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T-shirts [Jun. 24th, 2007|07:24 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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When there's free pizza (or other disgustingly unhealthy food) going around, I usually pass. I also pass on free T-shirts. I mean, how much do you spend on T-shirts, 50 bucks a year? I'd rather wear a shirt that says something I want it to say than be a walking billboard. In particular, I have several shirts with funny messages on them.

Which is good and bad. The good part is that it gives me a ready-made icebreaker. I get "nice shirt" all the time. The bad part is that I can't choose to turn it off. There's one shirt in particular, that says
I let my mind wander.
It never came back.
Apparently this is incredibly funny. Lots of people smile when they see it. At airports. At the mall. At the gym. (Especially the gym. I don't know why. Maybe it's because everyone is checking out everyone else's pecs and so they notice it more.) Often I'm confused when a random person smiles until I realize I'm wearing that shirt.

Sometimes people stare. They laugh. They point. They lose their self control. One time there was this woman who called out across the room to her friend, "hey, look at this guy, he's wearing a shirt that says..." I agree it's moderately funny, and maybe I'd smile to myself if I saw it, but seriously, what the hell?

Since that got me to the subject of the gym, I was about to do leg extensions today when a guy walked over to the machine, sat down, and.. wait for it.. started reading a magazine. I'm not making this up. About a minute later he did one half-hearted set and went back to his magazine. After a while I walked up and asked if he'd mind taking turns. He got up in a hurry and left. I suspect it was because of my T-shirt. You don't want to pick a fight with a guy wearing a funny T-shirt. You're totally going to look like the bad guy :)

[User Picture]From: haran
2007-06-25 02:29 am (UTC)
Maybe he didn't realize you were waiting to use it?

Also, that T-Shirt is kinda funny. If you're going to wear it then you just have to deal with people reacting to it.
Any other funny ones?
Where do you pick up these t-shirts, anyway?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-06-25 02:42 am (UTC)
"Maybe he didn't realize you were waiting to use it?"

This is a crowded gym. There's always people waiting. In any case, gym etiquette is definitely against sitting on a machine and reading a magazine.

"Also, that T-Shirt is kinda funny. If you're going to wear it then you just have to deal with people reacting to it."

Oh, I don't mind too much. I'm just surprised at the range and strength of reactions.

"Any other funny ones?"

This one's my favorite. I have a matching one. There's one that says "I'm open to suggestions.. as long as they are mine." Couple more I can't recall off the top of my head.

"Where do you pick up these t-shirts, anyway?"

A lot of them at Walmart, surprisingly. But often streetside vendors in interesting places. In a twist of irony, I got the capitalism shirt in Berkeley.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-25 07:56 pm (UTC)

sorry couldn't resist this

I know this is kinda outrageous, but I did see this somewhere.

"Don't drink H_20, Fish f**k there!"

sorry, lol;
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-06-25 08:00 pm (UTC)
Crap, one of the links doesn't work. I meant this http://twoday.net/static/fuckup/images/enjoy.png - it says "enjoy capitalism" in the coca-cola font and color.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-07-10 05:32 pm (UTC)

No new entries?

Ok, so I guess we all have one less blog to read now :(


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From: (Anonymous)
2007-08-06 07:00 pm (UTC)


I like your slogan.

I let my mind wander.
It never came back.

so I tried to translate it to my mother's tongue for 10 minutes, and came up with brilliant translation that makes yours looks like a bad translation from my language. ;-) No hard feelings. The translation is:

Pustim mozak na pašu,
ne vrati se u štalu.

When pronounced a kind of rhyme is noticeable (two last vowels are the same), and there is the same number of syllables in each line (verse).

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