Rodeo Drive

Some people worry that our road-schooled child will become an introvert and socially inept. I think we may need to worry about the opposite. He needs to talk to everyone, and given the opportunity, will jump on a stage and dance with Argentine folkloric dancers.

We had the motor in, but we were still waiting for the muffler to be finished. So, for a test run, Beto took us to the rodeo.  Our old muffler was in such bad shape that the ride without it didn’t seem much louder.

I’m from Texas, and pretty familiar with the stereotypical cowboy. My friend Bill and I even worked at a beer promo booth at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo one year, and boy do we have stories. But this was a whole different type of affair. First, the clothes. Not a single western cowboy hat, but a quite a variety of sombreros. Snappy berets, even. And these guys dressed sharp – no jeans.

The tie-the-animal-to-a-pole method of getting on before the wild ride starts is in use here too – exactly what we saw in Nicaragua. And, there was no nut-crunching on the animals – they were wild and blindfolded for the bronco bucking and bull riding events.

We crammed into the stands with thousands of families with their mate kits and picnic baskets. Afterwards, it was time for some food. Beto ordered us up a giant parrilla, which is a basically a big meat-fest and some wine. Everyone had a bottle of wine at their table – no beer at this rodeo.

We sat right next to the entertainment stage, which is where Bode decided that perhaps folk dancing was his best bet to get some admiration (we wouldn’t let him ride a bull.) The crowd ooh-ed and ahh-ed at his eagerness to join and the cuteness-factor was off the charts. He was even interviewed for the local news.

This was a completely Argentinean affair which we would never have encountered without our friend, Beto. I absolutely love days like this.

 

7 thoughts on “Rodeo Drive

  • September 18, 2011 at 7:40 AM
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    I LOVE the way the real Southern cowboys dress. The berets and adorable. And the real working cowboys actually do dress this way; it’s not just for show at the rodeo.

  • September 18, 2011 at 7:40 AM
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    I LOVE the way the real Southern cowboys dress. The berets are adorable. And the real working cowboys actually do dress this way; it’s not just for show at the rodeo.

  • September 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    Bode an introvert…LMAO! Never in a million years. Looks like he has the dance down. Seems like great times had by all. What animal were they cooking?

  • September 19, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    We have photos of Becky when she was about 4 doing the same thing — she clambered onstage during a Mexican folklorico performance, and she just about stole the show. And you know she’s no introvert now!

  • September 20, 2011 at 11:05 PM
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    Nice walk down memory lane with that link back to the Nicaragua rodeo blog entry. Or maybe I’m partial to it since I’m featured in it. 🙂 What a great adventure that was, starting with “floor tuna”, to that awesome cold spring watering hole, to photo ops at the soccer field that doubled as a horse grazing field, to a religious festival we would have never known about if we never ran into Dario, to some damn fine tasting BBQ chicken at the festival, to the locals firing off questionable fireworks and explosives, and a rodeo to boot! Was that really all on one little island?

    I must say though, in Argentina, the livestock looks healthier, and the stands look more sturdy and better built. Ha, ha, ha!

  • September 21, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    Nicaragua was randomly incredible, no? Want to come ride around Patagonia?

  • September 21, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    Jason–If NewBay goes belly up and I become unemployed again, I am so there!

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