DRIFTING ALONG WITH THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEED

ADRIFT IN THE WEST

I am retired which is, by definition, at least a little bit adrift. This is a good thing and the real reason we retire. After a life of deadlines and commuting, some drifting seems like a pretty good idea. So here I am. Just drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweed … with memories of those great cowboy movies of childhood.

Hi Roy! Hi Trigger! Hey, Bullet! Hope y’all are doing well. I miss you. All of you. You were the good guys. We trusted you. Where are you now, when we need you?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

36 thoughts on “DRIFTING ALONG WITH THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEED”

  1. My Dad liked Country Western music and watched the Grand Ol Opre on TV. I have to admit that I didn’t really understand the real difference, between “country” and “western” until rooming with a colleague while working for a film company in Salt Lake back in the 90s. He was really INTO western and listened to a lot of “Sons of the Pioneers.” He straightened me out right away. I still don’t much like either form, but appreciated the education.

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    1. I don’t much care. I just like this because it reminds me of shows i watched as a kid, not because of any great musical merit. Mostly, I like music that is musical. I’m not fond of anything which is unmelodic and I don’t care WHO wrote it.

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      1. I won’t get into the “cowboy music” fray. Can see bullets flying everywhere. Think I’ll go out and lasso you the moon.

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  2. Funny you should mention Roy Rogers. Driving down from Las Vegas to Mission Viejo in California, there is a Roy Rogers Drive and a Dale Evans Parkway. There’s also an Andy Devine Avenue in Kingman AZ and we were wondering if he was their sidekick or someone else’s. We couldn’t remember.

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    1. Garry says Andy Devine played “Jingles” on “Wild Bill Hickok.” if it weren’t for Garry, I wouldn’t know ANYTHING. Pat Brady, was Roy’s comical sidekick. He drove the jeep.

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          1. That’s what I thought, too. But I’m waiting for a definitive answer and I’m too lazy to look it up!

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          2. OK, I finally broke down and looked it up. IMDB states: Roy Rogers’ horse is named Trigger and his German Shepherd dog is named Bullet. Dale Evans’ horse is named Buttermilk. Pat Brady’s Jeep is named Nellybelle.

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            1. well at least I remembered there was a “Pat” in there somewhere.., Butrum, Brady.., meece, mice. we’re talkin’ 50, 60 years ago. We should be lucky we’ve still got some of those old grey cells left.., or I’d just be a wash for most of us.

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                1. Sorry I spelled it wrong. I believe he was an often cast character actor, side kick to both Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. He was better known for the Autry show as Roy had too many other side kicks. Buttram joked that his distinctive voice never quite got passed puberty.., always in a state of change.

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    1. Hey there! He was part of my kid hood and probably one of the reasons that I was SURE the one thing I really NEEDED in life was a horse. By the time I could actually get one, i couldn’t ride any more. Scratch that one off the list!

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      1. I went through that stage of really NEEDING a horse too. 🙂 But I quickly realized that I had nowhere to actually put one. But damn, wasn’t Trigger the most beautiful horse in the world? and smart too?

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          1. Silver was Lone Ranger’s pony and he was snow white. Trigger was Roy’s and he was a glorious Palomino. I think he was the stud for most of the horses he raised. I had Silver, Lone, and Tonto on my wallpaper. Yes, I really had Lone Ranger Wallpaper. I was a dedicated cowboy enthusiast.

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            1. I had to contend with cutting their pictures out of magazines and pinning them to my wall. I remember which horse was which, I just wrote Trigger though i was thinking Silver. 🙂

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            2. Somewhere we got off the “Cowboy music” thing.., Don’t get me wrong I loved cowboy flicks, movies and TV. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Hoot Gibson, Sky king, Cisco Kid, Zorro you name it.., I just wasn’t a big fan of the music. Took me awhile to get used to Rock ‘n’ Roll too. We was just raised uppity. 🙂

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              1. Never wanted a horse either. We lived in the city, in the 50s, about the time horse drawn produce wagons were still in use. Those horsies left a trail.., Big Trails.., still don’t know, to this day, who cleaned that stuff up. Plus they were pulling wagons with stuff in them that we’re supposed to eat.

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      1. “Rustler’s Rhapsody” closing credits music maybe the best homage to the old “B” westerns of our yoot.

        Roots, anybody??

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