I don't know how you feel about cowboys, but yesterday I was reading Hillary's Thanksgiving post and now I really want some cowboy boots and also I'm really worried about lice.
But that's my own fault. It has nothing to do with her. But just thinking about it makes me itch.
So listen, she's Canadian, and they've already had Thanksgiving and hers looked delicious. (Also, she's considering celebrating the American holiday to have another dinner. I think we should encourage her.)
Anyway, one of the things she made she called cowboy potatoes. She thought that sounded better than the actual name, which was Jamie Oliver's Painted Hills Potatoes.
Which, really. Who is going to say, "Could you please pass Jamie Oliver's Painted Hills Potatoes?"
But moving along.
I immediately thought, "Hell, cowboy anything just sounds better!" Which of course I said.
And then as soon as I typed that I went through a list in my head. . .Cowboy coffee - strong and dark! Cowboy steak - manly and dangerous! - you can totally picture a muscular guy who looks hot in his jeans roping and killing a wild cow right there on the range and then broiling it on an open fire that he's started with a flint and a stick.
Even though in reality they probably buy their steak at Safeway. And start fires with lighters.
But back to the cowboy compound words.
Cowboy beans - hearty. But does it have to be food? No, because listen, cowboy boots are awesome. So. Cowboy blanket - rough and practical. Cowboy stapler? No. Staplers are for office sissies. Cowboy...lice?
And I got stuck on cowboy lice. Definitely does not sound better. Sounds much, much worse.
I've never come face to face with a louse, but a regular suburban one would be bad enough. Can you imagine the vigor of cowboy lice?
Not to mention their swagger. They'd probably get all drunk on brown liquor and be all belligerent and totally resist any attempt at nit picking.
And do you think that's where the expression comes from? It just occurred to me.
I'm serious. Now I'm completely itchy twitchy.