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Beautiful work bro!!

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Just had the pleasure of talking to Travis on the phone. What a nice guy!! And so skilled too; I love his rope work. He is a true craftsman of an art which could be dying out and no longer appreciated for what it is. Nice nice job Travis and thanks for the time on the phone!!

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Travis prefers to be called a Buckaroo rather than a Cowboy; although he really is both. (I think) In this link is a little info on the differences. Buckaroo Hats

***Notice the reference to the hat style.

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Nevada? Idaho? Oregon? California?
Where I come from, we call them boys Yankees!

Just kiddin' Travis! You boys and the cowboys and whatever shape your hat or sombrero is, call yourselves whatever you are and damn well please.
All of you have nothing but my highest regards & respect! And "Travis" is a grand old Texas name. One of our Alamo heroes.

My long-gone Father in law was raised on a farm in Iowa and ran away from home at 15 to see the world & become a cowboy.
And he did...first in Arizona, then New Mexico, then West Texas near the Big Bend.
He loved it and got real good at Rodeo, mainly saddle bronc but some bull riding too.
We won a lot of local and regional championships and rode in Madison Square Gardens and Calgary Stampede.
We still have his belt with a silver Championship Buckle and Turtle Pin!

He was also a quiet, gentle, humble man who never bragged or talked about himself.
He was in the Navy in WWI in the Pacific, on some type of armed fleet escort ship.
I once asked him what his job was and he said, "Oh, I was just a cook."
After he died, Betty & I were going through his old trunk and discovered his War papers.
Among them, we learned cook was only his "day job". Lead gunner on an AA battery was his combat job! That he never mentioned.
We also found a personal commendation letter from some Admiral, citing him for knocking down a Jap Zero Kamakazi plane that was attacking the ship.

After the War, he met & married Betty's gentile, school and piano teacher, church lady Mom. And promptly moved her to a ranch outside of Van Horn, TX where he had landed a job as foreman.
Betty was born and I met her 20 years later.
Our 50th Anniversary is this July 2nd.
I sure wish that old cowboy could be there...
 

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Nevada? Idaho? Oregon? California?
Where I come from, we call them boys Yankees!

Just kiddin' Travis! You boys and the cowboys and whatever shape your hat or sombrero is, call yourselves whatever you are and damn well please.
All of you have nothing but my highest regards & respect! And "Travis" is a grand old Texas name. One of our Alamo heroes.

My long-gone Father in law was raised on a farm in Iowa and ran away from home at 15 to see the world & become a cowboy.
And he did...first in Arizona, then New Mexico, then West Texas near the Big Bend.
He loved it and got real good at Rodeo, mainly saddle bronc but some bull riding too.
We won a lot of local and regional championships and rode in Madison Square Gardens and Calgary Stampede.
We still have his belt with a silver Championship Buckle and Turtle Pin!

He was also a quiet, gentle, humble man who never bragged or talked about himself.
He was in the Navy in WWI in the Pacific, on some type of armed fleet escort ship.
I once asked him what his job was and he said, "Oh, I was just a cook."
After he died, Betty & I were going through his old trunk and discovered his War papers.
Among them, we learned cook was only his "day job". Lead gunner on an AA battery was his combat job! That he never mentioned.
We also found a personal commendation letter from some Admiral, citing him for knocking down a Jap Zero Kamakazi plane that was attacking the ship.

After the War, he met & married Betty's gentile, school and piano teacher, church lady Mom. And promptly moved her to a ranch outside of Van Horn, TX where he had landed a job as foreman.
Betty was born and I met her 20 years later.
Our 50th Anniversary is this July 2nd.
I sure wish that old cowboy could be there...
Hell of a man!!!
 
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