I don't remember exactly why I did so, and didn't seem to have written any thoughts about it on the blog at the time.
As I wrote in one of the first blog posts on this blog...
Life is a journey of many steps...
Some forward, some backward, but always taking you somewhere.
The journey is sometimes hard, sometimes easy, and is made up of a lifetime of experiences.
Along the way you may take some steps alone...
At other times you will encounter many different people who will affect your life in ways both small and large.
I am the Mad Macedonian and I have taken many steps to reach this point in my life, this place I now call home and wish to explore and know better...Houston, TX.
As time went by, the original hat gave way to a cheap Fedora as I began attending local concerts and blogging about them in early 2008.
More and more I found myself wearing the hat where ever I went;
Especially where ever I found myself writing and, later, speaking.
By the summer of 2009 I was wearing it to my first Open Mic among other places and events.
I bought my first suspenders and upgraded to an Indiana Jones Fedora...
Like Ben Franklin, and Mark Twain, I am a writer with a peculiar sense of humor, and am often outspoken on a variety of issues that I care about.
If suspenders were good enough for them...
I had no whip, but I DID have a Hiking/Walking Stick (With Camera Mount and long point to stick firmly in the ground) that I really liked.
Soon the look that became a regular part of this blog, until I moved to Houston, had taken shape.
When I left California the suspenders came with me, but the hat was retired soon after I had finally settled in and begun to get to know my new surroundings.
The hat remained a part of the blog, via the small badges of me wearing it with the suspenders and by the middle of 2013 I had 3 pairs of suspenders.
Earlier this year I accidentally left my walking stick on a bus and never recovered it. I have not been able to find a match, or replacement, for it.
This led me to buy a tripod, especially since the last time I used my camera with the stick an unexpected wind knocked them over, damaging the camera to such an extent that I have to play with it a bit to get it to work and will need to replace it sooner than later and maybe even upgrade a little.
Last year I discovered a famous Houston hat store and went in for a look; it was the first time the idea of returning to wearing a hat occurred to me. I saw what I wanted, but the cost was too much for me at the time.
Last month I was finally ready to take a few steps...