“The Toughest Cowboy Ever” May 23, 2011
I recently posted this on a website wanting stories about “The Toughest Cowboy Ever”. Nobody over there commented on it, so I’ll try it here. An old friend of mine, Bernard Michelle, a member of one of my first bands, “The Roughriders” told me this story many years ago:
A couple of cowboys on a cattle drive were sitting by their fire in the middle of the night when a bearded stranger wearing bear-skins galloped up in a cloud of dust. He was riding a huge snorting bull with a big brass ring through its nose.
He jumped off , …
Tactical Reflections Revisited May 18, 2011
[Author's Note]: the following observations have been published in
various places over the span of 40 years. They were first collected
and published together in my 2001 book of essays, _Lever Action_.
There are some new ideas, here, and minor changes to others. Please
feel free to quote them anywhere you wish, as often as you wish, as
long as you give proper credit to the author.]
Always attack in perpendicular fashion, from an unconventional and
unexpected (but make it relevant!) direction. The enemy will be
unprepared; you can strike him with your full strength while he finds
nothing to attack …