Random Thoughts from TasT
Don't touch it!
Published on August 19, 2005 By TasT In Misc
In the words of Chris Ledoux

You'll ride a black tornado, 'cross the western sky.
Rope an ole blue northern, and milk it til it's dry.
Bull dawg the Mississippi, and pin her ears down flat...
Long before you take this cowboys hat...

For 32 years I have worn cowboy hats and even though I have heard this song and others like them and heard not to touch a man's hat. I had not ever experienced a stranger messing with my hat. Girlfriends and fiends sure but, never a stranger.

That was until last Saturday, My fiancée and I had went to the largest local dance club which plays a good mix of country and dance. I had went up to the bar to get us a couple of drinks and it happened. A young man behind me in line started to pull my hat off my head and asked if he could see it for a minute. This set off a fire in me that I had never experienced over a inanimate object. I said "NO I DON'T THINK SO" as I placed my hat back on my head and promptly spun to face him. He quickly said sorry and turned and left. I'm glad that he did, the instantaneous anger that he had touched off quickly dissipated and all was good again.

I though about this a little today and I have come to the conclusion that a stranger messing with a mans hat no matter whether it's a cowboy hat, Fedora, Bowler , outback style or whatever is akin to a stranger walking up and trying to pick up your wife/girlfriend or just plopping down in your pride and joy car/motorcycle.

Hats are personal they are broke in to fit a man's head perfectly and the shape of the crown and brim are a personal choice. I am a leather craftsman so I even make my own hat bands.

I guess I typed all this to say guys please for your own sake leave a guys hat alone, they are not trinkets that can be picked up at any store they are part of the man who wears them.

Comments
on Aug 19, 2005
Very well written article, TasT.

I think touching someone's hat is a bit like "putting your hands on them." It's a sign of disrespect and is often seen as an act of aggression.
on Aug 19, 2005
nice to see you stranger..... w.t.f. u been?
on Aug 19, 2005
VERY GOOD ARTICLE! Yes, you NEVER, EVER mess with a mans hat! It's like Harleys, you NEVER touch one or, God forbid, sit on one without the owners consent! That's just the way it is...
on Aug 19, 2005
You don't mess with a man's hat. Not without asking first. I thought everybody knew that...and yeah, where the hell have you been...and what's all this about being engaged????
on Aug 19, 2005

You don't mess with a man's hat. Not without asking first. I thought everybody knew that...


Only ever happened once. The person reached for it while I was facing him. I knocked his hand away and said "I wouldn't"! He didn't. Thank god because this guy was BIG!
on Aug 19, 2005
and yeah, where the hell have you been...and what's all this about being engaged???


I'll explain all that in time just let me have a little time to get the wording right.

to put it quick I have had to fight for my daughter and that has taken most all of my resources and time.

The engagement is awesome and hopefully soon you'll all get to read some of her thoughts!
WE have pictures scheduled this weekend and we'll talk about posting one.

Oh, and by the way, thanks for the warm welcome back!
on Aug 20, 2005

Oh, and by the way, thanks for the warm welcome back!

Aww, TasT....you know that I luvs ya and am glad to see you again!

 

I'm also glad to hear that you're finally happy....

on Aug 20, 2005
I've never understood the strange need some people seem to have about touching or removing someone else's hat either. What other article of clothing would a person just walk up to someone else and take off? ;~D

We walked out of a store one time to find a guy sitting on my friend's bike. It wasn't a Harley, or any kind of classic, but it was nice...

My friend looked at the schlub and asked him if he was married... he said "yeah, why".. "How pissed would you be if you walked out of a store and found me on your wife?"
on Aug 20, 2005
Aww, TasT....you know that I luvs ya and am glad to see you again!


Glad to be back, things are still a little stressful, but everything should be pretty much undercontrol in the next few weeks....


And YES I am Happy!

How pissed would you be if you walked out of a store and found me on your wife?


Darn near the same thing isn't it!

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