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The Morning of Christmas Eve

I woke up this morning and did my usual Tuesday task of taking the garbage cans to the road. They aren’t actual cans, they are more like large plastic, wheeled boxes. Either way, every Tuesday they must be moved the 150 feet down the driveway to be emptied by our local government. This is, and probably always will be, my job.

Next I made some steel cut oats and ate them with chunks of pineapple. Pretty tasty for gruel and fruit.

Then I sat down and thought I would get in the holiday spirit by watching a nice Christmas movie. Something like Christmas Story or White Christmas. I didn’t find either so I perused the channels for some other holiday classic.

I found “The Man Who Shot Libery Valance.” What a nice movie to put on Christmas eve morn. Now don’t get me wrong. I have seen it dozens of times and I like it. It has John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Lee Marvin. It has killing. It has horses and cowboys. All good things on a normal day but on Christmas Eve?

If you are not familiar with the story I will give you a short recap. Stewart, an easterner, goes west. He finds a different world then he is used to. A world of guns and self reliance. A world that only tough men survive. Liberty Valance (Marvin) is a bully and torments him and everyone else except, of course, John Wayne. If you are too young to know about John Wayne not even cancer bullied Wayne.

Finally the relationship comes to a head. Stewart, it seems, gets lucky and kills Valance in a gun fight. It makes him famous and he ends up in the U.S. Senate.

The story is told by Stewart when he returns to attend Wayne’s character’s funeral, as an old man. It is at this point he reveals he never killed Valance. John Wayne killed Valance to keep Stewart from being shot.

Great story.

Just not what I was looking for on Christmas eve.

Maybe later I’ll find something a little more festive.

Like maybe Chisum?

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