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, December 23, 2013

T-shirt #277 - UPA Central Regionals 2001

T-shirt #277 - UPA Central Regionals 2001

I know I said no more Ultimate shirts for awhile, but this one has to be a quickie.

I had intended to work all day and write comic book reviews in between grading robot intensity, but like all good plans, that one went to waste. I spent quality time with the dear wife buying Christmas gifts for the kids but in so doing, I am now behind the eight ball. I even bought a special, new shirt for my Mighty Marvel (and DC and Image and Dynamite) review session. But you will have to wait for it True Believers, until after Christmas. This delay may help as I had wanted to address the burning question, which I do not feel I have well addressed yet on this blog: "why do I love comic books so much?" I have written a great deal about the comics I love and why, artists I love and why, characters I love and why, and yet I do not feel that I have written just about the medium itself. Why comics? Why do I love the medium itself? So that's a preview of what is in my head. Stay Tuned.

In these pictures, you see me featuring the shirt I bought at the 2001 UPA Central Regional Championships in Versailles, Ohio, in which I traveled south with my friend Greg "The Brewmaster" Kormelink when we played with the guys from Minnesota and few guys from Detroit, which was really the beginning of our Masters' team.

I am still a bit stung from yesterday's Lions game loss, but as you can see in the pictures, I am trying to be upbeat about tonight's Pistons game.

I had a good day reading comics yesterday. I read fifteen issues of Uncanny X-Force, so this was going to be one of my reviews. Again, there's a preview for a future post.

Yesterday's post is already set and due to be published first thing in the morning. I intend to add photos to it either later in the day or the next day as our family (my wife and kids) celebrates our Christmas tomorrow.

Happy Holidays everyone. Thanks for checking out my blog.


- chris tower - 1312.23 - 17:27