Friday 6 January 2012: 8. the old west
today I made a trip out to the stockyards - a fort worth classic. i hadn't been in some time (years) and tonight willie nelson was having a concert so it was suitably busy even in the afternoon.
willie nelson is a familiar figure...right? if not, do let me know and we will remedy that.
so today i want to talk about "old west" culture. let me preface by saying that i hate it when people elsewhere in the US negatively stereotype all of texas in this way, but i do love the part it plays in texas culture.
fort worth is a particularly huge hub for this and i personally find it to be nothing but positive for the most part. cowboy hats, wranglers, longhorns, stock shows, rodeos...they are a very unique part of the state and the US as a whole. texas "old west" or "cowboy" culture can be gruff at times, but always with charm.
what i particularly like about this in texas is that a huge percentage of these people are working ranchers, horsemen, and cowboys. they are the real thing, not some outdated cultural continuation. the fort worth livestock exchange is not a historical landmark. it's a working building.
texas is not just this prevailing image (not even close). but this is a valuable part of the state, and an authentic part as well.
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there will probably be a subgenre or two pertaining to this at some point, but until then...
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