Sunday, October 01, 2006

Lucky Cap - or Not?


Take a look at this cap. I admit it is a pretty funky looking thing. However, there is a reason for it's sorry state and, every day like clockwork, Peggy and I have a discussion as to why she is not allowed to wash it. This morning it was agreed that we would ask the blog readers for their opinions.

As any reader of this blog knows, about three months ago, I took up running again after laying off for several years. At my age, I was very concerned about possible injuries while trying to get back into this sport. Now, I am up to four miles daily and have done so without injury or pain and during this entire building process I have worn this cap. I think that pretty much proves this is a lucky cap and that it would be crazy to wash it.

Peggy seems to think it reflects badly on her when I go out wearing this disgusting thing on my head. For some reason that sounds vaguely familiar. OH, I remember, my first wife used to say my color choices in clothing reflected badly upon her. No doubt, she was absolutely right about that. Many times, I heard the statement, "You are not going out of this house dressed like that!"

That problem is now completely solved. I have gone back to wearing a uniform which means I no longer have to strain any neurons deciding if colors match. My daily uniform is black t-shirt, white shorts, white socks. When a dress uniform is called for, I substitute Levi's 501 Blues for the white shorts. Some of you have noticed I had started wearing a uniform, but, I think many were too polite to say anything for fear that I had simply stopped changing clothes. But, I digress, this is about the cap.

I would like your opinion as to whether or not it is worth the risk to wash this valuable cap. If it is a lucky cap, it would lose it's magical powers, and I might be hobbling around here with all kinds of problems after my next run. My personal opinion is that it is not worth taking that kind of chance and I should wear it until it rots away to the point it will no longer stay on my head. But, by all means, give us your opinion. I'm still not going to wash it but, it might make Peggy feel better if, by some miracle, someone agrees with her silly idea. Wash it? ... You don't wash a lucky cap!

32 comments:

coldsneak said...

NO washing lucky cap..
of course when we visit, i will ask that you stay downwind..
(grin)

Anonymous said...

Lloyd, don't let ANYONE wash that cap. It shows that somewhere, sometime you have raised sweat and that is priceless evidence if you are ever accused of otherwise. I have about 25 caps and sadly, I have to admit, none of them, despite my very best efforts, show any sings that I have ever raised a sweat. I am just so jealous that I could cry!! Frank

Jim said...

Unless it is between you two when you sleep, then no need for a washin'

Jo said...

Well, it seems to me that it's probably not worth taking the risk of washing it, just in case it is down to the cap. But I can see Peggy's point of view too. ow about writing to VW, telling them how marvellous their cap has been and see if they'll send you a shiny new one that you can keep for wearing solely when Peggy is in the vicinity?

Alan says "Don't wash it" too!

Anonymous said...

I personally am very superstitious regarding items such as your "lucky cap" and would NEVER WASH IT!!!! It removes the luck. I also showed my friend, Kelly, here in my office and she agrees, don't wash. She's a runner also so definitely understands the importance of the lucky cap.

Pam

Anonymous said...

Does it smell?
If so, wash it. An RV, boat, heck, any enclosed space is too small for a smelly, sweaty piece of clothing.
If not, just remember that when he wears that gross thing Peggy, you are just going to look better and better!

Bye!
Carol

Joy said...

Lloyd you had my vote until you compared Peggy's behavior to your ex-wifes behavior. I vote Peggy should burn your cap. Whether your attached to it at the time of the burning is her choice!!

Anonymous said...

OF COURSE YOU DON'T WASH IT! IN THE EVENT LLOYD BECOMES DISORIENTATED DUE TO HIS ADVANCED YEARS, HE CAN SUCK THE SALTS AND OILS OUT OF THE CAP TO SUSTAIN HIMSELF WHILE THE SEARCH PARTY FINDS HIM SLEEPING UNDER HIS BED....BUILD UP THE SURVIVAL BENEFITS AND DON'T POLLUTE THE WATER SYSTEM OF TEXAS WITH THE LIKES OF WHAT LURKS IN THE FABRIC OF HIS HAT!

CARL

Anonymous said...

The cap will not effect your running. It is the attitude of the heart and dedication to your purpose. Throw it and buy a new cap...

Gayle said...

With much regret I have to say: No use washing it. Believe me I've tried to get the Mojo out of some of Steve's hats and all I end up with is a shrunken, mishapen wad of fabric with salt stains still intact and a pissed off hubby who can't BELIEVE that I could have done such a thing!

That much Mojo is impossible to remove. Joy is right---purification via flames is appropriate after the "just like the x-wife" thang! I'm actually afraid that you may have jinxed the Lucky Hat with that one, Lloyd---I have a terrible feeling that "something bad" is going to happen to it! =D

Anonymous said...

I sure wouldn't wash it. In fact I wouldn't even take a chance by getting out in a heavy dew with it on.

Anonymous said...

Wash that nasty thing Peggy or give it to me and I'll throw it in with Marks equally gross, stinky caps if you need help.

Kathy

Steve & Jackie Williams said...

