As a blogger that's evidently pulled the wool over many's eyes to make them believe I'm actually prominent or influential, one of the perks is stuff...which is typically a mix of free and somewhat paid for. This week that meant stickers from FinFollower (thanks Leigh), some t-shirts and stickers from A Year On The Fly / Hex Fishing (thanks Joel), merino wool thermal underwear (thanks Redram), and best of all a new hat and patches from Tenkara USA.
Now why is the hat so exciting? I mean I already have a Tenkara USA hat I wear from time to time. The old T-USA hat is nice, but just didn't fit right. As soon as I put this Tenkara USA hat on my head, it was magic. Like sliding on a comfortable old pair of jeans or something. It startled me how comfortable (and familiar) it felt, I had to do some recon.
Shuffling through the hats in my closet, I grabbed my "lucky" hat. The Orvis hat I got for my first father's day from Lilly 5 years ago. The hat that I wear when I go fishing 99% of the time. The hat I've blogged about here on occasion, examples of which can be found HERE and HERE. The hat I freaked out about when I temporarily lost it because I just knew I'd never find a similar hat like that again.
Guess what. Same exact hat, same maker, simply different color and embroidery. Hell yeah.
Will it replace the "lucky hat," probably not. But damn if it doesn't feel good. Maybe the on-water percentage for the Orvis cap will go down from 99% to 95% this fall as I test its karma.
Oh, and it wasn't just an interesting mail week for me. K.C. got an anatomically-correct knitted heart in the mail yesterday from some Etsy/Regretsy contest she won...don't ask... Let's just say we told Lilly it was a stuffed strawberry.
(By the way, have you noticed I haven't fished in a while. Yeah...I thought so...)