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The Naked Cowboy in NYC's Times Square

Updated on February 23, 2015

Giddy Up, Cowboy!

The Naked cowboy has been strutting his stuff in Times Square since 1998, entertaining the crowds of tourists. Locals also stop to say, Howdy Cowboy! Women swoon over his muscular physique. How could they not? He obviously puts much time and effort into looking that darn good.

Believe it or not the Naked Cowboy has a real name. On a cold winter day in Cincinnati, Ohio Robert John Burck was born. He had just missed being a Christmas Day baby since his birthdate is Dec. 23, 1970. I bet his family never imagined he would become a Naked Cowboy on Times Square.

Actually, his profession is a marketing marvel. A company could slap any logo on his rear and chances are their product will sell. Place the logo on his hat! On his boots! On his well hung guitar. That's all you got folks because this cowboy's wardrobe stops there.

He very cleverly places the guitar over his man parts to give people the illusion that he is naked. But, as we all know Indecent Exposure is against the law, so Robert got all his bases covered.

The Naked Cowboy Booty Shot

The Naked Cowboy
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Naked Cowboy Swoops Women Off Their Feet

My daughter and son-in-law recently spent 6 months in NYC for work. And of course a lot of play time too. They often posted photos and shared their many experiences, such as Broadway plays, museums, Jimmy Fallon show, meeting Jake Gyllenhaal etc...They had an amazing 6 months.

The day before they were due to fly back to Florida, I remembered that my daughter still hadn't sent me a photo of the Naked Cowboy! Michelle said she had seen him many times, but didn't consider it a photo op!

WHAT? Where did I go wrong? Your mother is a country music fanatic, loves everything about country music...how does NAKED COWBOY not register in your mind to send your mama a photo?

Hence, these photos were promptly delivered to my phone within hours. The temperatures for this photo shoot were 20 degrees with a wind chill that would cause major shrinkage. Thank you, once again dear daughter for thinking of your mama. Thank you, dear son-in-law for shooting the pictures. You now have my permission to board your plane back to the Sunshine State!

This cowboy has a gentle, playful way of swooping women up off their feet. He took my daughter by surprise, a happy surprise since she is quite entertaining herself. He also, with permission, will incorporate booty grabs into photos...Michelle passed. As did David.

One day maybe I will get to meet the Naked Cowboy, he could pick me up, heck he could swing me around or just use me as a guitar pic...until then I am so glad my daughter and son-in-law got the chance to have some fun with Robert John Burck.

Oh no, they didn't!

Robert had trademarked the Naked Cowboy name. Of course, he did...genius!

Mars Incorporated Candies tried to exploit the Cowboy's image.

Robert claimed that the candy maker had used his persona by outfitting a dark blue M&M with boots, hat, underpants and a six-string guitar.

They used this promotional gig as an animated cartoon that ran on two video billboards in Times Square.

After a lawsuit and an undisclosed settlement, chances are good that Mars will never play that tune again!

Michelle was swept off her feet by the Original Naked Cowboy!

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To Busk or Not...

The Naked Cowboy is a Street Entertainer, also known as busking. Buskers have been around for centuries. They entertain throngs of people with their many talents and to earn tips.

Some of the busking talents are acrobatics, balloon artists, clowns, comedy, drawing caricatures, dancing, singing, fire skills, fortune tellers, jugglers, magic, mime, musical performance, snake charming, sketching, poetry, sword swallowing...etc.

There are so many artistic people in our world and busking seems the way they could get noticed and earn money while they are living their passion. Busking is done by men, women and children. There is no age or sex discrimination. If you got it, flaunt it! The Naked Cowboy took that statement literally!

The Naked Cowboy began his busking journey in Dec. of 1997 in Venice Beach, LA performing in public places for gratuities. In 1998 he took to the streets of Times Square and has been a fixture ever since. In rain, sleet, snow, heat...just like the postal service, The Naked Cowboy is sure to deliver the entire package.

And the entire package includes his many talents...He is an actor, singer, songwriter and writer. Why hasn't Nashville swooped the Naked Cowboy off his feet yet? Only the record moguls in Nashville could answer that question.

In 2009, the Naked Cowboy performed at a Rugby game in Dublin, Ireland in front of 18,000 fans...I bet the boys stood at attention for that performance! Possibly some dribbling too, even though that is against rugby rules.

In 2014, the Naked Cowboy was sponsored by Fruit of the Loom and he switched from wearing briefs to boxer briefs. Hey, whatever works for him, works for us too! As long as the fit is a comfortable tighty whitey, don't want the Naked Cowboy in distress while playing his tunes. I bet Fruit of the Loom sales rose to the occasion with that deal.

