Archive for January, 2013
I think I had mentioned before that when I had Googled for “Eastern Bolo Ties”, Google couldn’t believe I had even asked such a foolish question. Everything came back western. Of course bolo ties are western, I’m western too, and I really appreciate the casual aspect of bolo ties.
I suppose if I’d been born and raised in the east, I would have learned to appreciate putting on a bib-like noose when a tie was called for. Now I don’t want to start an East-West war here, but just thinking that thought makes me appreciate western bolo ties even more!
A belt can be made of most anything that is flexible and has some strength to it. Thanks to previous generations of cowboys, our present day western belts are not only functional, but tastefully ornate. It’s hard to imagine a cowboy’s belt being made of anything but leather.
Leather and cowboys just seem to go together, but so do style and cowboys (and, of course, cowgirls). Probably the most popular style for western belts would be tooled leather. If the cowboy wants to advertise who is wrapped in the stylish leather strap, he might even have his name tooled into the middle of the back of the belt.
Have you noticed that you don’t see a lot of cowboys wearing message t-shirts? Why would they need to? They’re wearing western belt buckles. Sure, you can put more words on a t-shirt, but how much of what you read on t-shirts is world changing anyway?
I have a friend who wears a functional pistol neatly embedded in his belt buckle. You would need a t-shirt the size of Texas to deliver the message that pistol represents. He also used to drive an Isuzu pickup with a message on the tailgate.
On the upper left of the tailgate: “UHITSME”. On the upper right: “ISUZU”. Cowboys don’t need a whole bunch of words to get their message across.
Isn’t it funny how we see and talk about things? Hawaii is about as much west of California as California is west of New York, but western apparel is still western in Honolulu. Americans (even the ones in Hawaii) seem to have a romance with western. That includes a whole genre of movies.
When I spent some time working on Oahu last summer, I usually wore western shirts and boots to work. Never did anyone observe that I was wearing eastern attire, and Wyoming is considerably east of Oahu. Sometimes I worry about myself when I thing about weird stuff like this…
A lot of bolo ties have some of the flavor of Southwestern bolo ties, but the ones that are created there in the Southwest are distinctive. You can usually count on having some combination of Native American design, silver, turquoise, and/or red stone.
There just seems to be something special about that combination. There are certainly other bolo designs that are more expensive and would possibly look better with your best suit. However, if you just knock some of the pasture off your boots, put on a pair of blue jeans, a western shirt, and a Southwestern bolo tie, you’re all dressed up.
I gotta be honest, up until about a year ago, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a saddle purse. I knew of saddle horses, saddle bags, saddle blankets, saddle pads, etc. but the idea of a saddle purse had never crossed my mind.
Had I learned about saddle purses by other means than a picture of some, I would have imagined something quite different. I might have imagined that the ladies have special purses they have with them when they are riding.
If you are learning about this kind of purse right now and since you don’t have a picture of one, believe it or not they look almost exactly like a saddle. They even come in lots of different sizes. Would you believe there are even change purses that look like a saddle. “Honey, does this saddle make my butt look big?”
Rodeo belt buckles can be divided into at least two categories. The first being the kind anyone can purchase, and the second the kind you win for being the best at what you do in the sport of Rodeo. The latter are likely to be a bit larger than the former.
The difficulty of acquiring either of the two depends on what you do and how well you do it. If you are particularly good at staying atop a raging two thousand pound plus of bull for eight seconds, the latter might be for you, and you could possibly make a lot of money doing it. I guess I’ll buy mine.
Men’s western shirts have the whole package. Good colors, two pockets, nice lines and snaps instead of buttons. What more could you possibly want? But I don’t want to be like the bird kingdom, hogging all the cool colors to the male of the species. I think the ladies should get to look good too.
Two pockets on a shirt is just a natural requirement. When you’re doin’ stuff, ya gotta have stuff to do it with. Pockets are where you put the stuff.
Shirts without the outline of the yoke are just boring. And the snaps…that’s the best of all. Why would anyone want to use buttons to close up your shirt when you could have snaps? Even better than that, when it’s time to take it off, just pull the tails apart in front at the bottom and just keep on pulling!
Ok all you city slickers, I can certainly appreciate nice looking ladies all dolled up in thousand dollar gowns too. However, a good looking cowgirl in ladies western wear will get my best-dressed vote every time. There’s just something wholesome about the rodeo queen as she comes charging into the rodeo arena on her favorite horse.
It’s not just the queen either, the entire mounted drill team is eye-catching. Call me old-fashioned if you will, but I appreciate wholesomeness. Surely that doesn’t have anything to do with the aging process…do ya think?
There are a lot of kids in the rural west who would probably be surprised to be informed that they were dressed in kids western wear. It’s just what they are accustomed to wearing. However, for most kids, particularly those in an urban setting, western wear is something special.
Does anyone know any kid who doesn’t enjoy being special? I think kids are naturally romantic, creative and imaginative. Give them western apparel outfits, and they can become whoever happens to be their favorite cowboy or cowgirl.
With any luck they won’t start to believe they should try to spend eight seconds on two thousand pounds of bull-flesh…at least not until they’ve had time to acquire better sense. Just kidding bull riders…the reason I’ve never mounted one of those beasts is not that I had better sense, it was a shortage of intestinal fortitude.