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.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

T-shirt #356 - Kalamazoo

TODAY'S COUNT: 09 blog posts remaining in the T-shirt year!!
T-shirt #356 - Kalamazoo


Since yesterday's blog was about New York, I decided that today's blog would be about KALAMAZOO (Wiki link).

I have lived in Kalamazoo most of my life, even though technically I was living in Richland. Before that Richland, we lived in Schoolcraft and Traverse City. I was born in Midland and lived there until I was three years old.

I love Kalamazoo, and I am happy to report that so does my wife.

Technically, this is a shirt for KALAMAZOO COLLEGE, but I decided to take this opportunity to document my love for Kalamazoo with a photo gallery. Most of the shots are older ones that I was able to find online, though I included a few recent shots.

Yesterday, I wrote about NEW YORK CITY. I do love New York City, but after living there for a few months, I decided that I loved to visit, but I would not want to live there.

I have not been to that many cities compared to other people (list to follow) though I still hesitate to name New York as my favorite city of all. I am not sure if I can select a favorite city. I am defining "being in" a city in the following to ones where I spent more than a few hours. Cities in which I have a feel for the city. I am also restricting myself to cities I have visited as an adult because I don't feel that I have a feel for Atlanta and some other places I visited once as a child.

MAJOR CITIES I HAVE BEEN IN: Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, Portland, New York City, Columbia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paris, and Boston.

From this list, I do not feel that I can make an informed decision about any city enough so as to proclaim it as the "GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD." I am not sure I can even pick a personal favorite.

But I have come to like living in Kalamazoo. This feels like home. There are good things here, good people, good businesses. There's seasons and the great lakes. Traverse City is very close by. It's easy to get to Chicago and Detroit on any given day, and Kalamazoo feels like a good launch point to get most anywhere else.

I liked the malls, which gave this town its distinction of "mall city," which I wish it still had. The downtown mall. especially, was a progressive idea that no one around here seemed to have the patience to grow and nurture properly.

I have made a lot of good memories here. And so for today's blog, I want to pull out a lot of images of yesteryear to go with a few from now. I hope you like what you see.

This is the shirt I am actually wearing today
Powell's Books: T-shirt #215
OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE TEXT OF THE LAST TWENTY POSTS COUNTDOWN: Hi. Thanks for reading. I am posting this "boilerplate" text everyday for the last TWENTY posts in the T-SHIRT blog year, which started on March 22, 2013. I will close out daily transmission on March 21st, day 365 of my T-shirt blog-tastic extravaganza spectacular. I will give myself a short hiatus of total non-transmission or  publication for an as yet undetermined period of time, though I am estimating about two weeks. After my blog vacation hiatus, I will resume T-shirt posts on a regular basis, also as yet to be determined (weekly? Twice monthly?) to finish blogging about all the T-shirts that were not featured in the blog year. At some point, once I feel I am rolling along nicely, I will begin regular posting through my main blog: SENSE OF DOUBT. T-shirt posts will direct to the T-shirt blog from SENSE OF DOUBT. I will continue to post THE WEEKLY COMIC LIST, the features of occasional T-SHIRTS I AM WEARING THIS WEEK, book reviews, comic book reviews, and other popular culture nonsense as I have been for a year now but all will go up at SENSE OF DOUBT and some will direct back here to 365 T-SHIRTS. Ultimately, I will begin Internet publication of my fiction, primarily the comic book satire episodic story called POP! among other projects. So, in summary, 365 T-SHIRTS will continue though intermittently. SENSE OF DOUBT will host my main blog presence and fiction writing as well as links to any T-shirt posts shared here. I hope you will continue to follow me in my journey as a writer and a content provider. Thank you for your kind attention and time you have spent with me on this and/or any other day this year. I am humbled and blessed by your readership. - chris tower, blogger, originated 1403.02 


Very old picture of North Burdick - year?

Kalamazoo Mall postcard - 1960s?

Collected four-way shot of Kalamazoo Mall

Kalamazoo Public Library - 1965

Michigan Avenue looking east - recent

The wonderful SCHENSUL'S Cafeteria circa 1970s
My family ate at Schensul's a lot. It was easy, given that it was cafeteria style dining, and when I was first at Kalamazoo College I took many of my friends there as it was a Kalamazoo institution. I was very disappointed when the place closed.

Kalamazoo map 1874

Kalamazoo Mall - 1960s

Kalamazoo Mall with bridge - 1970s

Kalamazoo From Arcadia Creek - recent

Kalamazoo Mall and DoubleDay - 1959

Kalamazoo Mall and Woolworth's - 1960s

Kalamazoo Mall 1974

Kalamazoo Mall and Gilmore's - looking north

Burdick Street pre-Mall, Looking north, 1950s

Kalamazoo Public Museum and Planetarium
Designed by my Dad's firm: Tower Pinkster

Kalamazoo is more or less equidistant
between Detroit and Chicago

Kalamazoo Train Station 1998

Water Tower at the Kalamazoo State Psychiatric Hospital

recent photo; Michigan Avenue; Looking East

And now a song about cities.

Talking Heads - Cities

Uploaded on Sep 21, 2007
From German Rockpop TV show, 1980.



COUNTDOWN TO END OF THE BLOG YEAR - 09 shirts remaining

- chris tower - 1403.12 - 19:15