Ring Of Fire At Cerritos 10/11/2013

Fun time with great friends  

Ring Of Fire - The Johnny Cash Story

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Ring of Fire, the ingenious Broadway production written around 38 of Johnny Cash’s most famous songs, celebrates the essence of an American experience. These iconic songs tell stories about a hard life lived in the heartland, about love of partner, family, home, land and God.

Featuring “Ring of Fire”, “I Walk the Line” & “I’ve Been Everywhere”, plus many more, Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show celebrates the lives and stories Cash sang about in his songs.

We Start With A Little Dinner And A Lot Of Libation

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Kathy and Ed are dressed in black

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Kerstin and Hans lookin' like cow-persons!

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We told Hans to sit on the house the other way but.....

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Taken directly off the 'ol camp fire

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Black hat and purdy lady... Just like Johnny

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Cowboy Bob didn't quite get the uniform right... He came as a Hollywood Cowboy

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We all look like we are going to a funeral

Did You Know? - A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of special significance and legend.

A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle. In addition to ranch work, some cowboys work for or participate in rodeos. Cowgirls, first defined as such in the late 19th century, had a less-well documented historical role, but in the modern world have established the ability to work at virtually identical tasks and obtained considerable respect for their achievements.

There are also cattle handlers in many other parts of the world, particularly South America and Australia, who perform work similar to the cowboy in their respective nations.

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Nice chapeaux

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Dressed for the theater....

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"Now tell us why the cowboy boots are pointed?"

Did You Know? - Cowboy boots refer to a specific style of riding boot, historically worn by cowboys. They have a Cuban heel, rounded to pointed toe, high shaft, and, traditionally, no lacing. Cowboy boots are normally made from cowhide leather but are also sometimes made from "exotic" skins such as alligator, snake, ostrich, lizard, eel, elephant, stingray, elk, buffalo, and the like.

There are two basic styles of cowboy boots, western (or classic), and roper. The classic style is distinguished by a tall boot shaft, going to at least mid-calf, with an angled "cowboy" heel, usually over one inch high. A slightly lower, still angled, "walking" heel is also common. Although western boots can be customized with a wide variety of toe shapes, the classic design is a narrowed, usually pointed, toe.

A newer design, the "roper" style, has a short boot shaft that stops above the ankle but before the middle of the calf, with a very low and squared-off "roper" heel, shaped to the sole of the boot, usually less than one inch high. Roper boots are usually made with rounded toes, but, correlating with style changes in streetwear, styles with a squared toe are seen. The roper style is also manufactured in a lace-up design which often fits better around the ankle and is less likely to slip off, but these two features also create safety issues for riding.

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The mean look

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The normal look

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Ahhhhhh... Don't ask... Don't tell

A Short Distance And We Are At The Theater

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Great hats on the statues

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Look like real cowboys

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Those are beer glasses... Not champagne

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Before the show... We will not show the after shot

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Looks like a hold-up is underway

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Good looking group of cowgirls and cowboys

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Kerstin can get the cockroaches in the corners

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"When does Johnny come out?"

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We are ready for the show

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James attempts to levitate the hat in the row in front of him

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Serious discussions underway

Did You Know? - Cowboy Trivia - 

  • Chaps are worn to protect the legs from brush and cactus.
  • Bandanas can be used to protect, clean, to use in emergencies, and to tie over a horse’s eyes.
  • The main type of bread eaten by cowboys was sourdough.
  • Slickers are long rain coats that cover the cowboy and the saddle.
  • A maverick is a cow whose owner is not known.
  • Barbed wire is known as The Devil’s Rope.  Cowboys think its use brought about the end of the Wild West.
  • The Spanish word for rope is “lazo” giving rise to “lasso.”
  • Cowboy hats are made to protect the cowboy’s head from sun and rain.  The shape of brim is according to style and function.
  • There are four regions of cowboys out west each with their own traditions, style of dress, and customs: 1) Vaquero 2) Buckeroo 3) Cowboys and 4) Cowpunchers.
  • Chuck wagons were essentially mobile kitchens containing food, supplies, and cooking utensils.  The cook used a dutch oven to prepare food over an open fire.
  • A drive or trail drive was when cattle were herded to market.  Cowboys were stationed at various points according to rank.  The back was called the drag and was the dustiest position.  The front position was the point.
  • Cowboys would sing softly to cattle to keep them calm.
  • Vaquero is the Spanish word for cowboy.  American cowboys were heavily influenced by Spanish traditions.
  • Cattle roundups usually take place in spring and autumn.
  • Cattle are branded to differentiate which cow belongs to whom.  Running irons were ring or flat irons used to draw brands by cattle rustlers.
  • A greenhorn is a term used for a new cowboy.
  • A remuda is a small herd of horses.
  • Cowboys of the Old West were generally young, about 20-25 years old.
  • One-third of the Old West cowboys were black or hispanic.
  • Most cowboy saddles weigh about 40 pounds.
  • Horses of the 1800′s were smaller and weighed less than horses of today.
  • Stampedes most commonly were caused by bad weather (thunder and lightning).

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James and Bob comparing cowboy shirts

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Sue and Linda

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Oh oh... They are up to something

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Must have been a good joke

Q: Where do cowboys cook their meals?

A: On the range.


Q: Why was the cowboy a lot of laughs?

A: He was always horsing around.

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Del and Leon share a cowpoke story

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"So... When does Johnny Cash come out???"

Did You Know? - John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Although he is primarily remembered as a country icon, his songs and sound spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly —especially early in his career—and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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Ernie and John were at the performance also

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...and dressed in black

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"Linda... Did you know Johnny Cash will not be here in person!"

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Paul and Linda

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"Are you sure he is not coming out???"

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Someone is having fun!

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Waiting for the show to restart gives everyone time to clown around

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Hans finds out that some hair makes the glass sit better

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Ernie and Sue

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