by Travis Mateer
I could tell after a few minutes of conversation with one of my street contacts that his ability to track what I was saying was being impacted by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. It wasn’t yet 9am, so I asked him if he’d had a drink yet. No, he told me. What would you prefer, I asked. Colt 45 or Hurricane, he replied. I skated off and selected the latter at Wordens for his morning fix.
After returning with a cold can of slow death, and opening it for him, we chatted for a few minutes. I told him about my most recent article tracking the community impacts of helping Costner produce Yellowstone, and he told me about a scruffy looking homeless dude being approached to be an extra in the show, though he couldn’t remember the dude’s name.
Another piece of speculation I received concerns the nice-looking copper now adorning the doors of the County Courthouse. Was this a result of the filming? Did the Missoula County Courthouse get a door upgrade for providing a space to allow valuable FICTIONS to be created?
I called the Montana Film Office (1-800-553-4563) to follow up on this lead, and to ALSO inform them that Mark Weatherford’s phone number is NOT functional, resulting in the film office acting as a defacto messaging service for this “Key Assistant Location Manager”. As an aside, I later learned this is not unusual, thanks to a LONG time contributor to the Montana blogosphere I can totally vouch for, who said this:
Thank you JC for the excellent insight!
Back to The Doors; the woman I spoke with was very helpful, and seemed to actively listen as I explained my motivations in confirming whether or not the doors to our Courthouse are copper coated due to the transactional access peddled by our public officials. At least I HOPE she was listening as I explained that the experiences of survivors and family members dealing with atrocious injustices are NOT made any better with prettier looking doors to a building where such deplorable leadership resides.
With a little time to kill before an important Lego-related meeting, I decided to see if the Phoenix security guys at the front desk in the Courthouse could be helpful on this matter, and they were by putting down the rumor I had heard, saying those doors are beautiful originals.
The REAL magic of this whole inquiry actually came as I approached the Courthouse and saw Congressional candidate, Monica Tranel, speaking to a small group of supporters. Instead of any direct engagement, I decided to place a copy of my newsletter (which she snubbed earlier this week) under the windshield wiper of her notorious minivan, and I even had the pleasure of watching her sidekick grab it after they wrapped up their little event.
So, in summary, wrong numbers can be strategic, copper doors at the Courthouse are original, and Monica Tranel has a copy of the Zoom Chron Bulletin ready to go from minivan to trashcan.
Thanks for reading!