As most of you know, I typically wear an Australian Navy hat.
The hat means a great deal to me.
It was given to me by the Australian Task Force Commander while I was in the northern Arabian Gulf. The hat is from HMAS ANZAC, an Royal Australian Naval Frigate. There's a story behind how I acquired that hat, but not one I'm willing to discuss at the moment.
Anyway, I've worn that hat pretty much every day since - for a couple of reasons. Like I said, it means quite a bit to me. It's unique, you cannot buy them, they're only given out to Australian special operations teams and I'm one of the very few American to be given one. Plus, the dammed thing is the single most comfortable hat I've ever worn. And I pretty much have to wear a hat, I've got very short hair and my head gets cold here in Alaska, elsewhere I tend to get sunburned.
However, it's getting pretty worn. My wife washes it upon occasion, when she can sneak it away without my noticing, but still it has faded pretty badly and to be honest it looks fairly ratty.
I know this.
And I don't care.
However, my wife gave me an ultimatum the other day. I'm to retire the hat to a peg in the shop or she'll refuse to be seen with me.
Hmmmm, decisions, decisions.
I like it. After a week it's starting to get broken in, it's comfortable and, unlike the ANZAC hat, it's waterproof. Because it's made from leather, it won't get packed with sawdust in the shop, and fading only makes it look better.
The ANZAC hat has been retired to a peg in the shop as directed.
So in honor of my new Australian hat, have a listen to the unofficial Australian National Anthem. Yeah, it's a little Colin Hay and Men at Work: