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Whatchamacallit 72: Cowboy Potholders

A few years ago one of my friends gave me these cowboy potholders as a (I believe) birthday present.

I love them – and they stay on my kitchen wall having never been used for their nominal intended use.

Instead they are beefcake I admire during pauses in cooking – a whimsical take on […]

Whatchamacallit 10: GO WYO

This is the first in a series of “GO WYO” license plates that adorned my cars – back when I lived in the States and when I owned cars. Follow up license plates were in Indiana, “The Crossroads of America” plate and the exceptionally ugly “www.IN.gov” plate that was issued later in my Indiana-time.


Random Thoughts for January 20, 2013

My Wyoming Cowboys won their basketball game against #15 San Diego State last night. Given the scheduled game times, I tend to sleep through the vast majority of the games – February 16th is the most plausible game for me to watch/hear live, if it weren’t for the fact that I already have plans […]

18:00 CET: I took the (cute) bus to downtown Laramie

It’s Thursday in Laramie, Wyoming, and I decided to go downtown to do a little shopping and a little coffee drinking – and while I could have driven downtown in, uh, give or take 5 minutes, I took the Gem City Grand Bus Route – which, between my hotel and downtown, makes […]

18:00 CET: Traveling down Colfax at 10 in the morning… on the way to Wyoming

Tuesday morning, before heading north, I went to a coffee shop in order to get caught up on my email—for while I might be on vacation, some aspects of work need somewhat regular attention.

I found myself on Colfax Avenue at 18:00 CET – a warm, sunny, Tuesday morning at 10 in Denver.

February 15th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | Category: memories, Wyoming | 2 comments - (Comments are closed)

Munich Cowboys: Playing with the what again?!

This advertising campaign wouldn’t fly in the United States, but this advertisement is for the Munich Cowboys, an American Football team, and it’s made me want to go to an American football game.

Munich Cowboys / via Cowboy Altitude


Denver’s Cowtown Moment: Going to the Rodeo

I went to see a rodeo at the National Western Stock Show with a friend my first day in Denver.

At its heart, Denver has a longstanding struggle over what best represents the city. On the one hand there are the gleaming skyscrapers and its reliance on the telecommunications and cable industry, and, on the […]

Art by TQE

TQE's Western Art Creation

Created with artwork from the Whitney Gallery of Western Art’s collection at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.

(click on image to see it in its full size)


Wyoming Memories: Cowboys Crying

The stereotypical Cowboy in Wyoming is, by inherent definition, the definition of hyper-masculinity.

Accordingly, these men never, ever cry.

Not once, ever, never.

Well… maybe every once in awhile—but rarely.

These are the guys who grew up on a ranch and would come to the university only to be stunned by the overwhelming selection of […]

Cowboy Up

One of the great American Myths is the Cowboy Myth.

And, at times, I fall for it, hook, line, and sinker. Even though I am a flaming liberal, after six years in Wyoming, I came to appreciate the Cowboy Ideal. After moving to Indiana, there were people who were utterly convinced that I was born […]