I like cowboys, cowboys like Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Stompin' Tom Connors. I like a cowboy's cowboy attitude. Getting out in the country for the weekend reminded me of that. Not that Canada has many full-time cowboys. What we do have is a lot of people with a hand in cowboying. Most times, they do not give a shit about anything but their next drink, their next toke, their next line and their next fuck. Cowboy Canada is alive and well.
What I do not like is when the cowboy attitude gets expressed in industry. You see it all the time. You see the cowboy attitude pumping right now in the waters off America's south coast: toxic gas and crude oil. There are a few cowboys stomping on their hats over that chaos because it looks like safety, a value of comparable worth to your next drink, toke, snort, fuck, was compromised on the fatal rig.
And the boys who died on that rig are not heros, as some hero-hungry Americans would have it, they are just dead, that is all.