Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stagecoach Etiquette #5: Don't Snore Loudly

Saturday December 7 2013

It's time to peruse rule number 5 of Stagecoach Etiquette, so we will all have a pleasant trip when we revert to this form of transportation in the near future. (Hey, we still have some of the original wagon and stage trails in varying states of existence in Idaho!)

"Don't snore loudly while sleeping or use your fellow passengers shoulder for a pillow; he (or she) may not understand and friction may result!"

First of all, if you can really sleep in a loud, bouncy stagecoach, more power to you. Snore all you like, I say, flout the rules! Nobody will even hear you snoring.

However, if you've ever ridden in a stagecoach over a rough road (or, maybe, say, in a covered wagon pulled by three mules over the Oregon Trail), you might not just cause friction, but some serious bruising if you use your fellow passenger's shoulder for a pillow. I recommend following rule #5 of Stagecoach Etiquette for this very reason.

I've seen Adam Cartwright napping in a stagecoach, and he doesn't snore and he manages to keep his head perfectly straight. But then, he's a gentleman with impeccable manners.

Stagecoach Etiquette #1 is here.

Stagecoach Etiquette #2 is here.

Stagecoach Etiquette #3 is here.

Stagecoach Etiquette #4 is here.


  1. I always share the bottle and spit with the wind. That looks like a fun way to travel. NOT! It's cold and rough and uncomfortable and there are probably lots of smelly people in the coach. I'm not going.

  2. I went back and read all the rules. Very appropriate! As a member of the Gentle Sex, I expect to share the bottle and the buffalo robes, but not have to deal with outpourings of the mouth from the Rough characters. Quite appropriate. Here in Utah, with the upsurge of "carry" permits, we're well on our way to Old West rules and regulations, or lack thereof.

  3. And you and Steve know all the shortcuts in that country. You can rob some stagecoaches : )