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07 September 2004 @ 03:51 am
Feed Caps  

…or whatever they're called these days—I mean, I don't think I've seen one advertising an agricultural concern for at least a decade now. Anyway, you know: those caps with brims in front. I bought one a couple of months ago 'cause it has a cool sketch of Ignatz Mouse done by Jerry Garcia on it and it has a low crown so I thought it'd fit and look okay. Which it does. Maybe even better than okay. It looks pretty cool, actually. If I do say so myself. So I've been wearing it a bunch. Even found a T-shirt that goes nicely with it.

So lately at work I've noticed that there are some people who wear feed caps (…or whatever) fairly often, and I wondered about it. Is it a fashion statement? A psychological return to small town cafes or the farm? A religious thing? Who knows?

EDIT 10 SEPT 2004: I neglected to mention that they're wearing their caps indoors—I'm not surprised by people wearing caps, hats, and the like outdoors … unless their headgear is totally outlandish./EDIT

At any rate, there was this one day this past month, probably because I was wearing said matching T-shirt, that I ended up not taking off my cap when I got to work. I made an amazing discovery! When working at a computer in an open cubicle office environment with overhead florescent lighting, it is much more comfortable, much less strain on the eyes, to have an eye shade. Especially if you wear glasses. Even more especially if you wear trifocals. Wow! Who'd'a thunk?

So now I'm another one of those people who wears a feed cap at work. Heh.

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Peter Hentgesjbru on September 7th, 2004 01:51 am (UTC)
I call them "baseball caps." Interesting observation. I often have modified my work environment by standing on desks to unscrew flourescent bulbs, reducing the ambient glare. How much simpler to put on a cap!
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on September 7th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC)
Indeed. At least in cases where one's employer doesn't Frown On baseball feed caps at work. And when not in France, of course.
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on September 7th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
It is a fashion statement. Fashion magazines report that this-or-that famous person has been seen wearing them, so that makes them Officially Fashionable.

K. [PS: please tell your lovely bride to e-mail me and tell me when I can call and talk to her. I miss her]
DrSdocstrange on September 7th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
Neat. I hadn't thought about the eyestrain aspect of it -- I can't stand fluorescent lighting in a workplace either. Perhaps it's a discordance between overhead flicker and monitor flicker. Anyhow, I guess wearing a shading cap in the office could be seen to hark back to those transparent green shades bankers once used.
starstraf on September 8th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
we have plenty of them with agricultrue - usually john deer or seed company here in Kansas.

we also call them "Ball caps" - I wear one when I am out jogging