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Life After the Ranch
Bill Cooke Lisa Cooke Vienna Cooke Lacey Cooke Hannah Cooke Maura Finkelstein Rob Wright Shaun Terhune Anders Heintz Johnny Ferguson Jared Ficklin Robby Cabezuela
Q&A with Johnny Ferguson
Johnny Ferguson
Q: What have you been up to since TEXAS RANCH HOUSE ended?

A: I've been a bit lazy, I guess. I haven't done a hell of a lot. I went to a couple of parties, actually a cowboy party I went to, which was pretty awesome. I wore my gear and I was the man. Then I decided to take some time off, and I've just come back about a week ago from Thailand, Asia, Laos, and Cambodia, so I'm feeling pretty refreshed after all that.

Q: What was the best thing about coming home?

A: The best thing about coming home is probably seeing my friends, just being around them. It's weird, how much you don't realize you miss the English sense of humor, the English people, English culture. Not having that around you the whole time isn't a bad thing, but after a couple of months, it really gets to you.

Q: What do you miss most about the ranch?

A: I miss the food. To say that sounds absurd, but I miss having burritos every day, having my food prepared for me. It sounds such a trivial thing, but to have the same food every day, it does grow on you. You think you're sick of it and then when you leave, you just completely and utterly miss it. It's been so long since I've had a burrito or a wrap. I miss it quite a bit. It's quite nice. God, I miss my horses. I miss Trampler. What a horse! What a horse!

Q: What did you learn about life in 1867?

A: It was a lot simpler than life today. Things that bother people today, such as money, going out, mobile phones, computers, it's obviously not a part of 1867 life. You learn that community [was] the backbone of everything back then. You couldn't survive without your neighbors. You needed them, for help, for support, for friendship. I feel that people back then [were] far more open compared to this hedonistic society today where people are all about themselves and living for the moment. I learned that the values back then were actually values. You know, people today talk about honor and pride and trust, and it doesn't really mean a lot in today's context. You never get the chance to prove it. I think back then, especially if you're a cowboy, your word is your bond, which I am very proud to have learned.

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