Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Cougar Jack's List

Today, April 20th, is Cougar Jack's birthday. Cougar Jack was Latigo Flint's occasional drinking buddy. I say was, because Cougar Jack died alone in a motel room outside Bakersfield a while ago.

Cougar Jack liked to keep a list of things that build character. Apparently he'd been keeping it for years. He called it, "Cougar Jack's List of Things That Build Character".

Cougar Jack left the list to Latigo Flint in his will. Latigo Flint reads it every day, but twice on April 20th.

The first item on Cougar Jack's List of Things That Build Character is: Go for twelve days without speaking.

Number two: Watch the woman you love marry another man without breaking down, even a little. Bonus character points if you can manage to grin.

#3: Listen to a child die.

#4: Drink under the table every last one of them smiling bastards who walks through that door for the span of exactly two years.

("Two" was crossed out and replaced with "three and a half". "Three and a half" was crossed out and replaced with "Goin' on fourteen". "Goin' on fourteen" was crossed out and replaced with "Reap it you laughing, ghostly dancers.")

There were only four items on Cougar Jack's list, but Latigo Flint reckons four is as good a number as any.

7 Comments:

At 4:50 AM, Blogger Blog ho said...

He sure had a way with naming things.

 
At 7:17 AM, Blogger Other Brother said...

Words to live by

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

A man what can handle his whiskey can stand tall.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Dave Morris said...

That's it. I'm doing it. I hereby promise myself to accomplish all those things... if it's good enough for CJ and Latigo Flint, who am I to argue.

God rest his character-built, motel-dyin', ex-wife-watchin', child-death-hearin', table-drinkin' soul.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger darthmoridin said...

Cougar Jack has to be one of the Top 50 coolest names of all time.

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Ari said...

I guess character building sometimes = soul-apart-rippin.

 
At 3:03 AM, Blogger Latigo Flint said...

That he did Ho, that he did.

O.B., your profile picture closes the circle on your statement in the most beautiful and profound of ways.

Goddamn straight and a bowlegged "Rarin'" to that Old Hoss!

Dave, Old Coug' is looking down and smiling this day, that's for dern sure.

Just below "Kid Relish" right D.Mor? (He begged me to say it.)

I guess so Ari.
(But Texans have known that for quite some time now, sure didn't need Latigo Flint to point it out, right?)

 

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