Archive for August, 2012
Why do women have several purses? Is it because they just enjoy transferring things from one to the other? I don’t claim to understand the female mind, but I seriously doubt that is the reason. What is it then? My guess is that one reason is they are in constant search of a distinctive look.
I think western leather purses are very distinctive. I love the unique tooling, fringes and conchos on each purse. The craftsmen and women are truly creative. And…the chances you are going to run into another lady with exactly the same purse are pretty slim. Now that’s distinctive.
When you see a picture of a western duster, you may not think “Western Duster”. Chances are good that you’re thinking western raincoat or cowboy raincoat. Seems to me that would be pretty normal. Now picture yourself riding behind a herd of Longhorn cattle from south Texas to the rail-head in Kansas.
How many days out of that long ride were you riding in the rain as opposed to the dust those critters were kicking up. Now the “duster” part of that makes more sense, doesn’t it? Chances are you packed pretty light when you left Laredo, and a good portion of your wardrobe was under that “duster”.
It used to be that if you were going to suggest wearing a leather money belt, you might ask “Have you ever been overseas…”. That seems to be less important as the years roll by. We’re not going to go into why we believe this has happened, but there seem to be more places right here in America it doesn’t seem safe to walk down the street.
Maybe it’s always been that way, but I don’t think so. Could be that in my younger years I didn’t have enough money to fill a money belt. This one thing I’m sure of, I feel more secure with some of my folding money tucked away in my belt.
Can kids be too young to dress in the style of the American hero who won the west, the cowboy. My answer would be that it would only be because I’ve never seen denim diapers. Seriously, want to teach your kids to walk tall, look handsome, and never tell a lie…put ‘em in western wear.
How does kids western wear do that? How would I know…it’s magic! Ok, really seriously, your kids could have worse role models, and unless you don’t have a TV or take a newspaper, you know that’s true.
Ok, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, I guess it would be a purse to carry with you when you’re in the saddle… The next thing is…would you need a saddle mirror? For my wife it was “Ride ‘em Cowboy”. I’m not sure whether she was thinking the cowboy would have a purse, or would be riding the purse.
That may have been more realistic than you would think. There really is such a thing as a saddle purse, and if you’re feeling like your purse collection is a bit shy of perfection, you really need one, I guess. The purse is actually built like a saddle, stirrups and all. Imagine the bottom of the purse being the belly of the horse. And now you know.
We’ve all seen the huge belt buckles that some wrestlers/actors have apparently been given for performance, I suppose. You don’t need a buckle that big to make a statement, but belt buckles do make a statement about you. I have a bronze one that says “Wyoming” across the engraved image of Steamboat, the state’s trademark bucking horse. I think I got it several years ago for opening a bank account. I love that belt buckle.
I have another one my wife found at an antique shop that commemorates the beginnings of the American Agriculture Movement back in the early ’70s. That began near where I grew up. Both of these western belt buckles make a statement about who I am, and I like the statement they make. What does your belt buckle say about you?
I love rodeo time. Ladies in western wear look fine! I’m not saying they don’t look good the rest of the year, but ladies western shirts do them proud. A family in western apparel is a good looking family. Sure, a family in formal wear would be a good looking family too, but a family in western wear looks fun too!
Ok, I’m biased, but you know it’s true…ladies western wear is Americana. You just naturally think wholesome. I make no apologies for a bias towards wholesomeness.
You tell me…which is easier to maintain, kids chaps or a pony for the kids? Most of us aren’t situated to keep a pony in the back yard. I remember the first time I got some chaps for Christmas. It wasn’t quite as good as having a pony, but it did make everything in the house look like a pony.
Now admittedly, if you have multiple kids with yearnings for a pony, it will probably mean getting multiple chaps, but that still isn’t even in the ballpark of the cost of buying and maintaining a pony. I’m not saying it will eliminate the begging for a pony either, but it will probably buy you some time, and considering the monthly cost of maintaining a pony, that’s a substantial savings.
I’ve always felt just a bit taller and more distinctive when I was wearing a cowboy hat. I don’t know why that is. I’ve also always felt like there were some character traits that needed to be upheld when you’re looking like a cowboy. We have a tendency to respond to expectation.
Even now, when I don’t often get in the saddle and work cattle, I just feel better about myself when I’m wearing a good looking cowboy hat. The color doesn’t seem to matter. I have to admit, however, I’ve never owned a chartreuse one…guess I’ll have to try that.
I recently spent nearly three months working in Hawaii. I’ve always thought of those flowery short sleeved shirts as “Hawaiian Shirts”. One thing I noticed right away was that very few Hawaiians wear them. Most of them who wear those shirts are somehow associated with the tourist industry. Lots of the tourists wear them. I jokingly told people that’s the way the locals “brand” tourists to keep track of us.
I have a couple of those colorful, flowery shirts, but I wore western shirts most of the time. I’ve occasionally been accused of being a bit of a contrarian…not just for what I wear. I like western shirts and maybe I do like to be different. Ok, I’ll admit it I like to stand out, and wearing a “tourist” shirt doesn’t do that when everyone knows you aren’t a local.