Thursday, February 19, 2009

Professional Quality Gardening/Hiking/Hot Date Sun Hat for .50 cents!!!


So you sit at a table in your favorite Mexican restaurant...basking in your enjoyment of a delicious cheesy enchilada...when all of the sudden your euphoria is abruptly disturbed by the sound of rhythmic clapping and singing.

"HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY... FROM US TO YOU...etc..." A woman sits...with her head bowed...her face beet red...with a ridiculous big sombrero on top of her head. Her friends sit back and chuckle at how absurd she looks in the big brimmed birthday hat. When the song is done...one can almost see by looking at her that the gears in her head are turning...trying to figure out where she could put the hat...to end the disgrace of being seen wearing it in public. She thinks..."There is no room on the table...because of the food..."..."If I put it on the ground...someone will trip on it!!". So she gives up trying...and just ends her "happy" birthday with the sombrero on her head. The moment she gets to her car...it comes off of her head it sits in the passenger seat for the drive home...perhaps it makes it's way into a closet for a few months or years...and then eventually it winds up at your neighborhood thrift store...to be sold for .50 cents.

It's interesting how the sombrero has become in our culture such a symbol of ridicule. A completely ridiculous hat to wear by the standards of the bulk of our culture. I'd like to ask for you to take off your "American point of view glasses" and look at the sombrero purely in terms of how sensible it is...and it's utility. Here is a hat...that can provide better sun protection than most any other sunhat because of it's larger than large brim...it breathes well...is pretty well made...and can be picked up for less than a dollar!

A simple flip of the brim to make it go down instead of up takes off maybe 50% of the dorky factor (according to experts)...and really makes it look similar to some of the sun hats that are available at your local gardening center that they are asking $30-$40 for!...and I repeat....with a larger brim. Most American sun hats brims...are what I would consider too small for real sun protection.

So...are you like that woman in the restaurant...easily embarrassed? I know I'm not. More than likely the only time my face gets red nowadays is when I am running playing church basketball! Often my lack of embarrassment is to the chagrin of my family who accompanies me into public. I have no problem wearing this hat into public if I know the alternative is to have the sun burn my naked head. But if that is too bold a move for you...hey...wear it in your backyard when you are doing yard work...and if someone sees you and persecutes you for your sombrero...and if you are weak to resist their taunts you could just say..."I got swept into listening to some crazy guy on the Internet who said it was a good idea!"

I encourage you to be strong...and join the sombrero revolution and defy those that would seek to stifle your freedom of choice with regards to head wear! Let those who may ridicule you...with their red necks and tiny hats...pointing fingers of scorn from their great and spacious hat factory go unheeded...as you make your way along...with sombrero atop your well shaded head, neck, and shoulders...to the tree that will afford you even more sun protection!

5 comments:

  1. Hey Steve, good to see you. I got this passed from my mother in law, to my mother, to me. It's interesting. Thanks for all the research! And yes, you have opened my eyes to the ways of the sombrero. And, I too, really enjoyed the March Ensign. Your comments are what I was thinking as well. Keep up the good work! :)

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  2. The lovely and talented Tiffany W! Thanks for your encouragement. I look forward to seeing you in a sombrero next time I see you!

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  3. Stephen brother you crack me up,I never know what you are going to say or do next! You have always brought a lot of happiness to our family and I hope we have many more year of your insight!

    Love ya,
    Carrie

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  4. "Let those who may ridicule you...with their red necks and tiny hats...pointing fingers of scorn from their great and spacious hat factory go unheeded...as you make your way along...with sombrero atop your well shaded head, neck, and shoulders...to the tree that will afford you even more sun protection!"

    Genius!

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  5. Thanks Bro! Yeah...that line was my fun to write!

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