Paper cowboy rides out quarantine in hotel

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By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He’d watched a few seasons of The Sopranos and his eyes were getting tired from reading. Then his lunch arrived in a brown paper bowl and he thought “Aha. That’s a hat waiting to happen.” The paper cowboy was born. Using the good-quality paper bags his food was delivered in each day, Marriott, an art director on TV commercials, began fashioning an outfit. He added a brim to his hat, and then came the waistcoat and chaps. Next? A horse, of course. He found an ironing board in his cupboard and tied on a desk lamp for the neck and head, creating a skeleton. Coffee pods became the eyes and nostrils. He named the horse Russell after an old dad joke: “Have you heard about the paper cowboys? They were caught and hung for rustling.” Because quarantine guests are considered potentially infectious, their food is delivered in disposable containers and plates that are discarded. But Marriott said he’s barely thrown anything out since his stay began, and has only needed to order in a few extras like sticky tape and cling film. (AP) This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

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