Another Railroad Tale: Bo Bo and the chickens

A real character on the Railroad was nicknamed Bo Bo or Bo. I made many trips with him and still appreciate what I learned from him. He was a tall, lanky, not an ounce of fat, 6 foot something when he straightened up cowboy who happened to be a “Rail”. He was a class A #1 engineer and a B.S. er.

One morning when we were eating in the Greasy Spoon Bo was telling a Tale. We were all listening intently as well as 2 young waitresses who stood by the table. Beside being a “Rail” and a cowboy, he was a hunter, and an outfitter who took other hunters or Dudes into the mountains in the fall to hunt. The fall before Bo had taken 5 Michigan hunters into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to hunt elk. After a long day of hunting they were sitting around the campfire and the subject of the relatively short amount of the opposite sex in Montana came up. The one Michigan hunter said to Bo “You Montanans have a bad reputation of messing with sheep when you are lonely.” No reply from Bo. The Michigan dude went onto say that he’d heard that a cow was not out of the question at times. Bo said nothing. The Michigan dude/hunter said he’d heard that even a favorite horse was not exempt from this behavior. Bo sat silent by the campfire.

Finally the Michigan Dude said “It’s been reported when you people are in a pinch a nearby chicken is fair game.”

“Chickens, chickens,” Bo screamed, “I never touched a chicken!!!”

The two little waitresses ran to the back room and the rest of us almost rolled on the floor, by this time the whole restaurant was laughing..

What an engineer, but a World Champion B.S. er…. The absolute best…

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