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.)

Monday, November 25, 2013

T-shirt #249 - Michigan Women's Ultimate

T-shirt #249 - Michigan Women's Ultimate

This is one of my favorite Ultimate t-shirts. I have always been a strong supporter of women in sports and in Ultimate in particular. I bought two shirts of this print run, one with and one without the phrase on the back. I have worn this shirt many times both while playing Ultimate and not to show my support for women in the sport.

The phrase on the back comes from the male idiom: "teabagging." When a male player "tea bags," he jumps up over another player for whom the jumping player's testicles will dangle in the victimized player's face like tea bags. Well, as the women of the University of Michigan Ultimate team reasoned, women do not tea bag. So what's the equivalent? Hence: "wanna see me pop tart?"  I think you can suss it out.

Below, you can see a picture of me wearing the shirt during a day of playing Ultimate. Our 2002 Masters team Grey Area at either Centrals in May or Sectionals in September. I am not sure which.

This morning I had a discussion with Ivan over the meaning of the word "bollocks," which we agreed is a great and all purpose word. I did not realize exactly how all purpose, and so I present some of its purposes here.

1. Bollocks
A highly flexible term commonly used by the English.

1. something rubbish
2. a falsehood or series of lies
3. something great
4. the best possible
5. testicles
6. exclamation on making a error.
1. That Mel Gibson movie was a load of bollocks.
2. That Tony Blair is talking bollocks.
3. That curry was the bollocks!
4. That your wife is the dog's bollocks when it comes to cooking!
5. Then she kicked him in the bollocks.
6. Bollocks!
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Just a few quick notes on what is happening with the blog. According to my stats overview, my blog scored an all time in page views for Saturday November 23rd at 443 views. I find this to be extraordinary. The Wonder Woman post immediately started to score many views. But the "Advice from a Volcano" post (T-shirt #241) continues to score an incredible number of views with 110 alone on Saturday. I don't understand it, but I am happy about it.

Off to work.

COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF THE BLOG YEAR - 116 shirts remaining

- chris tower - 1311.25 - 9:07