GROUNDHOG DAY

Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day.  It’s the day Punxatawney Phil supposedly comes out to see if he can see his shadow.  This is a ritual that has taken place here in the States since 1887.  It seems to be strictly an eastern thing.  But because our western pioneers were so attached to the earth with farming and cattle raising, I’ve often wondered if people on the frontier used a groundhog to tell the weather.

Incidentally, since 1887 Phil has seen his shadow 99 times, not seen it 16 times, and there are 9 years with no record.  How well has he done?  Phil has forecasted the weather correctly only 39 percent of the time.

Sorry Phil, I’ll stick with my weatherman.  He does a slightly better job.

COWBOY FAST DRAW

The Outdoor Channel’s Shooting USA program is scheduled to broadcast The Fastest Gun Alive Tournament – The World Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw, which is held in Fallon, NV in early October each year.

The sport of Cowboy Fast Draw is run by the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, based in Fernley, NV.  Its unique format using special wax bullet ammunition allows CFDA events to be held at almost any location and the organization has over 50 affiliated chapters across the USA and several other countries.

Shooting USA can be seen on the Outdoor Channel three times on February 8th at noon, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Central Time.

To get more information about the organization go to: http://www.cowboyfastdraw.com/

BEN TRAYWICK

Came down to Tombstone yesterday and will be leaving mid­-morning today.  In reference to an earlier entry, so far I’ve been able to dodge all the bullets.  I’m confident I’ll survive.

We spend yesterday afternoon and had dinner with our good friends Ben and Mary Traywick.  Ben is Tombstone’s historian emeritus.  Mary cooked us an unbelievable Mexican dinner.  She’s written a book about her cooking called Fiery Foods of Tombstone.

Speaking of writing books, Ben has written 37 books with 25 of those about Tombstone.  He’s also written over 1200 magazine and newspaper articles.

The interesting thing about his writing is he doesn’t know how to type and doesn’t have a computer.  He writes everything out long hand and Mary types it up…Incidentally; he’s finishing two more books.  This 85 year old is talking about writing a half dozen more books.

Incidentally, if you would like to check out some of his books go to:  http://chronicleoftheoldwest.com/merchandise.shtml

WESTERN MUSIC EVENT

Yesterday we attended a western music concert put on by the Arizona Chapter of the Western Music Association.  It was held at Old Tucson Studios in Tucson, AZ.

Old Tucson is where a number of John Wayne movies were filmed as well as the TV High Chaparral.

We listened to some great performances, including our good friends Jim and Jeanne Martin who are shown performing here.

Incidentally this is the first picture I’ve taken with my new iPhone.

HIGH NOON AMERICANA SHOW

Went to the High Noon Western Americana Show in Phoenix.  The highlight was renewing old acquaintances.

Exhibitors at the show have virtually anything a person could want from antique guns to trade blankets.

They always have an auction on Saturday evening.  The highlight of this year’s show was Pancho Villa’s silver threaded saddle…Which, incidentally, was his last saddle.

The saddle was scheduled to bring a price between $150,000 and $250,000.

We had been asked over to friends for dinner.  So, we were unable to attend.  But, if it was like other recent Western Memorabilia auctions, it made or surpassed this price.

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