A Collection of Cowboy Logic: A Look at the Lighter Side of Going Broke, Raising Cattle and Living on the Prairie

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Some may consider pairing the words "cowboy" and "logic" as oxymoronic as putting together terms like "jumbo shrimp," a "plastic glass" or "deafening silence." The logic of living with a bunch of ornery critters, being broke three-quarters of the time and making your home just down the road from the middle of nowhere may be questionable, but for a few people like Ryan Taylor, it's as logical as breathing fresh air. A Collection of Cowboy Logic brings together a whole herd of columns written by Ryan Taylor and ...
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Overview

Some may consider pairing the words "cowboy" and "logic" as oxymoronic as putting together terms like "jumbo shrimp," a "plastic glass" or "deafening silence." The logic of living with a bunch of ornery critters, being broke three-quarters of the time and making your home just down the road from the middle of nowhere may be questionable, but for a few people like Ryan Taylor, it's as logical as breathing fresh air. A Collection of Cowboy Logic brings together a whole herd of columns written by Ryan Taylor and published in several magazines across the prairies of both the U.S. and Canada. Many faithful readers consider his stories wry and welcome relief for the struggles of life on the land. The scenes come from the dusty side of the corral and the muddy end of the feedyard where humor is the key to survival. Cowboy Logic finds the humorous angle in the everyday trials of a young rancher on the rural plains, and, almost by accident, it's a little bit insightful. A Collection of Cowboy Logic is illustated by Steve Stark, a nationally award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Forum newspaper in Fargo, N.D. He illustrated the book after losing a spittin' and whittlin' contest with the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966775600
  • Publisher: Sandhill Communications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 816,578
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Introduction 1
1. Git along little dogies 3
Til the cows come home
Who's who in the cowherd
Lookin' for trouble
Calf workin' crisis
Dealing with all the bull(s)
The cattle ranchers midwife corps
Rancher Olympics
Ahead of schedule for once
Expanding the beetle herd
Thanking the bulls
Rounding up the roamers
Questioning confidence
Synchronized ranching
Ranch reimbursement
Slivers and toothpicks
On the hunt
Every third day
Final resting place
Calf cologne
Rummage sales for ranchers
Life in the not-so-wild kingdom
Dripping dollars
Knife for all purposes
Good riddance
Sleep deprivation
Give 'em a squeeze
Calving book bingo
G.I. Joe rancher
Electrical ranching
Freak show barbecue
Slingin' the bull
Peace of mind
2. It's a dirty job, but 47
Greasy gears, bloody knuckles
small iron!
High tech bogs down
Wrecking yards, doughnuts and dynasties
Kickin' the dirt
Sunshine, timing and luck
Tool chests and file cabinets
Rancher goes farming
In search of heat
Cowboys in space
Room for upgrading
Ultra automation
Forget holiday shopping
Do tractors fit under the tree?
Pass the hammer, please
Meandering
Making a parts run
Fire in the hole
Tractor shopping time
A tractor's fate
Fully certified
Pull, pull the rope
Onedownmanship
3. Looks ain't everything 77
Sunny side up
North Dakota's love connection
Wedding shopping for those who have everything
Free help and easy plans
Identifying the individualistic
Cashy cowboy clothes
Hard luck groomsmen
Spring stowing
Summer headgear
Incognito
4. Head-scratching thoughts 91
Need time to think?
A new and improved CRP
Cashing in our time savings
Change comes slowly to traditionalists
Beware of farmers and ranchers
Plastic plentiful on the prairie
Sport is what you make it
Shooting the bull
Cowboys and culture
Let the judgers be judged
Save blood, ban bugs
Slowing down
A wasted effort
The big picture
Yogurtburger hotdish
Commodes go high tech
Golf plays a role on the ranch
What money can't buy
Keeping an eye on the sky
Battle of the birds
Praise the lord
Post-election trauma
Temporary fix
Little hobby or big jobby
Hold the sprouts
Standby to win
Signs of aging
Good nutrition
Shake your booties
Mailbox surprises
Sighting in
Lack of luck
Nodak three degrees
Information gaps
5. Odd urban and rural observations 137
Hats are in the heartland
Commuting on the rolling prairies
What truck?
Gettin' there is half the fun
Hats off to the salespeople
Farmers are off and tilling
Ecolawn care
Postal service lingo
New Year's fortune
Community super heroes
Crime free in the heart of Texas
Where is everybody?
Renegade beef
Rolling out the welcome wagon
City horse vs. country horse
More cars than cattle
Auction fever
Lookin' for the Journal
Change of address
6. Riding the cattle cycle 163
Timing is everything
An autumn attack of FIS
Satisfaction in the new year
Farming with off-farm income
Going high tech
Gambling fever
Chain it down
Living in a state of equilibrium
Low-cost logic
Getting there on time
I'd really like to help, but...
Charge!
Life's a ditch
Tax time here once again
Wrangling the rebates
Taxes be gone
What are the odds?
Playing the name game
Dimensions of debt
Bill paying time
Workin' for work shoes
Sure bets
Not quite Midas
7. On the road again 195
Life in the slow lane
Going international
A milestone of miles
Never turn back...
Wishin' for wind
Warm pastures, cold roads
Honest, the dog did it
Unexpected ventilation
Passenger car payload
Lost and found
Car shopping
Driving in shame
Happy highways
8. Weather or not 213
Good vs. bad
Good sleddin', tough ranchin'
Snowdrift archaeologists dig out
Real wonders of the season
Determination or stupidity
Lost in a country snow bank
A land of extremes
Grab your skates
Sensible shoes and practical car colors
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth...
Blizzard camaraderie
Cold enough for ya?
Slowing down
Short gates and long arms
Winter wins
Move over Jane Fonda
Induced vacationing
Destructive improvements
Blowin' in the wind
Autumn rush
Sweatacizing
9. On the serious side 241
Were you born in a barn?
Across the miles
Dear Santa, all I want is...
N.D. teachers, saaalute!
Merry Christmas
Walkin' the walk
Earth Day, Earth Year
Dedication
Fence post lotto
Taking care of animal friends
The rancher's disaster
Time to reflect
Dogged determination
Free advice
I'm crazy, too
Reunion time
The big picture
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