One night I awoke, to my mind spinning with memories and stories of long ago. I tried going back to sleep, but sleep wouldn’t be possible until this was down on paper. This night opened the door to the past and my old cowboy was reborn.
So let’s go back a some years… I’ve always been a bit of a loner, home for me was a pretty lonely place, one to escape from, when I could. My horse and dog were my best friends and when not at school, I was out riding my horse, his name was Diablo. He was an adopted wild mustang, who was supposed to be trained, but was only green broke when I got him. We grew up together and had the most wonderful bond, he was my world. We spent many years exploring the mountains, hills and valleys near my house. Looking back, I can see how special it all really was. I loved the raw beauty of the land, and sometimes we’d just rest by a stream listening to the music created by the water dancing over rocks, shutting out the rest of the world. We had so many special moments together for so many years. There actually was another side to spending so much time in the mountains alone. I found myself in more than just a few dangerous situations and was very blessed and lucky to get out of them unscathed. It made me realize how alone and far from help we really were in an emergency situation, (and no, we couldn’t just call someone, cell phones hadn’t been invented yet). Anyways, I think all those experiences along with the loneliness helped fuel my *Walter Mitty-ish imagination and was the genesis of my imaginary friend, he became a protector and riding companion of sorts. Of course he offered no protection in a real situation, but tell that to the imagination… So ‘Just an Old Cowboy” is in poem form and the first of my stories about some of our adventures.
I hope you enjoy them and have great and wondrous adventures!
I don’t have many pictures of my horse and I together, so I posted this video with a very small part I had in a movie, that I rode my horse in, I would be a terrible actress, I was pretty pathetic, Oh well. (= It’s filmed at the bottom of the hills, below the mountains we would ride in. To see the film called ‘Marijuana 1968’ go to Marijuana 1968 and scroll to reel 27:43
I wouldn’t be surprised it it’s #1 on ”Rotten Tomatoes’, Sony Bono narrated and I think he might have been stoned, hehe
* The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber https://youtu.be/KUQO1O9__d4 Walter Mitty had his own secret world, created by am extreme imagination. I guess mine wasn’t that bad, compared to his.
Mr Wrong by Mary J Blige, love her! featuring Drake
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In 1968 I was in this cheesy short film riding my horse (see 27:43)< I start here. They used to show this film to the guys just before sending them over to Vietnam. I guess after watching this they didn’t mind as much. (=
http://buff.ly/12KxI0F Marijuana (1968) is a short film that is hosted by Sonny Bono. They wouldn’t let me wear any makeup and they had me take off my moccasins. So funny!
They did some filming in our house and backyard (pool with guy sitting on the diving board). They also showed our high school football team, and I have friends and my sister in it. I had never seen it before late 2012, it was on TV and I saw the pool shot and told my husband it was my parent’s house (he didn’t believe me, hehe). So I found it online and we were both surprised. The past has a way of following us!
Children are like sponges and generally absorb more information in a shorter time than adults. So it has always been up to adults to make sure that they are educated and protected from extremely negative information. I think at this point we should be reevaluating what is feeding this increase in youth violence. It actually wouldn’t hurt to tone down some of the violence in games, movies and TV either. Desensitizing is not new, it has been used for centuries to ready troops for fighting. Unfortunately it seems that some are acting out some of the violence they see. If you think I’m just a right wing conservative, your very wrong. I have always been a moderate and I have no agenda, other than to speak out when I think it can help. To have this many reoccurring shootings and violence coming from our youth is not normal! I actually think it’s a pretty strong warning. The hormonal imbalance going on as a child matures is pretty erratic, one moment laughing the next crying and so on. A happy well balanced child may not have an issue with all of the violence, but obviously there are some that are. All I’m saying is to check out what is on the games, movies and TV and come to your own conclusion. Those of you out there directing, producing and so on, would it kill you to take it down a notch. Hansi Riley