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, July 8, 2013

T-shirt #109: KUDL 2011

T-shirt #109: KUDL 2011

I shared KUDL team for 2011 with co-captain Jeremiah Newhouse (and yes, no hyperbole, one of the best and nicest guys I have ever met). It was our second team together and much better than our original 2006 team, as in we actually won some games; the 2006 team did not, though it had a great cast of characters.

We did not win the league in 2011. We did not advance to the finals. But we had a good season. 2011 was our only year as a league for which the tournament was rained out. The finals were completed on Monday two days later and were won by Stu Gulliver's team.

This is our Asian bear. Kung Fu or Ninja bear?

It's a nifty logo, and I felt special that we managed to snag black, which is always a popular color.

I am all about the action photos.

Me catching at a recent pick up game.
Yes, jumping is necessary to execute the catch properly.

There I am again admiring my throw. Terrible thing to do.
And yet, that is my friend Ed Kenny in the foreground
in the "Pickles" shirt. I don't believe he managed to block that
sizzling forehand.

Back hand this time. Not good form.
I am not getting enough reach.
Then again, no one was marking me.
I am following through with my weekly KUDL or Ultimate shirt day.

I am not making it to KUDL tonight as I am off to Ann Arbor to see David Byrne and St. Vincent in concert at the venerable Michigan Theatre on Liberty across the street from Borders.

As before, photos are courtesy of Lindsay Phillips. Thanks Lindsay!!

Ed Kenny is one of the founders of KUDL that grew out of our car pool to South Bend. At a recent KUDL draft, he proclaimed that the thing he likes best about KUDL is that it is here in Kalamazoo and does not require an hour's drive.

We all liked the car pool because we had great conversations. But we also like not having to drive so far to play Ultimate.

Others in that original car pool include Ryan Kircher, Matt Frayer, Dave Heimberg, and Natalie Dale.

I am wearing an X hat I found in a box. It is meant to commemorate Malcolm X though most people, knowing me, will think it's for the X-Men.

Damn, I look fat.

It's amazing that I still think of myself as the ultra skinny young man of my 20s even though I weigh about 40-50 pounds more and am 30 years older.

 Satchel wants to play, too.

Satchel enjoyed her time at pick up. First time on the stake and tether. Puppy is happy to be outside but would rather run free.

NOTE: See the toy truck in the pocket of the chair? Some child left that truck in my chair many years ago. I have kept it there all this time. It is the "Cool Patrol" truck, which was the name of our championship 2010 team. I panic a little if the truck falls out or I do not see it. I am careful so as not to lose it now.

- chris tower - 1307.08 - 8:17