Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We're #18

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Gawker Media has been counting down the worst states in America, and I was sure the New York cool kids were going to bash Montucky as some sort of backwoods crazytown. You know, a smattering of the cheap Unabomber jokes, mountain-man cliches and bear attack references that scare away just enough Californians to keep the state as wild as it is, but that make locals wish for a bit more respect.

Well, we got ranked 18. That's worse than Wyoming, North Dakota and Idaho, but not, you know, in the bottom 10. Missoula earned some nice words, yet the Unabomber jokes, mountain-man cliches and bear attack references still crept in.

Here's the full write-up:

18. Montana

Big Sky country is full of natural wonders and human horrors. You'd probably like to spend more time with the grizzly bears than the people.

The Good: OK, the people in awesome western Montana towns like Bozeman and Missoula are pretty cool. A little mountain-man crazy, sure, but otherwise good, fun, decent people. And the towns themselves are great — scenic and lively themselves, and also a short drive from the great outdoors. Speaking of the great outdoors, there is a lot of it — from Glacier National Park (go to Serranos! It's good!) to ski country, Montana is mountainous paradise.

The Bad: Well, western Montana is. The eastern high prairie part of the state can be pretty bleak. And, again, the people. Montana knows how to breed crazies, from Unabombers, to firebombers, from gay haters to race haters. Montana is refreshingly wild, but distressingly so, too.

Final Score: 4.57

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