I have an inordinate love of the movie Urban Cowboy. Little did I realize that there is a full-fledged Gilley’s-esque country Valhalla right in my midst at Cadillac Ranch. When I found out they had a mechanical bull, I knew I had to try it.
Bud: Ask me, “How do you become a bull rider?”
Friend: How do you become a bull rider?
Bud: You take a handful of marbles, and you put ‘em in your mouth. You go out to Gilley’s, and you ride that bull, and every time you ride that bull you spit out one of those marbles, and when you’ve lost all your marbles, that’s when you’re a bull rider.
On my first ride, I made a classic rookie mistake, taking off my hat and trying to go one-handed. I hit the inflatable deck quickly. Second ride: a little better. Third ride: a little better again, but the guy still threw me very easily.
It was a blast. Afterwards, we played pool. We toyed with the idea of line dancing. Maybe next time.
- Cadillac Ranch, Southington, CT
#19. 101 things in 1001 days. Ride a mechanical bull.