Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes for October 22, 2006
"Check out that old wagon wheel, Cow." "Wouldn't it have been great to be one of the first pioneers trekking across the prairie?" "Forging your way over uncharted territory. Finding a plot of land and making it your own. Planting seed and growing crops where there were none before." "Living and working off the land with only the Almighty to report to at the end of each satisfying, labor-filled day." "Coping with walking dysentery and having no indoor plumbing or antibiotics. Having ten children and hoping two survive to be old enough to help with the overwhelming task of maintaining your land." "Defending your land from the tribes of native Americans who you claimed it from. And freezing to death after they burn your new homestead to the ground right before the winter solstice." "I always thought it was a pirate ship steering wheel." "I can see that."