Archive for October, 2012
It just occurred to me that I had never seen a cross-dresser in ladies western wear…or have I? If western wear makes ladies look as good as it does, why wouldn’t ladies western wear make a cross-dresser look like a really fine woman? Have you ever seen a guy cross dressing in ladies western wear? How do you know?
I’ve got you wondering now haven’t I? Unless you know them, I’d bet you look differently at the next 10 persons in ladies western wear than you did before. Now I’m curious, so after you’ve done your research, leave me a comment and let me know what you learned, OK?
When do you suppose the Worlds Champion All-Around Cowboy of 2032 is going to start thinking about becoming the best all-around cowboy in the world. I’d bet that if we took a poll of all the previous All-Around Champs in the past 20 years, we would find out that many of them had seen themselves as champions as kids.
What does that suggest about when kids are ready for some of the gear that goes with the game? Here’s another poll we could do. Let’s ask some of the kids in our lives whether they would see themselves as winners or losers in a nice pair of kids chaps. I remember my first pair, and I felt pretty special. Ok, so I didn’t become the Worlds Champion All-Around Cowboy, but there’s only one a year.
I’m a big fan of dusters, but if I’m headed out, horseback, on the range in the high country or North Dakota in December or January, there are other considerations. I’m going to have something substantially warmer than a denim duster coat on underneath it. I’m not going to actually be doing that, mind you…I’m just saying…
That’s just not what duster coats were designed for. The only dust you’re likely to encounter in the aforementioned situation would be a dusting of snow. I’m sure you already know, denim isn’t exactly the best protection in a snow storm. But even if you froze to death, you would surely look for all the world like a cowboy.
At first blush it would appear that “Cowboy Tie Bolo” would be self explanitory. If you know me you know I can’t let it go at that. But, you might say, bolo means cowboy tie. I can’t argue with that. That’s certainly the first thing that comes to my mind when I see “bolo”.
However, when one goes to Wikipedia, one learns bolo could be any of several things. One, amazingly enough, would be a form of space propulsion. Don’t believe me, check it out. It was also an Army Air Force bomber (B-18), an airfield in Okinawa, an operation during the Vietnam war, a shotgun shell, a pistol and any number of geographical locations. If you hear a law enforcement officer say it, you need to be alert because he could be saying “Be On the Look Out” or warning you about a particular kind of snake. In spite of that I still like my bolos around my neck. Sorry you asked?
When you think of a cowboy tie, it automatically brings up the image of a bolo. The second possibility, I guess, would be a kerchief, or possibly a ribbon type bow tie. Does that mean cowboys are precluded from owning or wearing a regular business tie? I have occasionally worn a regular business tie with a western suit, and never once noticed anyone coming to lock me up. (at least not for that reason)
However, let’s face it, does it make any sense to have to strangle yourself if you don’t actually have to? Now don’t think that’s the only reason for wearing a bolo tie, because it isn’t. I think bolo ties just look really nice.
When are cowboy shirts appropriate attire? For me, that’s pretty easy…when I want to be dressed. I may have tunnel vision in that area though. Some might say they want a white dress shirt when they put on a suit. I would probably be putting on a western shirt, and I have nice white western shirts to wear with them.
The bottom line is that I can’t decide for you what is appropriate dress. You don’t make that decision for me either. Different situations might call for different attire. Going to work? I go to work in western shirts. If I were working on an oil rig, for instance, I wouldn’t wear the same shirt I wear with my suit…but I suspect you already had that figured out.
There are a lot of good reasons to be wearing chaps and a vest. The most common is probably for some protection from the elements while you are working. That becomes even more important when the work is trying to spend 8 long seconds on a ton of highly agitated bull-flesh.
Now if you are a child, you probably aren’t going to be involved in that kind of activity…or are you? You may remember from your childhood that just because it’s imagined, it’s no less real. Hence the reason may be even better for a kid to be the proud owner of the above-mentioned cowboy chaps vest child.
Let’s talk about style. You don’t have to follow someone else’s style, but we all need style. A POB (plain ol’ belt) is less than optimum style. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking it’s just pob (plain ol’ boring). A belt with some design features is a step up, but is one step enough?
A step beyond would be custom carving on the belt. But are we going to settle for one step and one beyond? Don’t you really think we should go for the gusto? I’m talking now about cowboy belts with conchos. Caution, you may need to carry something to fight off the ladies!
You know you can’t send your young child out to herd cattle without a child’s cowboy duster. Ok, so you really can’t send a young out to herd cattle with or without a duster. But think how much closer you and your child will be when he or she actually has a cowboy duster.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that your child is paying me to encourage you to buy them a duster? You’ll have to admit they would look really sharp wearing an authentic cowboy duster. Now isn’t that what both you and your child really want? See how helpful this has been? Ok, I was kidding your kid didn’t really pay me to tell you this, but now you realize just how good the little tyke will look in one.
Who among parents doesn’t like to see their child’s eyes light up when they open a present? I know I always loved to get a new shirt for my birthday or Christmas or about any other reason. Some shirt styles made my eyes brighter than others. I never was much into polo shirts.
Fortunately, my parents knew that children’s western shirts were sure to be a winner. I suspect it had something to do with growing up on a farm/ranch, but I’ve always had an appreciation for cowboy stuff…except for the part about being dislodged from some critter who didn’t want you on their back. If the critters had just been shorter, maybe it would have been a more attractive sport.