Avoid Retail Rage – Shop Online

Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Wool/Linen Newsboy Cap - The TuscanA press release issued by ComPsych.com states that customer abuse of retail employees is on the rise.

With the holiday shopping season upon us, Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych, says “retail work environments can become hostile.” It’s all stress-related and short tempers abound on both sides of the counters – but with companies implementing such programs as ComPsych’s “acute-stress counseling” and “critical incident stress debriefings“, there’s hope for employee recovery.

Shopping online is another answer to the problem of retail rage. It’s really hard to take someone who’s muttering imprecations at his plasma screen seriously when he’s clad only in boxer shorts and cute Tommy Bahama socks. (hee hee)

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The Raging Steve Singer
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Published in: on November 29, 2006 at 7:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Simple Steps to Happiness – Research Underway

Hartford York Hats - Toby Keith Men's Wool Felt WesternAn AP article, Researchers Seek Routes to Happier Life, says tests are being conducted at the University of Pennsylvania about how people can become happier, using strategies that include thinking of at least three good things that happened that day and analyzing why they occurred.

Because it’s an easy and immediately rewarding exercise, says one researcher, people tend to do it consistently. It seems to work because it makes people focus more on good things that happen, which might otherwise be forgotten because of daily disappointments.

I’m all for happiness, and will certainly incorporate the processes described into my daily meditative state (which can sometimes last for quite a while, as I have the unfortunate habit of nodding off midstream).

However, the hat-happiness connection seems to have been overlooked once again, and I’d like to reiterate my stance that people who wear hats regularly are confident, charasmatic, and generally wildly successful in life.

Get it on.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on November 27, 2006 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thanksgiving Ruminations

Just a quick update on the huge holiday we all enjoyed. There’s nothing better than giving thanks for all we have: fantastic fedoras, fancy furs, beautiful bombers!

The only slightly negative experience came during our Annual Unicycle Outing. No, my newsboy didn’t fly off this time (boy, last year’s impromptu canal swim was cold) – it was just that we were informed by an officer (admittedly looking quite sharp his Borsalino) of a horrid law, still in existence in some 17 states; to wit, “unicycles are explicitly banned from in bike lanes.”

Don’t worry, I’m on it my fellow unicyclists. Petitions to follow.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on November 25, 2006 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Forget Happy Feet – It’s Happy Hats!

Hartford York Hats - Men's Christys' London Fur Felt Bowler Hat - The ChaplinSeems that the singing and dancing penguin movie is doing very well at the box office – even beating my man, James.

Though I too appreciate the cute-appeal of the flightless birdies, I must admit a preference for the suave appeal of Bond. The British accent accounts for quite a bit of the sophistication, don’t you think?

In fact, I always prep any excursion in my bowler with a refesher visit to the bard.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on November 22, 2006 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

If You Don’t Learn to Wear Hats Now, It May Be Too Late

Hartford York Hats - M. Miller Persian Lamb Wool Hat - The AmbassadorEveryone knows that as we age, our brains harden. And it’s worse than just losing your car in the parking lot (yeah, I saw you, wandering around, trying to pretend you were stretching your legs. . .).

New things become impossible to learn. Had a yen to speak Japanese? Start learning it today, or say sayonara.

Don’t believe me? Check out my source – the wise man behind the disinformation so prevalent in the Age of Dilbert, Scott Adams.

So if you’ve been thinking about how good you’d look in a hat, better start wearing it today. (At the very least, you’ll look better in your parking lot meanderings)

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on November 19, 2006 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

It Was An Error – George Clooney Actually Second Sexiest Man Alive

Hartford York Hats - Men's Biltmore Fur Felt Porkpie Hat - The HamptonPeople Magazine named Oscar winner George Clooney “sexiest man alive” for the second time, plastering his admittedly handsome mug on yesterday’s cover.

However, not many people know that when George said he thought Matt Damon would be his first choice for the coveted title, he actually meant me – Steve Singer – man of many hats.

Try it: Matt Damon, Steve Singer; Matt Damon, Steve Singer.

Okay, maybe he really did mean Matt Damon, but if George ever saw me rocking a Speedo in my Biltmore porkpie, you KNOW I’da won it. Hats down.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on November 17, 2006 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Health Alert – How Many Times Have YOU Done THIS?

