Tip of the hat

Saratoga Race Course hat contest winner 2010

It's more a diorama than a hat.

The photo above is the winner of the "Uniquely Saratoga" category at Sunday's hat contest at the Track. Much credit to the winner, Joan Yanni of Albany, for having the guns to hold the head piece aloft.

Also: the kids competition included much cuteness. [Flickr user Tandoori]

photo via NYRA press release


I don't think she deserved the prize unless one of the Barbies was wearing a hat with even tinier dolls wearing hats on it. And so on, until the hats and the dolls were made from sub-atomic particles.

She won the prize because she intimidated the competition... Look at those guns! I have serious shoulder envy...

I admire the wackiness but there is no way that this can be called a hat. By this standard I could balance a tray of dinner on my head and pass it as a hat.

My 8 year old looked at the picture and immediately said, "that's not a hat." He also said it reminded him of the heroic stories of moms lifting up cars with supernatural strength to rescue their kids somehow trapped underneath.

If she had taken the trouble to have some kind of cupped bottom that shapes to the head, a la a graduation cap, then it might be called a hat. Otherwise it looks like something grabbed off the mantle at home. The other objection is, how is this "uniquely Saratoga"? What has anything at all to do with Saratoga on this hat?

I predict a trend of people bringing large and heavy objects to the track next year and balancing them on their heads. Yes, maybe even cars.

Umm, I've seen girls with "guns" before, and they weren't on their arms. If we're supposed to dig muscular biceps on tasteless women, poke me harder up the deportation gangplank.


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