by Curt Kovener
There’s probably no one more independent, down to earth, and plain speaking than the American cowboy. The western lifestyle—or at least the romance and longing to be associated with that life—is manifested and replicated throughout most of the U.S. Just look at the number of Hoosiers who wear western boots. Yep, I raised my hand. The Governor of Indiana did too.
I sometimes play music with some friends at the Story Inn in southern Brown County. It’s a stopping off point for riders along the horsetrail at Brown County State Park. And with a larger than ordinary handlebar moustache, they sometimes ask if I am a horseman. Nope, just a Southern Hoosier cowboy wannabe.
But I do like the cowboy logic and philosophy. Some are obvious, some a humorous; all of them are true. And having learned that our back page cowboy columnist Lee Pitts recently suffered a stroke, these may help lift his and your spirits.
•Don’t squat with your spurs on.
•Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.
•Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
•The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swallow.
•If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
•If it don’t seem like it’s worth the effort, it probably ain’t.
•It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
•The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.
•Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
•If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
•Don’t worry about bitin’ off more’n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger’n you think.
•Always drink upstream from the herd.
•Generally, you ain’t learnin’ nothing when your mouth’s a-jawin’.
•Tellin’ a man to git lost and makin’ him do it are two entirely different propositions.
•If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there with ya.
•Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
•When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.
•When you’re throwin’ your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
•Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back.
•Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s sure crucial to know what it was.
•The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.
•Never miss a good chance to shut up.
But now I have puzzled myself. With each one of these I re-wrote, why did I think of our elected officials?
by Curt Kovener