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.)

Monday, April 8, 2013

T-shirt #18: GO BLUE!!!! Good luck to Michigan in the NCAA Finals

T-shirt #18: GO BLUE!!!! Good luck to Michigan in the NCAA Finals

This should be my 1989 Finals shirt.

I do have a shirt commemorating the last Michigan NCAA win from 1989, beating Seton Hall.

But I do not know where it is.

This is one the reasons why I think I might have 365 T-shirts.

In fact, recently, I purged a bunch of T-shirts, so I may have had over 365 and depleted my collection. I am concerned that the 1989 Finals shirt was purged in a bin I did not sort too thoroughly. After all, the shirt is 24 years old. These shirts do not last forever.

I remember watching the Finals in 1989. I was two years into graduate school and grading a set of papers. I flung the papers around the room when the Wolverines won. Yay!! It's one of my clearest memories of enjoying a sporting event. Though the students being graded may not have appreciated their papers being used as impromptu confetti.

I hesitate to crow too much about Michigan's chance of success. More often than not when I brag, crow, or cheer for a team BEFORE it wins its game that team loses. I jinxed the Tigers yesterday. And I jinxed the Lions almost every week in 2012 season.

And yet, I feel pretty good about Michigan's chances tonight.


- chris tower 1304.08 8:13