Me & My Dave Barrett Akubra HatFriday, July 01, 2011
I decided that since my head size was the same as Barrett’s that I would buy the hat as a souvenir. The hat has served me well (I don’t really like hats) for the special occasion of pruning my very long laurel hedge in either a rainy fall or rainy spring. The hat normally hangs from a hook behind the door of our guest bathroom.
I think that with age our head size varies inversely with our diminishing brain activity. In fact the hat really does not fit me anymore.
But here I am ready to go on a trip to a ranch in Texas and I have already gone through the agony of trying to stretch out the shafts of my Argentine Lopez Taibo boots. Some years back I could have gone to the hat store on West Hastings (near the Cenotaph) and had the hat stretched a tad. In Spanish an horma is a device that stretches shoes. The same word is used for the device that does the equivalent for hats.
I looked around the house and found a pot in the kitchen drawer that is slightly larger than my Akubra hat. I have forced it in and after a couple of days I am happy to report that the hat almost fits me! A day more and who knows!
Me and my Lopez Taibo boots