Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Some Good Advice For Us All

I grew up in New Mexico with cowboys, pickups, and cattle. My dad and his whole side pretty much resemble Hank Hill (only with a Hispanic sensibility). One of the things I always did like about growing up in the west though were the old men you'd run into at a barber shop or at the local bars. They'd always have some quick piece of advice for whatever situation you were in. A writer named Texas Bix Binder put together some of these pieces of advice into a great little book called "Don't Squat With Yer Spurs On: A Cowboy's Guide To Life". Some of the advice I'd gotten from those old timers is in the book, along with some others:

  • After eating an entire bull, a moutain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
  • When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'. (This is something my dad always said as well)
  • Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.
  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
  • Don't worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and alot of that comes from bad judgment.
  • If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
  • There's two approaches to arguing with a woman. Neither one works. (NML - This one is for you; I may not understand women still, but I know this much ... lol ... I hope you get to feelin' better soon!!!)
  • When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
  • When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be suprised if they learn the lesson.
  • The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

And finally, probably the best piece of advice I think I've ever heard or been given:

  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Another Reason Why I Miss New Mexico Posted by Hello


NML said...

Cincy, you're such a sweetie. I've managed to sort out that stupid blog roll, which I put you on ages ago and then you seemed to disappear. Apologies as I always check in and try not to miss a post! Damn straight though about the arguing with a woman. Tiring work! Just don't do it ;-) Take care

Nina said...

Wow, I guess I need to visit over there. Seems to be a lot of funny, but good advice.