By Anna Kathryn Lanier
No matter how often I remind myself that my blog date is coming up, it seems I am always writing my blog the night (or day) it’s due. Sure enough, here it is, 11:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13th and I’m just now writing my blog. So, it has to be something simple and not requiring a lot of research. I’ve gone to my shelf of ‘western’ books and found SAVVY SAYIN’S: True Wisdom from The Real West collected by Ken Alstad. (check out my Savvy Sayin’s here). The book includes woodcuts by Remington and Russell from the 1800’s. Sorry that I can include those in this list of sayin’s, which, by the way, don’t come with translations, which some of them need.
· You can’t measure water with a sieve.
· Some men can’t live without lonesome.
· It’s a sure sign of bad luck to bet on the wrong horse.
· The ignorant hold up trains n’ stages. The intelligent steal ‘em.
· Teeth and memory weaken with age.
· Careful is a naked man climbin’ a bobwire fence.
· Some men never reach a marriageable age.
· Saddle your horse before sassin’ the boss.
· Advice is only handy before trouble comes.
· Cowboys are paid $30 a month to outthink cows.
· The west is good country for men and dogs, but mighty hard on women and oxen.
· A full house divided wins no pot.
· The west is famous for rare and wonderful sights. But the rarest of all is clean socks in a bunkhouse.
· Love your enemies, but keep your gun oiled.
· Secrets are better heard than kept.
Which one is your favorite? Do you have a sayin’ to share?