I love cowboys.
I grew up watching John Wayne movies with my dad and Clint Eastwood Spaghetti westerns with my stepdad. Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., and Johnny Cash were always on the 8-track player or the AM radio. In high school, I usually had a Louis L’Amour dime-novel in my backpack next to my Stephen King huge bible.
Living on a ranch, riding horses, exploring canyons and gulches was a frequent day dream of mine. However, reality involved an Ohio farm, a small farm town, and way too much humidity.
I moved out west as soon as I could, but my version of the west keeps including cities, since small western ranch-towns don’t usually need technical writers.
So, what spurred me to start down this Old West trail of thoughts? I read Jacquie Roger’s latest book, Much Ado About Marshals this last weekend. If you like western historical with lots of laughs and fun adventures mixed with fun romance, you’ll enjoy her story about Daisy, a wanna-be detective, stuck in a time when women were supposed to get married and have babies and not go around trying to solve crimes. Jacquie got me thinking a lot about life in the Old West and what life might really have been like.
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized what a puny wimp I am and how I couldn’t handle it, starting with the outdoor toilets in the middle of winter. However, I would have loved all of the wide-open spaces. But I’d have missed modern medicine. Yet the lack of so many laws and societal rules would have been refreshing. Although I’d miss my computer when I sat down to write my books.
But I sure do love those cowboys. 🙂
What do you think? Would you have preferred living in the Old West rather than the here and now? What would you have liked about it most? What would you miss the most from the twenty-first century?