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The Simple Elegance of Cowboy Poetry

testingThe Simple Elegance of Cowboy Poetry

Among the rest stop tourism rack cards with photographs and glossy paper there was a modest yellow flyer promoting a Cowboy Poetry reading the second Saturday of the month. Well hot damn, it was my time of the month, so to speak. At 8:00 am I met 30ish folks at the Country Barn Steakhouse in […]

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Stalactites of Spray Paint at the Cadillac Ranch

testingStalactites of Spray Paint at the Cadillac Ranch

In the middle of a Texas field near Amarillo–on Route 66, nonetheless–are 10 Cadillacs planted in the ground and covered with layers-upon-40-years-of-layers of spray paint. THIS is art. THIS is Americana. What? Why? How? REALLY? The website Roadside America (one of my faves) does an excellent job explaining the history of this, err, masterpiece. (In […]

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Turns Out There’s a Difference Between a Baseball Mitt and Glove

testingTurns Out There’s a Difference Between a Baseball Mitt and Glove

It takes up to 25 pieces to make a baseball glove. And all of them are touched by hand–the only machines are die punchers and sewing machines. “America’s Pastime. American Made.” So says the Nokona company, based in Nocona Texas. Why the different spelling? At the time, you couldn’t incorporate a company with the same […]

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Things Don’t End Well When a City Girl Goes to the Rodeo

testingThings Don’t End Well When a City Girl Goes to the Rodeo

Waiting for the rodeo to start at Ft. Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum, I had all sorts of romantic musings. I watched the young contestants in their teens and twenties pace before the competition, participant numbers blowing on their backs, Skoal tobacco rings in their pockets, spurs clicking on the cement–almost like tap shoes. They all had […]

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A Cattle Drive and Sequined Saddle

testingA Cattle Drive and Sequined Saddle

Ft. Worth Texas says they combine cowboys with culture–I sure hope the sequined saddle isn’t considered culture. Kitsch, yes. Culture, not so much. If you want a cowboy experience, you can pack a lot in to a day. mock cattle drive obscene amounts of shopping Tex Mex food that has quite a story a┬ámuseum┬ádedicated to […]

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