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national hat day or an obsession

Looking at social media, I found out that January 15 is National Hat Day. (Yes I agree, there is a ‘national day’ for waaay too many things.)

Peter K. O'Connell Voiceover Hats

Nonetheless, clearly it was my civic duty to participate and share my hat collection with the internet. If there is a National T-Shirt Day, I may have to participate in that as well.

So clearly I have an over abundance of baseball hats. Why, you ask?

PeterKOConnell Movember15 Week1There are a couple of reasons beyond that I just like wearing them.

As a golfer, I have been a member of the USGA for a long time. And every time you pay for your renewal, they send you a golf hat (really a baseball cap) with the logo of that year’s U.S. Open Championship. So there’s all those.

Next, when my boys starting playing little league, their teams would mimic the names of MLB teams, so I would get a couple of hats of each of their teams and their team would change each year.

Being from Buffalo, I just couldn’t have one hat from the Buffalo Bills football team, Buffalo Sabres hockey team, Buffalo Bisons Triple-A baseball team and Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team. I hat [sic] to have many.

Peter K. Peter K. O'Connell Bills Hat 2017

So there’s that.

Then, because the Bills weren’t making it in the playoffs, I would get a hat for the NFL team I was supporting in the playoffs to wear to football parties. The Bills weren’t in the playoffs for a loooong time.

Then the rest of the hats just sort of accumulated. If I went to a MLB game, I would buy a home team cap if I didn’t already have it. And it grew from there.

#cans4cans 2018 Peter K. O'Connell Voiceover Talent

Radio Imaging Voice Talent Peter K. O’Connell participating in the 2018 #Cans4Cans Food Donation event, sponsored by Benztown

I’m kind of partial to a particular style of baseball cap. ’47 Brand has a style called The Cleanup. I do NOT wear the standard, boxy baseball style cap seen on MLB players and nothing with half cloth, half mesh (guess I’m a bit of a baseball cap diva).

Being from Buffalo, I do have various styles of baseball caps from New Era Cap company. Although I don’t know how many more I will buy from them because New Era Cap is closing their Derby, NY plant, displacing hundreds of workers who helped build the company to what it is today. A majority of their manufacturing is going overseas with only the actually MLB team caps still being made in New Era’s Miami plant . I understand that other manufacturers (like ’47 Brand) make hats in other countries, but I always held New Era Cap to a higher standard, because of local pride.

There you have it, the somewhat brief history of my hundreds of baseball caps. More to come!

only 12 more states to go!!!!!

Oregon FlagLest you think I had given up on my challenge to stay over night in all 50 states, I have not!

As you’ll recall, my rule is I cannot just drive through the state, I must stay over night.

As I write this from 30,000 feet, I am returning from Oregon (Portland and Eugene)!!!

So here’s the updated count of the states I have officially visited in my life:

1. Arizona
2. Arkansas
3. California
4. Colorado
5. Connecticut
6. Florida
7. Georgia
8. Illinois
9. Indiana
10. Iowa
11. Kansas
12. Kentucky
13. Louisiana
14. Maine
15. Massachusetts
16. Maryland
17. Michigan
18. Minnesota
19. Missouri
20. Nebraska
21. Nevada
22. New Jersey
23. New York
24. North Carolina
25. North Dakota
26. Ohio
27. Oregon!!!!!!
28. Pennsylvania
29. South Carolina
30. South Dakota
31. Tennessee
32. Texas
33. Utah
34. Vermont
35. Virginia
36. Washington
37. West Virginia
38. Wisconsin

Thus, I am left with only these 12 American states still to visit (don’t they say the last dozen are the hardest?):

39. Alabama
40. Alaska
41. Delaware
42. Hawaii
43. Idaho
44. Mississippi
45. Montana
46. New Hampshire
47. New Mexico
48. Oklahoma
49. Rhode Island
50. Wyoming

If you’re going to travel, you might as well make it fun!

thank God it’s almost over

Rocktober 2016 by Peter K. O'Connell

only 13 states left now!!!!

