Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Cat In The Hat

I used to hate wearing hats. Since arriving in Spain, however, I discovered that if I wear a decent hat when it rains, I don't have to carry an umbrella.

That hat became known as my Frank Sihatra Not (as friend Darrin said when his tongue slipped, meaning to say "Frank Sinatra hat" click here for that story).

I've had a shiny head for many years and the sun has never bothered me. This year, however, I've noticed I'm not as tough (meaning "young") as I used to be when it comes to the sun's heat. I've been hit with heat exhaustion a couple of times and I don't want to end up with heatstroke.

It's time to give in to the hat. (My father hated hats even more than I do and he gave in to the hat when he was in his 40s.)

SLIM AND SPORTY.
I popped into a local market this morning while out for a walk and I found a lightweight, casual cap (as opposed to the two summer-weight Frank Sihatra Nots I have in the house).

I like everything about the cap except for the fact that it's got a little tag that says "SPORTS." There were other hats without the tag but they were heavy canvas. I shared my thoughts with the shop owner. He told me I was "delgado" and "un deportista" (slim and an athlete) and "Eh-sports" (his pronunciation) was appropriate in my case. I bought it. Hook line and sinker.

So, back to the title of this post: I am the Cat and this is my hat.

42 comments:

  1. You are both delgado and un deportista... you're also a good Eh-sport! Looking both handsome and youthful there.

    I got the job... and got a raise even before beginning work!

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    1. Cranky:
      A gazillion congratulations!!! We need to talk! Yeah, I'm eh-sporty; that shopkeeper would have sold YOU a cap, too, and probably a beach chair, umbrella, water wings, and wine and beer!

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  2. Ahhh, that's a great hat, Mitchell! I like that material, and the color and you look great in it :)

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    1. Judy:
      Thanks! I actually like it myself and do think I look kind of eh-sporty.

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  3. Looks perfect! Light weight and easy to wash!
    I like ball caps and wear one most of the time.
    I like the 'top shade' it provides as I am a sqinter.
    Wear it with pride, Mitchell.

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    1. Jim:
      My theory was that balding men shouldn't wear hats because: a) People will be disappointed when the hat is removed (oh, he has no hair!!!); or b) People will think you're wearing the hat to hide the fact that you're balding. What a load! I'm over it now.

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  4. I am huge on hats! You'll never catch me without one. Living in Australia the sun is even more intense than I imagine it is in Spain, thanks to that big hole in the Ozone layer nearby. :)

    I probably have 20-40 hats but I tend to gravitate to one for a month or so and then move on to the next one, around and around it goes, which hat I will pick next, nobody knows! ;)

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    1. Snoskred:
      I've always love the way hats look on other people. Believe it or not, I did wear an Australian bush hat in the late '60s in my hippie days (it was "a thing" at the time). But I never liked MYSELF really in hats. Now I do, but I also do a better job picking ones that are appropriate for my narrow face. San Geraldo looks great in any hat he puts on.

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  5. well hello handsome! and yes, you must protect your head, you and san geraldo both!

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    1. anne marie:
      San Geraldo is much more careful. He's also got very light blue eyes that are painfully sensitive to the light. He wears a hat and giant sunglasses and he looks good in both. I have a photo of myself in his hat that I'll share... I'll have to add his sunglasses to the look, however... I do NOT look good in both. I look like a cartoon!

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  6. //mitchell your cap is fantastic

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    1. Gosia:
      Thanks. I DO really like it. I love the color and it's so lightweight.

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  7. Yup. I swore I'd never wear a baseball cap. But now I don't go outdoors without one. Well, I rarely wear one to the supermarket, but that's indoors. If you start wearing it backwards, watch out! One of my favorite images from the internet is the cool guy in the stands at a baseball game, wearing his hat stylishly with the brim to the back, holding his palm up over his forehead to block the sun...

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Oh, I've never seen that baseball fan photo. And I'll bet he looked so cool. I always loved seeing the cool guys at the gym wearing baseball caps backwards and knocking them off constantly while working out.

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  8. And you look so handsome in a,cap too!!!! I have hair but wear a hat when out sometimes....as I still can get sun on my head. I double what Anne Marie said. YOUR HANDSOME!!!!! If I saw you at my pool or beach, you'd have your hands full!

