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 :)