This is a crappy time of year for the glasses-wearing population of Columbus. It’s been raining for days, and it’s like the scene in Forrest Gump where Forrest talks about the rain in Vietnam — sometimes big fat rain, sometimes sharp stinging rain, sometimes drizzle that seems to blow on the breeze. Inevitably the spectacles end up coated with moisture, leaving the now-blinded, hapless glasses-wearing wretch stumbling through the mist.
Umbrellas aren’t a great answer, either. For one thing, they’re cumbersome and a pain to use in the wind. And if you’re lugging a satchel and notebook, you’ve got no hand free to hold an umbrella, anyway.
So, I’ve decided to wear a hat and trench coat on foul weather days. I’ve had a Country Gentlemen Lite Felt hat for several years, but I haven’t worn it much. This year, I’m going to change that. I’ve worn the Country Gent the past few rainy days, and it’s perfect. It’s warm, water repellent, and has an exceptionally wide drop down brim that keeps the raindrops off the lenses. So what if I look like a bit player in a ’40s crime movie? It’s worth it to be able to see on Columbus’ drizzly winter days.