The picture above reflects the past 17 years of my life. I wore a hat every single day of my life for a long time. Each hat for me identifies a very different phase of my life.
Far left – Kavu hat (4 years). I remember ordering this online during my sophomore year of high school. The goal was to find something as obscure as possible that would be one of a kind. This was the hat I planned to move out West with, work some obscure job, but have access to the great outdoors. Damn girlfriends.
Second from left (Missing hat 3 years) – There is a hat that belongs between the Kavu Hat and the Titleist hat. It was a vintage Texas Rangers hat. I wore it my entire time at ACU and let’s say it was very weathered. A lot of life happened in this hat. Met my now wife, got my first dog, and worked a lot of jobs. I no longer have it because it was the key item in a dowry to my now brother-in-law. Damn fiancé.
Second from the left -Titleist hat (3 years). I remember I had just moved to Amarillo, TX after graduating ACU. T and I were engaged, but she was still in Abilene finishing school. I was living with her parents and working for a State Farm Insurance agent. There was a golf store in the strip center across the street from our office which was often the site of my lunch breaks. Amarillo can be a hard place to live. Hobbies are required. Thankfully, T’s parents and I worked very hard to watch 6 seasons of 24. This hat’s history includes first house, first new car, first credit card bill that made me really nervous, and a miscarriage.
Middle – Texas Rangers (2 years) As our time in Amarillo came to an end and we transitioned to move back to beautiful, Abilene I needed a fresh new hat. I had purchased a Rangers hat with a black bill which was not very old, but suspiciously went missing during the move. This hat was a replacement. This hat was there during the beginning of my job with FFB. It was part of a couple hard years trying to get pregnant.
Second from right – Patagonia (3 years) – this was a hat I purchased after moving to Keller, TX. This was the hat I wore to have surgery for fertility purposes (obvious future blog post topic), purchased our second house, and lived a grown up life in.
Far right – USA (2 years) – This has been my most recent addition. There is no question this hat has seen the most drama. In-Vitro, wife’s surgery, and of course fostering Brisket.
This past Friday we took a road trip down south to meet Dr. Evil and Jobu. Quick recap is we were selected as the final family for Dr. Evil and were 1 of 3 finalist for Jobu.
What is the first thing you ask yourself when going to parents tryout? What do i wear?
After some online research, I was still struggling. The meeting with the two CPS workers went well and we started our drive home. We of course had to stop at Buc-ees with the rest of the Memorial Day travelers to purchase $40 worth of nothing.
You might be thinking this blog has lost its punch. He is running out of material. He seems tired. Well you know what, that USA hat will always be the hat I had on my head when a CPS worker called me to tell me I have a son. That’s right – we delivered the Morris 1 – 2 punch and the other families did not stand a chance. Jobu is moving in this next week and we will be operating in man-to-man coverage as they say. Jobu / Brisket vs. Lady / Buddy. Please see Fan Duel for odds.