I enjoy taking off road trips to look at wild life. I used to do it under the stars... Now a camp trailer is much more comfortable.
I like thunderstorms with lots of lightning, knowing i am safe and warm, not being caught out in Nature's melee getting wet. Snow is fine just as long as it stays in mountain regions. I always dreaded shoveling my sidewalk.... All 206 feet of it. Now grand kids do it. WHEW, FINALLY !!! But, i did enjoy hooking up a sleigh years ago and riding on Reno 's streets years ago, also drove carts and wagons with horses, pony's and Mule's. ( Mule's do not even attempt to kick you UNLESS THEY KNOW THAT THEY CAN GET YOU, a most challenging critter!!! ). All this stuff and horse drawn equipment was sold over 25 years ago. Unfortunately i am now allergic to horses and cattle. Go figure.
When i did trade shows which i no longer do them as i am retired from this also. I was called "Okeetsha" which means " to wander about " . I would used to do 26 shows a year often putting over 230,000 miles on in two years.... Then would go and buy another new truck.
Okeetsha became my Trade Name when i did the Western Americana trade shows. I carried Native American products of Baskets, Rugs, Beadwork, Carvings, and Pottery. Civil war items in books and newspapers of the day. Outlaws in genuine Wanted Posters. Cowboy items from old leather gear to Rodeo items. I also carried assorted Paper Americana and Advertising. I even carried unusual Pocket Mirrors from about 1890-1930; many of these represented ladies in some interesting poses that were quite risqué for the time period. Miscellaneous other items as well.
I still like Unusual Antiques.
I collected and still have many early early advertising items normally pre- Prohibition, self framed signs, large easel board type signs, advertising on canvas, and large paper signs.
Of the odd and unusual category i have 10 early lithographic stones cut on limestone. These weigh over 50 pounds each. An early quality printing process. One deals with the different process of different colors for a Wine Label. Others are interesting as well.
I also have a chair made of cattle horns.
I collected many varied taxidermist mounts American Bison ( or also known as Buffalo), huge deer mounts, and several African Mounts.... The decor in my home changes from time to time. Currently it is done in Western, South Western, and paintings of various subjects, plus early Nevada items circa 1869 - 1905.
My field of interest is vast and i am constantly researching even more items.
I have two wooden carvings done by FRANK POLK. He a famous Cowboy artist He changed from making wood items to bronzes. His earlier work was the many " ONE ARMED BANDITS AND OTHER CHARACTERS HE CARVED TO HOLD SLOT MACHINES ". the GOLDEN ROOSTER in the Sparks nugget was once one of his carvings that was used to make the mold for this beautiful item.
The ones i have are me siting on a pony at about age 6, the detail is fantastic even down to the buttons on my shirt, the other is of a Brahma Bull. Both were carved circa 1954.