From “Hang-dog” to “Howdy, ma’am!”

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One of our semi-regular customers named Robert came in early on a Saturday night looking a little “hang-dog.” He slumped at the bar and ordered a beer.

The bartender, who knew where Robert had just come from said, “How did your team do in the playoffs?”

Robert shook his head and gave him a half-smile. “Well, the boys did great considering that seven of our starters had never played before the season started. If it was all about heart and gumption they deserved to win today. I feel bad for them because they’re such a great bunch of kids.”

Just then a man and his young son of about twelve years of age came in the front door and walked up to Robert. He spoke to Robert briefly, and he and his son shook hands with him, and then handed him something. Judging by his tense body language, Robert was moved by whatever they’d told him.

He thanked the two and then they left. Robert turned back to the bar, misty-eyed and trying to clear the frog from his throat, and set a small trophy on the bar that said “World’s Greatest Coach” on it.

He was still teary-eyed when a young woman named Ashley, who had seen the exchange, came over to him and said, “Are you a little league football coach?”

Robert nodded as he turned to face her, and his whole demeanor changed from “hang-dog” to “howdy-ma’am” in a split second. “Yes, well, I was. The season’s over now.”

bigstock-Glasses-And-Bottles-2744506Ashley smiled as she examined his trophy and became teary-eyed herself. “Wow, you must’ve made a positive impact on them.”

Robert offered her the seat next to him, which she took and he said, “Well, I don’t know about that but they sure had an impact on me.” They chatted for a while and then Robert asked her to dance.

While they were on the dance floor, the bartender looked at me and said, “Something tells me his losing streak has come to an abrupt halt.”

All Materials ©2015 Heather Rainier


  1. Robert needs a story of his own. He has been going through some pretty awful personal problems and his team’s lose was the straw that broke the camel’s back. He needs his story expanded. Ms. Ranier I am not a writer, although I wish I were, but it seems like he is just hanging out there on that limb. Can you save him.

    1. Hi Sandra, Thank you very much for all your kind words.

      The Slices of Life from the Dancing Pony began as brief “pickup lines” that Ethan Grant shared with my street team on Facebook. As the weekly “Dancing Pony Pickup Lines” gained in popularity, we took some of the original lines, embellished them a little, and published them on my blog as Slices of Life from the Dancing Pony.

      Ethan wrote the pickup lines weekly for a few years. As a matter of fact, book 21 in the Divine Creek Ranch Collection (Lumberjack Weekend) was based on one of those pickup lines. As it happens though, after approximately three years of writing and editing them, we’ve decided to take a hiatus. It didn’t make sense for an erotic romance author to be writing content that, because of its nature as a beginning, lacked the heat my readers expect. Opportunities have also been presented to Ethan that made it harder to get them written.

      If you enjoy the Slices, you can find many more of his pickup lines on his timeline on Facebook. At this time I have no definite plans to further develop any of the pickup lines but won’t rule it out completely.

  2. Wonderful! Robert will now have something positive and bright to look back at that day for. Thank you, for this!


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