Cowboy Town is a state of mind, not a place. It’s wherever old-fashioned manners are practiced–opening and holding doors, saying “Yes, Ma’am”, tipping a hat, giving a hearty handshake and looking the other person straight in the eye when you do it. It’s having your word, as the old saying goes, be your bond.
I was on the Flint Rasmussen show yesterday, over at Cowboy Christmas, and just like last year, it was a kick. Fellow guests were country singer Susie Dobbs, Amy Wilson, Miss Rodeo America, 2008, and a handsome bronc buster named Kelly Timberman. Afterward, I signed books at the Montana Silversmiths booth there at the trade show, and lots of people complimented me on the show. As I said then, Flint is a pro. He makes it easy for the rest of us to look good.
I went to the rodeo again last night, with Diana Wong, of Harlequin, who flew all the way from Toronto to attend. We got to sit in one of the ‘suites’, thanks to Steve Miller, who makes so many fabulous things possible. Diana had never been to a rodeo, and here she was at the National Finals.
It was a special night for another reason. It was Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, meaning all the cowboys wore pink shirts, supporting the fight against breast cancer, and lots of folks in the audience sported pink, too–including me. Over $200,000 was raised through the dedicated efforts of a lot of good people.
And I guess I’d better go. Today is the Justin Crisis Luncheon.
I’ll tell you all about it.