Grooving with the Naked Cowboy

The Naked Cowboy
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President of the United States! Say, What?

In 2010 The Naked Cowboy obviously needed a challenge. He decided to run against Barack Obama for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

He was one of the more than 300 lesser known Americans who had registered with the Federal Election Commission to run for the highest office in the land.

He is neither a Republican or a Democrat so he ran as a member of the Tea Party. He did not receive the support he needed to continue with his run.

Needless to say, that idea went full circle, just like when you listen to a country song played backwards. You get your dog, wife, home and truck back...the Naked Cowboy went right back to his regular gig.

But I give him credit for trying. Hopefully he didn't feel like a ding dong!

On the flip side, he is now an ordained minister so if you are looking to get hitched, how about asking the Naked Cowboy to perform your ceremony?

Naked Cowboy via Facebook

The Naked Cowboy expressed his appreciation of this tribute article via his Facebook page!
The Naked Cowboy expressed his appreciation of this tribute article via his Facebook page! | Source

What's a Naked Cowboy Without Some Music?

The Naked Cowboy starred in three videos:

  • Cake's "Short Skirt, Long Jacket"
  • Tyler Hilton's "When It Comes"
  • Nickelback's "Rock Star"

He also released an album in 2007, titled "Year Of The Cowboy" which is available on iTunes.

The Naked Cowboy Marries his Cowgirl, Oh Nuts!

The Naked Cowboy started as a solo act, but has since grown into a franchise which includes 11 naked cowboys and cowgirls. One of those cowgirls became the Naked Cowboys wife.

On February 15, 2013 the Naked Cowboy was married to Patricia Cruz. Patty is now known as the Naked Cowgirl. She was an entertainer herself, a belly dancer.

At the start she was too shy to perform as a Naked Cowgirl, but has since became quite a star and enjoys performing for the crowds of spectators.

However in Dec of 2014 she allegedly reported to the police that he pushed her.

Yet, no charges were filed and the supposed dispute was over basically before it started.

Possibly a case of "Tag, Who Looks Better Naked?"

I wish the Naked Couple good luck with their marriage.

It can't be easy being expected to perform in weather conditions that are at times inhumane, even their privates need some privacy at times.

I gotta say, I'm impressed with the Naked Cowboy's journey...he kicked up dust, went forth on his solo busking journey.

He is now estimated to be worth about $4 million dollars! Wow! I salute you!

Way to go, Cowboy! Naked or not...you earned your cold hard cash.

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      Linda Bilyeu 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Perspycacious, I just checked and the images are all visible. Possibly it was a computer glitch on your side at the time you were viewing them? Thanks for the heads up!

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      Demas W Jasper 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Out of curiosity, why are so many of your photo images showing up as blanks (Source shows, but no image)?

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A very interesting story it is, Deb! :)

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Too funny. I've seen friends post photos of the Naked Cowboy from their NYC visits, and now I know the story behind the underpants.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Colorfulone! I have to agree, the Naked Cowboy is quite a hoot and a holler too! :)

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Linda this is with a doubt an interesting hub. What a publicity stunt the Rev. Naked Cowboy pulled in New York. That got his face on the front page of stuff fast I'm sure. This is a hoot!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Lady E...maybe one day you will see that photo! :)

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      I love it. No one will read this without smiling. I was hoping to see a photo with him carrying you, Linda. Brave Cowboy. :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi PS and Bobbi! The Naked Cowboy was in Florida this past weekend, he went to Bike Week in Daytona with his pretty belly dancing wife. He posted quite a few pictures and videos on Facebook...he sure is very entertaining!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Sunshine,

      I needed a laugh today---and I got it. I cannot envision such a thing happening---but I am ready for a trip to New York!!!

      I think it is wonderful when someone brings such joy and cheer to others. We do not have enough of it in our world today.

      Giddyup!

      Bobbi Purvis

      I am sharing with Twitter and pinning on my Re-pin Board.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      How fun is that!!!! What a hoot...he must LOVE every single day...and ooohlala ...the ladies get an eyeful.

      Lucky you got these photos....

      Have a lovely afternoon...Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

      Shared voted up++++

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tami...How fun that you got to meet the Naked Cowboy! My daughter enjoyed being swept off her feet...he is quite entertaining :)

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Hilarious and one of my favorite NYC memories was seeing him there..though I must admit, when my husband offered to take our pic together I didn't want to get too close..LOL! Great Hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Mary, The naked Cowboy might not be the best singer, but he is a great entertainer! I hope you and I get to meet him one day :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      This guy is an OK singer, I think, but he really is not what I would consider handsome! If I ever get back to NY, I'll look for him.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I just knew you would enjoy meeting the Naked Cowboy, Nell! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Flourish, The Naked Cowboy and the Mrs along with their family members read the hub and enjoyed it so what ever happened then must be insignificant now. It was actually over in the blink of an eye...I'm sticking with who looks better naked! :)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hiya, this was such a fun hub! lol! how did I miss it? He certainly stands up to being one of the best! lol!

