In my blog posts I have written about: The Dickinson Mafia, Dickinson State University, Dickinson Police Department, Dickinson Chamber of Commerce, Watford City Chamber of Commerce, Watford City Police Department, Belfield, Gladstone, Catholics, Bohemians, Black People, Mexicans, Real Estate Agents, Property Developers, Property Investors, White Trash, Jessie Veeder, Dan Porter, Kristi Schwartz, Bill and Kamal Patel, Outlaw Sippin Band, Codi Miller, Marinna Marsh, Eric Smallwood, Bigfoot, UFOs, women, bartenders, prostitution, restaurants, and that arrogant Mexican who owns that Mexican restaurant.
Many people are mad at me. I will suffer some negative consequences as time goes by and people figure out that it is me who wrote these things about them. There are at least three things that I accomplish when I write about Dickinson and Watford City: I give the readers from out-of-state a better understanding of what is going on in western North Dakota; I point out things to the local readers that they might want to think about, consider, and change; and I cause the local people who are directly involved to think about what they are doing and maybe change what they are doing. It is worthwhile to me to give truthful information to people from out-of-state to save them from having problems, and to try to cause some things to change in Dickinson and Watford City that will benefit everyone.
There are some things that I write about, that no one else addresses in public, and the Dickinson Press newspaper will not write about. There are some things that I write about, that no one thought needed to be written about. The following are some subjects that I have written about that I still think are important:
- The Dickinson Mafia. The Dickinson Mafia exerted beneficial control over development in Dickinson. The town of Dickinson is very organized and clean, even though it just went through an Oil Boom. However one of the things that the Dickinson Mafia should have done was grab hold of all the Real Estate Agents and Property Investors by their necks and said, “You are not going to fuck up this beneficial growth of Dickinson by ripping off all these people so bad, that they can’t wait to leave here when this boom is over! Do you understand that you are going to ruin the whole economic future of Dickinson for years to come with your short-sighted gouging that is only going to last a couple of years?”
- Dickinson State University. I quit going to the West River Community Center in 2013 because of all the hoodlum street thugs, which were here in Dickinson because they were brought here by DSU. Everybody in Dickinson noticed this, where did all these inner city street street thugs come from?, my God, it’s DSU that is recruiting them here! In about 2015, I think that Dickinson State University quit doing this, because I don’t see as many hoodlum street thugs in Dickinson as I used to.
- Dickinson Chamber of Commerce and Watford City Chamber of Commerce. At first, the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce and the Watford City Chamber of Commerce did not want to allow my blog on the first page of Google search results, but now they don’t fight with my blog as much. Probably, the Chamber of Commerce wants people from out-of-state to know that housing prices are very high, that most people who come to North Dakota to work will not make $100,000 per year, that it is very cold for about seven months each year, and that there is no homeless shelter.
- Jessie Veeder. Jessie Veeder is a singer, writer, and photographer from Watford City. I wish that she would write about Watford City and North Dakota exactly how it is, not how she wants it to be. She should know from her grandparents, parents, and old people in Watford City how hard life in North Dakota had been, how poor people were, and how much of a struggle it was to survive. It is very important that people in North Dakota know and never forget how hard and difficult it was for people up until this most recent Oil Boom. People here need to know this so that they conserve everything they have, don’t waste anything, and don’t live foolishly. There has been about a twenty-five year gap between Oil Booms in North Dakota.
- Women, bartenders, restaurants, and prostitution. It took me a while to catch on, but I am now 100% certain, that the single women who came to North Dakota to work had something wrong with them. There are jobs in human resources, nursing, administrative assistant, banking, retail, hotel, bartending, and waitressing, everywhere in the United States. A woman could make more money in these occupations in Florida, Texas, New York, Arizona, or California and live in a more comfortable and better social environment. With the cost of housing in western North Dakota, there was no financial advantage to women in these occupations to move to North Dakota. The thing was, they were so fucking crazy, that they could not get a job in Florida, Texas, New York, Arizona, or California, a background check or even just talking to them for five minutes would reveal that there was something wrong with them. In North Dakota, there was a shortage of workers, so employers didn’t do much of a background check or much of an interview to exclude crazy people. In addition to the extremely cold weather, very high housing prices, lack of things to do, and shortage of women, when you did go to a restaurant or a bar, the women servers were crazy and had something wrong with them. I argued and argued in this blog that prostitution should have been allowed in western North Dakota due to the shortage of women. I argued that housewives didn’t want truck drivers, construction workers, and oil field workers trying to solicit them everywhere they went. But I was wrong about prostitution, if all the waitresses and bartender women had something wrong with them, I can’t even imagine how horrible the prostitutes would have been.
2 thoughts on “Trying To Change Things In Dickinson And Watford City, North Dakota”
I would like to understand more on your opinion re: “gouging” and short-sightedness. I’d also like to read more on your insights regarding real estate in Dickinson, particularly. I’ve mentioned in other comments that we’ve lived in Dickinson about a year now. We are renting, but have looked at a few homes for sale. We haven’t made a purchase for several reasons, largest among them the fact we haven’t yet seen anything we’d like to buy. We did like a couple houses we toured, but both (still on the market) are over-priced. Prices here, in general, make me sick. I keep hearing excuses like “Well, you know it’s cold here and we have to build to a different standard”, yada yada. A quick glance at prices in other states with cold, to very cold winters suggest that explanation isn’t the whole answer. I talk to many newcomers, many of them professional people, older and with the funds to purchase a home. They, like us, are continuing to rent, not having been in a rental situation since we were much younger. We are nervous about the upcoming election and what a possible HRC presidency 😦 will mean for North Dakota (nothing good for hardworking, independent people). We are nervous about the number of homes sitting on the market, many for months now with scant to nonexistent price reductions (and the implications therein).
If any realtors should by chance see your blog and read any of this, may I say: People are paying you to sell their homes, their property. Show them respect by using a quality camera (not your cell phone) and by learning to take attractive photographs, the better to market their home and earn your commission. Don’t take photos of unmade beds, toilet lids flipped up, trashcans over-flowing, yourself in the bathroom mirror. Don’t describe as a “gourmet kitchen” something that looks like a typical apartment set-up (microwave over smooth-top range, formica tops). In fairness, I’d tell anyone trying to sell their home (I’ve moved about 12 times in my adult life, I know what I’m talking about) CLEAN YOUR HOUSE. If you don’t lose at least 10 lbs trying to get your house ready/sold, it isn’t clean enough! 😉
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