The baseball cap is a versatile part of the wardrobe here. Men, women, and children all wear them - frontwards and backwards, like everywhere else in the world. They are fashionable, they block out the sun, and they cover the hair to prevent it from being blown by the wind.
But in other parts of the world do baseball caps serve other purposes as they do here? Like:
1. When being chased by a dog, a cap quickly removed from the head and swung in the direction of the dog will usually make the dog back off.
2. When the seats of the golf cart are wet after an unexpected rain, the cap is used to dry off the seat.
3. When entering a home with wet feet, the cap is placed on the floor and used as a mat to wipe the feet.
4. When encountering a crab trying to cross the road, the cap, held at the side of the body of the crab, will gently steer the crab in the desired direction.
5. Keys, coins, and other odds and ends are placed in the cap at night for safe-keeping.
6. The cap can be tossed over the head of a sleeping cat in order to annoy it - sort of revenge for all the annoying things the cat did to you while you were trying to sleep.
7. The cap can be used to relocate a lizard walking down the center of the road. Place the cap over the lizard and then pick it up and toss it into the plants at the side of the road.
8. The cap can be swung at a pesky fly, and if lucky, will knock the fly out so a cat can eat it.
Miguel has a nice collection of baseball caps. When I was travelling, I wanted him to realize how much - so I would pick up a cap at every airport I encountered and present him with the stack when I got back to the island.
Miguel even has a few real baseball caps, including the local Canadian team, the Toronto Blue Jays. I also bought him a cap with the Toronto Maple Leafs logo, and since he doesn't really know about hockey, he has no idea that the cap might not bring him much luck.
But whichever cap he was wearing the day he touched the high-voltage cables, it protected his head when he slammed down the stairs. The gash that got opened would probably have been a lot worse had he not been wearing the cap. So I'll put this as #9, caps protect the head.
I can't think of one more, which would make the neurotic part of me happy to have a nice round number like 10. Anybody?