I bought a vintage (I think) straw hat a couple months ago from the bay. I loved it from the fist time I put it on my head, and now it goes virtually everywhere with me.
I was just in the bathroom at work and a guy asked: 'aren't you the one with that short brimmed straw hat?' I said yes, and he said he had one like it 30yrs ago and he thought it was cool then, and he thinks it's cool now. He said he has a couple Panamas now.
I just thought it was cool to receive the compliment from a stranger when I wasn't even wearing it! A lot of people comment on it when I wear it, but with all the 'nice hat' comments, I can never really be sure if they're being sincere. (Don't really care either )... I still love it!
Just thought I'd share.