I’m pretty sure that nobody else is going to be even remotely interested in this post, but I’m trying this new thing where I actually put stuff in my blog more than once every two months, so I’m talking about whatever random weird thing is on my mind. Right now, that thing is t-shirts.
I wear a lot of t-shirts. I always have. While going through my old LiveJournal, I found a post from ten years ago in which I was thinking about my t-shirt collection.
This made me curious. I know that the predominant color in my wardrobe was black for a long time, but it’s been ten years since that last count. I’ve mellowed a bit, and I’m less interested in wearing all black all the time. Naturally, I was curious to see how the colors had shifted in the last ten years. To sate my curiosity, I waited for laundry day. Once everything was clean and hung up, I took a new census.
The result? I’ve got less than half the white shirts that I had ten years ago, and less than half the black shirts as well. Almost every other color has a bigger part in my wardrobe than what 34 year old Steven would have worn. Except that one purple shirt. I haven’t seen that thing in at least a decade. Truth be told, I’m pretty astonished even now that I had eighteen white t-shirts back then.
I am very fond of blue shirts, apparently.
|January 2007||October 2017|
|White or off-white:||18||8|
|Yellow, Orange, Gold:||1||2|
|Red or Maroon:||1||3|
|Long Sleeved Black:||7||4|
|Note: The 2017 column doesn’t include the seven shirts that I designated as “just for the gym.” I keep those separate.|
Another thing which is interesting to me, but probably not to anyone else: In 2007, I had 69 short sleeved shirts and seven long sleeved. Now I have 57 short sleeved, and four long sleeved. I feel like I have way more shirts than I did before, even though it’s actually a smaller number. I wonder why that is.
I’ve also changed my shirt-keeping system over the years- I kept the shirts folded in a drawer (or, more accurately, a couple of drawers) for years, but Amelie has converted me to the ways of fuzzy hangers. It’s a lot easier to see ’em all now.
This leads to a fun little aside- in order to better randomize my shirt-wearing, I play a little game with Amelie. I count off the shirts from front to center and back to center, and then decide which side will be “heads” and which will be “tails. Next, I ask Amelie to choose heads or tails and a number which varies depending on how many shirts are in the laundry hamper already. It’s usually around 20-23, though.
Much like the shuffle player on iTunes, this “random selection” tends to bring up certain things more frequently than others. I suspect that probability is warped where funny t-shirts are concerned.
What color is your favorite t-shirt?