I’ve always loved rainbows. I loved them as a promise and a sign of hope. I love them for their color and variety of hue. I’ve loved them even more since they’ve come to represent acceptance, love and the brilliant variety of humankind. The rainbow of colors reminds me of all the people I love for whom that flag means welcome. I think of this as my gamer pride tshirt, and like to wear it in dice-related circumstances.
Design: All standard gaming dice in a rainbow of colors
This tshirt is the very best combination of funny (to me), soft fabric and great cut. For those of you less steeped in the Lovecraftian mythos, the Elder Gods are ancient evil forces carelessly destructive of humanity and sanity. THEY don’t worry about wrinkles or sagging skin or middle age aches or age discrimination in technology. So why should I?
Fabric: Soft & stretchy
Text: “Respect your elders”
Attributes: Feminine cut
So a funny story about this shirt. I loved “The Martian” – movie, book & audio book. (I also once went on a camping trip with the author & his colleagues at Curt Shilling’s game studio. He was on the quiet side and I have no photographic proof.) I particularly like the pluckiness and resourcefulness of the main character, and this shirt was a) long sleeved b) captured that sentiment. My husband ordered it for me and triple checked that I wanted the, uh, accurate quote (since I generally am not a great user of profanity). I felt like anything else would be watered down and weak sauce.
One of the first times I wore it however, I ended up needing to have a meeting at my child’s school regarding their, uh, vocabulary choices. I couldn’t help but reflect that the profanity on my shirt was not a good look for that conversation. So now I’m really, really careful about which days I wear it!
Text: “Stand back – I’m going to have to science the shit out of this”
Attributes: Long sleeved
I have to admit, I kind of forgot it was Valentine’s day today. Although in retrospect, I’m not sure what shirt I would’ve worn instead. This shirt is romantic, because my husband who loves me brought it back from Gencon for me?
Anyway, this is the last of the Tolkien tshirts in my wardrobe (I think). I have to remember when I’m wearing this tshirt, because it’s difficult to read which means that a lot of my colleagues spend an unusual amount of time staring fixedly at my chest trying to work it out, which can be weird until I remember I’m wearing *this* shirt.
I love this shirt.
Color: Forest green
Text: (in Elvish font) If you can read this I found your ring
I’m going to be trying out an orchestra thingy here in Cambridge today. It’s small and unofficial enough that there are no auditions. I still wish I’d, you know, practiced the music ahead of time. But still. Why not try? So in honor of that I went with a music geek shirt. I also wear this when the political situation gets me down.
My only objection to this shirt is that while 13/8 is a hard signature, 6/4 is a downright easy one. Even 5/4 would’ve been better.
Color: Barney purple
Text: 13/8, 5/4 These are difficult times
It’s a snow day here in Boston – or it’s going to be when the predicted storm hits this afternoon. So I’m working from home. It says… something… that my wardrobe for working from home and attending a team offsite three thousand miles away are nearly identical.
I deeply and dearly love the works of JRR Tolkien. This one is a pretty popular shirt – which is to say I’ve seen more than one other person wearing it. I used to have a green version but somehow it got lost, so I ordered a new one. (I did a different color, so in case the original reappears I know that it’s done so.)
Color: Royal Blue
Text: Middle Earth’s Annual MORDOR FUN RUN “One does not simply walk”
I love National Forests. And I love Tolkien. This shirt is two great tastes that taste great together. It does get some double takes from folks who wonder where Mirkwood is (I have to carefully gauge just how detailed my answer needs to be). But it also gets a lot of knowing chuckles. There were a few missed opportunities to take the joke a level higher (like instead of Department of Agriculture maybe something about Wood Elves? Maybe a little spider in the sign corner?) but I forgive it the opportunity costs.
Would I go hiking in Mirkwood? Probably. But there’s one national forest that doesn’t have to worry about the environmental impact of hikers going off-trail!
Color: Forest Service Green
Text: Entering Mirkwood National Forest (Department of Agriculture)