Archive for the ‘Hats’ Category
When you say “Cowboy Hats”, I suspect that most everyone gets the same picture in their mind’s eye. The capacity of the hat seen may not be a full ten gallons, but I would imagine that it would have a wide brim all the way around and a higher than normal crown with some sort of crease.
The reality of what you would see might be considerably different if you were to venture out to where the work of cowboys was being done, particularly in the cold months of the year. The picture you got when you read “Cowboy Hats” probably didn’t include ear-flaps. It’s down around zero degrees fahrenheit outside right now, and if I’m headed out after some strays, my headgear will certainly include something to cover my ears.
Who would have thought that the place to buy cowboy hats at auction would be…Norway??? The country is prone to smuggling because of their high import taxes and high domestic prices. So what do the authorities do with the items they seize? Online auctions, of course.
Not only could you buy cowboy hats, but you could pick a wooden bathtub (as well as two more for your neighbors). I’m thinking that would encourage bathing often. As I recall, wooden buckets and water tanks leak when they get dry.
When you think of cowboy hats, I’ll bet the first thing that came to your mind wasn’t a padded helmet. However, if I was going to mount nearly a ton of bull flesh, I’d want everything to be padded and plenty of it.
Although it doesn’t appear likely when you see a couple dancing and doing under-arm turns wearing ten gallon hats, cowboy hats were born of practicality. When you spend all day riding herd on a bunch of critters, the shade comes in real handy…not to mention the advantage of a kind of an umbrella when the sun turns to rain.
I’ve always felt just a bit taller and more distinctive when I was wearing a cowboy hat. I don’t know why that is. I’ve also always felt like there were some character traits that needed to be upheld when you’re looking like a cowboy. We have a tendency to respond to expectation.
Even now, when I don’t often get in the saddle and work cattle, I just feel better about myself when I’m wearing a good looking cowboy hat. The color doesn’t seem to matter. I have to admit, however, I’ve never owned a chartreuse one…guess I’ll have to try that.