How Do You Think?

This poem has been a favorite of the Cowboy since he was 14.  It spoke to him, his strengths and his desires – all in a tidy, slightly silly package.

“Think as I think,” said a man,
“Or you are abominably wicked;
You are a toad.”
And after I had thought of it,
I said, “I will then, be a toad.

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Here’s to toads, princes and cowboys.  May all of our wishes come true.  May we be who we dreamt of being.  And may we be strong enough to be ourselves.

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Care To Split A Lone Star?

The Cowboy knows Texas.  What self-respecting cowboy doesn’t.


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When the largest democracy in the world holds an election, shouldn’t you pay attention?


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Ein Prosit Der Gemütlichkeit

The Reinheitsgebot is 493 years old today.  Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!


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A Jaunty Jackelope On The Trail

The Cowboy is a fan of Linux, and Ubuntu in particular.  It’s a great time to give it a try.


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Wolf & Bears

The trail has been a bit rocky for the last week.  Between challenging riding conditions and dark nights, it’s been tough to do much writing.

There have also been some tense standoffs in the high country:

Here’s Wolf’s column in yesterday’s FT.  The Cowboy likes his analysis and agrees with his assessment.  (Here without registration.)

Money quote:

“Is the worst behind us? In a word, No. The rate of economic decline is decelerating. But it is too soon even to be sure of a turnround, let alone of a return to rapid growth. Yet more remote is elimination of excess capacity. Most remote of all is an end to deleveraging. Complacency is perilous. These are still early days.”

The Cowboy gave his view of green shoots a couple of weeks ago.

We’re all taking turns with the carcass of the financial system.  Despite some bullishness in the markets, the Cowboy agrees with Wolf that from a macroeconomic perspective, the bears have the advantage and they’re not done picking at the carcass.

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A New Door To Open

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Simón Bolívar Sin Duda

The Cowboy wrote recently about Gustavo Dudamel and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. Well, they are currently in a week-long residency at the Southbank Centre in London.


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Roses In Spring

Simon said he wasn’t surprised by Susan Boyle, the Scottish woman who has taken Britain and the world by storm.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Do you remember the man who DID surprise Simon?


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A Few Good Men?

Over the course of a recent week the Cowboy was able to spend time with former heads of internal security for the United States (FBI) and Great Britain (MI-5).  Setting aside the Cowboy’s rather prosaic name-dropping, the Cowboy was struck by a similarity between the two men.

Both of them left public service long ago.  Still, there is very little hubris or theatrics to either gentleman.  Rather, one is struck by the humanity of these individuals who, if interpreted by Hollywood, could scarcely appear without either an uplifting trumpet-infused fanfare or a sinister and foreboding musical line.


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