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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    You didn't define "Cowboy."
    A friend of mine that recently passed away was a real cowboy. He went to Montana and worked as a cowboy. He left with his horse and pack on Sunday evenings or Monday mornings and followed the range fence, repairing as he went along, steering strays, curing problems. Unrolled the pack and camped every night cooking dead cow all the time. Maybe a few potatoes, etc. It took six days to go all the way around the ranch and he was back for Saturday action, whatever that might be. He was a really good friend and fellow dirt track racer, as well, and confided to me that the cowboy job was the absolute best job of his entire life. He didn't play the guitar too well.
    while lacking any type of narrative, sweet grass is a really beautiful look at the lifestyle of modern 'cowboys"


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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    No, it's not at all. A cowboy is a ranch or farm-hand, not a guitar-picker in an old pickup truck.
    He builds and repairs fences, feeds cows and horses, breaks horses, and is the general caretaker of an agricultural operation.
    Well, that doesn't sound badass at all.
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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Well, that doesn't sound badass at all.
    It isn't a badass- that's the point. Cowboying is an honest-to-god hard job. I've known several "real" cowboys in my life. They are among my favorite people I've had the pleasure of knowing. They don't really tend to live a long life, because that life is hard.
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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    It isn't a badass- that's the point. Cowboying is an honest-to-god hard job. I've known several "real" cowboys in my life. They are among my favorite people I've had the pleasure of knowing. They don't really tend to live a long life, because that life is hard.
    I'm surprised there's anyone left in the modern era that still refers to themselves as "cowboys".
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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    I'm surprised there's anyone left in the modern era that still refers to themselves as "cowboys".
    Well, what can I say? It's what they are. They ride, they rope, they herd, they are caretakers of livestock and the land, they fix, and they build.The common image of a cowboy is what you see in a western music bar, wearing starched button-down shirts, creased Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat, gliding their woman around on the dance floor, doing the Two-Step. They are fine to look at, and carry a personna of style and strength, but that is only the general public's idea of a cowboy. Most actual cowboys wouldn't be caught dead in a C&W bar, because they would be embarrassed at all the whorish behavior they would see.
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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Well, what can I say? It's what they are. They ride, they rope, they herd, they are caretakers of livestock and the land, they fix, and they build.The common image of a cowboy is what you see in a western music bar, wearing starched button-down shirts, creased Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat, gliding their woman around on the dance floor, doing the Two-Step. They are fine to look at, and carry a personna of style and strength, but that is only the general public's idea of a cowboy. Most actual cowboys wouldn't be caught dead in a C&W bar, because they would be embarrassed at all the whorish behavior they would see.
    A lot of those guys probably don't even own any cows!

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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Well, what can I say? It's what they are. They ride, they rope, they herd, they are caretakers of livestock and the land, they fix, and they build.The common image of a cowboy is what you see in a western music bar, wearing starched button-down shirts, creased Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat, gliding their woman around on the dance floor, doing the Two-Step. They are fine to look at, and carry a personna of style and strength, but that is only the general public's idea of a cowboy. Most actual cowboys wouldn't be caught dead in a C&W bar, because they would be embarrassed at all the whorish behavior they would see.
    Yes, there's a difference between a "rhinestone cowboy" and a real one. Nothing finer than those Stranglers and starched shirts with pearl snaps, though. I say check out the boots. You can see who dresses to dance and who wears 'em to work.

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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    If that's the kind of life they want, then I wouldn't stand in their way. Rather hard, physically demanding work, but honest. So, yeah, let 'em grow up to be cowboys!

    They had a shot once, btw. Their grandparents got 'em a pony for Christmas when they were real little.

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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    A lot of those guys probably don't even own any cows!
    I'd venture a guess that 80-90% (at least) don't own any.
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    Re: Would you let your son grow up to be a cowboy

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I'd venture a guess that 80-90% (at least) don't own any.
    Or a horse for that matter.

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