      I wish I could get on that plane and go over to meet him, I would be out there jiggling along with him! loved this! voted up and shared, nell

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This was fun. Everyone knows real cowboys don't push their lady folk, so I am wondering what went down between the Naked Mr. and Mrs. Hmm. Your humor was awesome. I wonder how long he can keep doing this.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks, Glimmer! The Naked Cowboy just shared my daughters photo on his Facebook page...Fun times! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thanks for the smiles with this one today!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree! The Naked Cowboy had a genius idea! Not many entertainers could withstand the freezing winter temperatures, but this cowboy never disappoints!

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      Christina Lornemark 2 years ago from Sweden

      OMG! What a great idea, he is making the most out of street-singing.I wish more men would consider doing this. Here, where I live, there are only dressed men singing in the streets and to add to the boredom, most of them is sitting down!! Oh well. I will just have to wait until a naked cowboy pops up here then:))

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Ladies...Great news! The Naked Cowboy read my article on Facebook, he shared it with his fans and he loved it! He is a funny guy...enjoyed the comments too! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I am to please, DJ! :)

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Linda, I saw the Naked Cowboy in Times Square over 20 years ago and noticed from your videos that his 'guitar' is still as you put it well hung. Thanks for the deja vu.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Well I can see New York needs to be on the top of my list. Roaming city streets in underwear seems an unusual way to make a livin'. But hey, he does it with style. I guess his sponsors hit the market with Naked Cowboy, undies/hats/boots..just checking out business opportunities - I'll text him!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hahaha, Effer! I hope you nabbed the hacker! Even though their sense of humor is epic!! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      LOL! Awesome puns, MM! :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Don't give me a heads-up! I'm leavin town! I just want to know who hacked my account and made that statement about him needing to stuff the front of his tighty-whiteys..........I would never suggest such a thing.

      I'll bet it was that wife of his who charged him with pushing her. Did he really push her? I need to know more about that. If he's a brute, I'll travel to NY just to pull his pants down!.....If she's an attention-seeking Liar...she needs to go back where she came from.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      My phone is actually hot.

      After lol from these comments, I'll now take its temperature like a good nurse should.

      Then I am heading to NY to better assess this situation.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I doubt he will stop by also, but "just in case" the Naked Cowboy makes an appearance I thought I would give y'all a heads up! LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, I don't think he'll stop by unless we stuff dollar bills in his guitar hole. Ha ha! Seriously, if he's worth four million by strutting his wares in NYC, I doubt he'll show up in our conversation. Unless, of course, he thinks he can gain a whole new audience!

      I'd like to hear him serenade his female passers-by instead of singing (off-key) about his friggin' underpants! We have Sponge Bob for that.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha! Effer, George and his shrinkage!! Hilarious episode.

      Sha, Good question about the boxer briefs, possibly the Naked Cowboy will answer that question when he stops by and after he gets done with Effer's comments. Haha!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      By watching the video I learned where the Naked Cowboy keeps his tips! I heard there was a hiding spot within the guitar.

      Don't sweat it, Effer...I bet the Cowboy will LOL!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      WHAT???!!! You didn't! But my comment about stuffing his drawers???!!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Of course, I had to go back and watch the video, twice. Somehow, I feel dirty! I'd give it a 4 out of 10 for the beat.

      Not really impressed with his ass-tro-boots, either. Simply lacking in too many areas.

      We all agree that a nice deep voice can make us weak in the knees.

      Sadly, I have never been with a hunk-a-burning-love with a deep voice.

      I resort to watching dirty videos on HP. What's an old hag to do??

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      OMG! You ladies are so bad! Just what I expected!! You did not disappoint!! LOL! I sent this tribute to the Naked Cowboy on Facebook...I'm hoping he stops by to say hello! Yeehaw!!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Great article! I've heard of him. Now, I am wondering why my daughter who went to visit NY two times, had not taken the time to seek out The Naked Cowboy and send me a photo!

      Talk about the American dream ... Way to go Cowboy. Those are great photos you have shared.

      Bless his heart to stand out there in the frigid winter weather in his whitie-tighties.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      DJ, you're too funny! Anonymous???? BTW, if you look in the first video Linda added, there's no flat front. Maybe the guitar made his willy wonka show up front and center. Obviously, the video wasn't shot in 20 degree weather!

