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If you don't know me, this might be the most ridiculous blog post I've had to date. It's about a hat. Gosh, that sounds lame when I read it out loud, but nonetheless, I'm sticking to it.
There are a few things I'm passionate about in life: my faith, my family, my friends, sports, country music, sweet tea, America & my red Bass Pro hat. If I've ever met you, I'm willing to bet that I was wearing my red Bass Pro hat when I did. I got it in 2007 and have worn it an estimated 3-5 days a week since then. It cost me 2 bucks. The best 2 dollars I've ever spent.
That hat has been through great times with me and of course some sad times. I realize I'm talking about it like it's a living thing, but I'm OK with that. I know you'll understand my passion for this thing if you ever have a favorite hat for a 5 year span like me. I went and saw Thomas Rhett in concert last Thursday in Kansas City and of course my hat came with me. One guy I crossed paths with understood:
Random Guy: "Man, I love your hat."
Me: "Thanks, brother. I appreciate it."
Random Guy: "My wife made me throw mine away."
Me: "O, yeah? I should probably get rid of mine, too. It's lookin' pretty rough."
Random Guy: (As serious of a look in someone's eye that I've ever seen) "Dude, don't. You'll regret it."
The thing is, I'm 95% sure this guy was sober. He was just passionate about his hat that he no longer has.
I'm getting to the point where I'm thinking about retiring mine. Not throwing away, just retiring. I'd never do such a thing to a dear old friend like that. You'd think a 2 dollar hat would last through the 5 years I've worn it constantly, but apparently not. It's starting to look rough. Plus, I'm not proud of this, but it's starting to smell. I wash it all the time in the lake, but strangely, that doesn't seem to help.
So, now I'm starting to look for a replacement hat. I've never cheated on a girl, but I'm guessing it feels something like what I'm going through now. Call it ridiculous, because it really is, but I'm gonna miss that thing. R.I.P. Bass Pro hat (almost).
Of course, Chris LeDoux understands what a hat means to a man:
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