This movie reminds me of a time I rode for Wells Fargo (I never heard of Loomis, I bet Alifair has) and Pinkerton in an armored truck and a security car on the long road of petro chemical plants, along Louisiana part of the big muddy river. I suppose its hard to believe a fellow like me could wear so many hats for excitement in such a short 54 years, but I have, but I did and I enjoyed it for a spell..shoulda stayed in the Navy or Merchant Marines though.
To the attention of Mr. James Lee Burke being a lover of fast horses at fast tracks; I once hauled a load of cash of 20 million dollars from the mint in New Orleans, to the Fair Grounds and once 10 million to Evangeline Downs in Opelousas. I was armed to the teeth with my .38 magnum service revolvers on my side with 3 quick loads, a M-16 with 10 30 round clips and 2 Ithaca model 37 12 guage sawed off shot guns (5 shells shotguns on the bulk head) with plenty of ammo. I wonder if he was there during those times in 1981 and 1982. I sometimes felt I was hauling for the mafia while being paid $5.50 an hour and $8.25 for over time? I would take time off (2 to 3 months) of the towboats, when I thought I had a woman of my dreams and try a job just to stay home long enough to see if they really were the one of my dreams. It never took long for me to decide I was happier on the towboats. LB
p.s. I never won a tri-fecta in my few times to bet at horse racing, but during those days a Very Good Cajun Friend tried to teach me how to bet and I never did get the swing of things. I rode many days on a horse doing day work in Florida working cows, and hung out with an ole farrier who took care of Florida's Thoroughbreds on some of the most finest horse estates in Florida. I actually got along with those high class folks and they liked me! I decided right then and there, that race horses would never be my game. Training, shoeing or betting, cause the doggone creatures are worse than humans in a lot of ways. I much rather ride a working cattle horse if'n I'm able, to make my living that way. I know there is money in thoroughbreds, but much too complicated for a mon like moi. I guess its like writing a book....better left to those who have a knack for it or want to take the time to practice it and have fun at it, eh? Life really is as good as you wanna make it, I say therefore I am ???? I do wish well for all who try, LDB
If you backed up time a bit, I would have been a darn good Pony Express Rider or Wells Fargo shot gun mon.