thanks for the clarification, superjast. i appreciate it a lot. it's nice to meet another real cowgirl.
and wow, that is a very derogatory and offensive term. i think i prefer "poacher" as well, it is far more fitting than "cowgirl". who ever came up with that slang term obviously has never met a real cowgirl.
i know who i am (a gun-totin, spur-wearin, red-white-and-blue-blooded cowgirl to the core) and i have no intention of changing.
thank you, redpepper, for the info. i must have over looked the sticky page. my bad.
again, thank you both for the responses, it is greatly appreciated.