Hit In The Hat With A Fish

Bucket Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Pincord Bucket - The Cristopher from WigensFor those of you out on Florida’s Suwannee River this Independence Day, take care. “The season of ‘sturgeon strikes‘ — law enforcement’s term for collisions between the state’s largest freshwater fish and hapless boaters — [is] already well under way.”

According to a New York Times article (Summertime. Fish Jumping. That’s Trouble.), the otherwise harmless fish make for “very impressive injuries” when their leaps coincide with fast-moving people in boats or on jet skis. Doctors in the area have seen shattered legs and slashed throats among the injuries.

Seen from the safety of the riverbanks, however, jumping sturgeon (which can grow to eight feet long and weigh upwards of 200 lbs) can be a great form of entertainment.

Enjoy the fireworks!

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Steve (Mr. Safety) Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on July 4, 2007 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Liberation from Bad Hats

Panama Hats from Hartford York Hats - Brent Black - Mens' Panama Hat - The OptimoColumnist Jonathan Grass of The Huntsville Times in Alabama has written a marvelous article called Some ‘facts’ about July 4 you may not have known.

He first reminds us of the meaning of that most “pressing summer circumstance [which is nearly] upon us [called] Independence Day…the day that commemorates our breaking away from the harsh yoke of tyranny. Sort of.”

Mr. Grass recalls that “our country used to be under the rule of Great Britain. Of course, the harshest rules the British had at the time were overstuffed wigs and bad tea. In other words, it was hell.”

You note, however, that Mr. Grass neglects to cite the horrid hats that were imposed upon men in those days, such as cocked hats worn by soldiers, and described in H.M. Royal Clothing Warrant 1768 thusly:

The hats of the Serjeants to be laced with silver. Those of the Corporals and Private Men, to have a white tape binding. The breadth of the whole to be one inch and a quarter; and no more to be on the back part of the brim, than what is necessary to sew it down. To have black cockades.

Freedom from cocked hats! God Bless America.

Oh, by the way, the article goes on to say that “historians will tell you the reason Independence Day is observed on July 4 is ‘anyone’s guess’.” You see,

After a few minor adjustments, the most famous being Thomas Jefferson’s written denouncement of slavery being omitted from the document on the grounds that it was “too sensitive an issue to be addressed by us, we’re only Congress,” the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 2, 1776, but it wasn’t signed by most of the delegates until Aug. 2, who needed the extra time to learn to spell.

Anyway, it’s nearly time to show our patriotism in time-honored fashion: “barbecues, beer, concerts, parades, beer on parade, and baseball with overpriced stadium beer”, fire-works exploding all the while. Celebrate your freedom, says Jonathan Grass, “because come July 5, it’ll be time to get those Christmas preparations started.”

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 2:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Does The Hat Make The Holiday?

Fedora Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Brent Black Handwoven Straw Fedora Panama Hat - The Montecristi AficionadoAn age-old question, this.

Does what you wear have any bearing whatever on the holiday at hand? Weather aside, do you make certain hat-wearing decisions based on the fact that it’s Easter and not, say, Memorial Day or July 4th or Christmas?

Most of us who observe ‘holy days’ (holidays with a religious basis) certainly tend to dress more formally on those occasions than when celebrating Labor Day, so it seems safe to assume that the hats we wear are reflect that tendency.

Certainly, there are some hats that truly fit any occasion (and no, it’s not a baseball cap, you whippersnapper over there in the corner) – it’s the fedora, of course: in fur felt when it’s cold; in straw when it’s warm. This is a hat that takes on your attitude and reflects your style of dress – go ahead, try it. First, slouch in your fedora and then stand respectfully; put it on with a t shirt and jeans, then with a dress shirt and slacks. See?

What a hat!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on April 2, 2007 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment