I suspect that most people acquire T-shirts at a special events, rarely wear them, and eventually donate or discard them. Not me. I was blessed with a job where dress didn’t matter much, so was even able to wear T-shirts throughout most of my professional career. Because of that, I actually wore out most of the shirts I got. However, it does seem that I can afford to thin my collection, now.
Like most mundane objects in life, there is a story attached to each one of these. This is likely to get long as more pictures are added over time; feel free to skip this entry.
Palm was once the leader in PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants, like cell phones that couldn’t make calls). I became a Palm developer at some time in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s. By 2010, the company was in serious decline, having been killed by smart phones. HP, where I worked, decided to buy Palm for a billion dollars. Most of the press thought we were fools, but I thought that we might take a loss for a while like Google did with Android, then come to dominate the market. But no, we abandoned our pricey acquisition rapidly. Palm swag like T-shirts were piled on tables at one of our company events, and we could take as many as we liked, so I took this T-shirt.I picked this up on the 2017 tour of the Southern Tier. It’s exactly the kind of souvenir that I look for: not a tourist shirt, but something with local content. In this case, it was Gautier Middle School. I found it interesting that the shirt seems to have been sponsored by the local pawn shop.Bike to Work Day, 2002. The shirt would still be okay were it not for the split in the back under the blue logo. I had been volunteering for Bike to Work for many years, starting at a time when Hewlett-Packard was a sponsor. That year, though, was post 9-22, and post Compaq Merger, so HP did very little in the way of sponsorships. I kept up volunteering at every opportunity to keep busy, as formal work was tailing off, and I was being kept on for support of legacy Netservers.Got this on the 2010 bike tour with Elliot in Vermont, after climbing Bread Loaf, the only significant mountain on the whole trip, which started in Fargo, ND. The Adventure Cycline Northern Tier route was recently changed, to avoid Middlebury Gap in favor of Brandon Gap. The shirt is tearing at the edges of the paint, in the picture of the hills.I got this on the same 2010 bike trip, at a Thrift Store. This is the perfect souvenir; it’s local content, not designed for tourists, and as a bonus, was a high-visibility green when new. It’s now faded by sun, and some small holes are appearing in it. Once, someone saw me wearing it and asked me about bear hunting, which I know nothing about.From 2004. Somehow, it developed a horizontal run across the front.