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Big Al's View Of The World


A cowboy walks into a biker bar with three hot chicks.
It sounds like the beginning of some joke doesn’t it. Well, it was actually real life for me last weekend.

We decided to take a friend of ours out for the night. We thought we might go to a local music festival that had one of those new Texas bands playing. Turns out the band was pretty good but we were the only “old” people there. Not exactly true, there were two other older couples that showed up later and I’ll be danged if they didn’t come stand right behind us. We looked like a bunch of xx killer cows standing in a herd of tiger stripe F1 heifers. It wasn’t real hard to spot us in the herd to say the least.

To make things worse the concert was held in a covered only building on a night that was not friendly. It was drizzling rain and cold. After about 30 minutes we decided we needed another venue to call home. A quick glance at Facebook showed us that our favorite bar had a big name star that night and you had to buy tickets in advance. So much for going there. Part of our party had gone to another bar the week prior and said how good it was so we decided to head that way. This is all taking place on a Friday night and our friend had gone to this bar on a Saturday night the week prior. When we pulled up it looked kind of dead. There just wasn’t a lot of cars in the parking lot. We would find out in just a few minutes.

Being the gentleman that I am, I held the door for the ladies and was closing the door behind me when those words every cowboy wants to hear. “A cowboy walks into a biker bar with three hot chicks.”

Just so happened the band was in between songs at that exact moment and as most lead singers are, this guy thought he was a comedian. At the exact moment the entire bar was turning around to look at us and we realized the singer was talking about us. Awkward does not describe it well enough. It was more like one of those “Oh sh_t!” moments.

We quickly found our way to an empty table and had a big laugh. I wasn't sure if I was the cowboy in Chris LeDoux’s song or the one in Colorado KoolAid but I was for sure the only person in there wearing a cowboy hat. As it turned out these were “friendly” bikers. Everyone left with all of their ears and no one had to ride a black tornado or bulldog the Mississippi.

We got home in time to stop at Whataburger for a taquito and the world was a great place again.

Speaking of Whataburger, we went to the MusicFest at Steamboat this year. That was six days with no Whataburger. A person can only live on McDonalds for so long. I was able to check a few things off of my bucket list on this trip. As you can see in the picture above we stopped at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. I’m not trying to speak for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, but it was not what I was expecting at all. It was a little bit underwhelming to be exact. Just a bunch of cars buried in the dirt in the middle of a field covered with trash. The cars had been there so long and had so much paint on them you had a hard time figuring out what was what. We got a good picture and now we can say we’ve been.

After driving 287 to Amarillo and then across to Raton we had seen enough of the wide open country. As soon as we got to Pueblo we took an exit and went “cross country” into the mountains. I’ve never been an “interstate” person and this was no exception. The drive was beautiful and had to be experienced in person.

If you’ve never been to the MusicFest in Steamboat and you like Texas Country Music, you should probably go at some point. It was fun, the shows were great and the skiing was good.
It was freezing at home when we left and it was even colder when we got there but as they say it was a “dry cold” so it felt warmer and even though it was cold it was a nice relief from the freeze in Texas.

Thank goodness Lubbock has a Whataburger and that made Texas even that much more welcoming on the trip home.

Big Al


February 2018 Cowboy Sports News Magazine

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