Sunday, March 11, 2018
Baxter Black: Lorraine
To supplement farm income, some get their wives jobs in town. Others expand their hobbies, i.e. making saddles, braiding horsehair or running for county commissioner. Some, in desperation, get a real estate license!
I chose the conservative, low risk venture of making a home video! After considering several subjects, "Documentary of the Brucellosis Eradication Program 1936-92", "The Hatch Act; a Review" and "Fasciola Hepatica; Peril of Fluke?" I decided to use some of my poems and invent Cowboy Poetry MTV! I would invite my cowboy friends and we would act out each poem.
Included in the video was "THE CULL", a poem in which a young vet and an experienced cowman argue the merits of keeping or culling a cow. The cow described in the poem was definitely beyond "one more year"!
I sent a copy to Hank at the sale barn in Willcox and asked him to find me this cow. I called three days before I had the big shooting scheduled. He said he had the cow. I reminded him that I'd encouraged him to buy two or three so I could cast just the right cow for the starring role. He said, "Don't worry, I've got the cow!"
He was right…she cost sixty bucks!