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    1. mistress maddie:
      You have made my day! It's the cap, definitely the cap!

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  9. That cap really suits your face Mitch.
    I have a variety of hats, some of which are berets, leather & cloth caps, a few wide brimmers too plus one in leather.

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    1. Heron:
      I would love to get comfortable enough to wear more fun, unusual styles. Wide brimmers I don't think would work on me with my narrow face. San Geraldo can pull off any style.

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  10. It's by no means a detractor from your looks, Mitch, as well as being a protector, even a potential life-saver.
    I've always been drawn to hats and caps. While still a teenager I'd wear a 'proper' hat to work (a homburg? it might have been) - and then people really would say that it made me look like Sinatra, which I took as a compliment.
    Of course in recent years - or even recent decades - caps fulfil the very desirable function of hiding ones alarmingly thinning thatch - something you may yourself may or may not be concerned with.

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    1. Raybeard:
      I turned a corner this year regarding my thinning pate. I realized I like myself better without hair than with! But I'll repeat my reply to Jim above... My theory was that balding men shouldn't wear hats because: a) People will be disappointed when the hat is removed (oh, he has no hair!!!); or b) People will think you're wearing the hat to hide the fact that you're balding.

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  11. You look great, maybe your brother can help you select a proper Yankees cap the next time you are in NY.

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    1. Travel:
      My brother would love it if I were to buy a Yankees cap, but that's not going to happen!

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  12. The consensus is in... you look great.. in that hat.. but you should
    Loose the shirt. LOL

    cheers...oh handsome one.
    tim

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    1. Tim:
      Ha! That will NOT be happening here. Just a little tease every now and again to make you think you're missing something.

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  13. Very nice! I love hats but usually don't look good in them. I envy (in a selfless way) those who can make the look work.

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    1. Michael:
      I wonder. My sense is that you've got a great shaped head and face for a hat. But all that matters is how we feel ourselves. I've adjusted now and especially in summer appreciate that I really have no choice (although I almost bought a "do rag"/bandana).

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  14. The hat is good. I wear a hat a lot of the time, if it is not too windy, and most always sunglasses to protect myself from the sun. I have a little head, so a good hat is hard to find. The hat I have now is cheap bush-hat style in a child's large.

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    1. Wilma:
      Jerry wears the largest size hat we can find, but looks good in anything. I don't know my exact size, but I know I'm in the adult range. Jerry's hats, however, fall down to my nose! As for the wind, you need to get one of those grand scarves to wrap around your hat and tie under your chin. Oh... every hat I have is cheap. This latest cap was €7.50. Jerry ends up with super-expensive due to the size limitations of the cheap ones!

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  15. The hat works, and I have been known to often wear a baseball cap.
    Other hats, sadly, look foolish on my enormous melon.

    SIDENOTE: The way of the Latinos have of pronouncing a word that begins with ''s as 'es' always makes me laugh. As in when Carlos might say:
    "The estate of California has very high real state."
    Uh huh.

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    1. Bob:
      I do love that "eh." Ask Carlos how to say and spell "streaker" in Spanish, if you don't already know.

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  16. I am a fellow hater of hats...but best to protect your noggin. You look great in one, me not so much.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I'm adjusting. Something else to shop for!

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  17. From a hat wearer I am telling you look great Mitch. I also hate carrying umbrellas. I have hats for all weathers. So long as my head is dry/warm/cool I am happy.

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    1. Rachel:
      Thanks. I could get used to the look.

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  18. Looks good! After my trip to the dermatologist last week and a few more skin cancers burnt off I definitely am in favor of hats on everyone! (and sun block and dark glasses and long sleeves... you get the picture).

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    1. Sharon:
      Another good reason for a hat. I HAD developed the habit in recent years of slathering sunblock on my shiny head every morning.

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  19. It's a good looking hat and it suits you well.

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    1. Stephen:
      Thanks. This was supposed to be temporary until I went shopping in a good store for a good hat. But cheap does seem to suit me well!

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  20. I too think you quite dapper in your hat.
    If you want, I/we can send you a bunch of caps from every land to expand your collection!

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    1. Spo:
      Thanks for the kind offer, but I think I'd prefer to keep my hats simple. I couldn't possibly carry off the viking horns like you do.

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