Used to Want to be Cowboy
by John Bird
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (April 15, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
When I was a kid, a friend of mine had a bucking barrel in his back yard. I spent hours trying to stay on that barrel but most of the time I was eating dirt. That was the extent of my bull riding experience until I read John Birdís "Used to Want to be a Cowboy".
"Used to Want to be Cowboy" is a primer on bull riding. It is a fascinating look at the mind set and testosterone overload it takes for young men to do inherently dangerous things like strapping themselves to a powerful animal and getting more points for staying on a really mean bull. Itís about facing fear; win or lose, and facing it again. Itís not bits, bytes and keyboards of today, its more about bones, blood and bruises. Itís about the relationship between man and beast and the bond that develops between young men who have a common goal; stay on that bull until the buzzer sounds.
Was it for the money? I donít think so, it appears to me it cost more than you can make. Was it for the glory? It doesnít seem to be. Not a lot of glory in the emergency room. It was for the desire to be ďrealĒ, a real cowboy, a real bull rider, to be a part of something bigger than you.
I enjoyed reading "Used to Want to be Cowboy". My favorite line for the book, with the scene fully pictured in my mind, was when Travis said, ďIím riding in the frontĒ. John Bird allows the reader to ride up front and ride out of the chute on top of a massive bull. You will hear a few buzzers, eat a lot of dirt, and break a few bones but in the end you will understand.Texas Bob