Kung Fu Cowboy
ORIGINAL DRAFT book
The Path of the Grasshopper
Actually, I don't like grasshoppers.
They weren't even fun to play with as a kid. Their hind legs have sharp spikes on them, and they spit on you. Really. They spit.
So, over the years that I've been doing Kung Fu, I just snickered when I got called, "Grasshopper."
of my friend's mother had a better nickname for me. She called me, "Caine." I may spell it wrong, but name in the TV show, , was Kwai Chang Caine. She said it was my floppy Stetson
cowboy hat that she liked.
Funny thing. Since I've been a kid, my friends have always complained, "My mother likes you more than me. Stop acting so nice around my parents!"
I wasn't trying to make my friends look bad. I've always enjoyed good manners. Even in the old western movies, I admired actors like,
, and , and , who seemed to even be polite to the bad guys when they got beat up by them.
I do believe in chivalry.
is about the most cynical of the actors I admired. He made me laugh the way I hope other people laugh at me. I don't mind being silly or exposing what I don't know. But I do want people to know I'm honest, trustworthy, and loyal.