Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 254 - How to (Amtrak Auto) Train Your Dragon Edition

Day 254 / Hat 254: One hundred percent cotton, baseball-style cap with red crown, black brim,  black accent embroider and black button on top. Multi-color embroidery on front depicts a train (headed toward the wearer's right) pulling three train flatbed cars loaded with automobiles. Below the train silhouette are the words: "Amtrak Auto Train, Lorton, Virginia," with the last two words appearing in a seal that includes two palm trees.

The first of many pieces of fine headgear handed off to me Sunday in a Sheraton parking lot by my kid sister Sue who presented me, I kid you not with an entire shopping bag crammed with hats! (If that's not love, I don't know what is.)

She and her family availed themselves of the aforementioned Auto Train on the way back from a Christmastime trek down the Eastern Seaboard to Florida to visit family. For anyone unfamiliar, you basically load your car on the train, kick back and let Amtrak do the driving for the 900 miles between Sanford, Florida, on the southern end and Lorton, Virginia, to the north, after which you climb back behind the wheel and drive to your final destination.)

While I have never been on that particular train, I often avail myself of Amtrak -- most recently yesterday from Albany to NYC after my original travel plans proved logistically daunting (at first) and then physically impossible due to storm-related flight cancellation.

A sincere hat tip to sister Sue and her family for loaning said hat sack.

PC 253: Tam o' Shouldbe
PC 252: Domino's Effect
PC 251: Glam White Trapper

Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1
Got hats? If you loan 'em, you'll get e'm back safe and sound!

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