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.)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

T-shirt #188: KUDL Bear

T-shirt #188: KUDL Bear

Featured on today's shirt, you will find our original KUDL bear logo for our Kalamazoo Ultimate Disc League. This is a specialty item as only a very few of these shirts were produced as a bonus gift from a company we used to use for some of our printing. It was the good idea of Hether Frayer and shared as a great kindness. I know of two other shirts that exist, but I am not sure if there are more than three in existence.

Grading Robot continues to bang away at the pellet dispenser. Crunch time is upon me, and so I am actually writing this entry a day ahead in another meager attempt to bank some entries before the day of posting. Then again, crunched as I am, I did not finish the entry the day before and am now finishing it Wednesday morning when I should be working.

Once again, no KUDL content on KUDL day. I have already written about KUDL a lot. I will say that I missed ultimate last week (IE. KUDL) because I was so buried in work. I am equally buried this week, and yet more determined to go as I need the exercise and the social time. Also, I will miss the next one, so I don't want to be absent three in a row. It will depend on where I am with grades. The first big batch of the week, and the final ones for the semester, are due Thursday morning at 9 a.m. So, I will not be going to KUDL, if I don't have enough of those grades completed. So far, early estimates are favorable; I think I can make it. But I have to get back to it, and what I am doing, I am writing this blog entry a day in advance and making phone calls and doing laundry. All important stuff but not helping me make progress on the mountain that is the final grades due in fewer than 48 hours.


MOMENTUM - I addressed the idea of the blog as a huge commitment some in T-shirt #158 - Bone. Somewhere I also discussed the issue of momentum a little bit, but I cannot find it. Yes, the blog has officially exceeded my memory at this point. Or it may be the excessive amounts of whisky in my system at all times. It may also be the lies I tell to attempt to display a particular persona to the world.

My therapist asked me if there has been a shift in momentum in regards to the blog since the cancer surgery and discovery that I am cancer free. Yes, there has been a shift. And no, there has not been a shift. It's like the Schrödinger's Cat Quantum Physics puzzle: sometimes the cat is alive with the unopened bottle of poison, sometimes the poison is opened and the cat is dead, and sometimes it's something else. Okay, I added the something else part. I like third choices. The point is that the results depend on when you look. (If you do not know what I am talking about, or if you want a refresher, check out Schrödinger's Cat or the following video).

Schrödinger's Cat

So, the momentum has shifted, and it has not shifted. After 188 days, I find it difficult some days to generate the content that I think is worth your time in reading, which is why I try to work ahead. But as much as I try to work ahead, I always lose the lead and have to try to pull content out of myself the day of posting, which is not always easy.

You cannot always read huge entries just like I cannot always write them. So it will be like the cat. Sometimes the cat will be dead, the inspiration will not be as intense and exciting, the momentum will be weak; and other days, I will produce something that I am really proud to share and recommend.

And on other days, it will be neither of those and both of those at the same time, a confusing third choice.

Stay Tuned.

And now for something completely different (a movie I did not mention in yesterday's Monty Python post, shame shame).

TIGERS CELEBRATING - The Detroit Tigers clinched a playoff berth last night and did not celebrate. I misread the article at first which claimed that the team would not celebrate "until it won the American Central Title." I read this as "American League Championship." Before I noticed my misreading, I liked the idea of the Tigers not celebrating with the spraying of Champagne and all that until they win the American League, at least, if not the World Series.

The World Series win is the big goal this year, especially after last year's disappointing defeat to a team that will not even be in the playoffs this year. Maybe the Tigers should not celebrate until they win it all.

- chris tower - 1309.25 - 8:21