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greetings--the first part of my story is true--then it turns into fiction--otis english


Submitted:Jul 19, 2008    Reads: 90    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


7/14/05 THUR. 'IN A MOVIE'

OTIS WAS IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS--1947-CHANDLER, ARIZONA- AND TRIED TO ENTERTAIN HIMSELF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE--OTIS HAD GONE HORSE-BACK RIDING WITH SOME OF THE FELLOWS SEVERAL TIMES--OTIS WAS NOT RAISED AROUND HORSES --SO HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THEM--HOW TO RIDE THEM OR UNDERSTAND THEM--OTIS WISHED HE HAD 'NOT' MISSED OUT ON THIS MODE OF TRANSPORTATION-

ONE NICE DAY--MOST DAYS ARE NICE IN ARIZONA--OTIS AND SEVERAL OTHER BUDDIES DECIDED TO GO HORSE-BACK RIDING AGAIN---JUST A BIT SOUTH OF TEMPE, ARIZONA WAS A NICE STABLE WITH HORSES FOR RENT FOR RIDING THE TRAIL--TO OUR RIGHT -THE BEAUTIFUL 'SIERRA ESTRELLA' MOUNTAINS IN A LINE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH-PERHAPS 50 MILES LONG--1500 TO 2000 FEET ABOVE THE TERRAIN--A RUSTY PURPLE COLOR THEY SURE MADE IT A GREAT PLACE TO BE--AND I SHOULD ADD -THIS IS SANDY DESERT TERRAIN-MANY SAGUARO CACTUS--THE TALL CACTUS WITH ARMS STICKING UP PARALLEL TO THE TRUNK--BARREL CACTUS AND OTHERS WHICH I DO NOT KNOW THEIR NAMES--AN EXCITING AREA IT SEEMED TO ME--

WE ALL MOUNTED UP AND I WAS LAST IN LINE--WE JUST LET THE HORSES WALK THE TRAIL THEY HAD BEEN ON MANY TIMES I AM SURE--SUDDENLY MY HORSE TOOK OFF IN A RUN BESIDE THE OTHER HORSES - MY BUDDIES HOLLERING TO ME TO JERK THE REINS--ALL I COULD DO WAS TO HOLD ON TO THE SADDLE HORN FOR DEAR LIFE--NO WAY I COULD JERK THE REINS--

ME AND MY HORSE JUST RAN OFF AND LEFT THE OTHERS--WE WERE PERHAPS A MILE AHEAD OF THE OTHERS--MY BUDDIES HAD YELLED THAT MY HORSE JUST WANTED TO BE IN FRONT--SINCE THIS WAS NOT THE CASE--I FELT MY HORSE KNEW WHERE HE WAS GOING AND WANTED TO GET THERE FAST--

AS WE PASSED A ROCKY LEDGE ON MY LEFT--GUESS WHAT--AHEAD WAS OBVIOUSLY A OLD LOOKING WESTERN TOWN AND OBVIOUSLY USED FOR MAKING MOVIES--PEOPLE AND HORSES AND WAGONS WERE MOVING ABOUT THE OLD LOOKING BUILDINGS AND THE MAIN STREET--I SAW OTHER EQUIPMENT AND REALIZED THEY MIGHT BE FILMING AT THIS MOMENT--ALL I COULD DO WAS HOLD ON AND MY HORSE RAN AS FAST AS IT COULD RIGHT DOWN THE MAIN STREET--EVERYTHING MOVING QUICKLY OUT OF THE WAY--

MY HORSE FINALLY STOPPED AT THE FAR END OF THE STREET--YES THE CAMERAS WERE ROLLING DURING THIS EVENT--THE DIRECTOR CAME UP TO ME AND SAID THAT WAS GREAT--HE COULD USE THIS RIDING SCENE IN THE MOVIE THEY WERE MAKING--DANA ANDREWS WAS THE STAR ACTOR--I DID NOT GET TO SEE DANA ANDREWS PERSONALLY UNTIL YEARS LATER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS--

THE DIRECTOR ASKED WHO I WAS AND WHERE DID I GET THE HORSE--I TOLD HIM WHO I WAS AND THE NAME OF THE STABLE AND THE OWNER--THE DIRECTOR SAID THE HORSE WAS HIS--IN ONE OF THE STAMPEDE SCENES ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO-THE HORSE WAS LOST AND THEY HAD NOT SEEN HIM AGAIN UNTIL NOW--

THE DIRECTOR SAID HE WAS GOOD FRIENDS WITH THE STABLE OWNER WHERE I RENTED THE HORSE--HE SAID HE WOULD DRIVE ME BACK TO THE STABLE AND PAY HIS FRIEND -THE OWNER- FOR THE 2 MONTHS UPKEEEP HE HAD SPENT KEEPING THE HORSE--

THE DIRECTOR TOLD ME THAT THIS MOVIE WOULD BE SHOWING IN TEMPE, ARIZONA IN FOUR MONTHS AT THE 'NARANJO MOVIE THEATER'--OF COURSE I MADE IT MY BUSINESS TO BE THERE AND SEE THE MOVIE--SURE ENOUGH THERE I WAS RIDING LIKE MAD DOWN THAT MAIN STREET IN THE MAKE BELIEVE WESTERN TOWN--AND HOLDING ON FOR DEAR LIFE----

MOTTO--'ALWAYS EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED'--

AS TOLD TO ME BY OTIS----





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