Montana May 06, 2017
10 Strange Habits Every Montanan Will Defend To The Death
To the outside world, certain habits we have here in Montana might not make sense. We wouldn’t know, and more importantly, we don’t care… to us, it’s all just a part of life in the Treasure State. If you call us on these tendencies, we’ll defend them to the death.
1. Loosening the definition of "shorts weather."
Winters are long in Montana, so we get acclimated quickly. So sometimes a 60 degree day feels like an 80 degree day to us, and we get excited and reach for the short sleeves. We can't help it.
2. Waving to passing motorists.
It's a polite thing that many of us were raised to do, and we love being able to brighten people's days.
3. Always being ready to lend a hand.
Helping others is just part of who we are.
4. Preferring country living to city life.
We live in Big Sky Country because we like our space. Even our larger cities are fairly small compared to other states' urban areas. Some people might think we're crazy for our choosing the quiet life of the country, but we wouldn't want it any other way.
5. Celebrating (and sometimes eating) bull testicles.
We'll be the first to admit the Testicle Festival is a little odd. But normal can be boring... and besides, Montana isn't the only state that has them.
6. Getting ridiculously excited about a rodeo.
The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is fast approaching. But you probably already knew that.
7. Teasing Californians.
This isn't as bad as it sounds. We're not cruel. But yes, we will give you a hard time about your home state and then sit back and laugh while you endure your first winter.
8. Loving our wild game.
This isn't actually all that strange. But it is a quick way to tell if someone is a native Montanan. If you offer them an elk steak for dinner and they seem surprised or taken aback, they most likely are not.
9. Complaining about the weather.
We know winters are a bit too long and summers are a lot too short in Montana. But just because we're aware of it doesn't mean we won't complain about it to each other whenever we get a chance.
10. Wanting to keep Montana to ourselves.
We make a lot of jokes about Montana being full. Like we said, we like our space, and we'd rather keep things the way they are. It's (usually) nothing personal.
Odd or not, we love life in Montana, and it definitely has its own unique culture. Do you recognize any of these
words and phrases?