“Each year since 2005 the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution designating the fourth Saturday of July National Day of the American Cowboy.”
"Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as cowboys, helped establish the American West...that cowboy spirit continues to infuse the nation with its solid character, sound family values, and good common sense; Whereas the cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism."
Howdy Gals! There have been a ton of Blogs written about Cowboys--what woman doesn't love a Cowboy--the kind in romance novels, anyway. I confess I first fell in love with cowboys when I began reading my mother's historical romances during high school. Those shoot 'em up, rescuing-damsels-in-distress guys had me at "Yes, ma'am."
But before we explore the COWBOY I'd like to remind readers that I'll be giving away an autographed copy of my newest release to two lucky blog posters today.
How many different kinds of COWBOYS are there anyway?
Next, we have the Naked Cowboy (see left)--he's famous. You'll find him listed in wikipedia.
On to the Cowboy Scout, Jerry Potts--now there's man to set a woman's heart fluttering!
How about the famous Urban Cowboy--who doesn't love John Travolta!
Oops, here's a Dead Cowboy--Yeah, he's seen better days.
Yum…! Calendar Cowboy to the right!
Outlaw Cowboy…any takers for Billy the Kid?
And the Hollywood Cowboy--John Wayne, last of the good guys!
Thanks to this website http://www.freakingnews.com/ we know who shouldn't be a Cowboy.
A Cowboy Clown--what a sweet smile!
Rodeo Cowboy--these guys are widow-makers.
A Real Working Cowboy--not quite so romantic-eh?
And What woman can resist a Baby Buckaroo?
And ladies, we best not forget that all cowboys eventually end up looking like an: old Buckaroo
Now that we've had an eyeful of Cowboy Candy….let's discuss what women find so sexy about the Cowboy Way of Life.
It for sure ain't the food these guys eat.
2 pounds lean beef
Half a calf heart
1/2 pounds calf liver
1 set sweetbreads
1 set brains
1 set marrow gut
Louisiana hot sauce
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup cold water
4 eggs, beaten
5 tablespoons vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
Combine sugar and flour. Add the rest of the ingredients and place in a saucepan. Cook until thick and pour into a prepared pie crust. Bake in a 375-degree oven until the crust is brown
So, we've established that Cowboy Food isn’t romantic. Let's talk about COWBOY INCOME--how much do these rope-throwin' chaps make? The average Old West cowboy drew $25 to $40 a month--I can't get my nails done for that little money. Today, a typical salary for a cowboy in New Mexico is about $1,400 a month. Cowboys may also get free housing, paid utilities, insurance coverage and perhaps some beef--thanks, but I'd rather have diamonds.
So we don't chase after Cowboys for their cooking or money or gifts of beef. We do however love these guys because they practice COWBOY CODES OF THE WEST (authorship unknown)
Don't wave at a man on a horse. It might spook the horse and the man will think you're an idiot.
After you pass someone on the trail, don't look back at him. It implies you don't trust him.
Riding another man's horse without his permission is nearly as bad as making love to his wife.
Never shoot an unarmed man. Never shoot a woman at all.
A cowboy is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do, and cowboys hate quitters.
Always be courageous. Cowards aren't tolerated in any outfit worth its salt.
A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.
Real cowboys are modest. A braggert who is "all gurgle and no guts" is not tolerated.
A cowboy doesn't talk much; he saves his breath for breathing.
Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses and cows.
What about Cowboy Codes of Wooing?
Here's some Cowboy relationship advice found in Just one Fool Thing After Another: A Cowfolks' Guide to Romance by Gladiola Montana & Tex Bix Bender
Just because you learned a lot from you last lover's leap don't mean you ain't jumpin' off a different cliff this time.
When a man asks a woman to share his lot, she has a right to know how big it is.
You gotta wear the boot to know where it pinches.
When you don't have a thing to worry about, you go and get married, and suddenly the world is a worrisome place.
For better or for worse means for good.
A man in love is incomplete until he marries--then he's finished.
No matter how much he loves you sometimes he'd just rather have an inch of rain than anything else in the world.
Most marital graves are dug with a lot of little digs.
When a woman makes up her mind you can always be sure she's gonna do exactly what she says--or not.
Have I made my made my case that Cowboys are addicting--not because of their looks, their cooking, their income, their sage advice or wooing practices but because…well, just because? Long Live the Cowboy!
Marin's current release for Harlequin American Romance just happens to be the COWBOY for the *Men Made in America* inline series. A Cowboy's Promise is in stores now! This book is the second in the Cartwright Brothers series. The first book The Cowboy and the Angel (Nov 08) received a TOP PICK from RT Magazine.
For more information on Marin and her books please visit www.marinthomas.com.