… that I live in this particular small town. Because tonight there were four, then six, then ten of us at the local bistro for dinner. Because on Sunday nights they’ve started doing all-you-can eat dinner with a big bowl of salad on the table and then a parade of their fabulous wood-fired pizzas. Because dinner conversation was all about Brian Schweitzer’s inaguration as the first Democratic Governor of Montana in 20 years, and about how when the Governor came into the Ball, it was the Plains Tribes drummers who drummed him into the ballroom, not something anyone ever saw under the former regime. Because as sad as I sometimes get, there are also evenings like tonight, with a group of interesting, smart people sitting around a big table eating, and talking, and just being together.