This is where I live! This is Saint Marie, Montana. You are looking east towards Saint Marie from Highway 24.
Can't find Saint Marie on your road atlas? Take a look at the map below. Find Glasgow, go east on Highway 2 for 2 miles until it crosses Highway 24. Turn north (left) on Highway 24 and go about 15 miles. What you see in the background is what you'll see just short of mile marker 17... Saint Marie, Montana!
For those of you that have made it this far, and have a little more time, why not take a look at my music collection or my movie collection?
For enjoying my movies and music I just upgraded my A/V system on January 2, 2012, to include the following:
Sony RDR-VX500 DVD/VHS Combo
Toshiba DVR670KU DVD/VHS Combo
Center: Two (2) JBL-HT5
Left Front: Two (2) JBL L-110
Left Rear: One (1) JBL HT-5
Right Front: Two (2) JBL L-110
Right Rear: One (1) JBL HT-5
Subwoofers: Two (2) JBL S2S
Sharp AQUOS Quattron 3-D 40" LC-40LE835U
I'm including a little background of myself here.
First of all I was raised in a small town in New Jersey, by the name of Atlantic Highlands. It was there that I went to grammar school, and it was also there that I spent the first 17 years of my life.
High School was attended at Red Bank Catholic High School.
The EC-121, originally designated RC-121, was a radar-picket version of the U.S. Air Force's C-121 passenger airplane. The EC-121 provided early warning by detecting and tracking enemy aircraft with the electronic gear in the large radomes above and below its fuselage.
The Air Force ordered 82 EC-121s between 1951 and 1955, 72 of which were EC-121Ds. The EC-121 entered service with the Air Defense Command in 1953, flying patrols off the U.S. coasts as an aerial extension of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line. EC-121s remained in service until they were replaced by more capable E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System). The last EC-121 was retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1978.
In Southeast Asia, these unarmed radar aircraft aided in downing enemy planes, directed U.S. aircraft to aerial refueling tankers, and guided rescue planes to downed pilots. This aircraft was nicknamed Triple Nickel because of its serial number (53-555). Over the Gulf of Tonkin, it guided a U.S. fighter into position to destroy a MiG-21. This action marked the first time a weapons controller aboard an airborne radar aircraft had ever directed a successful attack on an enemy plane.
Engines: Four Wright R-3350s of 3,400 hp each
Crew: Varied, but usually 17
Maximum speed: 290 mph
Cruising speed: 240 mph
Range: 4,000 miles
Ceiling: 18,000 ft.
Span: 126 ft. 2 in.
Length: 116 ft. 2 in.
Height: 27 ft.
Weight: 145,000 lbs.
After ending my Air Force tour of duty in 1966, I went to work in electronics for Bell Labs, Delta Data Systems, Honeywell EDP, MAI Electronics and Westinghouse Electronics.
Looking for something else to do, and wanting to travel, I received my degree as a Registered Nurse. I became what was called a "Flying Nurse", "Traveling Nurse", or "Contract Nurse" (my family simply called me "The Gypsy"!). I would cover hospitals throughout the United States on three-month contracts. I have worked as an R.N. in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The cities have been many, and the hospitals ranged from 10 beds to over 2,000 beds. My specialty was Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Emergency Room and Administrative.
As for Montana...it was nursing that first brought me here. First to Billings, then Fort Belknap, Glasgow, Poplar, Havre and back to Glasgow several times.
In 1977 I purchased my first computer. A Radio Shack Model I. Followed shortly by a Color Computer, then a couple of Radio Shack Model III's and a Model 4. I put two BBS's on-line. "The Homeport" and "The Corsair".
In 1986 I purchased my first "IBM" computer. It was a 286-10...top of the line in those days, and I got my hands on a BBS software program called GT-Power. This began a long and enjoyable relationship with other SYSOPs throughout the GT-Net.
Shortly thereafter I purchased a 386-33 system. And with two computers on-line, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, I really began to get into BBSing.
It wasn't long after that I bought a 486-50, and yes, I tried to run three BBS's (the two mentioned above and "Matey-Eighty"), but it was just too expensive, and the Internet was starting to become "the only way to telecommunicate" (although I still prefer the local BBS aspect).
And just today (September 25, 2008) I finished upgrading my system!
My current system consists of:
INTEL Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel (x4)
GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
Four (4) SEAGATE ST303204N1A1AS-RK 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Four (4) HITACHI HDT725032VLAT80 320GB 7200 RPM ATA/IDE
COMBO DVD/CD BURNER:
Two (2) LG Model GH22LP20
SAMSUNG 1.4 Megabyte 3.5 Inch
NVIDIA GTX550-Ti GeForce GTX550-Ti, 1GB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0 x16, SLI, HDCP, HDMI, 2 Dual-Link DV-I, DirectX 11 Supported
NVIDIA 8500GT-512 GeForce 8500GT, 512MB 128-bit GDDR2, PCI Express x16, SLI Supported
VIEWSONIC V Series, V3D231, Black, 23", DVI, HDMI, 3D, Super High Resolution 1920x1080, Widescreen LCD
VIEWSONIC X Series VX1940W, Black & Silver, 19", 2ms(GTG), Super High Resolution 1680x1050, DVI, Widescreen LCD
VIEWSONIC E2 Series E70fB, Black, 17", 0.20mm Horizontal Dot Pitch, Resolution 1280x1024, PerfectFlat Screen CRT
INTEL PRO-4 USB
BEC 5200S DSL (1.5Meg down, 1.0Meg up)
DIAMOND SuperMAX USB 56K
LOGITECH MX-310 Optical USB
CREATIVE LABS SoundBlaster Live!
CAMBRIDGE SOUNDWORKS FPS-1800 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
Flatbed: Two (2) MICROTEK ScanMaker X6EL
Negative/Slide: MINOLTA Dimage Scan Elite
HEWLETT PACKARD DeskJet 6988dt
HEWLETT PACKARD DeskJet 855Cxi
DAZZLE SC Memory Module Reader
ZIO xD Memory Module Reader
TOSHIBA Satellite P775-S7234
After two marriages, and an equal number of divorces, along with several heart attacks, I decided I had enough of the "Big City Life"!
And that is how I ended-up here ... living a very quiet and private ... if not sessile ... existence.
Prior to my heart attacks, when I was young and healthy, I had other interests other than firearms and hunting, 4x4ing, photography, computers, audio and video.
For the 7 or so years I was living in Florida I became a very active S.C.U.B.A. diver. I am a registered P.A.D.I. open water, night and wreck diver.
When I moved to Montana permanently I decided that it was too much trouble to drive all over the place, so I could be seen in the "Big Sky" over Montana, tooling around in a Cessna 172.
Some short-lived interests have been coin collecting, leather work, gardening, and model airplane building (both plastic display models and control-line flying models.)
A few of my hunting buddies have tried to get me interested in fishing ... but that is a hopeless cause! I find it totally boring.
This is my first attempt at a website, so I hope that everything has worked as planned, and I'm sure that as time goes by, things will get neater and prettier.
Recently I took the plunge and added Message Forums to stevespages.com
There is no one specific area of interest, other than my interests. It has been moderately successful and usership is growing every day. I am proud that so far I have been able to totally ban all commercial and porn ads and messages, as well as ban those users who post them.
So ... things must be working out okay with my website ... since I am averaging over 3,300 users per day.