I have been reading around the web a lot looking for great reads on writing and I came across a blog called ‘Head Over Heels’ by Lee Pitts. I was hooked from the beginning and was thrilled to see that she was going to be sharing her blog with me. She has an amazing style of writing and I’m a big fan!
Head Over Heels is a fairly recent release by Lee Pitts, and it is a novel he wrote for his daughter Rosie. The book is a sort of coming of age story for Rosie, about a 17-year-old girl named Rosie who is trying to figure out her calling in life.Lee Pitts is a freelance columnist for The and Paso Robles Press; you can email [email protected] While the average American lives by a rulebook that wouldn’t fit on 28 supercomputers, the Cowboys’ rulebook fits in a back pocket. Go for the brand. Never go off the straight. Always drink before the herd. Never lick a steak knife. Always ride your horse on soft ground. Never sit on a bull when you’re drunk. Don’t hang anything on a string that you’re not going to notice, dose or eat. And always wear spurs with a loop in them. I know some cowboys will take exception to this last rule, but I feel qualified to discuss this topic because I have been a collector of tracks and track skins since I was a kid. I have over 250 leather tracks. Now you may be wondering: What is a leather track for? I could reply like a wise old man and say that when one side of the horse disappears, the other soon follows, but the truth is that I collected them to copy and mimic the styles and patterns of instruments. Basically, there are three styles of tracks: the Texan style, which is very similar to the Texans: sturdy, strong, very practical, often with low buttons and not too flashy decorations. At the other end of the spectrum is the California-style Vaquero, very shiny, with lots of silver and beautiful engraving. Finally, there is the Plains style, which is a cross between the Texas style and the Vaquero style. In the California and Plains tradition, the leather used for spurs was often decorated with carved conchos and beautiful carvings. You don’t pay for a silver buckle and nice leather only to have it tucked into your leg so all you see is a two dollar buckle. On every pair of spurs I own that were made in the 19th century, the loop is on the inside. NO MATTER WHAT! If you need more proof, look at old photos of vaqueros and you will see large conchs outside their large espuela. I believe it was the great cowboy historian Andy Adams who said: Any cowboy on a stallion who covered his tracks would be shot at dawn. The only old pictures I’ve seen of buckles being worn on the outside are of Buffalo Bill with huge three-inch buckles on the outside of his tall boots, and of old Texas cowboys squatting around a campfire with buckles on the outside. But remember, Texas spurs have always been more practical, and boots with a buckle on the outside are easier to undo. They’re also less artistic, so the Cowboys weren’t really clogged up. Lately, people seem to be abandoning the old traditions left and right, and with the proliferation of three-piece leather, the buckles can be placed on or next to the spur leather. I have noticed that many rodeo cowboys wear these skins, but I refuse to wear them when asked. A scout can do them too. I’m not an idiot; I know it would be a big mistake to ignore the leather tracks closing on the outside. A few years ago I made leather spurs and engraved beautiful silver conchos for a friend. Right now, this friend is in a phase of his life where he leaves work early, eats tea with prunes, and goes to bed at 7:30. I saw him score last week and was shocked to see him wearing his leather pants with the buckle on the outside that hid all my good work. I asked him about it, and he said: Look at it. He walked over to the tree stump, sat down and picked up one of those devices you use when you can’t reach something. The crafty man then grabbed the free end of the leather track on the outside of his boot, hooked it with Velcro, pulled on the stick and the track fell out of his boot. I was panting: Leather spurs with conchos and tools inside! Where is the world going? This is another sign that our country is sliding down a slippery slope.
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We’ll get through this together, Atascadero.