Robert Blake Off To Do Some Cowboying

Hey, Robert Blake, you've just been acquitted of murdering your wife! So what are you gonna do? Disneyland? "...I'm going to go out and do a little cowboying," said Blake. But what's cowboying, you ask? Blake explained it to the world shortly after his acquittal:

BLAKE: I'm going to get a job. I'm broke. Right now, I couldn't buy spats for a hummingbird. What did Johnny Carson say? You're innocent until proven broke. Well, by the time Gerry and these troops got here, it was the bottom of the barrel. I was a rich man. I'm broke now. I got to go to work.

But before that, I'm going to go out and do a little cowboying. Do you know what that is? No, you don't know what that is.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.

BLAKE: Cowboying is when you get in a motor home or a van or something like that, and you just let the air blow in your hair, and you wind up in some little bar in Arizona someplace, and you shoot one-handed nine ball with some 90-year-old Portuguese woman that beats the hell out of you.

And the next day, you wind up in a park someplace playing chess with somebody. You go see a high school play where they're doing "West Side Story." And you just roam around and get some revitalization, that there are human beings in the world, that there are people living their lives that have no agenda, that have no agenda.

I've been involved in a world where, you know, the mafia is saying the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Well, in this world that I've been in, it's very much that way. People drift from one side to the other in five minutes, and you never know where you are, who's on your side or who's not on your side.

Wow, once you get past all of that incoherent rambling about hummingbirds, cowboying sounds like a lot of fun! And what a coinincidence: where Scott Peterson's going has productions of West Side Story too, but as performed by cloven-hooved demons whose singing voices make those high school kids sound like the original Broadway cast.

[Photo: Gary Friedman/LAT]