Weathering a relationship with Stormy Kromer
Every December, Rocky reunites with his old best friend Stormy Kromer. But not this December.
Stormy and Rocky were both engineers, inventors, mediocre baseball players, and according to Stormy’s website, “generally tough characters.” Their symbiotic relationship was based on mutual need and respect: Stormy’s legendary trademarked Flexible Fit hat kept Rocky’s bald head warm. In return, Rocky defended Stormy’s hat against ridicule from his teenage daughter and other fashionistas.
The hat was so ugly that when people walked past Rocky on his local Main Street, they would turn and whisper, “Was that the real Elmer Fudd?” (Note to town residents: Unlike Elmer Fudd, Rocky does not usually carry a 12-gauge shotgun. But he may have a concealed flashlight.)
The insults pounded Rocky like heavy rain on a duck’s back. Rocky, warm and happy, didn’t care.
But something had changed as he donned the red plaid adornment last week. Oddly, it was too tight and small. Unbearably tight. Either Rocky’s head had grown over the past nine months — or the hat had shrunk.
Rocky’s daughter jumped up-and-down with glee. “Hurray! No more Stormy Kromer!”
The fashionistas may have won this battle, but not the war. The Stormy Kromer website says Rocky’s Flexible Fit remains available in size 7-1/2 — with next-day delivery.
[Disclosure: Rocky admits that he has a “big head,” but that doesn’t detract from Stormy Kromer Inc., which is a privately-owned company in Michigan. Stormy still manufactures in the USA — which is a good reason to take a closer look at their product line. In addition to employing Americans, Stormy may have prevented more cases of pneumonia than the Centers for Disease Control! See: