Bull-Riding, Beer and a Bar!

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We were looking for some local activity.  Something different to do.  Something fun!

We found just what we were looking for:  Bull-Riding, Beer, Bar!

There’s a bar in Coolidge, Arizona called The Galloping Goose.  Attached to the bar is a bull riding ring, and on the first and third Friday nights they have a local bull riding competition.  We drove over there, parked, paid the admission fee, grabbed a bleacher seat and waited for the show to begin.

It was Ugly Christmas Sweater night.  Spectators, Employees, Bull Riders – all wearing sweaters with loud colors, bows, baubles, flashing lights, garland, you name it, they were wearing it.  Young ladies making goo goo eyes at the young men and little boys making goo goo eyes at the young men who were riding the bulls.

No gathering would be complete without a 50/50 draw.  We purchased a strip of tickets and we and the others who gathered waited in anticipation for the draw.

Earlier in the day there was a horrible freeway accident near Marana, Arizona.  Traffic was backed up and delayed for most of the afternoon.  The trailer hauling the bulls was caught in the backlog as were some of the bull riders that were trying to make it there for the event.  This resulted in a shortened program and general confusion for the organizers.  You could tell that they were doing their best to put on a show for the crowd.  It was announced that the 50/50 draw would be delayed and drawn in the bar after the bands first intermission. In to the bar we went.  It was fun watching the people dance, sing, playing pool, laughing with their friends.  Lots of flashy belt buckles, cowboy hats and well worn jeans.  We were definitely part of the local crowd.

Then IT happened!

THE 50/50 DRAW!

and WE WON!

Here we are, the happy winners!  It’s noisy in there, it’s dark in there, and it’s getting late.  We have to drive back to the RV Park, so we delightedly accept a Christmas Sock of $$ and head out.  We leave the bar, start the vehicle and head out.  As we are driving away we pull the $$ out of the sock…

THERE’S $12 IN THERE!

YES – TWELVE DOLLARS!

12!

We can’t go back now!  We’ve walked away!  We’ve driven away! No one will believe us!

We dejectedly drive home.  The glow from the sweaters is just a memory for us now.

The smell of the bulls is fresh in our minds… we feel like they smell!

What can be done?

A ha – I know – I will contact the organizer and explain our situation.

It’s close to midnight now, it’s been a long day for the organizers, they’ve obviously been under a lot of stress all day.  I found them on Facebook and sent them a message:

We were at the Bull Riding tonight. We won the 50/50.  When we got home we opened the envelope. There was $12 in there. There is no way that this is 50% of the amount raised.Can you help?We don’t mind supporting local events but this seems kind of crazy 🙂

NOW THIS IS WHERE THE STORY GETS SO AWESOME!

Within 18 minutes they replied that there had been a mix-up with the envelopes and that they would make it right for us!

After a day that I imagine they just want to forget.  The stress.  The waiting.  The stress of waiting.  They dealt with it.  They fixed it.  They made it right!

DirtWidow Bull Company – Casa Grande –  Making it right!

YOUR BULLS ARE MEAN BUT YOU ARE SO FREAKIN AWESOME!

 

 

What Wideman SHOULD HAVE SAID…

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Dennis Wideman cross-checked the referee, knocked him ass over teakettle and then said:

“I took a pretty good hit down in the corner and had some pretty good pain in my shoulder and neck,” Wideman said. “I was just trying to get off the ice and kind of keeled over. At the last second, I looked up and saw [Henderson] and couldn’t avoid it. I went up to Donnie and apologized to him on the ice.

“I didn’t see him. I didn’t know where to go and how to get out of the way. I’ve been around for a few years, and I think I’ve treated every official with the utmost respect, and I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref. It was completely unintentional, and I already apologized to him.”

What he should have said:

“I’m an idiot, I was angry,  that was stupid, I deserve to be suspended for ___ games”

I think Sportsmanship should be an integral part of any competition.  When athletes lose sight of that I have a problem with them.  It’s disrespectful to the game!

Here’s a link to the game video.  It doesn’t look very accidental to me (and I like Calgary).

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/14663856/dennis-wideman-calgary-flames-cross-checks-linesman

R.I.P. Pat Quinn

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Born on Jan 29, 1943.  Died on Nov 23, 2014. We shared the same birth day, but not the same year!  A big tough Irishmen, born in Hamilton, Ont who loved hockey, not afraid to voice his opinions and ruffle some feathers.  He was an interesting character for sure!!

Rest in Peace Mr. Quinn!

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Flip, Flip, Flip!

Here’s what happens when there’s NO HOCKEY on TV:

mmmm — I wonder what I should do with all my spare time?

Maybe I could watch something else on TV!  Flip, flip, flip..

I’ve watched some interesting, informative documentaries.  Science Stuff,  Geography, Animals, Mammals, Concerts, PBS, Technology, People doing good things.. Well that was alright, (I guess)..

Maybe I could catch up on my reading! Flip, flip, flip..

I’ve read some interesting, informative books.  A book by John Edwards “Crossing Over”, a Wilbur Smith Novel (gotta love Wilbur!), “The Spirit Molecule” – very interesting but didn’t understand a lot of the biology and LSD references.. ( I guess that’s a good thing).. The LSD part I mean 🙂    Today I pick up a small book called “Cliches & Platitudes”.. a book of one liners, etc.

I see the book laying on the bookshelf! Flip, flip, flip..

The first thing that catches my attention?

It says:  NEVER CHOOSE YOUR WOMEN OR YOUR LINEN BY CANDLELIGHT!

  Who needs hockey anyway??

This is how I felt when Canada scored the Bronze Medal winning goal this morning

http://olympics.yardbarker.com/blog/olympics/article/germanys_robert_harting_would_win_the_gold_for_most_awesome_win_celebration/11410873

Best Celebration of a Gold Medal YET!!

Robert Harting Wins GOLD!

I liked the part about – If I won you would have to epoxy my feet solidly to the ground for the next 20 minutes… or was it 10?  Awesome!!

DorDar made me do this, they get both the credit and the blame.

Dor/Dar: Kathy you should start a Blog!

Kathy: A Blog?

Dor/Dar: Yes, it’s easy, my son has one!

Kathy: Well how hard could it be?

 

How hard can this be?

Thanks DorDar – I’m still trying to

 figure out how to add stuff to my blog.

 Can’t figure out if I need to add a new

 page or find the first page and just keep

on adding on to it.

 

 This is HARD WORK!

 MY PHOTOGRAPHY!

Here is my link to most of my favorite photo’s that I’ve taken.  I have my camera with me most of the time, so am always experimenting with different subjects and exposure settings.  Check it out often ’cause I add to it often. Please feel free to leave comments on any photo’s as I am always interested to hear what you think.  I have copyrights to all of the pictures so if you have a commercial or personal interest for any of my photo’s then feel free to contact me:

 katrando@hotmail.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathys-kreation/