Saturday, April 20, 2024

Pump House Blooms, Ellis Store Savior & Mickey Free Characters

 April 20, 2024

   This is a beautiful time of year on the Great Sonoran Desert. Here's the view looking north from my studio.

Pump House Blooms

   An Old West Savior has arrived in Lincoln, New Mexico and she has made it her mission to revive and restore the historic Ellis Store which had fallen into major decline. Thanks to our historian compadre, Lynda Sanchez, who lives in Lincoln, we are covering Amy's efforts in the next issue of True West.

Amy Gautheir on a work break
at the historic Ellis Store

   Me and the Boys are going to bring some of our Billy the Kid art to hang in the store when she has her grand reopening on July 12. If you read this blog you know who the Boys are. I'll have more details when we get closer to the date. 

   I went for a walk with Uno this morning and ran into these two:

Fluffy and Miss Aubry Piddybutting

   I asked how her mother is doing (Bev just had surgery) and she replied, "She's doing well, she's in the yard piddybutting." I had never heard that term before. If I didn't know better, I would assume it means she is headbutting an errant ram?

Heads Up Humor Alert

   My son Thomas Charles alerts me to humor I might have missed. I try to do the same back his way.

"I was hit by a bicycle. No, it was my fault. I was standing on the sidewalk. He was a food deliverer—a third responder. Heroes delivering heroes to heroes."

—Dave Attell, on his Netflix special, Hot Cross Buns

   You know who doesn't get the respect they deserve? These guys:

Daily Whip Out:

"Mickey Free On His Big, Bad Jack"

   Of course I am referring to Jack mules and half-breed captivos who definitely don't get the respect they deserve. Besides them, or, actually, in addition to them, everyone else in my story on Mickey Free's hunt for the Apache Kid is based on real, historic characters.

Daily Whip Outs:

"My Favorite Mickey Free Characters"

   And, as you may, or may not, know, one of these real life characters begat Mitt Romney.

"Just because you were conceived in the back seat of a Jeep doesn't make you Cherokee."
—Old In-din saying

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