Somehow it seems that the smaller the town in Montana, the more character and characters it has. Example: I spent a hilarious late afternoon between thunderstorms in Saco last month helping a guitar player sing like Willie Nelson by pressing his right nostril shut.

I've also found some amazing food in these little spots โ€”ย Loma if you're looking for salsa, Big Sandy if you need a cookie.

Here's photos of a few of my favorite spots.

And I know that Billings is as far from a small town as you can find in Montana, and that the South Side isn't a town at all. But it feels like one to me, and it's the place I've lived the longest in my adult life, so please indulge me.

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