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I sure like what this girl has to say......

So what's wrong with being a cowboy? by Susie Freeman, Rockdale Reporter (Rockdale, Texas)

One of the accusations aimed at President Bush by his detractors is to call him a "cowboy," as if this is some mark of shame, implying something sinister or simple-minded. I keep wondering why. Have you ever watched a rodeo?

They've started interviewing the contestants after they compete, giving the audience a little glimpse into the character of these athletes, something like the ones conducted preceding title fights and following basketball and football games.

They go something like this;

"Cody, you made a spectacular ride, which moves you into first place. How do you feel about your position as the number one bull-rider in the country?"

"Well, ma'am, (notice the use of a term of respect, a vanishing social custom among most Americans under the age of 30), I've been real lucky. I've drawn some good bulls and everything has fallen into place for me this year. Some of my competitors have had some injuries and bad luck. I just hope I can stay healthy."

Before his closest competitor comes out of the chute, this cowboy then climbs up on the fence and helps him tie on his rigging. He gives that same guy a high five at the side of the arena when he's beaten by two points on the ride he helped him prepare for.

How many times have you seen an arena full of rodeo fans take to the streets following a competition and set fire to cars or hold an impromptu riot because they felt dissatisfied with the final outcome, as Michigan State students recently did?

There is no booing of officials when scores are announced. I've never heard of a contested call by any competitor, even when it meant the difference between winning and losing.... Cowboys don't whine.

Cowboys regularly loan each other equipment and even horses, frequently valued at $50,000 to $100,000 per animals, when a fellow competitor's ride didn't arrive in time for tonight's roping or bulldogging or whatever.

When 'The Star Spangled Banner' is played, to a man and woman they rise to their feet and put their hats over their hearts in respect.

They don't wear T-shirts bearing offensive sexual messages. When a cowboy (or cowgirl) is injured, the rest hold fund-raisers and donate time and money to help him or her and their families through a rough financial time.

A lifetime achievement is the day when a contestant reaches $1 million in earnings. To reach that goal, he or she has spent about 15 years practicing and suffering dozens of injuries, traveled hundreds of thousands of miles from rodeo to rodeo, frequently with their toughest competition, who also happens to be their best friend.

Headlines never seem to carry news of a world-champion bull rider or calf roper beating up his wife or being arrested for molesting under-age girls.

And they, too, have their groupies and some even have failed marriages, sad victims of the vagabond lifestyle necessary to follow the rodeo circuit.

They seem to know who their fathers are and most often seem to be married to the mothers of their children. They thank their families for their successes.

So, I have to ask: What's wrong with being described as a "cowboy?"

It seems to me to be high praise in a world full of folks with questionable moral standards, technicolor hair, bodies adorned with rings and tattoos in startling locations and no respect for anything of value or worth.

It seems our "cowboy" president is in some pretty good company.

Sure beats being a Frenchman.
 

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A big +1 on that! This girl shows some common sense. I'm not, nor have ever been a cowboy, just a poor old dirt farmer by birth. But I have the greatest admiration for real (not drug store) cowboys.
 

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What a great article. Some of you may recall a song a few years ago written and sung by Michael Martin Murphy. It was called "Cowboy Logic". To me it was the epitome of "cowboy life".

Although I was employed on a working ranch for a little over 5 years I still don't really consider myself a "cowboy". Actually I wouldn't make a zit on a good "cowboys" backside. But my co-workers could depend on me, and I could depend on them.

Finally had to quit when I had two herniated discs in my back, followed by 2 major surgeries. Kinda ruled out riding on horseback.I learned a lot about myself while doing that job and I loved every minute of the time I spent on it. I liked the people I worked with and the feeling was mutual. We were a team.

It was a great life experience for a little Jewish kid from Cleveland Ohio, and something he will never forget.

Mr. Murphy also wrote another great song called "Cowboy Re-incarnation". Give it a good listen if you find it.

Best wishes, Bill
 

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A young, well-educated man on a business trip gets on the plane to
find himself seated next to an older, weathered man in a western snap
shirt, faded jeans and a cowboy hat. Thinking himself above the
old cowboy, the young man decides to make sport of him. "You
know," he says, "I've heard these flights go much more quickly if you strike
up a conversation with a fellow passenger. So, let's talk."
The cowboy looks at him wryly and says, "Well I s'pose that'd be
all right. What would you like to discuss?"
"Oh, I don't know, "says the young man with a hint of sarcasm,
How about nuclear proliferation?"
"Hmm," says the cowboy, sensing the young man's attempt to
belittle him, "That could be an interesting topic. But, let me ask you a
question first -- horses, cows, and deer all eat the same
stuff--grass. Yet, a deer passes little pellets, a cow turns out a
flat patty, and a horse makes muffins of dried poop. Why do you
suppose that is?"
Dumbfounded, the young man replies, "I haven't the slightest
idea." so tell me then," says the cowboy with a smile, "How is it that
you feel qualified to discuss nuclear proliferation when you don't
know manure?”
 

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Yup, got to love those can chasers....... :D:D
 

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Now here is a nice taste in pictures of a cowgirl.....

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.................... yes even they have to wash that trail dust off.
 

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quote:Originally posted by JB


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.................... yes even they have to wash that trail dust off.

:D
 

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Dang cute ranch hands..... she saddles a hoss real good like...




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