, Japan.

It looks like the 25th of March is my lucky day.

Following the crash of a FedEx plane on Narita’s airport on Monday that effectively closed to the airport to jumbo jets, I’ve been stuck in Tokyo. There are, indeed, worse places in the world to get stuck.

Still, I hadn’t planned on spending this much extra time here.

The fiasco began on Monday when it became clear that many flights would be canceled. My carrier, Korean Air, simply turned everyone away telling them to call their travel agent. That would be okay if 1) I knew the travel agent’s phone number; 2) I spoke Japanese; 3) I had a cell phone that both WORKED and had a charged battery.

I immediately skyped Delta since the ticket had been purchased as a codeshare flight. Delta informed me that I was already confirmed on the next flight out on Northwest.

After standing in line to check in for the Northwest flight for an hour or two, I was pulled to the front — thank you Elite Plus status. After a long, long time on the phone coordinating Delta, Northwest, and the booking agency, it was determined that the ticket couldn’t be issued since Korean Air hadn’t released the itinerary. Options: buy a new ticket and get credited for the first. Great.

Back to the Korean Air counter. WTF? Rebooked on standby for Tuesday with unlikely odds of getting a seat. By then, Northwest had set up direct rebooking courtesy phones – a nice touch. Until this point, I’ve found the degree of integration between Delta and Northwest to be mostly in name, but I thought I’d test the system anyways. Sure enough, the Northwest international rep was able to fetch my itinerary and then give me the great news: first confirmed seat out would be Saturday! Saturday? Saturday. Five more nights in Tokyo. More Yen needed. Much more Yen. Buckets of Yen.

Tuesday: attempted to fly. No seat.
Wednesday: good to go.

With that out of the way, here are some quick reflections on Japan.

Fresh Air. I thought that the Dutch were the only people who didn’t like open windows, but apparently this extends to the Japanese as well. Ugh. Open some windows! It’s so hot and stuffy!

Gyoza. Yes. My new quest.

Finally! A clean config for Gmail IMAP, Mail, and the iPhone

Noah has posted a clear and concise HOWTO for getting GMail IMAP to work consistently between Mail and the iPhone.

There are many, many tutorials on how to do this but none get it quite right if you are trying to sync an iPhone and Mail.app with GMail accounts. I was constantly having problems where mail deleted on my iPhone would not be deleted in Mail. Problems solved. This tutorial should work equally well for iPod Touch users.