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.)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

T-shirt #198 - Ultimate Regionals 1998

T-shirt #198 - Ultimate Regionals 1998

MR. T-SHIRT BLOGGER'S OFFICIAL HIATUS TEXT - Mr. T-shirt Blogger (that's me) is on vacation in Hawaii until October 9th. Blog posts may be simple and brief during this time, or there may be many Hawaii pictures and updates. No promises. It's vacation.

When My wife an I got married four years ago (as of 10/3), we never took a honeymoon. With our difficult work schedules, there has never been a good time to schedule a trip. Given recent life events, we threw out caution and welcomed chaos and uncertainty. Carpe Diem! So, off we go (or by the time you read this, there we are).

Today's shirt - This is a shirt from the 1998 Regionals competition that I attended with an open team from Kalamazoo. I have forgotten the name of our team. It may be on the back of the shirt, but I am in Hawaii and did not bring the shirt, so I only have the photo to go on, and I cannot zoom it enough to find our team name. I can't even remember how I managed to get to Regionals with a team. Usually teams I played with did not win tournaments. I do remember attending this tournament, which was held in Naperville. This was before the formation of our masters team Grey Area and then later Senior Discount. I remember we had a new guy on the team who went by the nickname "Ringo," but whose real name I do not remember.  I liked him. He was cool. This may have also been the first time I went to Regionals. I think we qualified through default. The top team in our section, Big Ass Truck, won the Sectionals Tournament. Our team won our bid to Regionals because no one else from our section wanted to go or could go.

And lastly, some pictures from Hawaii...

I am fascinated by the trees here in Hawaii.
I found this one at the Arnott's Lodge
where we gathered for our tour of
Mauna Kea on 1310.02

Also at Arnott's - this is not a gecko, apparently,
but it's a similar species.

Lava in the 1843 Lava flow, along high way 200
at Pu'u Huluhulu.
Lava is classified into two main types by Hawaiians:
' a'a and pahoehoe.
This is pahoehoe , the pudding lava.

One of the observatories on Mauna Kea
sunset 13010.02

Mauna Kea
sunset 13010.02

- chris tower - for 1310.05 - pre-written and scheduled.