Hartford York Hats - Men's Greeley Beaver Blend Western Dress Hat - The AficionadoLike I don’t have enough on my mind (porkpies or newsboys, porkpies or newsboys), here’s something truly worrisome from those-in-the-know at GullibleInfo.com:

The average new swimsuit has been tried on by five people.

*bleah*

Even if it’s not true, and the real average is half that, doesn’t the picture it creates in your mind make you shudder?

That’s why I like hats. (Especially from online retailers like . . . oh I don’t know . . . maybe Hartford York?!)

Seriously. Not only do North Americans have serious personal space issues – come at someone too quickly for a European-inspired three-kiss greeting, and you’re liable to get shot, dropped or otherwise politely rebuffed – we’re also soaped and shaved and sprayed and scrubbed and shiny clean. The very idea that someone slightly less. . . fastidious . . . might come into contact with our private personages. . .

Well, that does it. I’m swimming in the buff from now on. With my hat on, of course.

Put THAT picture in your mind and smoke it!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on November 16, 2006 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Regifting Hats Is Against The Law

Hartford York Hats - Women's Fleece Ivy Cap from Wigens - The WynneI spent a pleasant few minutes reading regifting advice and stories today, first at Dumb Little Man and then at Regiftable.com. After all, who hasn’t passed along one or two of the several fondue sets that proliferate at wedding parties?

My giggles ceased, however, when I realized that some people might in fact think that regifting a hat is acceptable, and I knew it was time to make my stance public.

If you receive a hat as a present and it happens not to be your color, style or size – refrain from wrapping it up again and passing it off at the next gifting opportunity. Be honest and tell your friend or spouse that you would like to exchange it.

More than presenting you with a chance of selecting a great hat, you’re paying a compliment to the person who gave you a hat in the first place. In effect, you’re saying I really want the kind of gift you selected – I just need to choose one I feel most comfortable in and will wear and use for years to come.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on November 15, 2006 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Do You Live in One of the Top 10 Happiest Nations in the World?

Hartford York Winter Hats - Crown Cap Fur Trooper Hat - The Fox Leather TrooperWell, you do if you live in Canada. You know, the land of hats.

A University of Leicester psychologist has produced the first ever ‘world map of happiness‘ based on the findings of over 100 different studies around the world, which questioned 80,000 people worldwide.

Not surprisingly, people in countries with good healthcare, a higher GDP per captia, and access to education were much more likely to report being happy.

The 20 happiest nations in the World are:

1. Denmark (top land o hats)
2. Switzerland (yodels of hats here)
3. Austria (more hats, some with points)
4. Iceland (furry hats)
5. The Bahamas (straw hats)
6. Finland (warm fuzzy hats)
7. Sweden (hand knitted hats)
8. Bhutan (fibre hats – thought you had me, huh?)
9. Brunei (see above)
10. Canada (chillin hats)

Other notable results include:

23. USA
35. Germany
41. UK
62. France
82. China
90. Japan
125. India
167. Russia

Of course, the study makes no mention of the hat connection, but then I didn’t expect that. It’s the conspiracy factor at work – keep the masses under control by depressing them with lack of hats. Oh, yeah.

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Published in: on November 14, 2006 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Does Your Camel Run Away With Your Hat?

Hartford York Cowboy and Western Hats - Men's Wool Felt Cattleman - The Toby Keith CattlemanWell, it happened again. Training for next week’s race in Dubai, and Oscar (my camel) went nuts and ran off. It’s not funny — he’s hitting 43+ mph regularly now and I’m starting to have trouble keeping up with him.

What’s worse is he’s taken to whipping my hat off my head and carrying it away with him.

So after careful consultation (another in-depth article at WikiHow, How to Regain Control of a Spooked Camel), I’ve come to the conclusion that Oscar is simply a steed after my own heart.

He’s a hat lover, just looking for a hat he can call his own.

How do I know this for sure? How do I know he’s not some wild and crazy camel, who loves to tease real-rodeo-rejects by running away with their cowboy hats?

No teeth marks, people. No drool.

Yup. You can’t push the wool over this man’s hat, I’ll tell ya!

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The Ever Swaggerin’

Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on November 13, 2006 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment