The Great T-Shirt Challenge: Day 2

I have photos of me wearing this shirt in Germany, back in 1997, so I’ve had it a long time. I haven’t worn this shirt in a while, because I don’t usually wear red; I think the color makes my face look too red. It’s also one of the shirts where the sleeves are too long and the seam where they meet the shirt are too low on my shoulder. So I think this one’s going to go.

[edit needed: update photos]

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The Great T-Shirt Challenge

We watched the first installment of Morgan Spurlock’s “30” this past week, (the one where he and his girlfriend live on minimum wage) and now I’m analyzing every cent I spend. So this morning while I was folding clothes, I answered a question that’s been bothering me for a while — “How many T-shirts do I own?”

I didn’t feel the need to go to Closet & Storage Concepts because my job doesn’t necessitate dressing up, and I have a very relaxed style of clothing. Although I probably should make an effort to dress up a bit more, it’s not a requirement at my job. Over 11 years of working for the same company, my casual wardrobe has expanded while my formal wear has diminished. I am particularly fond of t-shirts, whether they are plain or feature a message. I even created my own design. I tend to purchase t-shirts impulsively, and who knows, maybe someday I’ll come across the sp5der pink hoodie that I always longed to have in my wardrobe.

So I started counting. And the final tally is: 93. Not counting the ones currently in the wash, which would probably put the total at over 100. And I won’t include the ones that I only wear when painting and working on the house, or the ones in my “clothes archive” (t-shirts from gay rights rallies and college events), or long-sleeve shirts, or polo/golf shirts with collars.

[edit needed: update photos]

Many of these don’t get worn. I have favorites that I wear over and over, and lots of my shirts get ignored. So I decided to challenge myself. I’m going to wear every shirt in my wardrobe without repeating one. Every day, for the next 93 days. And I’m going to photograph each shirt as I wear it. Now there are a couple of shirts that are either too large or too small; I’ll weed those out as I go and do Good Will runs. And shirts that don’t look great on me will go to Good Will, too, after I wear them.

I hope when I’m done to have given all my clothes their fair share of wearing time, to weed out shirts I don’t need, and to generally be more conscious of what I spend my money on in the future.

2019 Update: I never got through this challenge because taking and processing the photos took longer than I could manage every day. It because a lot easier with cell phone cameras and I ended up attempting it again in 2006.

It took me forever to realize that both times a significant part of why I failed was because I hated the way I looked in the photos because of my extreme dysphoria.

I did clean out many shirts both times. And I gained them all back, with interest. Maybe I should try again.

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Things to do before I die

Having 2 near-death experiences in the past 3 years has been eye-opening. I need to make some changes in my life, and feel like I’m enjoying life and not just living through it.


  • Lose 50 pounds
  • run in the mini-marathon
  • Take up a sport that I do every day
  • Learn another language
  • Learn PHP and MySQL


  • Go on the Amazing Race
  • Read every book in my library
  • Have a conversation with Jon Stewart, and make *him* laugh
  • Marry my sweetheart and move in with her
  • Take my sweetheart to Niagara Falls
  • Finish scanning in Curious Myths of the Middle Ages
  • Buy a motorcycle jacket while I’m still young enough to look good in it


  • Write a novel
  • Write a video game storyline
  • Build a piece of furniture — preferably the dining room table Stephanie and I were brainstorming
  • Help build an art car!! Woo hoo!!
  • Work more on my house
  • Redesign my Dad’s website


  • Go to Disney World
  • Drive across America taking pictures of Big Things
  • Take a train trip
  • Italy: leaning tower of Pisa, Florence, Rome
  • Paris, London, Berlin
  • Visit an Asian country. Japan?
  • Visit a South American country
  • Visit an African country
  • See the Northern lights


  • Carry out my local freeway blogger project
  • get non-discrimination laws for gay people passed
  • Help get a political candidate elected
  • Eliminate special marriage rights for heterosexuals
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Things I want to accomplish in the next year

My birthday is next Monday, so I made a list of things that I want to accomplish in the next year.

  1. Carry out my local freeway blogger project
  2. Run in the Mini-marathon
  3. Lose 50 lbs
  4. Get the trim and baseboards in my foyer replaced
  5. Cut the old water pipes out of my kitchen
  6. repaint my kitchen
  7. Visit Disney World
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