Saturday, June 30, 2012

My Oldest and Favorite Garment, Revisited

Well, this post ran 2 years ago and the shirt still exists.  In fact, I wore it today, though those additional years have accelerated the decline.  But I've always been of the mind that you use things, you don't just save them--what use is a set of fine china (or a favorite shirt) if it remains unused and untouched. 

Better to risk breakage or wear and enjoy the item.

So here's the post in question:

My Oldest and Favorite Garment

(Photo by Gary)

Of all the clothing I own--and I am not a clothes horse--this threadbare T-shirt is both my oldest and my favorite article of clothing.

The T-shirt dates from 1980 and I still wear it regularly for running in the summer. Long ago I cut off the short sleeves for hot weather use. I know, I know, it's cotton--AKA the Death Fabric--but technical shirts were not the rage 30 years ago.

I only wear it now for road runs of up to an hour or so, and go with a technical top for anything longer, or if I'm going into the woods.

It'll be a sad day indeed when this shirt bites the dust. I got it when I had to go to Anchorage (Fort Richardson) and Fairbanks (Fort Wainwright) to work early in my career. I was able to take the bride along, and stay for several days after the work part of the trip was done. We were there over the summer solstice in late June when it never really got dark.

The scale of everything in AK was grand, and beautiful. And the critters! Moose, caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, salmon....I've been back several more times for work, but am eagerly awaiting the time when we can take a purely pleasure vacation.

And I'd better look for a replacement T-shirt.


  1. I don't think I have a shirt that has been with me for thirty years. The closest that I have is a blue and white striped shirt that I received as a gift in 1995. I still wear it from time to time, mostly when I am at home relaxing. Although it is only my second favorite shirt, I love wearing it because it is comfortable, and it somehow brings back fond memories of a friend who gave it to me. :)

  2. Lee,

    When the shirt is no longer suitable for just wearing around the house, maybe you ought to give it a second life as a running I did with my Malemute Saloon shirt.

    Regards/Gary (blog owner)