Sunday, October 25, 2009

Coolness, Scarves, Knee Frustrations, and Next Question!!

"I'm so cool, I'm shivering!" I was having a milkshake the other night and a cold wind was blowing so....yeah. Anyway.

I'm starting to think scarves are pretty darn cool. I have a big green scarf that I got from a friend about a year ago, and I'm trying to think of excuses to wear it. It's not quite cold enough for a scarf to be justifiable, so I'm left with two options. A) incorporate it into a halloween costume, or B) catch a cold. I would like to avoid option B if at all possible. Any suggestions?

As I mentioned a couple posts ago I recently injured my knee during fencing practice. Well, the X-rays didn't show any bone damage, but I've had it in an immoblizer. After all this time its still stiff, swollen, sore, and hot to the touch. I've got an appointment at an orthopoedic practice in a few days. Maybe I'm being unreasonable, but I'm worried that this problem might not completely go away. Bad knees are common in my family, and if mine are already giving me trouble, then how might that affect the rest of my life? There's so much I love and want to always do, like hiking, swimming, cycling, rock climbing, spelunking... and I had just never really considered the possibility that my knees could start wearing out sooner rather than later. It's no fun to think about really. So I'm gonna stop talking about it.

Okay!! Here's the next question to be answered! This one is so unique I feel the need to copy it into this post. Here it is:

Anonymous said...
So on the topic of hats what type of hat do you think a zombie would wear? Now the real question is who would win in a fight, Chuck Norris or a zombie with a super cool hat?

Well, Anonymous, that's a very interesting inquiry. For the first half of your question, I think that it is important for us to analyze the rather general term: zombie. So basically a zombie is a slow-moving, grunting, angry, angsty, disheveled looking individual who isn't very bright. Well, first off, if you ask any High School principal, he'll tell you that this description fits at least half of his school's student body. Secondly, it could very accurately describe an office-goer on a monday morning. My fellow college students and I would also fit the mold on test days. Or 'zombie' could be taken to refer to the virus-afflicted flesh-eating undead so prominent in the horror movie/video game genre of today. (Of course, this interpretation of 'zombie' could also be very accurately attributed to me nearly ever morning. Getting out of bed is not my strong-suite.) Though since they are the most commonly referred to, and because it's easier, I will speak of our misunderstood undead brethren.

So what's the hat for a zombie, eh? Ever think about doing a google image search? No? Okay then. I think the coolest hat for a zombie would be...(drumroll please)...a PILGRIM HAT!! Preferably a green, leprechaun-esque one. And of course it would have to be riddled with holes and blood-stains, but it would also glow with an evil light! Now THAT would be the hat for a zombie.

Now, Anonymous, for the second half of your question. Who would win in a fight, Chuck Norris, or a zombie in a super cool hat? I shudder to think. Surely the battle between Walker Texas Ranger and the Glowing Leprechaun Zombie of Terror would be one of epic proportions. Whether or not the earth itself would survive such an engagement is doubtful. I can envision it. First the Glowing Leprechaun Zombie of Terror would shuffle into a dank and filth strewn alleyway, then, shining in all his rugged glory, Chuck Norris would appear in the mouth of the alley, hair blowing in the dramatic wind that always occurs on such occasions. Then, the two forces would collide, their power creating a shockwave that would rival that of an atomic explosion! Buildings would crumble around them as they remained locked in combat, giving no quarter and taking none. The battle would rage for hours—days perhaps--but my friend, through it all you must remember one of the first and greatest laws of this universe: Chuck Norris IS. After both had exerted almost all of their energies, once the Leprechaun Zombie had used his unstoppable four-leaf-clover-blast of undeath, and once Chuck Norris had been injured just enough to look ridiculously awesome…At the very last--just before the end of everything--Chuck Norris's fist would flash through the darkness, and just as Thor's hammer crushing the skulls of giants, it would completely destroy the Leprechaun Zombie in a burst of brightest flame! And then...all would be still.

And so, all things come to a close. Hats, Leprechaun zombies, and this post. Next questions! Ask away!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A new week and first questions

Wow, sorry the last post was so negative. There really are a lot of things that could have gone worse. Still, I am glad that it is a new week!

So is it just me, or are group interviews for jobs REALLY weird? I mean, it wasn't horrible; I was actually really comfortable. I really enjoy talking to and meeting people, and we were all just sitting on comfortable chairs and chatting. But some of the other applicants were really focused on making themselves look amazing and everyone else look bad. That was kinda awkward. It was just a little different from what I expected. At any rate, I think the interview went really well. They seemed really positive afterwards, and we got along really well. Fingers crossed.

So the only questions I've had so far are concerning hats and my feelings about them in general. Wow...big subject. Here goes.

Hats. There are A LOT of different kinds of hats. However, since I'm American and not immensely well-versed when it comes to foreign hats, I'm only going to talk about a few different types of American hats.

Interestingly enough, you can tell a lot about a person just by checking out his/her hat. Let's take a look at baseball caps. Ball caps are EVERYWHERE. Seriously, you can't get away from them. But despite how common they are, they can still tell you something about the person (just like any hat). Of course colors, brands, and any logos are important. But there's more to it than that. First off, the brim. Flat brim=gangster/rapper OR wannabe gangster/rapper (I find the second is far more common, but maybe that's just me). Slightly curved brim=Average Joe/White guy. Extremely curved brim (I'm talkin' less than a ninety degree angle)=Redneck OR Redneck wannabe (yes, there are such things as redneck wannabes. You know who you are). Then of course you have the brim modifications like fraying, fading, logos, stains, hat-hooks, etc. These things make the hat especially unique, and never does a person love their ball-cap more than when they know they have earned every stain, fade, and fray. It is at this point that a ball-cap becomes truly 'cool'. Unfortunately retailers try to immitate this coolness buy selling hats that are already frayed, faded, etc. How can someone truly feel a connection with their hat when they did not take part in "breaking it in"? When they did not grow and experience with their hat? Okay, enough of that for now. I'm done talking about baseball caps.

I feel like mentioning the fedora. Indiana Jones made the classic fedora one of the coolest hats of all time. Lately fedoras are becoming popular again, but...I dunno. The new styles of fedora just seem a bit too boy-bandish for me. Give me a classic, wide-brimmed leather fedora and I'll be happy. You can also give me a bull-whip and a revolver, but....maybe that's asking too much.

Next, the knit cap/watch cap/sock hat/tuque. In my opinion, the only really good reason to wear one of these hats is if its really cold. Otherwise, you'll just look like either a lumberjack or a convict. However, if it's one of those long pointed sock hats, rock that thing. You don't need an excuse.

Berets? Now there's an interesting hat. If you're a girl, berets are okay. If you're a guy, you need a good excuse like: "I'm in the army". That's the thing about berets, they're cool when they're being worn by a bunch of guys in uniform, but if you just see one guy walkin' around wearing a beret, you gotta start asking yourself some questions.

Unless you're in texas, cowboy hats also require a pretty good excuse. These excuses may be "I work on a ranch", "I have a cool country accent", "I'm rich", "I'm a cool old guy", or "I tried it on in a store and now I can't get it off". If you don't have one of these excuses, then maybe cowboy hats aren't for you.

Okay, when it comes to bowler hats, all I can think about is the fat bankers in old western movies. Have you ever noticed that the cool characters NEVER wear bowler hats?

If you can pull it off, flat caps can actually be really cool. Especially if you get one of the classic plaid ones. Flat caps just have that blast-from-the-past, old-American flair. Call me old-fashioned, but that's just cool. One thing though, flat caps were never meant to be made out of shiny black leather. Period.

I will finish by mentioning bucket hats. Bucket hats (or fishing hats) are my preferred style because they are simple enough to be practical and durable, uncommon enough to be a little unusual, and unsual enough to be pretty dang cool. My bucket hat has lasted quite a few years, and it has been through a lot. I've worn it on many, many adventures, and it's held up very well. It's true, bucket hats are a little weird, and I've found that a lot of people aren't fond of them, but hey, why be a conformist, right?

When it comes down to selecting a hat, the most important thing is what you like. I may look like a fisherman when I wear my hat, but that's fine with me. I like my hat. If you decide you want to wear a fez, then go right ahead. If you want to wear a yarmulke, then wear it! Yarmulkes are awesome! Anyway, like I said, just wear what you like. There are loads of different kinds of hats to choose from.

Okay! Next questions! Wanna know the bones of the wrist? Wanna know how to fold a paper airplane? Curious about something? Wanna hear someone else's opinion? Well then, ask away!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

What a week...

Good grief. This week has been crazy. First I had a calculus exam that kinda went south if you know what I mean. Then I lost control on the wet roads, took out a sign, and crunched the front of my brother's car. Then I got a ticket for said sign-destruction. (I called it in, because I wanted to be honest, ya know? Well, the highway patrolman gave me a ticket. I'm not upset with him, I mean, he's just doing his job, but I have a very very good driving record and I don't really want two points on my license just because I turned a little too sharply on a rainy day) Then while I was fencing (not like yard fences, I mean thrust-and-parry/swords fencing) I apparently ruptured a meniscus in my knee, so now I have a knee-brace and I'm using crutches. Then yesterday the other car overheated and we don't know why.....Sigh.....Fun times. What shall happen next? I just can't wait to see...

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Still can't decide just what this blog's topic should be. Choosing a single subject just seems so restrictive! There are so many things I'd like to talk about, you know? Music, Environment and Nature, Photography, Religion, Being Positive, Sports, Books, Education, Health, Politics, Movies.......

For now I'll just continue to post what's been on my mind, I guess. I'm open to suggestions, and willing to share opinions, so if anybody wants to hear the opinions of just another guy in a hat, then speak up! I'll do my best!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Just some thoughts...

As I've been thinking over the past few days, listening as the rain falls outside and reflecting on the past few weeks, I can't help but be amazed at life. Sure, there are frequent rough periods. Sometimes storms rage all around us. Sometimes heavy winds will cause serious damage, and flash floods will produce all kinds of havoc and confusion. But no matter what, the grass is always greener after the rain. Even the hardest storms in our lives can produce new growth. When you look at life this way, you just have to realize: there really aren't any bad days, just bad things that happen in good days. So every day can be a good day despite whatever happens. Happiness is a choice! Choose it! There will always be storms that must be weathered, but that can never change the fact that life is good! And so I say, "Bring on the rain!!"

I hope everyone has an amazing day. Happiness is a choice! Be happy! Smile! Have fun!

This Blog

Okay so currently I don't have much of a plan for this blog. For now I'm just going to talk about whatever is on my mind at the time, and if you feel like sharing what you think on the subject go right ahead. Eventually I may say "okay people, THIS is what the blog is going to be about", but for now who knows?

Anyway, welcome again!

First Post

Welcome to my new blog! I am Matt, the guy with the hat. And yes, I rhymed on purpose.