Saturday, October 05, 2013

Project Cubbins: Hat 132 - Friends Driving Fords Edition

Day 132 / Hat 132: Navy blue, trucker-style cap with mesh back and foam front. Printed with the words: "Friends don't let friends drive Fords."

The penultimate hat in the birthday box from my sainted mother, if I were to hazard a guess it'd be that this came from my dad's "wall o' hats" near his desk at the Wayside Country Store.

For the record, it should be noted that I personally have no beef with the Ford make of automobile. In fact, this hat reminds me of a quote often attributed to the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, and one recently repeated by fellow Vermont Academy alumnus C.B. Vaughan on the occasion of being honored with the school's Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.

(In 1963, before going on to found the ubiquitous CB Sports outerwear brand of the '80s and '90s,  which he later lost control of to investors, he set a downhill speed skiing record of 106 mph.)

"Failure," Vaughan quoted Ford, "is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."

Inspirational words to be sure -- no matter what you're driving.

PC 131: Black, Hairy Beret
PC 47: Meet the Megaplier
PC 37: Walking the Mawg

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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