Today's shirt is something of a collector's item.
It features the logo for the abandoned Solsun beer produced by Bell's Brewery here in Kalamazoo (also known as Kalamazoo Brewing Company) but became Oberon in 1998 "as a result of legal action by the Mexican brewing company Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, makers of a beer with a similar name: El Sol (The Sun)" (Bell's Wikipedia, 2014).
From what I can tell with a Google search, my Solsun shirt is a bit rare and could fetch a fair price if I were to auction it off. (Make me an offer readers. I am willing to sell pre-auction. It's an XL like all my shirts and in near mint condition despite being over 16 years old).
I like beer. I like Bell's beer. But I don't have much more to say about that. I have another subject to tackle today, plus, as you may know, I am in hiatus.
My previous Bell's post and my preferred shirt is to be found here: T-shirt #186.
I have not really addressed the central question most important to this blog:
What's the deal with all these T-shirts? How did I get so many? Why are they important to me? Why am I spending so much time writing about T-shirts?
Obviously, I am doing more than writing JUST about T-shirts. I use T-shirts as a way to write, period. Just to write and then publish what I write and see what readers think. But even without any reader feedback, I am writing, I am exploring, I am producing.
So, the blog is dedicated to writing more than just about T-shirts, but the question about the T-shirts still lingers, and it's time to tackle it.
I have a "Wearing T-shirts" category with five posts in it. And now, I am adding the "Why T-shirts?" category to contain all the content I plan to produce in this series.
But first, here are the contents of the "Wearing T-shirts" category:
T-shirt #77: Narcissism
T-shirt #83: X-Men Logo
T-shirt #96: House of Secrets
T-shirt #93: Free Katie
T-shirt #87: Aliens, Robots, and Zombies
The last one, T-shirt #87, has the most content that applies to this question, some of which I will reprint as I am working on this series.
Even though I am on "hiatus," I am going to parcel out, one point at a time, the answer to "Why T-shirts?" Here we go.
WHY T-SHIRTS #1: T-SHIRTS ARE COOL (and I mean temperature)
I am always hot/warm. I go around my house in shorts and a T-shirt year around. My favorite work outfit is shorts and a T-shirt. I would wear shorts and a T-shirt outside all the time if it didn't get as cold some days as it is today. It's 14 degrees outside my house at this moment. When I woke up, it was eight degrees. Wind chills are as low 20 degrees below zero. I do not leave the house in shorts in that kind of temperature if only to run to end of the driveway to get the mail or the knocked over herby.
Otherwise, I feel most comfortable in a T-shirt. So, being cool means COMFORT. T-shirts are comfortable, and obviously, I am not the only who thinks so. And so, I slowly accumulated many of them over the years. But more on this in the next item, tomorrow.
HIATUS TEXT: I am taking a short hiatus. A "hiatus" for the 365 T-shirts Blog does not mean that there will not be shirts or that I will skip posting on any forthcoming day. There will be shirts. But the shirts will not be exciting or the featured shirts will not require me to write a small novel to properly generate the content I feel is sufficient. I created a category for my hiatus so as to group together those "easy" shirts that I consider to be "hiatus shirts." The goal of the hiatus is to fill in many blog days with easy shirts in order to complete longer love letters to beloved popular culture icons on more special shirts and to write more complex entries AHEAD OF TIME. The daily grind is becoming too much and causing me to fall behind and to be forced to post incomplete entries. I am hoping that a series of hiatus shirts will allow me to catch up, get ahead, and stay ahead. Ideally, I would like to be writing the bulk of each entry three days ahead while always working on at least one other. I have a lot of great shirts to share before the end of my blog year (after all I was just given SIXTEEN shirts for my birthday). Stay tuned. I promise to post the more interesting and longer T-shirt entries as I finish them. Thanks for reading. BTW, this is the standard HIATUS TEXT that I will include in every "hiatus shirt" entry.
- chris tower - 1401.23 - 15:58