Thursday, February 12, 2009

Up Back

No, it's not a Lyle Lovett sighting, but I do have quite an affinity towards western wear at times. I'll have to blame my grandfather for this one. Back then, I'd spent a lot of days sitting on the cellar stairs in Westbrook watching him work, covered with sawdust, making furniture. In the late afternoon, he sit me down, in front of that big Philco in the corner, to watch Hopalog Cassity and my favorite, the Ranger Rider. The hats, the leather vests and bandanas- oh my! I was intrigued! If not Dickens' England, then transport me back to the ol' West. Cast me in period costumes of "Lonesome Dove" and "Deadwood", and I'd be a happy man. Have a restless day, pardner!


  1. I like the way you write and I admire your love of Lonesome Dove and some of the others.

    The last time I saw a "cowboy" hat that looked like this one was in Tucson, Arizona in 1952. I remember I used to buy straw hats there and while they looked like a deacon's hat when off the shelf, a dunk in the horse trough a few times and the brim rolled up and the crown poked in just right and when it dried, it remained forever a cowboy hat and everyone wore them.

    And, I loved squaw boots.

    Your photos go perfectly with your writing style. Beautiful.

  2. Hey cowboy, I like your style! Great picture with the snow coming down around you.