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 19, 2014

T-shirt #363 - WMU - BLACK LONG SLEEVE

TODAY'S COUNT: 02 blog posts remaining in the T-shirt year!!

T-shirt #363 - WMU - BLACK LONG SLEEVE


Today's entry almost became dedicated to the shirt that was lost as I could not find this shirt for the first hour or so I tried looking.

But I did find it.

Here's some neat synergy. One of the three WMU shirts that I own that I shared in T-SHIRT #324 was given to me by AJ Avery, current forward on the WMU basketball team playing in the NCAA tournament. How's that for fun?

However, this shirt is my oldest WMU shirt, and a very nice shirt that I cannot believe was misplaced so long. WMU goes to the NCAA tournament for just the fourth time in school history. The men's basketball team also qualified for March Madness in 2004, 1998, and 1976. I taught students who played on both the 2004 and 1998 teams.

This is a big deal for WMU. Read about it here at MLIVE.


Though the Broncos draw a very tough match up in Syracuse. I don't expect them to prevail and advance. I will be rooting instead for my other favorite teams, including Kentucky, Kansas, and of course THE University of Michigan.

This blog began during March Madness last year, and I posted several Michigan shirts. These returned in explaining T-SHIRT #324. I think the content from #324 deserves to be rerun today even though it was only posted 38 days ago.

MARCH MADNESS UPDATE 1403.20 - 10:22 - I just completed my brackets for the NCAA tournament. Despite what I wrote last night, I decided that WMU can upset Syracuse and even win out in round 3 versus Dayton (who I pick to upset OSU).

I was somewhat inspired by President Obama's faith in the Spartans to pick them all the way through to the finals. Last year, I dumped Michigan too early, having Florida beat them in one bracket and Kansas in the other. I had no faith in my all-time favorite college team. This year I just did one bracket and picked University of Michigan to win it all. What the heck. I doubt I can win Warren Buffet's perfect bracket billion anyway. But I did not pick LOUSIVILLE, last year's winner, to get by Kentucky this year. Sorry Pitino.

First round upsets? Dayton and WMU as I already indicated. I have Harvard over Cincinnati, I have Providence taking North Carolina, and I have NC State downing Saint Louis. In tighter, games I have Pitt over Colorado and OK State over Gonzaga.

My Final Four are Florida, MSU, UofM, and Arizona.

Let the Madness begin!!


T-shirt #324 - WMU - Big White Basketball shirt

T-shirt #324 - WMU - Big White Basketball shirt

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?


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.


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.



REPRESENT!! Wearing a T-shirt that features a sporting team shows how I represent for my team. This is like wearing GREEN on St. Patrick's Day (which I don't do). I show allegiance.

Also, wearing the team logos, team colors, team art on my body, I keep it close to the heart, where it belongs.

AND ANOTHER also, by wearing the shirt of the team I want to win, I focus positive energy on that team, on that game, on that event, and try to affect the outcome.

Or I am just a goofy fan.

WHY T-SHIRTS EXPLANATORY BLURB: I am doing a series of snippets that will add up to a larger whole answering the "Why T-shirts?" or "What's with all the T-shirts?" question. I have also decided to include the previous items in an ever growing list, hence the "previous items" section next.

#3: It's my tattoo
#4 PRIDE AND STATUS - "It's my thing."
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

COUNTDOWN TO END OF THE BLOG YEAR - 02 shirts remaining

- chris tower - 1403.19 - 20:01
UPDATED - 1403.20 - 10:22