[thechat] Trailriders Spotted!

Debbe Watson debbe1 at swbell.net
Fri Feb 21 12:23:33 CST 2003

Hey Ron,

Moving from rural Mississippi to Beaumont TX, I can see the humor in
that as well as sympothize with you! Always being a city girl, I didn't
take to the rural environment very well.  Those cotton trailers,
tractors, and buggy's always seemed to pop up at the most inopportune
times. *L*

But with gas prices heading north, there just might be more horse and
buggy's on the loop than SUV's pretty soon!



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Subject: [thechat] Trailriders Spotted!

Howdy Buckeroos!

Just injecting a tad of local colour here that some of y'all who hail
from them thar "furreign places" like
India ... or uh ... Indiana might find amusing:

I ran into a bit of a traffic snarl trying to run some errands at lunch

{Uh Ron?  That's neither unusual nor interesting.}

No?  Well now ... how 'bout the fact that the traffic problem was caused
by a (and I believe this is the
proper technical term) ... 'passel' ... of folks riding their horses and
buckboards into one of the largest
cities in the US?

That's right folks!  It's 'trail rider' season here in tropical Houston.
An odd tradition started in 1952 by
a fella that was so upset by a bad airline flight he decided to ride his
horse in for the show ... and now
used as an excuse for more than 6,000 folks annually to ride their ponys
anywhere from 70 to 400 miles
(camping and partying all along the way) to reach Mecca --- uh, I mean
Houston ... and arrive just in time
for rodeo!

The bottom half of this link has some trail ride photos:

Rodeo itself is a month long event here in Houston ... and involves much
more than just the many fun
things you can do with ropes while wearing tight jeans ... (although
that *IS* a big part of the attraction!)
... there's also shopping, carnival rides, food, plenty of beer ... and
music.  When it was held in the old
Astrodome I believe a good portion of the gate went to scholarships for
schoolkids instead of to the
performers.  It was a pretty good deal -- a $10 ticket would get you a
seat to the rodeo action, a break
to take in a few brews while the crew set up the stage, and then a
big-name concert.

[It didn't always work out real well ... there's something that just
ain't right about coming out of a
Saturday matinee concert with Luther Vandross ... and walking into
bright sunshine ... <shakes head />]

Anyway, here's this year's schedule of performers:

[L.L. Cool J at rodeo?  ...... Actually, I suppose that's probably more
appropriate than Bob Dylan playing
last year ... or Rod Stewart in 2000.]

We may not have the blizzard-induced February freeway crawls of the
Northeast ... or the 400 car pile-ups
pausing traffic along on the left coast .... buy, hey ... we got
hosseses!     ;-)

"Tex" ... uh, I mean ... RonL.

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