365 T-shirts - the reasoning

This blog should be sub-titled: a journal of my life in geek.

I get my geek on with things about which I am geeky: comic books, Baseball, Ultimate, science fiction, my favorite bands, books I have read and loved, and Jungian psychology to name some of the most frequently traversed subjects.

I began this project simply as a way to count my T-shirts. I own a lot of T-shirts. But how many do I have? Do I have 365? We shall find out.

When I started this blog, I thought about how each T-shirt means something to me. I bought it for a reason, after all. I set myself the task to post an entry about a new T-shirt every day as a way to simply write something every day, a warm up for writing fiction, which is my passion. Writing is like exercise. Warm ups are good for exercise. But after completing a month of blogging about T-shirts, I have learned that this blog serves as a journal; it documents my life in geek, sort of a tour of my interests in pop culture. The blog serves as a tool for self-inventory, for assessment and analysis of self and the origins of self, for stepping through the process of individuation in catalogues, lists, and ranks.

The blog also made me aware that I have some serious gaps in my T-shirt ownership, and I am in the process of collecting some new T-shirts for several of the great popular culture icons that I truly love. Stay tuned.

I was also a bit surprised that people checked out my blog and continue to check it, read it, and even comment on it. I am very appreciative of this readership. Please feel free to share your thoughts in my comments section. I will respond.

Also, please note that I have moved the original introductory text to the side bar. And now, I present to you the most recent entry of 365 T-shirts: a journal of my life in geek. Thank you for reading.
(Second Update - 1310.24. First Update - 1306.05 Originally Posted - 1304.25.)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

T-shirt #14: Lighten Up!

T-shirt #14: Occupy Sesame Street

I like to mock.

Most things are mockable. There are a few exceptions. I don't want to bring you down by listing the exceptions. I bet you can guess some of the taboo mocking topics.

People can be so serious.


Just because I mock does not mean I do not care. Occupy Wall Street was a very exciting and important political movement. And yet, it is easy pickings for mocking.

I once saw a great motivational speaker named Sandy Queen, whose main message was "lighten up!"

Read about her in the Winona State University Student Newspaper.

There's also a good You Tube Video if you need some laughs: Sandy Queen at Cornell.

I tried out some of Sandy's comedy routine to my captive audiences (IE my classes) back in the 1990s and early 2000s. One part of her speech stuck in my head. It was what people said to her when she told them to lighten up and how she responded:

"You don’t understand what you’re asking.  If you had my husband, my wife, my kids, my job, my supervisor, you wouldn’t ask me to be a well person.  I am under such stress.  Please remember one thing.  The first and only day in your life that you’re going to be stress free is the day they look at you and say, my my, doesn’t she look natural.  That will be the very first day in your life that you are stress free.  Now if that’s true, we need to start treating stress as our slave and not as our master."

So, really. Lighten up.

Now, join me in linking arms and singing "Kumbaya." You'll feel better. I promise.

- chris tower 1304.04 9:48
Photo courtesy of Liesel MK Tower