Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I have quite a collection of ball caps I noted this morning as I contemplated them hanging behind the door. 2 red ones, 1 from Alaska, 1 "Jazoo 2006", 2 University of Illinois caps, 1 leather one, 1 "Pelican Eyes" from Nicaragua, and 1 "Heartland Men's Chorus" cap. A couple of years ago I had none. Only the advent of my hair loss have I covered my head with a cap. It is a part of my uniform now, I go nowhere with out one, except when wearing dress clothes and at church. I feel odd then, as if I have my pants unzipped or my shirt wrong side out and everyone notices but me. Hair loss is one of the hazards of being male, creating jealousy towards those whose genes allow them to keep it.

In my younger, more vulnerable days (thanks for that wonderful phrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby") I used to say I'd shoot myself if I lost my hair. This was said when I had a tangled mess of darker, thicker hair. So instead of shooting myself, I collect ball caps. A lot less messy. It does create a moments hesitation in the morning as I have to coordinate another color, which one to choose? Which fits my mood? Which one do I not care if it gets a bit dirty? Sigh.....more decisions to make.

For the record, the Alaska one is the choice today, co-ordinates with my shorts.


Anonymous said...

Bald men can be incredibly sexy - as long as they don't try to compensate with a comb-over or a ponytail!

Don said...

No comb over or pony tail here Callalily! Not enough to do that!

Anonymous said...

I like the blue one in the current photo. I just wish I had hats that expressed my political mood, such as "Bush sux!" or "Where's Osama?" whatever. However, you shouldn't have to wait another decade before the cure is found and released. They already can grow back all the hair on bald mice, so they've found the gene. Woohoo!

Don said...

Z: I gave this one away when I was in Nicaragua. I miss it too and don't remember where I got it.