Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cowboys Around Campfire


Good Thursday Morning to you all! I hope you are enjoying roundup week as much as I am. I love these old photographs of real men living the Cowboy Way. This picture is  classic, and shows cowboys on the range, sitting around a campfire. I think perhaps part of the problem with our Nation today is too few men sitting around campfires. More cowboying, and less TV watching, I say.

30 comments:

  1. YEAH!!!
    Last day of work.
    Tomorrow is a Holiday, it's a day off because Saturday falls on the 1st.

    Look like the only guy wearing a straw hat is the focal point of the talking.
    It also looks like it might be starting to rain. I noticed what looks like rain drops on the couple of the light colored shirts.

    That fire looks kind of dangerous, all that grass with out a fire break around the pit itself.

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  2. So much for Cowboys always wearing guns as in the Western movies.
    In all the photos you have shown us this week, not one cowboy had on any kind of gun, and Montana is still a fairly wild country with snakes and wolves

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  3. Right on, PJM!

    Young guys today will sit around a campfire if someone will cut and gather the wood, lay the fire then light it. And after they sit around the fire a few minutes, they will pull out their Iphones and begin playing a game while ignoring the others around them. This behavior will deprive them of one of the most pleasant pastimes they could imagine....actually talking back and forth over the fire until it it finishrd and then continuing in the dark for a while after.

    Working cattle during the day would help them lose much of the excess weight gained sitting at their computer and give them some "animal sense" that will serve them all their lives.

    Happy New Year to all!

    Al

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  4. Hey!

    Women can sit around the campfire too you know.

    Who's going to make the s'mores?

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  5. tomorrows mystery person should be a young gabby hayes

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  6. Interesting blog, love the pics your comments are also very good.

    peace
    mark

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  7. Anon,
    Just a reminder . . . Mystery Person Contest is on Saturday.

    I have already selected the photo, and I assure you the Evil Nate Maas will be defeated this week.
    PJM

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  8. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of traditional cowboy life one can pursue here in Nassau County, Long Island, NY.
    Taking personal responsibility for doing what's right ain't a bad start. Other than that I'm pretty much limited to my boots and watching the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) on TV.

    John

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  9. John,
    Why not shake things up and move to Texas, Wyoming, or Montana?
    PJM

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  10. There is much in what Al says about iphones, campfires and young guys.

    In my son's Boy Scout troop we've had a long standing policy of banning electronic devices (iphones, ipods, cell phones, etc.) on outings. Works great. With nothing to do but talk to one another, they do that and become better friends.

    Everyone in our troop knows how to build and handle a campfire. While anyone can do it, it's usually the Senior Patrol leader who grabs the honor.

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  11. PJM,
    As a New York City based dentist it's a big step to relocate. I've spent many hours bending my wife's ear about moving to Texas or Kentucky or Tennessee. I've never felt at home in urban areas.

    John

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  12. John,
    May I suggest taking the Mrs. on a vacation to the Texas Hill Country. Go to San Marcus, Fredericksburg or Kerville. Then while there, visit Austin, San Antonio, and the various little communities along the way. Do it in March when the bluebonnets are in full bloom, and drive along the "Bluebonnet Trail". She will be hooked.

    Consider the advantages of Texas Living . . . no state income tax, reasonable sales taxes (no sales taxes on groceries), reasonable property taxes, and friendliest people you will ever meet.

    Texas can always use a good dentist.
    PJM

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  13. Say... HJM never did fess up to what he was supervising in the PJM backyard, did he?

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  14. No,
    Handsome Jack is keeping this one quiet. There appears to be no activity at the site when I am around Perhaps next week progress will resume.
    PJM

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  15. Great old photos this week..I really enjoyed them. Mostly a bygone era ..although I know a few trying to keep it alive:)

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  16. Love your blog. We recently returned from a stint on the Rancho de los Caballeros dude ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona. If you are interested in learning more about the ranch, feel free to visit my blog. I recently posted an article about it. Congratulations on the Blog of Note status!

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  17. Been reading your blog for sometime but never had much to include in the discussion till now. Things have always been different in the west, the isolation, the difficult terrain, huge area have all worked to shape a different view of things from both coasts of the U.S. and even from the Southern States.

    Today the common phrase is "Cowboy Ethics" or "The Code of the West". Here in Wyoming both the State Legislature and the University (we have only one 4 year school) have adopted the code, in the case of the State its now a law: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2010/Engross/SF0051.pdf

    The University College of Business in association with a whole bunch of others have produced a movie about how the code needs to fit into the world today. THere is a preview of it at:
    http://vimeo.com/7931683

    Seems a large number of people in Washington could do with a viewing.

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  18. I agree. Men need time to be together and just plain be men.

    My father grew up in Wyoming in the 1930s. I have a few similar images of fellas in that area ranching.

    Thanks for all the time you put into this wonderfully entertaining blog. Education can be entertaining.

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  19. Anon, no worries, I have already selected my likely answers to PJM's probable mystery photos, and while I can't assure you that super villainy won't enjoy a premature victory breakfast, I can promise you I will try to prevent it with all my effort.

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  20. Dave Nelson, ditto for Troop 308 in San Luis Obispo, California.

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  21. I agree with you...need to More cowboying, less Tving....Happy new Year...!

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  22. That standing cowboy with the black hat... is that a crack pipe he's holding??

    j/k. Happy New Year, everyone!

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  23. Joe,
    You might be right, but I think it is a syringe and bottle of antibiotics for the cattle.
    PJM

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  24. This photo needs speculation on the conversation! I reckon (that's right, I said "reckon") that the guy in the black is the Ranch owner, & the guy next to him talking is the boss. I believe their may be some lively chatter going on among the hands.

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  25. The scene looks really peaceful and laid back. I wonder what they were talking about. Maybe their cows and farms. ^_^ I love looking at photos, they always lead you to making up stories about the situations pictured.

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  26. I loved these series. I'm a history grad student studying cowboys and the American West and this series was absolutely fantastic!

    I definitely agree though that we need less watching TV and more of just about anything else. Especially more outside working and cowboying.

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  27. I feel as if I am travelling back into the past.
    Wishing you a very happy and blessed New year!

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