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LIVING THE CODE

Since 2004 I’ve been intrigued with a code of ethics that was developed during the 300 years the United States had a frontier.  Through Book Cover C To CChronicle of the Old West, our publication, and our weekly radio show I’ve promoted seven precepts that came from that code of ethics.

 Those seven precepts have now become a book.  It’s called “Living The Code.”  This book came from a lifetime of conversations and the written words of men and women of principal, theologians, historians and educators.

 I truly believe these seven precepts have the ability to change a person’s life.

Incidentally, Living The Code has a five star rating on Amazon.com.  For more information you can go to www.LivingTheCode.com.

 

END OF TRAIL

We’re headed to End of Trail that’s taking place at the SASS Founder’s Ranch east of Albuquerque.

This is the International Championships of the Single Action Shooters Society. There will be participants from most states and several foreign countries. Cowboy Action Shooting is truly an international sport. As well, it’s a family sport. Not only men, but their wives and children participate.

If you happen to be attending either as a contestant or visitor, stop by our booth and tell us you’re a part of Cowboy to Cowboy. We’ll give you a free CD or Old West stories.

THE PROSPECTOR & THE GUNFIGHTER

Here’s a story with not one, but five lessons for each of us:

An old prospector shuffled into town leading a tired old mule.  The old man headed straight for the only saloon to clear his parched throat.

He walked up and tied his old mule to the hitch rail.  As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey old man, have you ever danced?”

The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No, I never did dance.  Never really wanted to.”

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, “Well, you old fool, you’re gonna dance now,” and started shooting at the old man’s feet.

The old prospector — not wanting to get a toe blown off — started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet.  Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers.

The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air.  The crowd stopped laughing immediately.

The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly.  The silence was almost deafening.

The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man’s hands, as he quietly said, “Son, have you ever kissed a mule’s ass?”

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No sir. But — I’ve always wanted to.”

There are a few lessons for us all here:

1 – Never be arrogant.

2 – Don’t waste ammunition.

3 – Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.

4 – Always, always make sure you know who has the power.

5 – Don’t mess with old men; they didn’t get old by being stupid.

LOUIS L’AMOUR CONTEST

I sure hope everyone is checking out the Louis L’Amour Trivia Contest.  Each month we have a trivia question about Louis L’Amour and his writing.

 We have a monthly winner with a prize of Louis L’Amour logo merchandise.  Then, at the end of the year all of the monthly winners are entered in a drawing for a complete collection of Louis L’Amour’s 120 books valued at $625.

Last month’s winner was Kay Lettner of Port Richey, Florida.

To enter just click on the Louis L’Amour plank above.  As they say, “If you don’t enter, you can’t win.

CAN YOUR FAVORITE COWBOY ACTOR RIDE A HORSE?

I saw a western movie over the weekend.  As someone who’s put in many a mile horseback, I think it’s funny watching some of those “reel” cowboys ride a horse.  It’s not so bad that someone who’s never ridden wouldn’t pick up on it.  But someone with any level of skill can recognize a novice from an expert.

And speaking of horseback riding, we have a new affiliate.  It’s master horseman, Jim Milton.  Jim has a package that will improve any person’s riding skills.  Even if you don’t have a horse, and only get on one once in a long while, this package can make you look better, and have more fun when you do ride.  It will also help you recognize those movie actors who can and can’t ride.  I’m getting one for myself and Sunny.  Here’s their link: http://www.horse-ridinglessons.com/?hop=cboytocboy

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