Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.
Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
A friend of mine would lament that she couldn't find decent guys to date because there were no cowboys. She wasn't in Montana when she said this and she was not referring to the clothes. It wasn't the hat, boots and belt buckle she was looking for, it was someone with a certain kind of heart. At the time I was a little smitten with this girl and the idea of being more cowboy like suddenly became appealing. Unfortunately I had no cowboy role models at the previous address. The question has hung with me ever since. How can I be more cowboy?
There are enough cowboys here in Montana that I am learning to recognize them when I see them. And no, it's not the hat that is the giveaway, it's more in the way they carry themselves. It's the style and the approach to problems and a way of presenting oneself without pretense.
Cowboys have a certain romantic appeal to them. They embody honesty, self sufficiency, hard work. They can be stubborn and single minded toward their lives, and there is little difference between work and life. In spite of the romantic view, they can also have some pretty abrasive personalities. I don't always understand what women see in them.
One think the thing I like about cowboys is the passion; for work and for land and for beasts. They can show great creativity and I have been awestruck by cowboy art and poetry. I am impressed that they find it important to take the time for poetry.
I am learning to understand cowboys more, but I don't think I completely get it yet. I don't spend much time with horses, but I hope it's not too late to be a cowboy when I grow up.
It's so subtle yet respectful and if done right, can be very seductive.
So get yourself a hat!
The Answer was "homeless".
There are cowboys and then there are cowboys...
There is more Jones in the archives: February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 December 2009 January 2010 May 2014