Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 16/06/98

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Ride 'em, cowboy!

If someone had asked me a year ago to guess the odds of my ending up in a Texas honky tonk bar posing for a tacky photo on a plastic bull, I would have estimated them as low. It just goes to show that you should never make too many assumptions.

As you may have gathered from the attached photo, I recently ended up in a Texas honky tonk bar posing for a tacky photo on a plastic bull. I was in Dallas for a work-related conference, on one of those logic-defying trips that typify international business travel: two days in the air to spend two days on the ground. I decided to skip the jet lag problem entirely by only sleeping a total of seven hours for the three nights I was there. This actually proved surprisingly effective; on the plane back, I slept for something like ten hours, and still got a full night's sleep when I returned home.

But anyway, back to the bull. This is located in a place called Billy Bob's, in Fort Worth, which is exactly like you'd expect a place called Billy Bob's to be: endless country music, lots of slot machines, a little line dancing, plenty of tequilla, lots of white high heels, the occasional bullfight, and more Stetsons than you can shake a hat at. After half-a-dozen Coronas and a similar number of tequillas, they were having trouble keeping me away from the photo booth, I can tell you.

It will give you some idea of how badly I normally photograph if I tell you that this is one of the more flattering shots I've seen of myself in the past five years. Nonetheless, I don't think Billy Ray Cyrus has a lot to worry about.

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