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Thread #59418   Message #1557113
Posted By: Rapparee
05-Sep-05 - 09:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Ft. Bridger, Wyoming??? It sits in middle of the town of Ft. Bridger, Wyoming. Normally there are flushables, but for this event they used the Standard Portable Hooter (SPH).

I am not exaggerating when I estimate 15 - 20 thousand folks there over the three days of the Rondy. Highlanders in kilts and armed with basket-hilted swords and pipes, mountain men (and women) wearing leather clothes (and the temp in the upper 80s!) and some in furs and wools, white folks re-enacting Indians, Indians (Blackfeet, Sioux, Shoshone, Ute, Paiute and others) dancing (and laughing, I suspect, at the white men pretending to be Indians), 18th Century breeches and a stockings, 19th century silk dresses and parasols, a couple of pre-1860 cowboys (!), kids, dogs, tipis, wedge tents, baker tents, wall tents, miner tents, flintlocks, caplocks, cannons, swords, knives, tomahawks.... And a good time was had by pretty much everyone.

Oh, yeah. Tourists. Touroids spending money and asking things like "Do you always dress like this?" and "Are you Robin Hood?" and "Do you take American Money?" (yes, and they also take Mastercard and Visa, usually). Motorcyclists -- lots and lots of them, as expected.

Once again, I refrained from pointing at someone walking around with a (flintlock) pistol in his or her belt and carrying a (flintlock) rifle and screaming "Jesus Christ! He's got a gun!" I would find it amusing, but Pat has threatened several forms of mayhem if I did it.

And, oh yeah, cops. Cops on horses, cops on ATVs, cops walking around. Modern cops, with .40 caliber semiauto handguns and mace and radios. There's A LOT of money going through one of this things...and there's always the druggies and thieves and drunks. (Ask yourself whether or not, if you were, say, a thief, you'd try to rob a dude who's carrying a tomahawk, knife, and possibly a rifle with an 18 inch bayonet -- but the cops are always around and it's a good thing, too!) So are the EMTs....

This was the first large-scale Western Rondy I've been too. Stacks up well with Hunters' Moon and Friendship.

Yes, Pat was asked what she did to her hand. Usually the person asking first looked to see if I had any damage and then asked the question. Unlike myself, Pat gave a straight answer: she made a 5-point landing on concrete. And she'd admit that I had nothing to do with it and that there was a witness to prove it.