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.)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

T-shirt #306 - Oxford University - Blue

T-shirt #306 - Oxford University - Blue

Today's shirt comes from a trip to England in 1986 (see photos) and a visit to Oxford University. It is a companion to the shirt from T-shirt #148, which I was as pajamas. Scheduled for August 16th, 2013, T-shirt #148 has the distinction of being the shirt I posted the day of of my prostate surgery.

Today will be short and carried (mostly) by the photos with the exception of the hiatus text.

I spent most of the day working on T-shirt #303. I imagine readers checking my blog periodically and watching the incomplete entries grow, as I work on them as time allows. If this is true, please let me know in a comment.

It is worth noting that I think one of the shirts, this one and the one in T-shirt #303, may have belonged to my mother, who does not really wear T-shirts. But I am not sure if this is a "true fact" or not.

Aren't all facts true?

That's what makes them facts.

Though not from our European trip, I will throw in a picture of me and my mother from 2012 just because.

You may recognize the shirt in the photo as T-shirt #14. I just came across this photo to add to the mix.

In the next photo, you may recognize that rocky thing in the background as Stonehenge. This is 1986 as we toured England. I am amused at how I dressed back then.

In the next photo, we are not in England anymore. We are in France. I was supposed to stay behind and live in France for a few months, but when I could not connect with friends I had made in college, I bailed on that plan and returned home with my family. This is the first time I have publicly admitted that truth. But we are dedicated to "true facts" today. Gosh, did I ever like those little round glasses.

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.

COUNTDOWN TO END OF THE BLOG YEAR - 59 shirts remaining

- chris tower - 1401.21 - 19:26