Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cowboy Country

So yesterday we had dinner at Trapper's Restaurant in Taylor, AZ and two cowboys came in after a hard day of working on the ranch. Some visitors to this blog may never have seen a real cowboy. I know it's a pretty novel experience for me.

So do real cowboys look and dress the way they do in the movies? You know, the wide brimmed hat, the distinctive boots, swaggering into a place with their thumbs looped around their extra big belt buckles, and a gun in a holster visible on their hip?

Yep. They sure do around here anyway.

The scenery looks like it came out of a cowboy movie, too. And you should read the local newspapers! It's very different from what you'd find in Boston or Santa Cruz.

We went to see the local Snowflake High School production of "Oklahoma!" last week. They did the whole thing, all three hours or more including the really well-staged ballet numbers. They were GOOD! And if they had been singing the words as "A -- ri-zona!" in the title tune it would have been as if they were doing a play about the local scene. Cowboys and farmers, "where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain." When the kids -- it seemed like every kid in the school was in this -- sang about this place being about "Plen'y of air and plen'y of room, Plen'y of room to swing a rope! Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope." I think everyone in the room agreed.

We met a man who just moved to the Snowflake area, out aways near where we are. They bought a 3 bedroom house in great shape and 80 acres for $94,000 and then, when they found out the 40 acre lot next door to theirs was available for $14,000, they bought that, too. At 74 years old he and his brand new wife are full of hopes and dreams. They have horses and a new business and seem pretty gung ho.

By contrast, there is a lot of poverty in the area and the "downtown," if you can call it that, is all of three blocks long. Not a lot of activity but definitely a lot of heart. And that's a lot of fun.


Kala Pohl Studio said...

Hi Sheryl, can't say I have seen a real cowboy yet:) Thank you for stopping by my blog. With regard to art licensing, I researched on the web. The big shows, like Surtex, and Licensing International have list of exhibitors - a good place to start. Then it is a matter of checking out their websites to see what is a good fit for your type of art. Send them e-mails with links to your site and hope for a response. I also suggest following up after 3 months or so. Good luck:)

Sheryl Karas said...

Thank you very much! I'm very interested in finding out more. I appreciate the suggestions.