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post #121 of 132 Old 09-27-2013, 10:29 PM
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You will have quite a ways to go. I'm not sure I could tell punk rock from the other stuff that it out there.

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post #122 of 132 Old 09-28-2013, 07:11 AM
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You ladies kill me at times

I probably shouldn't say this. Some of you will already know it. Some of you obviously don't think about it. Hopefully I won't shatter anyone's carefully cultivated perception (like a friend of who still sees all deer as Bambi ).

People who work cattle are not animal lovers in the way that the vast majority of people have a perception of "animal lovers". While admittedly it's been about 27-28 years (it's been awhile) since I last worked cattle (I took a 4 year break between the age 23-27 and give it up completely around 29) I can't imagine that some things have changed that much.

For the most part (there's always the odd exception) we did love our horse (probably in much the way a race driver loves his car). They were a primary tool we used in doing our job. We depended on them. We became acutely aware of their value if they were good. Equally aware of their short comings if they weren't (which meant they were soon replaced). No, my QH was a cattleman's dream and was never in any danger of losing her job, but we did have one that wasn't worth his feed for working cattle and probably ended up as someone's trail horse somewhere.
So we love our horse, but it earns that love.

Cattle represented our pay. We work hard to have every calf born healthy. Worked hard to keep all the cattle alive so that they can all be killed, slaughtered and turn into roast, steak, hamburger, pet food, leather jackets/coats, hats, shoes, purses, wallets, etc, etc, etc (you get the picture ), because that's what gives us a paycheck. Those animals are a product. Just like the farmer who grows wheat or the one who's chickens produce eggs, or the people who make clothing, or tires, or microchips, or saddle blankets (especially those colorful designed ones geared to all of girls that ride ....I used an old Army blanket ). We get sick to our stomach when we find a dead cow (it's not a pretty sight and you hate that the animal might have suffered before it finally died), but it also meant a financial loss.

I guess one difference from most jobs is that if you work cattle long enough you'll spend more time cursing them then most products get cursed . They can be very uncooperative and often during the worst weather. Most people who've worked cattle can probably tell you more stories about what a pain in the backside cattle are then stories about how wonderful it is. Find some guy (or girl) who's been the drag a few times and ask them how enjoyable that was and how much they liked cattle at the end of that day (drags not a hard job, but it can be pretty bad).

We loved cattle just like you love your paycheck.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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You ladies kill me at times
We just like the hats, the boots, and the jeans.............

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We loved cattle just like you love your paycheck.
My friends and I like cows a bit more than that.

We also like working out in weather. There are more decent days than any extreme, dust, mud, bitter cold or scorching heat, but even the extremes bring their own beauty, add to stories, and memories.

Whether a paid hand, or with my own, I like being part of the industry. I've met people from Africa, Europe, and Central America, who have praised the low cost, tasty beef produced here in the States. I like being part of that.

A man from Somalia hugged me in Denver saying he appreciated how "generous" ranchers in America are to share their cattle (and the meat) with others (a random meeting on the street, and because of my clothing he approached me). I thought that was kind of kooky until I bought him a coffee and listened to how things were, and how difficult it was for people to get any meat product in his part of Africa.

But, on topic, most people, and women specifically, don't see beyond the clothing and horses. They may like the look, but wouldn't like the dirt, isolation, hours, bruises, wrinkles, sun spots, low end fashion of everyday work wear, cancelled events because the cattle come first...

But it's all good. Heck, we even have the internet out here!
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Whether a paid hand, or with my own, I like being part of the industry. I've met people from Africa, Europe, and Central America, who have praised the low cost, tasty beef produced here in the States. I like being part of that.

A man from Somalia hugged me in Denver saying he appreciated how "generous" ranchers in America are to share their cattle (and the meat) with others (a random meeting on the street, and because of my clothing he approached me). I thought that was kind of kooky until I bought him a coffee and listened to how things were, and how difficult it was for people to get any meat product in his part of Africa.

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And my point is made

You raise and care for the cattle so they can be slaughtered. It's how they pay for themselves (and how you get paid). Oh how "animal lover" dismay over that. "How can we raised all those cute little cows and then send them off to be slaughtered?" (it's so cruel and heartless)
All of the "animal lovers" I know don't like to think about where the bacon and hamburger in their bacon double cheeseburger comes from .
I even know one that swears off meat periodically, but then succumbs later (usually during the Spring cookouts or if I cook her a nice tagine meal) and goes back to eating meat again until her animal lover guilt makes her start the whole cycle over again . I've asked her why she bothers since she knows she's going to ultimately give in again, but she's hoping that one day she can win out and not go back to eating meat. Like a true animal lover she's ok with unfertile eggs and dairy (all maintained under humane conditions of course ), but it's those poor little brown eye calves and knowing that the cute little pigs are as smart as her dog that keep her on a yoyo
My animal lover friends (of which I have many ) dismay of me calling chickens "coq au vin" still in feathers, pigs as pork chops on the hoof, a cow as sauerbraten and when there's a pig and cow both in the area it's a real treat as roulanden . Of course they all know the pigs and cows are destine for someone's stomach. It's being reminded of it that they object to

Ah, but that's off the topic of women liking cowboys , except that it's what being a real cowboy is all about. Working cattle that are destined for the slaughter house. Except the industrial cattle farms that raise them on feed lots....they still go to the slaughter house, but don't really need "cowboys" (not much point in riding a horse in feed lots to push cattle ).

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WSArabs-He's the lead singer from MCR, right? I had the hots for him, too xD Still do...

Anyway. I can appreciate a good looking man, regardless of his occupation and style. Some just appeal more or less than others. I'm currently dating a "hipster" .__. How did that happen...?
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Is a hipster somewhat like a punk rocker?

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post #128 of 132 Old 09-28-2013, 08:42 PM
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WSArabs-He's the lead singer from MCR, right? I had the hots for him, too xD Still do...

Anyway. I can appreciate a good looking man, regardless of his occupation and style. Some just appeal more or less than others. I'm currently dating a "hipster" .__. How did that happen...?
He was, yes. They aren't together anymore but I'm hoping he goes solo. Amazing performer live - some people suck live, he sounds just like his records. And so easy to look at.

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Is a hipster somewhat like a punk rocker?
Depends who you ask I guess. For a punk rocker I picture the guy I posted. Hipster I picture a sideways hat, wife beaters or jerseys and their rear end hanging out of their pants.

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Sounds frightening.......

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