I am now a member of JP Research. What does this mean to you, my loyal readers? Little, except that my contact information for consulting has changed. New telephone and email: 650-559-5999, email@example.com. These are also listed on my Hire Me and Contact pages.
Story tips, personal correspondence, missives that begin “Briggs, you fool…”, and so forth still come to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At JP I’ll be doing the same kind of work, traveling to the same places and then some, and meeting new people. My locus in quo is unchanged. My teaching gig at Cornell remains. This blog will continue unmodified. I’ll almost certainly, however, be buying a new light grey Borcalino snap-brim fedora (teardrop crease). My collection of brown headgear is just-the-thing, except these chapeaux don’t always “go” with certain shades of blue, a major concern.
Rest assured that I have given this change serious consideration. Never, indeed, have I pondered longer or harder. There was even, at one point, actual hand wringing. But I came to the conclusion that the addition of a new hat to my stable is a necessity.
I know what you’re thinking: why grey and not blue? Well, blue hats are limiting. You can’t wear a blue hat with a brown, white, or tan suit. And you can’t even wear it with all shades of blue, especially darker ones. A blue hat is too jaunty: it is not a serious hat. Whereas a grey can be sombre or gay with the simple switch of the band.
Not the stingy brim, either. These are Borsalino’s attempt to cash in on the hipster hat fad. And since all fads are doomed by definition, it is best to avoid them and save your money. Hipster hats are, I suppose, a gentle introduction to the world of adulthood, and so in this sense they can be encouraged. They are orders of magnitude better than a golf or baseball cap. And I believe that wearing a hipster hat might even increase the probability of wearing better clothes.
But if you’re going to spend the money, don’t blow it on a head covering that will look dated after one season. Which brings us to the well known men’s fashion rule: never skimp on shoes or hats. Nothing, but nothing, ruins the look of an outfit, no matter how carefully chosen or expensive, than to see it topped by a cheap hat or bottomed by rubber soles.
Incidentally a good, but expensive, pair of shoes, properly cared for will last forever, especially if they are a member of a rotation (try not to wear the same pair every day). Hats too can be Methuselan, as long as you don’t make a habit of doffing one by pinching the peak.
Speaking of homburgs: yes, but not for me. I am yet too young and anyway too long-faced. I want a derby, but I also want a moustache. The Powers That Be deny me both, sadly.
All these things and more will be on my mind as I begin my new life at JP.