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.)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

T-shirt #103 - Aloha

From left to right: Ivan, Liesel, me, and Piper.
Photo taken June 28th 2013.
T-shirt #103 - Aloha - my family part two


Most people think "Aloha" means hello and goodbye.

That's a Westerner adaptation of a word that has a much deeper meaning, a powerful meaning of spirituality and life force. A way of life.

I have been learning more about Hawaii in recent years because my wife is Hawaiian. She was born and raised on Oahu.

These pictures were taken at my parents' new condo during a combined Father's Day and Birthday celebration. I wanted more pictures of family to feature on my blog. I have twice featured pictures of my parents: T-shirt #69 and T-shirt #41, and in T-shirt #101, I featured my sister Lori and her husband Noel Beard. And though I featured my family on Mother's Day in T-shirt #52, I used our holidays/new year's card picture and not a recent picture taken specifically for this blog.

"The world will turn to Hawai'i
as they search for world peace
because Hawai'i has the key...
and that key is Aloha."
-- Auntie Pilahi Paki
I re-iterate what I wrote in T-shirt #52. I am very blessed. I feel like I won the lottery in falling in love with my wife and being lucky enough that she loves me, too, and agreed to marry me.

I also think it's very cool that she's Hawaiian. I have already learned a lot about Hawaii from her and her aunt Rochelle, who gave me a Hawaiian geography lesson when she stayed at our house during her visit when she attended our wedding. I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii, but I am hoping to do so soon and greatly look forward to it.

My wife bought me this shirt as a gift--and at random--long before I even thought of the idea for this blog let alone started it. But she knew I liked T-shirts, and this shirt raised money for a good cause.

You can read about the campaign funded by this shirt at the Hawaiian Insider.

The sales of the shirts raised funds for the relief efforts in the wake of the Tsunami that hit Japan (and parts of Hawaii) in 2011.

The quote that is featured on the back of the shirt comes from Auntie Pilahi Paki (a poet and philosopher) known as the "keeper of the secrets of Hawai'i." Read more about her and her teachings at:

What is Aloha? Poster.

If you check the link to the poster, you may begin to have a greater understanding of "Aloha." I have found a great connection, correspondence, and synchronicity, with ALOHA and its greater meaning, which simply is kindness, unity, gentleness, humility, and patience. I love the idea of Aloha as a "spiritual principle that conveys the deepest expression of one's relationship with oneself, the creative and life-giving forces, one's family and community, and with one's friends and strangers" (What is Aloha? poster).

There's also Practice Aloha for more information and poems and such.

Also, check out this video (it's not as good as the poster but it's inspiring):

What is Hawaiʻi, What is Aloha 2012


One thing I hope to explore in my blog are the rules of Chris (IE, my rules) for living.


Being nice means treating others as you wish to be treated. If expressed in greater depth and complexity, as a fully developed idea, it is Aloha.

I am deeply indebted to my wife for introducing me to the concept of Aloha and sharing some of the teachings of Hawaiian life with me. I look forward to exploring more and learning more. Mahalo, Liesel.

I am humbled by the rich history of the islands and the amazing grace and beauty of the Hawaiian people.

In a small way, I am learning to practice Aloha with my family.

I love my family.

- chris tower - 1307.02 - 18:14

PS: It is a sad day today because my sister Lori had to say goodbye to her cat Tara, who was very ill. Tara had lived with Lori for 18 years. Much love to my sister as she grieves.

We're a little blurry, but it's not easy to see us because we shimmer.