How ya like my hat? Fuzz ball hat

How ya like my hat? Fuzz ball hat

 

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I was enjoying my normal Sunday morning at the White Plains Flea Market, when I came across this fuzz ball hat. I had no desire to buy it. But I did want some pictures for my, ‘How ya like my hat?’ gig.

I asked the vendor, Reggie, “Can you take some pictures of me wearing this hat?”

He said, “Sure.”

I took my Washington Redskin hat off and posed for some pictures. Figuring six photos were enough to choose from, I said, “Thank you.” as I sat the hat back in it’s place.”

“You can have it for a buck.”

I, “Stuttered” for a moment.

Then he said, “Just take it, it’s yours.”

While, putting the hat back on my head, I said, “Thank you.” then headed further into the market.

A friend of mine was staring at my funny hat, while saying, “That hat’s much better, than the one in your hand.” Anyone could tell he’s a Dallas Cowboy fan, by the hat he was wearing.

I sent him a sideways grin while saying, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ll give you a dollar for your hat.”

“You have two already. What do you want with mine?”

“I have to use the rest room and there is no toilet paper.”

“Get out of here you fool.” So we hugged and went our separate ways.

Later at the La Plata, Starbucks, my barista kept staring at my fuzz ball hat. “Nice hat.”

“You want it?”

“How much?”

“Nothing, take it, it’s yours.”

 

Fact or fiction? What are your thoughts?

 

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How ya like my hat? Lincoln hat

How ya like my hat? Lincoln hat

 

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It was just last week that I got a terrible sunburn on my head. It was so bad, that it blinded me whenever I looked in the mirror.

I normally always wear a hat, but during my move to Virginia, I lost several boxes off my truck. One box had my socks and underwear, another one had shoes and pants, a third had most of my t-shirts and the last one had all of my hats.

I took a break from unpacking after I noticed the boxes missing, and went to the local Wal-Mart in my flip flops and same clothes I moved down with. I bought: underwear, socks, t-shirts and pants. However, I was not going to spend ten dollars for a hat, that I wasn’t interested in.

It was a hot, windy Saturday, and not good for outdoor shopping without a hat, I went anyway.

There were plenty of yard sales in this sleepy little town, but I didn’t find the flea market until hours later. Finally coming across a table with a large assortment of hats, I must of spent twenty minutes trying on one after another. Finding a few Washington Redskin hats, for a buck apiece was a prize in itself. Putting those aside, I kept searching for fun. While trying on an Abraham Lincoln hat, a big gust of wind blew it off my head. Before I could react a dog caught it and quickly ran off. I didn’t want it anyway, because it was too small and it cost ten dollars.

The lady said, “That will be ten dollars please.”

I said, “That wasn’t my fault.”

“You tried almost every hat and got your head sweat on everyone of them.”

Not knowing what to do, I said, “Okay” and gave her twelve dollars for the Lincoln and two Redskin’s hats.

Later that evening, as I was rubbing Aloe Vera on my sun burned head, there was a knock on my front door. It was the hat lady and she was carrying a fruit basket. As she handed me the fruit, she said, “I have something else for you.”

While taking the fruit basket, I said, “WOW! Wasn’t expecting this.”

At that time she turned to her truck and, “Whistled.” Out of the truck bed jumped a dog, sprinting to her side. She said, “Want you to meet Darby. I think he likes you.” Darby sat by her side with a bag, that hung from his bottom jaw. I realized Darby was the same dog that grabbed the Lincoln hat and ran off. “Think he was playing with you earlier, not sure though.” She took the bag from Darby, then handed it and ten dollars to me and said, “Welcome to the neighborhood.”

 

Just messing, bought it for a buck

How ya like my hat? Lowes hat

How ya like my hat? Lowes hat

 

I was shopping in Lowes while wearing my Home Depot hat and when I asked for help I got mix directions. One employee said with a grin, “We don’t sell to your kind.”

 

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Wearing my Home Depot hat in a Lowes in Murphy, NC

 

Another pointed to the exit door and said, “Everything you need is right through that door.” Then a third man offered a trade, by giving me three brand new Lowe’s buckets for my hat.

 

Three buckets were set on my load of wood, while he said, “If you want these buckets, all you have to do is throw that hat in the trash.”

 

I took it off and replied, “What would I wear outside as my melanoma hat? Do you have a Lowes hat for my: how ya like my hat gig?”

 

“What do you mean: how ya like my hat gig?”

 

“It’s a thing I do on Facebook with hats. I buy used hats and write stories about them, some fact, some fiction.”

 

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Here’s my hat and buckets and this story took place at the Lowes in the La Plata, MD.

 

“Let me see if I can find you a hat.” Then he came back with two different ones to choose from. I chose this one and made a deal to not wear the Home Depot hat in there anymore.

How ya like my hat? Fan for life

How ya like my hat? Fan for life

 

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I’m not trying to push a point, that I’m a Redskin fan. Oh, yes I am! I am a Skin fan and I’m not afraid to show it.

 

All too often, now a days we are inundated with fandom that cheer for a team only when they win. To each his own, but that’s not me. I try to make a point the day after a loss, that win, lose or draw, I’m still a fan.

 

Most days after a win, I don’t wear my colors, but every time we lose I wear my colors the very day after. You’re not going to see my Redskin flags extending up from my car windows only when we are winning or I’m not going to scrape my decals off of my windows, because I’m disappointed.

 

I’m not saying I’m not disappointed, upset or even mad, but I am still a fan.

 

Also, I root for all my local teams, that’s how my dad taught me and that’s how it will stay. I like to keep my little bit of money in my local neighborhood, county and state. I will not root for a high school in Alaska, where I’ve never been, I will root for the high school that I went to or where my kids or grand kids are going to.

 

A Skin fan win or lose.

How ya like my hat? Skins hat 3

How ya like my hat? Skins hat 3

 

My heart is breaking, because my Washington Redskin’s football team lost today. With today’s loss we will not be in the playoffs, that means our season is over.

 

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Hail to the Redskins ( HTTR ) last day in 2016

 

I spent last night, New Years eve, with a bunch of friends at Raymond’s party. I brought this hat for the party and for this post. I wore it first and then gave it to a friend, James, who is also a Redskin fan, because it was too small for my big head.

 

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Fellow Redskin fan, James.

 

Between them two heads came another good friend, Victor, who is a Dallas Cowboy fan. I asked him to wear it for a picture and he was nice enough to do it. Pretty cool.

 

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Dallas Cowboy fan, Victor.

 

I had a great time with friends, food and fireworks. Thank you Raymond for the party and friendship.

 

Happy New Year everyone. I hope every day in your 2017 is a great one and they bring expected and unexpected joys.