Saturday, February 18, 2023

A Royal Lancer Meets Doroteo Arrango Meets Al Bell's Flying A

 February 18, 2023

   I would have to say, this is the photograph of the year. Great design and movement. In fact, it's the best photo I have seen in a long time.

   The photo is by Eric Esterle and was published in Nat Geo, of a nomadic eagle hunter, Asiibec, who is prepping his golden eagle, Burged, for a horseback hunt in Mongolia. This is a tradition going back 3,000 years. Eric said he was laying flat next to the stream in the foreground and when Asiibec rode by, inches away, he splashed water all over him and he covered himself and his camera as best he could, but dammit, he got the shot! Congrats Eric. Just the coolest.

   And, speaking of the coolest. Let's go back when cars competed with barges and knights of old. 

A 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer

   Often derided as Land Yachts, these bulgemobiles, were literally honking down the highway.

Daily Whip Out: "Doroteo Arrango"

   Of course this bandido named—Dorothy?—is better known as Pancho Villa. Also, bandido is Spanish and bandito is apparently Spaghetti Western speak.

   One of my prized possessions is a Tim Prythero miniature of my father's gas station in Kingman, circa 1955-1960.

Tim Prythero Rocks!

      And, here is the source material.

Al Bell's Flying A, 1956

   And speaking of driving someone to drink.

Daily Whip Out: "Bien Barracho Vaquero"

"Be the reason someone smiles today, or, the reason they drink. Whatever works."

—Old Vaquero Saying

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