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My challenge to stay over night in all 50 states continues!

Remember, the rule is you cannot just drive through the state, you have to stay over night.

Last night I stayed in North Dakota (FARGO!) for the first time overnight!

So here’s the updated count of the states I have officially visited in my life:

1. Arizona
2. Arkansas
3. California
4. Colorado
5. Connecticut
6. Florida
7. Georgia
8. Illinois
9. Indiana
10. Iowa
11. Kansas
12. Kentucky
13. Louisiana
14. Maine
15. Massachusetts
16. Maryland
17. Michigan
18. Minnesota
19. Missouri
20. Nebraska
21. Nevada
22. New Jersey
23. New York
24. North Carolina
25. North Dakota!!!
26. Ohio
27. Pennsylvania
28. South Carolina
29. South Dakota
30. Tennessee
31. Texas
32. Utah
33. Vermont
34. Virginia
35. Washington
36. West Virginia
37. Wisconsin

Thus, I am left with only these 14 American states still to visit:

38. Alabama
39. Alaska
40. Delaware
41. Hawaii
42. Idaho
43. Mississippi
44. Montana
45. New Hampshire
46. New Mexico
47. Oklahoma
48. Oregon
49. Rhode Island
50. Wyoming

If you’re going to travel, you might as well make it fun!

14 states still to go!

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My challenge to stay over night in all 50 states continues!

Remember, the rule is you cannot just drive through the state, you have to stay over night.

I had forgotten a state I stayed in many years ago when I went to a Notre Dame home game…Indiana!

Plus, last night I stayed in Kentucky for the first time overnight!

So here’s the updated count of the states I have officially visited in my life:

1. Arizona
2. Arkansas
3. California
4. Colorado
5. Connecticut
6. Florida
7. Georgia
8. Illinois
9. Indiana!!!
10. Iowa
11. Kansas
12. Kentucky!!!
13. Louisiana
14. Maine
15. Massachusetts
16. Maryland
17. Michigan
18. Minnesota
19. Missouri
20. Nebraska
21. Nevada
22. New Jersey
23. New York
24. North Carolina
25. Ohio
26. Pennsylvania
27. South Carolina
28. South Dakota
29. Tennessee
30. Texas
31. Utah
32. Vermont
33. Virginia
34. Washington
35. West Virginia
36. Wisconsin

Thus, I am left with only these 14 American states still to visit:

37. Alabama
38. Alaska
39. Delaware
40. Hawaii
41. Idaho
42. Mississippi
43. Montana
44. New Hampshire
45. New Mexico
46. North Dakota
47. Oklahoma
48. Oregon
49. Rhode Island
50. Wyoming

If you’re going to travel, you might as well make it fun!

16 more states to go

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My challenge to stay over night in all 50 states continues!

Remember, the rule is you cannot just drive through the state, you have to have stayed over night.

So this month, I stayed overnight in Vermont (woot!) so now I am only 16 states away from my goal!

I have officially visited these states in my life:

1. Arizona
2. Arkansas
3. California
4. Colorado
5. Connecticut
6. Florida
7. Georgia
8. Illinois
9. Iowa
10. Kansas
12. Louisiana
12. Maine
13. Massachusetts
14. Maryland
15. Michigan
16. Minnesota
17. Missouri
18. Nebraska
19. Nevada
20. New Jersey
21. New York
22. North Carolina
23. Ohio
24. Pennsylvania
25. South Carolina
26. South Dakota
27. Tennessee
28. Texas
29. Utah
30. Vermont!!!
31. Virginia
32. Washington
33. West Virginia
34. Wisconsin

Thus, I am left with these states still to visit:

35. Alabama
36. Alaska
37. Delaware
38. Hawaii
39. Idaho
40. Indiana
41. Kentucky
42. Mississippi
43. Montana
44. New Hampshire
45. New Mexico
46. North Dakota
47. Oklahoma
48. Oregon
49. Rhode Island
50. Wyoming

It’s good to have goals 🙂