Day 94

You’re treading on thin ice, hat

June 28th, 2010

Very thin ice. The top and bottom layers are connected only at the edge of the brim, so whenever the wind kicks up (like it did all day yesterday), the top sails up off my head, making me look totally ridiculous.


  1. katzien in austin says:

    A couple safety pins ought to fix you right up. In any case, who’s out there to see? ;-) Glad you’re still having fun with it.

    • Sherry in Houston says:

      I thought the same thing….safety pins.

      • Candice In Alabama says:

        …or hat pins – like these:

        sometimes called “lapel pins”

        • Candice In Alabama says:

          Maybe the next person that “helps” Matt will have a lapel pin to spare for Matt’s hat!

        • Don in Tennessee says:


          It would be neat if we could find pins for every stateMatt walks in (including out of state out of mind) pins and purchase them for Matt. We could have them shipped to Rockaway Beach to give to him at the finish or maybe we could have them shipped to a location before he finishes his trip.

          Matt could then put the pins on his floppy hat!!!

          What do you think or others think about this.?

          • Jeff says:

            thinking it sounds good. I’ll pitch in…..

          • Candice In Alabama says:

            I think that would be a great idea! I don’t know exactly how to accomplish it, but that would be a great idea. If Matt agrees. Matt may not WANT pins on his hat. He might want a less obvious manner of fixing his hat brim. I don’t know – need more opinions than mine! :)

            • Karen Too says:

              I’m in. I’ll do NYS.

              Jeff, any chance you want to keep track of who does what state(s)?

              • Don in Tennessee says:

                I will do North Dakota and Montana. We need to figue the logistics of how we are to get these to Matt. . Maybe we could send them to the Chamber of Commerce in Rock Away Beach and they could present them to him in a celebration. I am sure they would love the publicity!

              • Karen Too says:

                Please see my reply, that got posted at the bottom of the page, instead of here.

  2. Tron Carter says:

    Yeah, I have a jacket that is like that. Even the slightest of breezes and the collar flips up in my face.

  3. The Lock says:

    Your hat doesn’t have to blow up to have that effect.

  4. Karen Too says:

    Great video link, Matt.

    Another one for my bookmarks.

    As for your hat, I wouldn’t worry. I think the other posts from The Lock, and katzien in austin, say it all. Hee hee.

    At least it’s tied down around your neck, and it’s functional.

    Your face and neck would be very sunburned by now if not for your trusty hat (and lots of sunscreen, no doubt).

  5. Joey in Hollywood says:

    Yah totally ridiculous……..a cross between a turban and a cowboy hat…….enjoy checking your post on a daily basis………never a disappointment!

  6. Angela says:

    I presume that link is to Autotune the News… which makes me so SO happy. “We could meet up at the mall…Love you too Grandma.”

  7. Tesla says:

    Haha, love this picture. This is gonna sound weird, but you have nice teeth, lol.

  8. Jeff says:

    OHman I am busted. Now Flicker is blocked at work. Matt….send me the Toy-slayer if you picked him up. I need him to do me a favor….. Guess I will have to post from home…..

    anyone interested in throwing a guess as to matt’s end date…remember the email is Winner gets to yell Yahoo I won…
    Once matt hits oregon we will close the postings. Got em all saved – so send one if you got one.
    Name and date…I can track you back from there.

  9. Candice In Alabama says:

    By the way Matt – I love this portrait of yourself. I may just have to print it out and hang it on my bulletin board at work. :)

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      I wanted to clarify that by looking at YOUR perseverance in the face of such adversity (your hat brim failure) – I will be inspired to overcome the little annoying aggravations that sometimes occur to mar my work day.

      If Matt can persevere in spite of his hat brim, I too can conquer! :)

  10. Michael in Atlanta says:

    NOT ridiculous, this look. VERY Hobo chic.
    Thanks for helping us laugh, um, with you, Matt.

  11. Karen Too says:

    THIS is the shot for the book jacket.

  12. Laurenis says:

    The look on your face screams pure annoyance. I don’t see it as so much of a fashion faux pas as it is an annoyance. The flapping up can’t be helpful with sun. Did you bring sunglasses? I can see you pulling the hat off your head and stomping on it within the next 20 miles if the wind keeps going at it

  13. RACHEL LARSEN says:

    You have crossed the mighty Mississippi river & are now officially in the West. Get a cowboy hat & no one will even give you a second glance. You will fit right in. A cowboy hat is not floppy. They are very practical. But not so good in the rain. I recommend a straw Stetson fitted to your head from a reputable local western wear company.

