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Rick:

Torrance County, New Mexico is one of the poorer counties in a poor state.
Most people round here wear ball caps that they were given at feed stores in
exchange for paying the feed bill.  Caps work much better in the wind.   My
RCMP hat sits safely, with his suspenders,  in a closet along with some
other treasured trophies.

Maybe you dudes could visit out here but first buy a Resinol.  A dude
without a hat to chase in the wind wouldn't be half so humerous.  BTW I've
never heard the word "dude" used either except by someone under 25.

Rick Seddon
McIntosh, NM, USA
-----Original Message-----
From: Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, March 26, 2001 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: More on Stetson post


>Justin Blessinger wrote:
>
>> Growing up in Montana, I don't recall the term "Stetson" being used to
>> describe a style.  It was, and still is, used to describe a brand.
>> Perhaps in the larger culture, stetson = cowboy hat, and admittedly,
>> this is a very common brand, but the brand name is still important to
>> the locals, much like Wrangler jeans are part of the uniform.
>
>
>Rick Seddon wrote:
>
>> I agree absolutely.
>
>
>Maybe noone out west refers to their hat as a Stetson but many of us
>dudes do (I wouldn't but I do call a tissue a Kleenex) While in WW-I
>England, Stetsons might have refered to Aussies' slouch hats I would
>say that in the modern day U.S. saying "Stetson" brings up the image
>of a cowboy hat.  Just to prove to myself that this was the case I ran
>a quick search for "his Stetson" at Google and read the context
>messages printed below each page title.  I got things like:
>
>    Slim Pickens), after he confirms the order to attack the Soviet Union,
>    puts on his Stetson hat as he drawls, "Well boys, I guess this is
>    it. Nuclear combat
>
>    she took his heart. Boy didnt know what he was getting into when he
>    tilted his Stetson and crossed her path
>
>    He shoved to his feet, his Stetson swinging casually in his hand
>
>    the inscrutable cowboy half hidden under the concealing brim of
>    his Stetson
>
>I've satisfied myself.
>
>http://www.google.com/search?q=%22his+Stetson%22&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&start=1
0&sa=N
>
>Regards,
>   Rick Parker
>
>
>P.S. Rick, do you ever wear the Mountie's hat on the range or in town?
>It took me a little bit of courage to wear my similar hat on the road.
>
>