Sunday, July 13, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 413 - Straight Outta Dillsburg Edition

Day 413 / Hat 413: Woven, natural straw sun hat with four-inch crown and bendable, wire-reinforced three-inch brim. Details include frayed edges, multiple holes worn in crown and interior woven sweatband with sign of heavy wear including something that may be either a blood or ketchup stain. It smells strongly of burnt grasses mixed with bug repellent.

This hard-worn hat was sent to the Project by dear friend, former college (and immediately post-college) cohort, roommate and partner in crime Greg Adams, currently a resident of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. 

It arrived in a box along with a photo -- of a side view of his face - with notations of skin cancer surgeries he had in 2003 and 2004. The box also contained the following letter:

While the hat arrived a week or so ago, I'd been hoping to procure a kiddie pool so that I might dispatch the hat per Greg Hed's request (don't ask about the nicknames -- they were birthed in a time and place without reason). But recent developments among my loved ones battling various forms of skin cancer make me feel that the time was ripe to post this lid with the torching to take place at a later time and place.

Yes, Greg (whom as the Oscar Acosta to my Hunter Thompson was know to us both as "my attorney") makes valid and cogent points -- both as regards the importance of sun protection and my occasional drift from the true purposes of the hat. I appreciate the hattitude adjustment -- and the meaningful donation to the Project.

Gregory Todd Adams, the hat-tip on this 13th day of July in the year of our lord two thousand and fourteen is yours. The proof of a Viking funeral will be forthcoming. 

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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 celebrated 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. 

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