"Just trying to help a guy down on his luck". The state of Montana said today that it will be taking in the fellow state of Michigan which has gone through a devastating economic downturn.
Michigan fell behind on its bills last year and then suffered the ignominy of being foreclosed on.
A state-wide yard sale in the final days before the sheriff showed up only yielded enough cash for a some groceries and a much needed trip to the local laundromat.
Michigan then made a tearful call to Montana which agreed to pick up the mid-western state at the Billings bus station.
"Michigan is really trying to put on a brave face here so we would appreciate it if all the other states didn't ask embarrassing questions about old loans and the like." said the Big Sky Buddy.
Montana quite easily fit the other state into the spare area above Yellowstone National Park.
The larger state pulled out extra clothing and some odds and ends of old furniture so the out-of-luck neighbor had most of the necessities.
The two states enjoyed an evening of pizza and pool down at Jimbo's just to lift the spirits a little.
"This is a temporary arrangement", Michigan kept saying on the ride up from the bus station.
"Sure, sure, its okay. We've got plenty of room to share," Montana replied while patting the smaller state's hand.