Well that’s all I got. See y’all in 3010!

Well that’s all I got. See y’all in 3010!

"My pappy used to say, ‘Son, everything is a accident—’" He digs the blindfold from a hip pocket and hands it to me. "The trick is making believe it’s on purpose."

Ken Kesey, from Last Go Round

Rounding up the Round-Up

So you’ve come to love this blog, you ache to better know its mysterious author, but are you aware of this blog’s bigger, older, somewhat less attractive but ultimately much more useful sister website? It’s called Oregonlive, and it’s where all The Oregonian’s Round-Up coverage lives. Here’s a picture of a grown man filing a horse’s hoof with a giant nail file, followed by a breakdown of The O’s Round-Up coverage…

PHOTO SERIES

Portraits: Pictures of all kinds of people from Round-Up.

Then-and-Now: Really old pictures placed alongside newer versions of the old pictures. 

Drinks at The Hut: Inside a classic Pendleton bar.

Life with the Indian Relay Racers: Spend some time with this group of riders from Cawston, B.C.

PICTURE STORIES (w/really big pictures that will fill your browser window)

Getting ready for the Round-Up

Out of the chutes at the Round-Up

Pendleton’s Hotel de Cowpunch draws road-weary cowboys

Riding bareback and breaking records at the Round-Up

WORD STORIES 

Pendleton’s Hotel de Cowpunch draws road-weary cowboys for generations

Pendleton’s Westward Ho! parade, by the numbers

Pendleton Round-Up changes through the years

Selling pitch for Minam River Lodge moves to Pendleton Round-Up

Let ‘er buck, but let women take a bigger role, some say as Pendleton Round-Up celebrates centennial

First go-round: New merchants step in to fill downtown holes during Round-Up

2010 Pendleton Round-Up: One family’s history enfolds in a beloved doeskin dress

2010 Pendleton Round-Up: A brief history

Cowboy dreams: Pendleton family’s love for rodeo grows in a backyard arena

The horse won’t leave the chute! The horse won’t leave the chute! That’s actually what’s happening here. I would think performance anxiety would be as common an occurrence in a rodeo horse’s life as it is in mine, but the older gentleman sitting next to me says he’s never seen anything like this. 

The horse won’t leave the chute! The horse won’t leave the chute! That’s actually what’s happening here. I would think performance anxiety would be as common an occurrence in a rodeo horse’s life as it is in mine, but the older gentleman sitting next to me says he’s never seen anything like this. 

I think of these pictures as metaphors for something. If I told you any more you might do that thing people do where they hide their faces in their hands and moan and say things like, “Ed, will you just pass the mashed potatoes already?”

Meat pile inside the stadium.

Meat pile inside the stadium.

Jamie Francis spent some time with the Indian relay racers and just published this awesome set of photos. Check it out. 

Jamie Francis spent some time with the Indian relay racers and just published this awesome set of photos. Check it out. 

These guys were so kind to me I labeled the jpg of this image “nice-dudes.jpg”. I’m a real stickler for naming conventions, but broke the pattern I was using just for them. This is my life. 

These guys were so kind to me I labeled the jpg of this image “nice-dudes.jpg”. I’m a real stickler for naming conventions, but broke the pattern I was using just for them. This is my life. 

A couple of temporary friends I made just outside the stadium. In the future, you’ll be able to smile and wave at a picture like this and each person in it will receive a brain email that tells them you smiled and waved at a picture of them. Sometimes, I’m really glad I probably won’t live forever.

A couple of temporary friends I made just outside the stadium. In the future, you’ll be able to smile and wave at a picture like this and each person in it will receive a brain email that tells them you smiled and waved at a picture of them. Sometimes, I’m really glad I probably won’t live forever.

The final day of Round-Up coverage begins.  

The Fellas, Parts I & II.

I’ll start work on Part III when the money is right. 

Look! The people are caged in just like the animals! Seriously though, it’s like Kafka said: “There is hope, just not for us.” Except for the guy hanging out above the “C” in “Happy Canyon”. That guy knows something.

Look! The people are caged in just like the animals! Seriously though, it’s like Kafka said: “There is hope, just not for us.” Except for the guy hanging out above the “C” in “Happy Canyon”. That guy knows something.

Keith Isley, rodeo clown

First non-creepy clown I’ve ever seen. Maybe because he’s in good shape?