These collected talesùsome taller than othersùoffer revealing glimpses into how and why West Texans are different. Rugged enough to make the harshest of environments their own, this species thrives in hundred-degree-plus heat and near-zero humidity. Folks like the crop duster who nearly sets his plane down in the bed of a pickup, the ôboll weevilö whose naivetΘ is tested in the oil patch, and Frank the ôGoofy Roofer,ö who enters a bullfight with nothing more than a denim jacket and a bottle of beer, are far from rare.
All these yarns contain a grain of truth, and some of them actually happened just as related. Most of them have a humorous bent; some are reasonably serious; a few are totally outrageous. But all of them illustrate the character of this distinctive region of the Lone Star State. Whether they concern ranchers, farmers, or oilfield hands; weather, work, or play, all reflect the essential nature of West Texans.
WeaverÆs lively anecdotes prove several truths about Texas west of the hundredth meridian: you may learn how not to haul hogs, ride in rodeos, conduct bullfights, or drill oil wellsùand you may well meet petroleum promoters, coon hunters, chuck-wagon cooks, cotton farmers, and even college professorsùbut you wonÆt encounter an uninteresting character where things get hotter than Pecos.