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, January 6, 2014
T-shirt #291 - Wrigley Field
Greetings blog reader. Not that you will notice any change, but today's blog is brought to you by the Park Club in downtown Kalamazoo where I have stationed myself with my trusty Asus Ultra Book to write while my friend (the one who is visiting) is interviewed by prospective employers.
I am happy to report that my blog of "A Year in T-shirts" (T-shirt #290) from yesterday is already immensely popular. My page views for the day are currently at sixty-three views up from fifty-six views the day before and thirty-two the day before that one. I have often suspected that Blogger's charting of these days is not wholly accurate. The stats always seem to be running a day behind, so "today's" view numbers are for January fifth, Sunday, and not January sixth, which is today, Monday. Nevertheless, I am still very pleased with these numbers.
The entry for "A Year in T-shirts" (T-shirt #290) is currently clocking in at sixteen views "today" followed by the previous days 10,000 Maniacs post and a few others.
Today, I chose this shirt to be able to deliver a short blog entry, though I warn you, dear reader, expect more Cubs shirts between now and March. I featured all but one of the Detroit Tigers shirts I currently own last year, but I only featured two Chicago Cubs shirts, and I own more than two.
My second Cubs shirt post, T-shirt #259, was devoted to the first Cubs shirt I owned, one that is soon destined to be a dust rag. I posted it to have an entry I could keep short and write about current Baseball news, as I did for that entry dated December fifth, 2013. My first Cubs entry, T-shirt #115, was a longish love letter about Ron Santo. I added my "Dinner Party" category to this entry only because I would love to have Ron Santo at my fantasy Dinner Party (if you do not know about my Dinner Party, you can drill back in the category posts by clicking the link in the list on the right side of the main blog page for any given day); however, due to the rules I set for my own Dinner Party, I cannot invite Ron Santo as only people who are still alive can be on my "list" of people I would want at such a Dinner Party, if I were to be granted a "Make A Wish Foundation" wish, which I do not expect to be granted.
Also, not only am I keeping myself to limited content today, but I am not intending to deliver much in the way of Chicago Cubs content. I have other Cubs shirts. Look for more Baseball and Cubs content in future blog posts. I have more Cubs shirts to come as I shared already. Besides, this shirt was one of those freebies either at the Wrigley Field gate or when one signed up for a credit card, I forget which.
After all, as I previously reported, my friend Tom Meyers is visiting until Wednesday, and so I am trying to manage my time. However, after role-playing in the adaptation of Dungeons and Dragons known as Pathfinder all day yesterday, we recessed to watch the end of the SF-Green Bay football game before bed and had a substantive discussion about how sports seasons are too long, how too many teams make the playoffs, how revenue sharing is a disaster (and a failure) in Baseball, and various other sports related subjects, such as how many pass interference calls are missed in football games.
We want fewer games in each season, fewer teams in the playoffs, more revenue sharing in Baseball, and more pass interference and offensive interference calls in football.
As for my Chicago Cubs fandom, the team is my second favorite after the Detroit Tigers. Though there were glimmers of winning ways in the 2000s, we Cubs fans are back to suffering so far in the 2010s.
OH! Let me know what you think of the baseballs as eyeballs pictures. I thought it was an inspired idea. I have "Baseball Eyes." Some clever musician could probably get a song out of this: "Baseball Eyes."
Tune in to my blog again for more sports nonsense.
Back to D&D and friend time. Thanks for reading.
COUNTDOWN TO END OF THE BLOG YEAR - 74 shirts remaining
- chris tower - 1401.06 - 13:45