Guns and Garters


Yup, my name is Shiny.  Iffn youse don't know why then take a look under my hat.

I wuz born in 1825 in a shack next to the Mississippi River.  My pa worked on a steamboat.  When I wuz just a tadpole he dun died in a steamboat fire.  As you might have guessed we didn't have much money, but we wuz happy.  I remember runnin' along the banks of the Mississippi with my younger brother and sister.  That Mississippi Mud used to make my ma crazy.  She tried to scrub it off'n our feet, but our feet just stayed black.  Wanna see?

I worked on the steamboats untill 1852 when I went to California fer to get rich in that there gold rush in San Francisco.  It were hard work but I managed to find myself a few shiny nuggets.  I ain't got them now and I didn't get rich.  I turned them nuggets into whisky.  Well, it was hard work and a man's gotta be good to hisself, don't he?

Once I run outta money I had to find work.  So, it was easy enough to move from the front of the bar to behind the bar.  I wuz a bartender fer a while, but them earthquakes they had there were scarin' the livin' tar outta me.  I didn't like the fog nun too much, either.

I began driftin' south workin anywhere's I could.  I wuz a ranch hand, a field plower, a barn builder, a bronc buster, a storekeeper, a sheriff's deputy, a tax collector, a road builder, a buggy fixer, and I even hooked up with some bank robbers.  I dun been chased out of some towns 'cause I cleaned out the pockets of sum lousy losers with my poker playin' skills.

What I want to know is why am I tellin' you all of this?  It ain't none of yer business.  Unless, of course, you got a hankerin' fer to play poker....
Charlie Meyerett has retired from teaching high school.  He still coaches high school golf.  He dons his striped shirt in the fall and referees high school wrestling in the Inland Empire.

Charlie has three sons and is married to the Guns and Garters' webmaster/photographer, Kay.


Pahrump 2016 Prescott 2015
Calico Ghost Town:  September 2014 SZ Ranch 2015
Calico 2014 Calico 2014
Prescott 2013 Prescott 2014
November 2013 Calico
Temecula 2013 Shiny Nov 2010
Shiny at Lake Elsinore April 2012 Shiny
Shiny 4/13 Calico 2011
Calico 2010 Calico 2010
Shiny Calico 2010
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Shiny Shiny in Temecula 2009
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