I like to wear a leather jacket.
I like it because it looks cool, it has a lot of pockets for my stuff, it's durable, it keeps me dry, and it's warm. On cool nights, or when it's raining, it's great. When it's hot out, not so great. But, the few times I go out without it, I've regretted it, either because I lacked a convenient pocket for something, or I ended up soaked and/or cold.
However, I've realized that I need something that suits the more common weather in Florida, heat that makes wearing a leather jacket impractical. After watching "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", I've realized that a poncho would suit my needs very well.
I'm not talking those highly impractical fashion "ponchos" that women wear in the US. Get caught in the rain in one of those, and you'll regret it, most likely.
There are a few replica "Man With No Name" ponchos out there, which are very nice, especially if you're a fan of the movies, but they wouldn't suit my needs either.
There's also the ones that are common in Mexico. I've seen a few I like, but, again, they wouldn't suit my needs.
So, I've decided to make one myself.
I've found some very nice black waterproof Duck cloth (aka canvas) online that should suit my needs very nicely. Of course, I don't have the money for it at the moment, which is why I'm writing this blog, so I'll remember my idea when I do have the money.
Duck cloth is very durable and lighter then leather, so it won't be as hot. If it does get hot, I can just throw the front over my shoulder like Clint Eastwood did in the movies. Or, of course, take it off all together and drape it over an arm or something.
I'll put pockets on the inside, so I'll be able to store my stuff, like I do now in my jacket. They'd have to able to be closed, so my stuff won't fall out, so I'd probably put zippers on them. It'll be like Batman's utility belt in poncho form.
It'd have to be long, definitely past my knees, maybe even down to my ankles. The only problem with my jacket in the rain, it doesn't keep my legs dry.
It'd also have to be long enough to fit over my backpack. It'd be bad enough if I got wet, it'd be worse if that got wet.
It'll probably have a hood. I usually wear a hat that does a pretty decent job keeping my head dry, but I don't wear it all the time, since I like to sometimes wear the other hats in my collection. The hood would be good for when I'm wearing those.
I think it'll look cool when it's done. I also think it'll help cement my reputation as an eccentric or a "character". Ponchos, when worn by men, aren't very common in the US. I really don't know why. I blame those so-called women's fashion "ponchos". When something becomes fashionable, it tends to move away from being practical. And, of course, when something is labeled as a women's fashion, most men don't want to wear it. It's beyond me why even women would want to wear those flimsy things.
My poncho is going to be very practical, durable, and most definitely a man's poncho.
That's all, for now.