This weekend a group of girlfriends from across the country converged in Calgary for the Stampede.
I was fully prepared to embrace the music, the two-step and a gong show that puts Vegas to shame (although, a note to those who were on the receiving end of having the Canadian Forces Parachute Team apply temporary tattoos to your bums with their mouths: Please, ladies, no one wanted to see that many handlebar mustaches make contact with your cheeks).
What I was not prepared for, however, was to learn how lucrative it is to be in the rodeo business, with a million dollars in prizes to be distributed on the last day. With top prize of $100,000 for successfully riding a bull for 8 seconds (which works out to 45mil/hr), I’m sure I do not need to tell you that this is substantially better than what I am currently bringing in. Should you choose to become a cowgirl, there are also other perks.
And the cowboys.