The Secret Life of Melanie O.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Something about the hat

I wore a hat to work the other day – not to be fashionable, but because it was raining. I find that wearing a hat on rainy days keeps my hair relatively under control. The hat was a black pinstriped Fedora, which I like to wear low over my eyes for that air of mystery. I imagine that I’m Lauren Bacall in an old gumshoe movie.

I’ve discovered that people look at you differently in a nice hat. Upon leaving the building in the afternoon with my hat on, a young woman complimented me on “my outfit.” It’s true, the black of the hat matched the black in the pattern of my dress. But it was purely unintentional. I thanked her and left the building with a smile and my Fedora perched jauntily on my head.

I took the hat off in the train on the way home, and half-clutched it in my hands. I was nodding off, when I heard the announcement for my stop. Quickly, I put the hat back on and tried to blink the fatigue from my eyes. I stumbled up the stairs and through the ticket gate.

On the way back to my car, a man approached me. He was a good looking man and had to be at least ten years younger than me, and he asked me if I wanted to go out for a drink. I wondered what had prompted him to come up to me, a complete stranger, and ask me out. He said that I just looked so beautiful and sexy. It must have been the hat.

I thanked him, directed him to an online dating service, told him I was happily married, and went on my way. I think I heard my hat give a light-hearted giggle. At the very least, it was grinning.
posted by Melanie O. at 11:08 AM -
  • At 12:38 AM, Blogger gardenbug said…

    You have a nice sense of a public way. Should you be in show biz?

  • At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm sure you looked lovely - hats are great. Hat hair when you take them off, though - not so great!

  • At 8:02 AM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    hee hee! I'd love to be in "show biz," but I don't think "show biz" wants me!

  • At 10:46 PM, Blogger ekwine said…

    Today was the first time I've read your blog in weeks. I have missed it!

  • At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said… usually know me as irishnomad.

  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    Hi Nomad! Glad you could finally log in. Nice to see you!

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Name: Melanie O.
Home: Durham, North Carolina, United States
About Me: Female, American health and beauty-conscious professional who has rekindled a childhood love of dolls.
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