Hats, I've worn them all and have never been without one on my head when I needed one. There aren't too many pictures taken of me where I didn't have a hat on and a beer in my hand. Coonskin caps, baseball hats, stocking caps, watch caps, Stetson hats, Sombreros, Berets, straw hats. About the only cap for this part of the world I have not worn is a yarmulke. When I didn't have a hat on I had a hard hat on my head or a helmet. I don't know what they call the kind of hat I am wearing in my avatar. I have to wear a hat, summer or winter because I nearly died when young from sun stroke. And for some reason they just make me comfortable. I know they make me seem taller and when you are a runt like me anything helps. I was never allowed to wear a hat in my Mothers house when young. Just the rule. If you came through the kitchen door for dinner or supper the hat came off. If it didn't Pop had the quickest technique for knocking it off, done without a word said. If you violated that rule too often he had an even better technique. He could flick the cap off and just tick the end of your nose as a warning. I come from a very rural part of the world. Actually more cattle, horses, hogs, sheep and goats around here than people. Everybody wears caps, even a lot of women, and almost everyone wears them everywhere. Unless you are a high mucky-up and then you don't. Kinda a class distinction out here. Now, I take my hat off when the anthem is played, when a flag goes by and never do I wear a hat to a funeral. If I went to church I wouldn't wear a hat there. I don't wear a hat in anothers persons house especially if I don't know them well. I also take it off when I am eating anywhere. I always wear a hat to where I might be going and then I take it off. Went into our local dive dinner on main street this morning where you can get a very nice breakfast anytime. Good company, laid back and old devils like me sitting around ready to die. Nice place. I took my hat off and set it on the floor. Another rule from youngster hood, never put your cap on the table. That could get you in real trouble. The waitress, who is a champion barrel rider and cute said "You don't have to take you cap off in here". I thanked her and said that I would just leave my cap there. And finally, this is the point of this thread. What etiquette do you observe in your neck of the woods. Do ya or don't ya? Does it bug you or could you give a diddley-squat if you notice? Should taking your hat off be a new rule like not smoking? We could get into all the fine points of wearing a cap. Like how to wear it as a signal, how to tip it or touch it when greeting somebody to indicate what you really mean. The logos you prefer, how dirty to get it to really make it comfortable. The right hat for the right occasion. Your lucky hats and on an on. Do you wash your hat? My wife Nancy won't let me wash my hats. She has a special way to do it, puts it in a bag and uses a certain cycle and detergent. Go figure. The biggest problem I have with my hats anymore is remembering where I put them. John.