OK, I couldn’t think of a better headline than that. I suck at stuff like that. My career may be in publishing, but I’m ridiculously lucky to have great editors that come up with the catchy phrases.
Moving on…If you’re older than 30 you may remember a Kevin Costner movie called Dances With Wolves. Costner plays a Civil War hero that is sent to a remote Western outpost with nothing more than his horse for company. (After seeing the movie, 90% of the female population would have given their right ovary for the privilege of accompanying him, civilization and creature comforts be damned). While he’s working to rebuild the abandoned fort he becomes somewhat of a curiosity to a local wolf, and Costner, devoid of companionship, begins to develop a relationship with the animal.
A local tribe of Lakota Sioux on a buffalo hunt spot Costner interacting with the wolf and are intrigued by the lone soldier. Knowing that one soldier inevitably means more, they try to befriend Costner to find out what the US Army plans, and by the way, had he seen any buffalo recently? Costner becomes a friend to the tribe and they give him a Lakota name, “Dances With Wolves.” Much to the chagrin of the female movie watching public, Costner’s character then falls in love with a white woman taken by the Lakota as a child, called Stands With a Fist.
Sorry for the lengthy babble, you know how I tend to blather on. Anyway, one of the things that become popular at that time was trying to come up with a Native American name for yourself. You know, ’cause what the hell, right? We take Buzzfeed quizzes to find out what Disney character we would be, why not try to figure out what our Native American name would be?
What made me think of this was the other night, when I was at the barn with friends, I was loving on a new horse who had just arrived. He kept putting his nose up to mine and I would kiss it every time he did. My friend laughed and told me to stop making out with the horse. That reminded me that several other folks have made comments like that over the years, that made me flash back to the whole Native American name thing.
Mine would be “Makes Out With Horses.”