Dancing in Hats

Hartford York Hats - Men's Argentum/Lagomarsino Handwoven Straw Summer Fedora - The Quito HatWomen aren’t the only people who suffer from low self-esteem: sensitive, caring men (you know, me) could also use a boost now and then.

In an article entitled Top 10 to Enjoy a Healthy Self Image, the good people at WomenFitnessNet talk about ways to enhance your uniqueness. They suggest cultivating an interesting personality or experiencing life anew (ie., seek out adventures and take on new challenges).

Although I think I’m pretty good in the interesting personality department (thanks), and the live-life-to-the-fullest section (going on another extended wilderness survival-training course this Labor Day weekend), I do feel a bit fragile in the compliments department.

I get raves on my hats all the time: that’s not the issue. The fedoras, the porkpies, the buckets – it’s all good.

It’s my feet wherein lies my deep-seated insecurity, my personal cross. I’m too upset to continue; I’ll have to leave it at that and hope you understand.

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The Very Sensitive
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 31, 2006 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Perfect Hat for Labor Day

Hartford York Hats - Women's Borsalino Woven Fiber Panama Hat - The IsabellaThis is it, the last great gasp of summer: Labor Day Weekend.

Most of America’s on the move (AAA estimates that 35.2 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home this weekend), and I’ll be right in there, boating and barbecuing with the best of you!

As always, I’ll spend a few moments (the rest of the week) deciding on the best hat to wear, and daydreaming about the lovely lasses in their bonnets having fun in the sun, protected from overexposure in wide-brimmed straw hats.

So. What’re your plans?

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 30, 2006 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Do Tinfoil Hats Really Work?

Hartford York Hats - Scala Antiqued Leather Safari Hat - The DonovanUsed to “shield the brain from such influences as electromagnetic fields, or against mind control and/or mind reading”, tinfoil hats are a must-have in these days of Scientology-spouting stars (Cruise, Travolta et al).

My only concern – besides appearance, naturally – is that I may have to stop wearing mine when I’m on the computer.

You see, over at GullibleInfoCom, I read that lightning strikes destroy computer motherboards once every 3.7 seconds. Admittedly, it was not noted as to whether or not tinfoil hats were being worn by users at the time…but, why chance it?

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 29, 2006 at 2:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Taller in My Hat

Hartford York Hats - Milano Pure Beaver Dress Western Hat - The Casablanca Pure BeaverThere’s a real life-changer over at YahooNews: a Reuters article called Taller People are Smarter confirms that

for both men and women in the United States and the United Kingdom, a height advantage of four inches equated with a 10 percent increase in wages on average.

And get this: the very Princeton University researchers conducting the study are 4 inches taller than average. (not including their hats, of course.)

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Steve Singer, the Very Tall
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 28, 2006 at 2:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Man in a Cap – with his Frisbee

Hartford York Hats - Wigens Linen Newsboy Cap - The StockholmOh, Happy Day!

I finally found a tutorial on how to catch a frisbee with your teeth.

I’ve been LOOKING for something like this for ages, and – lo and behold – it’s been at WikiHowCom all this time, filed under (get this): “How to Catch a Frisbee With Your Teeth“.

It’s a good read: I didn’t know about the knees or same-direction movement (I usually do “the attack“, but am at the point now where more dentistry might ruin me), although I would like to see instructions about the best hat to wear. It was some time before I realized that my favorite wide-brimmed summer straw wasn’t the best lid to don when you’re trying to snap a revolving disk aimed at your face out of the air before it beans you.

I was also very glad to learn the name of this demanding sport. No, ma, it’s not “The Stupid”, it’s . . . the Ultimate.

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Steve (Mr. Ultimate) Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 25, 2006 at 10:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Only Special People Wear Hats

Hartford York Hats - Kangol Polyester Knit Baseball Cap - The Ventair Space CapWhat do you have in common with Toby Keith, Johnny Depp, Marcia Cross, Sienna Miller, Cameron Diaz and Heather Graham?

