In Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent re: the Supreme Court's decision to support gay marriage, Scalia stated that "not a single Southwesterner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner (California does not count)" sat on the court. I don't sit on the court, but damn if I'm not a Westerner. To wit:
  1. I am writing this list while wearing a cowboy hat, which is my normal weekend headgear. (From the Country General Store on Van Nuys Blvd, which is amazeballs.)
  2. Own and utilize bandanas.
  3. Unless it is summer I am usually in boots. My favored pair feature zigzag snakeskin inlays.
  4. Totally comfortable in a Texas tuxedo.
  5. Fan of cowboy caviar.
  6. Two of my last four vacations were spent on dude ranches.
  7. Took my son horseback riding this morning.
  8. My brother has a Clint Eastwood-themed bathroom devoted to The Outlaw Josey Wales and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
  9. Another brother was the prop master on Tombstone.
  10. Cried during True Grit and Shane.
  11. Binge-watched Hell on Wheels and Deadwood.
  12. Listen to Willie's Roadhouse every day on Sirius.