The Sharks Are Eating Montana Bite By Bite

by Travis Mateer

Why not sell out to the sharks? Society is going to shit, so if you have a Montana gem, I guess now is the time to sell it, right?

Chico Hot Springs Resort has been sold for $33 million to a Maryland-based real estate investment trust, the company announced Thursday.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company purchased the 117-room Paradise Valley resort north of Yellowstone National Park and an adjacent ranch that sits on 595 acres. DiamondRock is described in the press release as a “self-advised” REIT. The company owns 36 hotels and resorts.

Chico had been owned by Colin Davis.

Congratulations, DiamondRock Hospitality Company! Maybe you can talk to Nick Checota’s new daddy, Live Nation, about throwing a BIG fucking concert to celebrate!

And who will be the artists to help the sharks celebrate? Here’s a better question: why bother with messy humans at all anymore when you can just conjure digital slaves to perform like mindless pixel-monkeys?

I ran into one of my favorite professors the other day, the poet Joanna Klink. She was just visiting, and not very pleased with the changing landscape of Missoula. I couldn’t agree more.

Here are a few lines from one of her books of poetry:

The other night I greeted some people on the street and the possibilities that slammed through me were far from dark, but it’s hard to keep the light burning, especially when some people seem so dedicated to see my light put out.

I’ll end this short/sad post with my own poem, but before I do, please consider supporting Travis’ Impact Fund (TIF), or hitting up the donation button at my about page. If a judge doesn’t see what’s going on later today, I’ll be facing some unexpected legal costs.

goodbye Chico Hot Springs
goodbye Holland Lake
I can't afford this buying war
and the time is getting late

goodbye undiscovered heart
goodbye quiet walks
to understand was not the plan
no key fits the lock

goodbye slant street memories
goodbye silly dreams
here's my brilliant takeaway:
nothing as it seems

goodbye old paralysis
goodbye dumb excuse
binding to these creatures 
will only leave you bruised 

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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