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Big Time Rodeo

Among the cognoscenti there are rodeos and then there’s the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.  The Houston Event is to rodeos what Rodeo Drive is to a street.  The televised contests we associate with rodeo, such as bull-dogging, bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding, and the like, are to this event what the tip is to the iceberg.  This cowpoke country affair is responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in commerce and a like amount in charitable scholarships awarded to kids.

I'll Take The Ribs

The Houston Show is a cultural anomaly, a major study in contrasts.  A few statistics to bear this out:  A chicken sold for $26,000 dollars — let’s see now, an order of all dark meat would go for about 13 thousand.  A swine sold for $87,000 dollars — that means a rack of BBQ ribs from that baby would be approximately 9K.  A cow sold for $230,000 dollars — Kobe beef, eat your heart out.  Also, there are guys and gals here that spend more for their hats and boots than most people pay for their automobiles.  Peter Pansy makes the Houston Show every year “Come hell or high-water,” or as they say thereabouts, “Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.”

He Stayed On Longer Than 8 Seconds, He Wins

A beautiful, rich, 52-year-old married rodeo groupie is found dead, lying under the dead young married cowboy who was riding her.  The same six bullets, fired at close range, went through both of them.  On the laptop in the room the note said:  “HE STAYED ON LONGER THAN 8 SECONDS, HE WINS.”  The woman was a well-known Houston socialite who had what turned out to be a fatal affinity for cowboys.  This cowboy was first in points for Best Overall Prize Money, and was the odds-on favorite to win.  That is, until he turned up dead-last.  His wife found their bodies.

No Bull

Dorothy Calvert is not content to let the police investigate her mother’s death.  She feels the police theory that her mother had been murdered for her jewelry, and that the dead cowboy, Kyle Osterman, was merely “in the wrong place at the wrong time” is absurd.  Dorothy calls on Peter Pansy to get to the bottom of all the bull.

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