Friday, September 11, 2015

Post Cubbins: Hat 507 - Bernin' Down the House Edition

Navy blue baseball-style cap with white embroidery on front that reads: "think ... Bernie 2016," with the letter "i" in both words embroidered in a shade of blue that approximates teal.

Additional details include adjustable buckle closure on back with embroidered American flag tag and label inside hat that reads: "Bayside, made in the USA, ASI 30244 RN 95024." The hat was purchased for me by the Bride on our recent trip to the 802 for Labor Day.

One of two attached hangtags is an oval-shaped American flag on one side and a UPC code and price tag ($24.99) on the other. The second hangtag gives the provenance of the hat as the Vermont Hat Company (slogan: "gotcha covered!" and notes that "[a] portion of proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to the SAMFund for young adult survivors of cancer."

The "Bernie" here is Bernie Sanders, the Independent junior U.S. Senator from Vermont currently vying for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president. It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) the wearing of any hat for Project Cubbins implies no endorsement whatsoever, but it sure has been fun to watch Vermont's own excitable boy stump around the country.

The hat also gives me a chance to rehash my favorite Bernie story: Sanders happened to be the mayor of Burlington during my years at UVM, During one particularly raucous fraternity party, I fondly recall his honor storming into the house -- accompanied by Burlington's police chief -- and telling me, white hair swirling about his head and face reddening with anger: "The people of Burlington have a right to quiet!" (On this point I do not disagree.)

If you'd like to hear my Bernie impression, I did it on the radio one New Year's Eve during a Curtis Sliwa interview -- which you can listen to here. It kicks in somewhere around the 4 minute and 30 second mark.

I think the politi-hat in my sights is gonna be one of those Donald Trump lids.

PC 506: Skeeter Beater
PC 356: Brim Be Crazy
PC 240: All Hat No Bottle

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