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, November 2, 2013

T-shirt #226 - Big Wood (yellow) shirt: HUCKFEST 2013

Huckfest 2001

T-shirt #226 - Big Wood (yellow) shirt: HUCKFEST 2013

Why hasn't this guy run out of T-shirts yet?

I know, you are saying to yourself: "you expect us to believe that you have 226 t-shirts in your closet?"

Well, the t-shirts are not all in the closet, but yes, I own MORE than 226 shirts.

I had taken pictures of myself in another shirt for today, and I wore it to Huckfest. I had planned to get pictures with friends while wearing the shirt and have many pictures of Huckfest to share. I may ultimately (heh) update this blog as we had a team photo taken, but I may not receive it until later.

Apparently, today's HUCKFEST was number sixteen, meaning the first one was in 1997. I have attended almost every single one. Our team won the first tournament. The weather was the worst Huckfest ever: 36 degrees, spitting sleet, and gale force winds 25-40 MPH. We were frozen solid, taking relief from the elements in the park club house (then in East Towne in Grand Rapids) and drinking scaldingly hot soup and beer. This tradition persists to this day: soup and beer. These are the main attractions of Huckfest.

These days Huckfest is held at John Walker Park just south of Grand Rapids and hosted by John Schwartz, though the last few years by Greg Kormelink, both seen in the photo above.

My Big Wood t-shirt is in a bag or a box somewhere. I still own it, and so I am not shy about sharing it as today's shirt. The Big Wood shirt came from a Master's team I played with at Regionals the year of the Huckfest pictured above: 2001. The masters team was mostly guys from Minnesota, and we did fairly well. I have no memory of whether the Huckfest team pictured above did well, though I suspect we won something as we are posing with the scoreboard, which I am holding.

Please also note my Buffy the Vampire Slayer hat.

Today's Huckfest was excellent. Many teams were in costume. The soup was delicious, and the weather cooperated.

Happy Saturday!

Now watching the Michigan-Michigan State game.


- chris tower - 1311.02 - 17:55