Okay, besides good looks, didja guess hats?

These highly successful, larger-than-life people pretty much do what they want, wear what feels good and live their lives to the fullest – and they dismiss surface criticisms and comments (both positive and negative) as simply unimportant.

Samuel L. Jackson, for instance, loves his Kangol caps, and has been wearing the look for years. As a matter of fact, I saw a picture of him in yet another white Kangol cap at his Snakes on a Plane movie premiere in Los Angeles.

I don’t know about you, but I say that a man who can comfortably pet a snake likely doesn’t much care if you think he should try on a fedora or cowboy hat once in a while.

Be a star: wear your hat.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 24, 2006 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Corkin’ Top Hats!

Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Straw Porkpie Hat - The Baku PorkpieAnother mind-boggling fact from GullibleInfo: Errant champagne corks kill more than two dozen people every year. One third of fatal champagne accidents occur at weddings.

Fatal champagne accidents? That’s just so wrong when you think about it. You’re happy, you’re celebrating, you’re looking good, and BAM! It’s over. Done in by a cork.

Next time I’m sipping the fizzy, maybe a helmet’s in order.

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Steve (Ready to Duck) Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 23, 2006 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Big Dawg in a Hat

Hartford York Hats - Toby Keith Western Hat - The Toby Keith Raffia OutbackYesterday’s Dog of the Day was none other than Toby Keith!

Wait a sec – that’s not quite right. Yesterday’s Dog of the Day was actually a Standard Poodle from Girardeau, Missouri named Toby. A very large Standard Poodle. A very large Standard Poodle who’s also outgoing and laid-back. A very large, outgoing, laid-back Standard Poodle who likes his top knot petted.

Toby’s owner says his poodle’s got “about 40 different hats which he loves to wear. Since he is named after Toby Keith, the country western singer, (they are both big, blonde and beautiful) several of the hats are cowboy hats“.

My job here is done.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 22, 2006 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fat in my Hat

Hartford York Hats - Borsalino Leather Suede Ivy Cap - The CarmineA recent study takes a look at “the aging mind and the way it handles emotion and information.” Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology seems to suggest that – when dealing with a negative emotion at the same time – older people need more time than young whippersnappers to process information.

These findings seem to support other research indicating “that as people age, they become more interested in regulating their emotions and eliminating negativity”— in other words, the task becomes two-part.

Fredda Blanchard-Fields, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, says this knowledge might be useful, for example, when a doctor has to tell an older person about a serious illness. “You want to give them time to deal with the fact that they have the illness,” she says, “to deal with the emotions before you have them make a decision on how to treat it.”

I kind of understand what this hyphenated psychologist is saying. Once I thought some guy dissed my hat; I was so shocked that I didn’t really understand what he’d said until I was a good block and a half away: Ooohh, you look phat in dat hat, mon.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 21, 2006 at 4:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Praying in Your Hat

Hartford York Hats - Women's Callanan Straw Dress Hat - The KensingtonScience Daily has published findings that “the integration of religion and spirituality—attending church and praying—may buffer individuals exposed to stress and delay the deleterious effects of high blood pressure.

In a recent study, Dr. Sharon Wyatt and colleagues from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, found that those African Americans – a group particularly prone to high blood pressure – who were involved with religious activities had significantly lower blood pressure than those who weren’t, despite other factors that increase the risk of this cardiovascular disease.In other words, even overweight church-goers (including those who neglected to take prescribed medications regularly!) had lower blood pressure readings than the non-spiritual study participants.

That’s interesting, Dr. Wyatt. However, I believe you might have missed a crucial factor in your research: to wit, the hat.

When you consider that African American church attendees would “rather attend church naked than hatless“, you must concede the very real possibility that perhaps it’s the hat – and not necessarily where you wear it – that lowers blood pressure.

Just a thought.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on August 18, 2006 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment