I am not wearing this shirt.
It's a XXL. It's a little big for me.
An XL is big on me, but just big enough. That's how I like it.
I went to Western Michigan University for several undergraduate courses, even before, technically, I graduated from Kalamazoo College.
For awhile, I considered studying to be a secondary education teacher in the public school system.
I changed my mind.
I decided instead to earn degrees in literature and creative writing: fiction, and so I did graduate studies at WMU earning a Masters and a Masters of Fine Arts, the latter of which was, supposedly, a terminal degree.
This is a "short" entry because I am supposedly on "hiatus," at least that's what the boilerplate I keep pasting in here says.
READER: How's that "hiatus" working out for you, T-shirt Blogger Man?
T-SHIRT BLOGGER MAN: Not great.
READER: How come?
T-SHIRT BLOGGER MAN: I am not getting ahead as I planned. If anything, I am falling farther behind.
READER: I have noticed. I visit your blog every day and the unfinished entries are... unsettling.
T-SHIRT BLOGGER MAN: For you and me, both.
READER: Are you ever going to finish that Abbott's entry? And what do you have to say about Robin? And aren't some of your drafts in the drafts section MONTHS old, and if you promise to kick it, I promise to hold the football and not snatch it away at the last second.
T-SHIRT BLOGGER MAN: ARRRRRGGGG!!!!!!
BLOGGERY REPORT: Thursday's Curious George entry, which I finished last night as of this writing, which was Saturday, even though this entry was published on Saturday, and now it's Sunday as I type....AND I updated it on Sunday, which is today, though in terms of when this entry was published it's tomorrow AND two days ago.
Is your mind blown yet?
ANYWAY, the Curious George post, T-shirt #322, has sky-rocketed the page views of the blog for today and the WEEK. In just a few hours, T-shirt #322, has vaulted into the top five posts most viewed this week AND climbing... It just gained one more page view since I started typing these comments. It's about to overtake the top post just since this morning.
This is the power of Sunday. Maybe I should wait and announce all my posts on Sundays.
Oh, right, short.
I am sure I can come up with more to say about WMU, but I have at least one other WMU shirt, so I will wait.
I will restrict myself here to how I came by this shirt.
For the last few years, I have been teaching a reading class at WMU. The day before WMU had its big basketball game with the University of Michigan, I wore this shirt, seen above right, to class (It's Michigan in Chinese) without thinking about my student, one A.J. Avery who was on the WMU Varsity Basketball team.
Talk about rubbing it in his face. Geez.
WMU lost, of course. But the next class period, A.J. brought me this nice, white WMU Basketball shirt as a gift.
Now, who was feeling ashamed of himself?
Not so much that I did not wear the shirt to the left later that semester.
Even more embarrassing is the way that the Michigan basketball team was thumped by Iowa yesterday as of this writing (which is the "today" of this entry's original publication). UGH.
After posting the Curious George entry via Twitter, this band started following me, so I am following them back.
Described as a "drunken Steroelab," I was intrigued. Not bad.
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 - 41 shirts remaining
- chris tower - first published - 1402.08 - 20:32
final publication - 1402.09 - 14:34