Every Young Israel has a Cowboy Hat guy. Why does he do it? Is it to stand out? Is it a fashion statement? Is it to annoy all of the black hat and non-black hat wearers? Is it to somewhat fulfill his dreams of becoming an actual cowboy?
Whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain: he will always give reason to stare. Let's face it. It's a cowboy hat. It's from Texas. It's big. There is no way you are going to be davening next to one of those things or in the same row as one of those things or in the same hemisphere as on of those things and not stare at it like a confused chimp. That's what it's there for.
The Cowboy Hat Guy in my "Young Israel" had the outfit accessorized. He wore a giant belt buckle and a bolo tie. Oh, and did I mention he was 6'8"? Everything about him screamed "TEXAS!"
Except he is from Long Island.