I frequently drive past a hat store, and every time I do I find it strange enough to mutter something like, " I can't believe that place sells only hats." This muttering happens so often that I'm sure, when approaching this "Hat Store" in my car, my wife is probably thinking to herself, "here it comes, he's gonna say something about this stupid hat store."
I've never discussed this with her. I figure it's just the price she has to pay for being with me 32 years. Hey, I ain't perfect.
Now, this isn't a hat store in a mall, some small little boutique between Banana Republic and Lord and Taylor. This is actually a Hat House. It's a two story structure along a busy Rt 202 in Pennsylvania which I'm sure in a past life was a 3 bedroom home, complete with kids, birthday party's and Thanksgiving dinners. I wonder if there is a lingering smell of turkey in the fedora section?
I find this Hat Store so unusual because, well, take a look around. Unless you're at the Kentucky Derby, you probably don't run into many people wearing hats on a daily basis. Baseball caps don't count. Men wearing baseball caps on backwards REALLY DOESN'T COUNT. White men wearing baseball caps on backwards IS ACTUALLY OFFENSIVE. Which begs this question, how does a "Hat House" stay in business?
I'm sitting here with a baseball game on in the background. A quick look into the stands tells me, 60,000 of the faithful who attended this game must have left their fedoras at home. I can't see a one.
Not all things about "the good ole days" are good. But I think we should bring the hat back. Look at old video of a street scene in the '50's. All the men and women wore hats. Check out those old NY Yankees highlights, and the stands are filled with men wearing hats. Where did the hat go. Not only is it stylish, they come in handy in the rain and I probably wouldn't have had skin cancer if I grew up wearing a hat.
I say, bring back the hat.