Thursday, August 02, 2007

Rags? Riches?

We all have our t-shirt collections: the favorite is often from THAT ONE EVENT which happened THAT ONE YEAR and now the shirt is threadbare. My collection is largely made up of sizes that are too big for me now. I haven't shrunk but styles have changed, or event officials offered the "one size fits all" model of XL and I wore them a bunch before finally admitting I'm just not an XL.

I've had a plastic tub of 'em stored away for several years...memories escape every time the lid comes off.
- an MS ride
- the jazz fest during a friend's wedding in Fort Worth
- Superweek
- pounding nails on a habitat house
- the precursor to the NVGP
- the local day tour in Northfield
I've saved them fearing that without I won't remember the miserable MS weekend with conditions that spanned low temps and icy rain (we got soup for our stomachs and bread bags for our feet in a little cafe in Moose Lake) to 90s and sweat the next day (one of the ugliest photos of my life was taken that day).

I worry I won't remember being so far off the back in a Superweek race that when we caught another dropped racer she thought we were the break catching her -- she was in awe when she learned we were only 3s and 4s and we were "this far away from the front of the pack?!"

What about the wonderful time in TX bonding with friends who'd scattered 'round the country? the Jesse James shoot-'em-up reenactment in Northfield after the ride? where I learned my nail-pounding skills along with the satisfaction of helping someone in need?

I sat down last week and quartered my old shirts that have been taking up space in the attic. At first it hurt. But the beauty? Now each shirt is in six to eight pieces all mixed together and each time I take one out to clean a bicycle I have a different flood of fond memories that make maintenance that much more enjoyable.


PS off to cycle the Michigan coastline for the upcoming week -- you all have a good one!


gwadzilla said...

there is a great line in this Flight of the Concords song that makes mention of one such t-shirt

I am sad to say
I do not own anything that does not have something to do with bicycles

it is like I am a billboard

Snakebite said...

Have fun Michigan coastlining.

Matt said...

A friend of mine's wife made quilts out her kids' t-shirts, she'd saved them from t-ball through high school. They were really cool.

marscat said...

i totally have a favorite with a halloween cat on it...but now there are holes in it...

but someone I know keeps every single dang t-shirt from years and years gone by...

that i must never toss out.

X Bunny said...

do you sew?

i recommend a t-shirt makeover

Gordy said...

My personal favorite, "Disco Sucks" with the cigarette hole in it.

the old bag said...

X Bunny -- love the T-shirt makeover idea! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

i just cut the collar and sleeves off, and up each side and hand sew it (with dental floss) and BANG.. punk rock tank top.