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, September 19, 2013

T-shirt #182 - Baseball is Life

T-shirt #182 - Baseball is Life

I love Baseball. To my regular readers, this is not new information. If you are a new or occasional reader, check out the categories for Baseball (which I deify with a capital letter) and the Detroit Tigers in my category list.

I love the sentiment on this shirt, but it's another shirt that I am rarely seen wearing either in public or even at home. Partly, I do not like wearing the shirt because the logo is heavy and wearing the shirt is a bit uncomfortable.

Perhaps I should frame the shirt and hang it on the wall. This may be a more fitting way to enjoy the shirt and its sentiment.

Baseball season is drawing to a close and the post-season approaches. The Tigers lost last night, though Verlander did log a quality start. I know that the Tigers cannot win every game, and yet I still have my heart crushed (at least in a small way) every time that the team loses a game. I was listening to the radio while reading in bed, and I turned off the broadcast when the Tigers were down 5-0.

T-shirt #80: Detroit Tigers est. 1901 may be my best  Baseball post so far, though T-shirt #115: Chicago Cubs est. 1876 also shares a great deal of good Baseball stuff. I love the sense of history. I love the stats. I love my teams.

But it's all best summed up by this quote from the great Ernie Harwell:

"Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words. A carnival without kewpie dolls. Baseball is continuity. Pitch to pitch. Inning to inning. Season to season."
I will snuggle into the continuity today as the Tigers play a day game and continue to strive to secure the division win as well as the best record in the AL and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Grading robot is running full bore today.

Though the following is not just about Baseball, I wanted to share.


A quick note on fantasy sports, which I play regularly. I have more to say on this subject, but I wanted to reference it here. I am doing all right in fantasy football, which just started. It does not look like I am going to win any of my Baseball leagues this year, though I did all right and finished near the top in several.

I started the season in six Baseball leagues but ended now with five because the manager of one, the FMLB League, shut down the league in a snit when many of us accused him of cheating. He threw me out of his football league at the same time, but he did not notice I had two teams in that football league, so I can watch him continue to act unethically and be an abusive cretin.

In addition to playing fantasy sports, I pick football spreads with friends. After a terrible year of picking in 2012, in which I ended with a record of 113-136-7, the first time I had been that far under the .500 mark, possibly ever, I am proud to report that so far this season I have a record of 16-14-2, which may not be amazing, but is a winning record which is all that matters.

- chris tower - 1309.19 - 8:27