Stranger Encounters: Santa Hat: 1999

Excerpt from mail sent in 1999

Last night, I was riding the streetcar home. Of course, I was wearing my Santa Hat, my nose buried in a novel. I looked up as the doors opened at a stop, and noticed that a lady was pointing at me. She was talking to a man behind her, but she wasn't looking at him. She was looking at me. She said, "We are going to have to get you a hat like that."

The man looked at me, and his eyes gleamed with hatred. I guess he was thinking, "Within 24 hours, I'll be wearing a %(##!&^ santa hat and it's all your fault."

On the whole, though, reactions to the Santa hat have been pretty positive.

Excerpt from mail sent later in 1999

After doing a web search, I have a theory: The internet's merchants think that if you want to buy a Santa hat, you also want to buy

(but not both).

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