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What we used to know

What we used to know, we know no more. I still have the picture hanging in my office of John Wayne in the movie Hondo walking through the desert with his old dog carrying his saddle after his horse was killed. The caption says “life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

The mobile cow catcher

There is a common belief among many urban folks that a cowboy rides around all day and sings to cows. John Wayne and Tom Mix added “Drifting Ranch Saver” to their résumé. “Don’t worry, Nell, Black Bart will never get your ranch as long as Silver and I remain compassionate!” Marlboro turned him into a person who chases horses all over the place and relaxes around the chuckwagon in a yellow slicker. We cowboy poets have augmented the picture of the cowboy as a Shakespearian throwback with green stuff wedged between his heel and sole.

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