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Fruitcake Follies

I needed a winter hat and for Christmas my mom gave me a fruitilicious one.

“I thought you would like the colors!” she said. She quickly added that I could return it if it wasn’t my style (isn’t it great how you can spot European colorfulness a mile away–even though she bought the hat in Vermont.)

Anyhow, the hat is ridiculous but I need to keep my keppy warm so I’ve been wearing it.  I like to ask people, sotto voice, “Be truthful,” and then I whip out of the hat, “Do I lose my street cred with this hat?”

Some people say, “No, it’s fine,” while others don’t skip a beat, “Yes, you sure do.” It’s not that the people who say it looks okay are lying–though some might be–it’s just a matter of taste.

Last night, Jon DeRosa went out for a meal and I asked him if the hat made me lose my street cred.

“Yes,” he said, “but you get some of it back just by having the balls to wear it.”

My man!

Categories:  Bronx Banter  Life in New York  Memoir

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1 Mattpat11   ~  Jan 14, 2011 2:10 pm

I've seen worse.

2 Diane Firstman   ~  Jan 14, 2011 2:12 pm


I've seen much much worse ...

now .... if you wore a JACKET with that pattern :-)

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 14, 2011 2:21 pm

Yeah that picture doesn't show the worst of it but as Jon also mentioned last night, it's a winter hat, they aren't supposed to look good.

4 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jan 14, 2011 3:29 pm

yeah, that pic conveys about 15% of the audacity of the actual hat. it's a head turner.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 14, 2011 3:40 pm

I'm getting a simple Yankee hat this weekend.

6 Raf   ~  Jan 14, 2011 4:33 pm

The sequel to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Alex and the Amazing Technicolor Tuque.

7 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jan 14, 2011 5:26 pm

The hat rocks! Bright & Funky is the way to go!

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