  14. Jeff says:

    Yea on the amazing race this year the cowboy brothers wore their fitted hats through everything and they just stayed put. I think one bungeed with it and it stayed on. To bad they lost….but like Matt..they are winners in all they do….

  15. Cincy Chuck says:

    God knows it’s got to be hot walking all day long. Your face shows a nice tan. I admire you for your ambition to complete your goal. Guess it’s going to get much hotter in the next few weeks. My prayers are with you along your long journey. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  16. carolyn says:

    You can use this pic for back cover of the book…about the author. love the safety vest!

  17. Karen Too says:

    One idea might be to sew a tie, like the one under his chin, from the brim, to be tied under his chin, but then that would bring the brim down around his ears, like a flap.

    It would reduce the aerodynamic quality of the brim, but it might introduce a new series of aesthetics about the hat.

  18. Nancy says:

    DON’T CHANGE THE HAT!!! Love, love, love it!

  19. Karen Too says:

    We could send them to a Post Office, c/o General Delivery, like his dad did with the sleeping pad.

    We should probably first ask Matt if he wants us to do this at all, and if so, where he would want them sent.

    • Karen Too says:

      Computer glitch; this reply was supposed to go up higher, regarding the pins.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Karen & Jeff

      I found a website where all 13 of the state lapel pins can be purchased for $1.95 @ for a total of 27.30 plus $6.95 postage. This would be a total of $34.25. I think if we do it we should also add an American Flag pin for another $1.95. The website is There is a Chamber of Commerce in Rock Away Beach, Oregon. As I previously psoted, the pins could be mailed to the chamber and they could be presented to Matt by Chamber reps. Again great PR for Rock Away Beach!

      One person could order them all and save shipping.

      Your thoughts!

      • MN Roxanne says:

        I’d chip in… I think it’s a great idea.

      • Karen Too says:

        Great find, Don, and good idea about one person ordering them all.

        How about also including Virginia, too, since that’s from where Matt hails?

        Are there plans in place for the Chamber reps to present stuff to him? Also, maybe we should be writing about this someplace besides Matt’s blog (so as not to fill up all his space?)

        • Don in Tennessee says:


          I have e-mailed the Rock Away Beach Chamber of Commerce in OR to see if the lapel pins could be sent directly to their office and presented to Matt when he arrives in Rock Away, OR. I would think they could get some real PR out of this. I also gave them the webiste and some background about Matt and his walk.

          I will keep you posted as I hear from the Chamber what they have to say.


          • Karen Too says:

            Hi Don,

            I appreciate you doing all of this, and I’m sorry that I wasn’t clearer before about my concerns in writing the Chamber of Commerce, etc. without first asking Matt, and/or his family, if this was okay with them.

            Since I wrote you last night, I have decided to go ahead and get the pins on my own, then find out where to send them.

            My comments got split, and there is one up above that touches upon asking Matt first.

            Again, apologies for the lack of clarity, and have fun in how you choose to send your pins.

        • Don in Tennessee says:


          You can email me at

  20. Angelica says:

    When you first said “very thin ice” that video was the first thing I thought of and then it turned out to be the one in the link :D Also your hat rocks, it looks like a chef’s hat.

  21. Lori says:

    Gotta love it, but when I saw it I was thinking that it was the heat rising from him from being in the sun all day filling up the hat and making it fill and rise. You could put a few staples around it or sew a few small knots 1/2 between the rim and band as a quick fix.

  22. MN Roxanne says:

    that darn wind… it’s been crazy the last 2 days… hope it settles down so you can stop having a bad hat day!

  23. Agent 99 says:

    Awsome mailbox, but where’s the flag?

  24. Ed says:

    Careful – that hat style could become a cult fashion!!

  25. Melody says:

    I am sick and tired of having a computer where the speakers don’t work. I can’t read lips!

  26. 'gina says:

    reminds me of jiffy pop….

  27. Vickie says:

    Love the hat! I live in Rockaway Beach, OR and am enjoying following your journey across the country. For those of us who brave the winter weather here, we look forward to welcoming you upon your arrival. Plan on having your hat flip up or fly off as the coastal winds can be wild! Oh, BTW, for those who are not aware, Rockaway is one word ;-) Safe travels!

  28. Pacis says:

    Duct tape and baling wire fixes all things man made.

  29. Jessamyn says:

    Finally a pic of you! You are starting to look a shtetl peddler. You need a Tilly hat.

  30. Roe says:

    Looks like it’s time for a new vest again, too!

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