Slim Randles' Home Country
"If it rains today, I'm ready!"
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[October 11, 2017]
Florencio Ortiz sent off for that new slicker, everyone in town and
out at the ranch knew about it. He described in detail how
waterproof it was and how a cowboy just couldn't possibly get wet
with this slicker on.
Then it came, and Florencio tied it behind the
cantle of his saddle each day. And Florencio looked to the sky for
any sign of a cloud, and then patted that slicker affectionately.
"If it rains today," he'd say, "I'm ready. Did you know this slicker
keeps the saddle dry, too?"
Finally, during the gather, Florencio and the other hands were
horseback about 10 miles from the truck, driving cows back to the
home pasture. And the clouds came, thick and black and fast, and the
With a joyous whoop, Florencio donned the new slicker and climbed
back aboard his horse. But his buddies just sat on their horses and
watched. Their slickers were back in the truck.
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They were amazed when Florencio
dismounted, took off the slicker, tied it behind the saddle, and
mounted again in the rain.
"Why?" they asked him.
"When my friends get wet," he said, “I get wet!”
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