Over the Summer, I sunburned my scalp on more than one occasion. As the weather has gotten colder this Fall and Winter, my head has been cold. I’m not in denial. I know why.

Bald Head

My grandpa is getting close to 90, and I don’t think he’s ever had hair on the top of his head. I’ve seen pics of him in his twenties with a little crown of hair that connected his ears around the back of his head, with his bare dome sticking up out of the middle. I believe that I have more hair than my dad did when he was my age. So, I suppose I should count myself lucky. I’ve been keeping my hair short, as I feel like thinning hair looks better short than any other way it can be worn. I don’t see myself messing with plugs, rugs, or drugs; so it’s time to make some adjustments. I can no longer count on my hair to shade my scalp in the sun, or to keep my head warm in the cold. I’ve been shopping for hats. What do you think of this one?

Halloween Hat

Just kidding! That was Halloween at work. My biggest challenge is that I’ve got one huge noggin! The average men’s hat size is 7-1/4, or 22-3/4-inches in circumference. In His infinite wisdom, God gave me a head is a full inch bigger in circumference, or a size 7-1/2. Most of the local shops don’t have a great selection over 7-3/8. Still, some of the local shops do carry quite a bit in my size, I’ve done some online shopping, and there’s always the option of a custom hat (although expensive). I didn’t want to make a large investment and find that I couldn’t stand wearing a hat, so I started with a crushable wool fedora from Black Creek that I found at a local western outlet for about fifteen bucks. It’s comfortable, it keeps my head warm, and I don’t mind claiming that it looks pretty good on me!

Wool Hat

Now all I need is a bull whip and a .45! Ha! Others have made the joke. I don’t mind. I have found that I do enjoy wearing it, so I’ve been pursuing some others that I don’t have to shell out a whole lot of money on. I’m currently waiting for Safari Outfitters felt hat:


and a Stetson:


Both of which I recently purchased on ebay. I’m afraid the band on the Stetson has to go. I won’t make a decision until I’ve seen it in person, but I’m just not sure that’s working for me. It will be nice to have a few hats so I can let them air out between wearings. In my searching, I did speak with a couple different full-custom hat makers. It appears that the going range for a full-custom is $300 to $900! Maybe I should forsake the holster business for hats! Jenni says that she could see getting me a high-end custom one day. I’m not convinced that it’s worth it to me. Even if I had that kind of disposable capital, I think I could find better ways to use it. Any way, I never really thought I would wind up a hat person, but I’m kind of liking it!

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4 thoughts on “Hats

  1. hmmm… out of curiosity I measured my head and it comes in at 23″. Guess I have either a thick skull or a large brain – probably the former.

    Oh, and just to be persnickety it was a Browning Hi-Power 9mm that Dr. Jones carried in the first movie (it was his back up pistol in the bar fight) – coincidentally a very similar pistol to mine.
    .-= Instinct´s last blog ..Bizzarro World =-.

  2. villagehatshop.com – go, shop, enjoy high quality for good prices. and i KNOW they have a bunch of stuff for big heads, since my SO has a large noggin.

  3. Instinct – It’s been so many years since I’ve seen those movies (on VHS)… I thought it was a 1911. I guess I got the wrong Browning design. Please tell you wife that the hooker witch made me give her hat back. She said she’d turn me into a newt if I didn’t.

    Falnfenix – They do have a great selection! I’m going to have to spend some time there. Thanks for the tip!

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