For the last couple of years I have been looking for an outdoor hat. I know I used to live in Calgary but I havenâ€™t own a cowboy hat since a certain green velour cowboy hat in the early 80s and I donâ€™t intend to go down that road again. Even if elected to high office in Canada and needing to go to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede, I would not wear a cowboy hat.
I have worn ball hats ever since then and they have served me well. After burning my ears and neck this year at the lake, I decided to go with something else. I was running some errands and decided to go out to Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters today. Generally I donâ€™t enjoy Outdoor Outfitters as most of the guys in there are trying to purchase firearms, including a surprising amount of guys looking for hand guns. To be honest, not many of them inspire confidence in their ability to handle even a airsoft gun.
Today we went in there and it was really quiet and outside of the guy in front of my spending $2,000 on a rifle and scope, there werenâ€™t even guys shopping for guns and I didnâ€™t have that normal feeling that I was going to be shot by a stray bullet. Wendy had far too much fun looking at Christmas ornaments with Santa Claus in a variety of hunting and fishing roles and I found a bosun hat that should keep the sun off. Now I did try on a couple of Tilley hats and are they spectacular. I didnâ€™t want to shell out $80 for a hat but if I was so inclined, they would be the hat that I would purchase. They fit and look great. However since I am going to wear it while out hiking or working outside at the cabin, it wasnâ€™t really wonâ€™t get enough use to justify the price.
As I was walking out of there, I realized that Wendy has a similar hat and Mark has a camouflage one. We are going to have to coordinate which days we wear them as we go out. Either that or I am at risk of being kicked out of the Wiserhood.