“The Wild West didn’t have much in the way of forensics; when you saw the bullet hole you’d say, ‘That’s prob’ly what kilt ‘im.”

The sky is cloudy. The air is damp and cooler than I expected. Nothing is moving. The weather report is for a warmish day with a high of 74˚. Last night was cool enough to need a light blanket.

The cat report: one of them was out in the room when I went up to bed. I did that sound with my lips hoping the cat would come to me. It did, but when I tried to pat him or her, the cat scurried under the bed. I sit for a while in the room talking to them hoping they’ll recognize a friendly voice.

When I was a kid, most days I’d hop on my bike and be gone from early morning to close to dinner. Usually I made my lunch and took it with me. It was never fancy: a sandwich, sometimes bologna and other times a fluffernutter, some cookies, Oreos or Fig Newtons, and chips if there were any left. Chips went fast in my house. I never brought a drink. We didn’t have transportable drinks back then unless I used a thermos, but I never did. I remember sitting somewhere in the shade to have my lunch. The benches at town hall were a great stop. I took my time and watched. Across the street were two churches. Another was on the corner near the benches. The street was a busy one with cars and foot traffic as it led to the square. I’d finish my lunch, decide my route and take off.

Summer nights were always my favorites. The street lights came on late, as late as eight o’clock, so we could stay outside longer. Bedtime was whenever. I got to watch TV programs on too late for winter viewing. I remember Friday night fights and westerns on every night. We watched Have Gun Will Travel. For some reason I heard it as Half Gun Will Travel, and I couldn’t understand why he’d only have half a gun. On his business card, he had Wire Paladin. I thought Wire was his first name. I still remember the openings and the theme songs of most of the programs we watched, even Have Gun Will Travel.

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6 Comments on ““The Wild West didn’t have much in the way of forensics; when you saw the bullet hole you’d say, ‘That’s prob’ly what kilt ‘im.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It is finally cooler here again, just around 68 F and it is so nice. Won’t last for long though but I take what I can get 🙂

    I can’t remember ever taking lunh with me when I biked around every summer day. I guesds I either ate at friends or perhaps if I biked all the way to my grandmother I must have eaten something there. Of course if I had any money I would have bought something but I rarely had any 🙂

    It was on those summer nights I learned to love all these old horror movies we always talk about here and of course all the Godzilla movies too 🙂 and of course all those science fiction movies that scared the c..p out of me 🙂 The new remakes are never as good as the old ones so I always try to see the originals when I get the chance.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is 72˚ with sun. Tonight will get down to 63˚. Both are great temperatures. I’m not going to complain.

      If I had any money, it was probably a dime enough money to buy lots of Hostess sweets like cupcakes,Twinkies and chocolate cupcakes. There wasn’t any stop for me with friends or relatives which is why I needed a lunch.

      The horror movies and all the Japanese monster movies were on Saturday’s Creature Double Feature. That’s when I saw all the originals like Dracula. I too don’t care for the remakes. They just aren’t as good as the old ones even with CGI.

      Have a wonderful day!

  2. hedley Says:

    Early Saturday evening was westerns on the BBC. The Lone Ranger, Rawhide, Wagon Train, Bonanza (yucky) Branded ..I am sure that there were gobs more. They appeared around the time of Dr Who and lead in to the ubiquitous variety shows that entertained us on a Saturday

    With the roads up all over Michigan, a coworker and I who travel the same route have adopted Kemosabi and other Tontoian terms as we scout out alternative routes and report our findings.

    Move um up, move um in ….Didn’t Clint used to shoot his pistol under his horse ?????

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      The westerns were all over the weekly shows here. I think my parents watched them all. They each had great theme songs. but this one had Frankie Laine while most of the others had unknown singers.

      My sister is complaining about all the road work in front of her house and the beep beep sounds of trucks backing up. I ran into road work on other streets when I went there for the funeral. They worked on the Sagamore Bridge for a long time last year. Vehicles backed up for miles on weekends. This year it is the Bourne Bridge.

      I couldn’t find anything about Clint and his horse.

  3. BG Says:

    Loved this post! I’m an old Western fan myself (and the music too of course.) Have written about them many times on the Geezer Music Club. And your comment about “wire Paladin” struck a chord too. My friends and I all thought the same. If you’re interested, I wrote about the show, including the guy responsible for the theme song, a few years back.

    https://geezermusicclub.com/2010/02/11/have-guitar-will-travel-johnny-western/

    • katry Says:

      BG,
      I loved your post.

      I was amazed that the singer’s name was really Johnny Western. When I played the video, I even remember most of the song.

      Paladin was such a gentleman and always so well dressed when he was in San Francisco. His Paladin on the road outfit was striking. He was dapper!!


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