October 11, 2020
Here's a confession most men don't want to admit: Lord knows there were times growing up when I needed my mama. And, let the record show, she was always there for me, especially when I was lost. In this world, heaven help the orphan boy who is left to his own wits and devices at a tender age.
“There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and her outlaw son."
—Old Vaquero Saying
Where does a young boy go, when he loses his
mother's love? To hell on a fast horse.
Daily Whip Out:
"Billy the Kid On Dandy Dick"
Blood on the moon, dust in the grave, where do you go when you need to be brave?
“American folk history was founded on romanticizing the outlaw life. Everyone loves a good book or movie about desperadoes and bank heists and mobsters and prison escapes. We cheer for them, hope they outsmart the cops and escape with the loot. American kids literally dream of becoming outlaws. That's why nobody cares that all our politicians and bankers are a bunch of crooks. We expect them to be. It's the American way.”
"Billy is such a phantom figure. We know he was real, but he's just on the edge of reality. All we have of him is one faded picture and a few short notes. We hardly know, apart from descriptions, what he looked like. We don't even know where he REALLY came from."