DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — The Tilly Hat Club

One of the best things about Canada besides Justin Trudeau is the fact it’s the home of the great Tilly hat. This iPhone selfie was taken in Lacrosse, Wis., on Tuesday. It’s a tradition to acknowlege another owner like this when you pass someone also wearing a Tilly.

I’ve owned several of the not inexpensive Tillies, eventually losing all of them, most recently during a family trip to the island of Dominica last year. Dorette’s daughter Kara and son-in-law Paul gave me this replacement as a Christmas gift.

I panicked for a moment Tuesday when a gust of wind nearly blew it off my head. Altough a Tilly is guaranteed to float, it likely would have disappeared before I could descend from the very high bluff Dorette and I had climbed above the Mississippi River.

So I’m still good to go.

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Dave Vorland

David Vorland spent most of his career at the University of North Dakota. As a UND student, he reported part time at the Grand Forks Herald and summers at the Harvey (N.D.) Herald-Press. After teaching journalism full time for five years at UND and St. Cloud (Minn.) State, he returned to UND as director of public relations. Dave took early retirement in 2005 after serving more than three decades. Although still often seen in Grand Forks, Dave lives in Bloomington, Minn., with his partner, Dorette Kerian. Travel and photography are now his principal interests.

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