I partook of the Mighty Deerstalker at the weekend. Three days later and I'm still struggling to find the right words to describe it. It may take weeks... or months. It was just... unbelievable.
For the run I purchased some tweed. A fine Harris jacket and a nice tweed cap. On Friday I wore it into the office and I was literally on fire. I worked loads, cracked a brief or two and was generally very happy with myself.
Now the run's over I've brought the cap back into the office. It's now Mark's Thinking Cap. It resides on my keyboard and I use it when I need to. Give it a few days and people will learn that when the cap's on I'm musing and not to be disturbed. Some have already grasped this.
I googled 'Thinking Cap' and stumbled across this site. I simply love this:
That citation uses the term figuratively - there's no suggestion that it refers to a real cap. The figure who comes to mind when wondering who might wear such a cap is Sherlock Holmes. In the stories he was portrayed as settling down in a smoking jacket to consider difficult 'three-pipe' problems. There's no record of his wearing a cap to accompany the jacket though.
The next time I speak to a client I'm going to tell them that I want a 'three-pipe' brief. I want a brief so tough that I have to buy a smoking jacket, a pipe and I have to grow facial hair from the 19th Century.