Soapweed's Ranch Ramblings
The writings of a Nebraska Sandhills cattle rancher!

The Parade
August 20, 2005

Just today, my bride and I arose bright and early and harnessed our team of Belgians, Homer and Jethro. We loaded them onto the front third of our 24' gooseneck trailer and rolled the two-seated buggy onto the back two thirds. We headed out at about 6:00 a.m. to attend the Tri-State Old Time Cowboys breakfast in Gordon at 7:00 a.m., and then the parade started at 10:30 a.m. Mrs. Soapweed and Brock went on to Rapid City to do some errands, and Saddletramp rode with me in the buggy during the parade. In the back seat were the President and Secretary of the Tri-State Old Cowboys, Billy Gibbons and Richard Barth.

As we rolled through the parade, Saddletramp philosophized, "There are two kinds of people, those in the parade and those watching the parade." He elaborated a bit and said that sometimes there is more to see when you are looking at the crowd, than in just being a spectator of the parade. I was mulling all this over in my mind as the parade dispersed.

Some of the majorettes in their skinny minis not too far ahead of us were getting sore feet and stooped to take off their shoes so they could walk barefooted on the hot asphalt (where is the logic?). All I could see was thongs and bare backsides lookin' back at me. I would have been an unsafe driver had I taken my eyes off of the road ahead. Guess ol' Saddletramp was right.






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