      Linda, see what you started? You're bringing out the woman in the women readers!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Paula, I noticed that flat front, as well. I'm with Sha; wear boxers and at least keep the ladies guessing. Don't wear tighty-whiteys and remove all doubts!

      I'm not signing this. I will remain anonymous.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, what happened to the boxer briefs he's supposed to be donning since the fruity underwear guys are backing him? I don't find tighty whities sexy at all. In fact, most of the men I've been attracted to don't wear any at all! Of course, I don't have the greatest track record...... LOL.

      Paula, yeah - George Clooney and Sean Connery have creamy - I mean, dreamy - voices too. I'll bet someone could do an awesome about male voices. Effer, I dominate you!

      Linda, I'm glad you've added these videos. I watched both of them on my own after initially reading this post.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Linda Sue....Sorry GF......this may be X-rated or inappropriate......but he needs to stuff the front of those tighty-whiteys........stop laughing! You KNOW it's true. I don't want to hear the old George Costanza excuse about shrinkage from the cold. Oh dear.....I'm such a bad girl. I think I'll blame it on you and Sha!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I apologize ladies...I should have included some Naked Cowboy videos to further entertain you! Well, Sunshine aims to please and WOW did I find some interesting videos to go along with the fantastic photos! Yeehaw!!!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh yeah....long hair is sexy....but mullets went OUT in the '80's!! I like George Clooney's voice...among other of his attributes......Sean Connery.....OH YEAH..Sam Elliott...woo hoo! He can wear his damned boots IN THE BED! I won't say a word. We're so bad, Sha. Somebody stop us!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Paula, I happen to like long hair, but yeah - the voice counts. Just like Fran Drescher's voice kills her kick-ass body, the same goes for men. I like 'em deep. The guy that does the Allstate commercials has a killer voice. So does Sam Elliott. Now there's a man who can park his boots under my bed any day!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OMG Sha! Don't tell me you have a "thing" with male voices too! That's one of my top 3 necessities for attraction. Very few people understand me. A man's voice is like 70% of my attraction to him.....I'm wondering why you said you'de like to hear his voce.

      The barefoot cowboy is OK.....yeah his build is impressive, but he's not handsome....and he needs to LOSE the mullet!! Do I sound like a conniseur of men? At my friggan old age, I OUGHTTA be!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, he's hot! Naked in NYC in 20 degree weather? He's got brass ones, for sure! I have to admit, I've never heard of the Naked Cowboy. I'll have to check him out on You Tube. I'd like to hear his voice.

      Lucky you getting photos!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      DJ!!! ROFLMAO!!! OMG.......You're a Genius! I can be packed and ready to go in a LITERAL New York minute!!..............LOL! I bet I make the most money!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Of all the things I can think to put in my 'Bucket List', the Naked Cowboy

      has never crossed my mind! What was I not thinking!!

      Both my step-sons and their wives have spent time in New York City and

      absolutely loved it. So much to do, there. We had to remind them they had small children at home and must return to the realities of the real world.

      I have never been to NYC, and at this point in my life, I do not see it happening.

      I loved your write and the super photos of your daughter with the Naked Cowboy. I've always felt a ting of pity for the street performer. Never occurred to me that they made big bucks. 4 million dollars? Well, ladies,

      I say we forget this writing gig and get together our own group of buskers! I can see it now, the " You Don't Want To See Us Naked, Girls".

      We can threaten to start taking off cloths unless they pay us to keep the cloths on. I know that I can raise a million easily!! LOL

      Great job, Linda!

      DJ.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      That poor cowboy has no idea how lucky he is that you were not with Michelle......WOOOO-EEEEEEE he's still be running down the streets of NY City!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha!! I can't stop!!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Watch your language!!!! LLOLOLOLOLOLO

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Effer, Since the Naked Cowboy is now a Franchise, who knows which part of the world another one might pop up! :))

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha, Martie! He must produce his own body heat to withstand those frigid temperatures, I admire the Naked Cowboy!! Brrrrr.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL.....Only in America! Becoming a multi-millionaire by roaming the City streets in your underwear, strummin a guitar! Of course! Why not? All it takes is a dream and a gig! LOL

      Michele has quite a bit of her Mama in her, I see! How much fun they must have had!

      This is GREAT, GF....Thanks so much for sharing. UP++++pinned & tweeted

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Wow! (I'm swooning to the moon over his muscular physique! Auh! My poor heart!)

      And I agree - If you got it, flaunt it!

      But does he really perform outside in the cold during winter and snow?

      Nevermind, let me enjoy another look at that bOdY....