Jackie's version:
Think about this, if you wore a summer cap that could vent the heat off your head (everyone knows that heat excapes through the top our your head, nature's on venting system)this would provide a cooling effect for you as you went for your runs. Not to mention the fact that if you over heated, what the results could be. Really bad things could happen. When you are running, your putting your body in over-drive, so let the exhaust work properly.....body has to breathe and let lose of the heat. (Under-arms don't count) So Lloyd, your a friend to many and thats good that you want to stay in shape, but what good is a friend thats got a good healty body but is stuck in the hospital from having a stroke, heart attack, etc. We'd much rather have you up and still running around.
Really now....in the hospitals, when you run chills, they wrap a towel around your head to hold in the heat. I know this first hand.

Steve's version:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Anonymous said...

Lloyd, you should keep your cap the way you want it (unwashed) unless you are forcing Peggy to wear it or unless you're wearing it in public in her company. In that case, wash it. Since I am not superstitious, I wash my caps periodically. If your cap is truly lucky, the sweat and dirt stains will not detract from the aura of good luck.

I would also recommend a bath once a week or so, ...unless you're hunting, fishing or if you don't expect anyone else to be in sniffing distance.

Ben

Anonymous said...

Ok my thought is that it should be washed or thrown away and find another lucky cap. Washing them really takes the shape out of them and you won’t wear after that. So throw it away, because I’m sure it smells as bad as it looks.

Lorie said...

i say WASH the damn thing......who the hell cares how the sweat got there...there is no such thing as a lucky anything...if u get hurt it's because ur mind let u because ur mind believes in the silly cap...so---u have to believe in urself instead.

geesh........peggy, ur gonna have to sneak it into the wash at around 2am :)

Anonymous said...

Hey The lucky hat is the ultimate force in the galaxy. I have several. the more sweat the better.
I have 4 or 5 strategically place in my house for emergency's and that is that. Don't wash them.... Girls or you will ruin the the future of man....kind

sweathog

Anonymous said...

HoJo - Wash it! If those were good greasy fingerprints
on the hatbill from changing the oil in your
helicopter, that'd be ok. But thats sweat lines and
the thing probably stinks!

Suzy - Wash it!

Thats' 2 (two) votes....

Anonymous said...

I say just hang it outside on a tree limb when you get done running, put on another nice gimme when you are with peggy. That way everyone is happy, since peggy doesn't go with you running, I bet she won't care as long as she doesn't have to look at it or smell it.
Betty J.

Anonymous said...

Ok now about the hat I would have to say no don't wash it. To much work and time getting all the salt stains. I mean if you wanted a new hat you would just get one. But that one has a character and it just wouldn't fit the same after.

Gayle said...

Next time you go running in the rain and soap bubbles start running down your nose, don't ask ME how the soap got there! =D

Anonymous said...

Definitely don't wash it. Don't ever tempt the injury gods.

Anonymous said...

You don’t see a Ninja wash his black belt! DO NOT WASH!! It’s a symbol of success and should be worn with pride.
I say NO to the wash.

Jason

Anonymous said...

Jackie, where you are wrong is in trying to transfer a therapy that works on women to men. In men, the big head is not that hot anyway, due to reduced blood flow. It doesn't matter what we cover it with.

L

Noel said...

dont wash it!!!!

Anonymous said...

I say wash it....if you use a cheap off-brand detergent, it won't get the stain out anyway, just possibly the odor. I've got to say I love Joy and Gayle's comments too and must admit, they make some very impressive points. I sorta see a trend....men are for keeping it sacred, women are generally for washing. Now, Lloyd, since I know you like to try and pass yourself off as a woman from time to time, that internal struggle may cause you to have to consult with Dr. Phil or someone to make a tie-breaking vote. Regardless, I'll side with Peggy since she has to reap the "rewards" of having it around all the time....wash that sucker!

Annell

noproblema said...

Just so everyone knows, I did hear back from the Carter Library a few minutes ago. They said they would get my request, for President Carter to oversee this election, to him asap.

Reading between the lines, I got the impression they may think I have too much time on my hands.

Anonymous said...

Lloyd - I think you are delusional.......have you sweated out all your brain?

Kathy

Joyce said...

Lloyd, my first question is..why do you wear a hat like THAT to run in? It's much to hot. Like someone else said here...get one of those vented summer ones. You're going to over heat your brains, plus probably lose all your hair from all the heat, salt, and who knows what else could be lurking under there. I would say, if the hat means THAT much to you, wrap it up (UN-washed), put it in a box waaaay back in the closet (so Peggy can't smell it!) and just keep it as the "Lucky Hat" for memory's sake. Then go buy a new running cap with mesh air vents! Whatever you decide to do with the hat..keep running. It keeps you young! Joyce
Clif is out hunting this week, but he would probably say.."don't wash the hat, they never fit the same again after washing!"

Anonymous said...

Lloyd, this is appalling news! I do strongly recommend you do not bring in Jimmy Carter; he has far too much integrity. Try George Bush senior - at least he has a short memory!! Frank

Anonymous said...

I think you should wash the cap. Robert thinks you should wash it when Lesley washes his thong. Evelyn and Robert

noproblema said...

Robert, I hope you are not suggesting I put my cap in the same washing machine with that thong! Talk about your toxic waste! They would have to put that water in a stainless steel drum and encapsulate it in glass, then bury it under a mountain in Utah for the next 100,000 years.