Inspiration Part 2: Codyâ€™s Wild West Show & Auction
Posted on 20 September 2009
Mother, Audrey, the boys and I made the trip to Cody in record time.Â Audrey and I took turns at the wheel only stopping for P&P.Â (potty & pancakes)Â Â Â Â On the first day in we split up.Â Mom and I went to the â€œWild West Show & Auctionâ€ while Audrey took our cooped-up cowboys into downtown Cody to see the historic Irma Hotelâ€™s gunfight reenactment.Â She also wanted to do â€œa little shoppingâ€.
When we finally met back up at the auction later that afternoon, the boys were outfitted de rigueur: chaps, plastic holsters and pop pistols.Â Â You can imagine the unwelcomed stares as our boys did their own gunfight reenactment up and down the auction house aisles.Â Â Jack topped off the ruckus with one of his Star Wars action figures shouting,
Kahooo, Lukeâ€¦this is your destiny.
Yes, they were glad to see us go.
The auction was everything the flyer said it would be and more.Â Â I ended up with winning bids on several lots that I convinced Mother were â€œneededâ€ for â€œinspirationâ€.Â But much to my chagrin, as I write this, I canâ€™t for the life of me remember what I bought.Â I just remember three pieces I didnâ€™t getâ€¦well actually just two.Â Â Â I missed a fun bearskin rug that I wanted for showroom display and ending up haggling outside on the curb with the winning bidder to eventually acquire it.Â The other two are long gone: a pair of great woolies with a wonderful tooled leather belt and most regrettably a pair of Annie Oakleyâ€™s gauntlets that she had embroidered her monogram into.
Oh well.Note: When you find yourself in Cody Wyoming, may I suggest breakfast at the Historic Irma Hotel.Â They have awesome pancakes and you can follow that up with their rifle toteâ€™n, pistol slingâ€™n, gunfight reenactment live in the streets.