2007

Happy New Year
(Happy New Year from the Timmermans)

This year has been ridiculously busy. I spent 3 months on my Where am I Wearing? quest, bought a house, and got married.

On the writing front, I’ve accomplished more than I could have ever imagined when I wrote this post on December 31st 2006. I’ve continued to contribute to the Christian Science Monitor’s Home Forum section as well as record pieces and do a few interviews for the World Vision Report.

Most of all, I’ll remember 2007 as the year I got my first big break. This isn’t entirely official since the small details aren’t worked out, but…y’all better save up $24.95 by November of ’08 because that is when Where am I Wearing? is…

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From maple mammaries to your underwear: The Top ten posts of 2007

WAIW? sprung to life in March. Since then I’ve written 323 posts and over 62,000 words.

The top ten most-viewed “Where am I Wearing?” posts of 2007:

1. The Underwear Wall of Fame

2. My All American Cambodian Blue Jeans

3. The Adventure begins

4. Happy Birthday Garfield

5. Mrs. Butterworth’s Boobs

6. Synergy Barbie

7. The Kings of Fantasy Kingdom

8. Where am I Wearing? The ultimate slideshow

9. Shoes: because going barefoot sucks

10. Can plumpy nut end world hunger?

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My Christmas Inventory

My Christmas Clothing Inventory

It’s day four post-Christmas and no one has entered the contest. Come on people. I know you are out there. I check my stats and I see that you are visiting. I tend to do all the work around here, now it’s you turn. Remember, you could win stuff and given the number of entries to this point, your chances are good.

Anyhow, I can’t complain much because I have generally been sitting on my tush playing with my Christmas toys, eating, and pretending that I have nothing else in the world to do. Even though big, big things are looming. But I’ve finally got around to completing my inventory.

A few notes:

– It may be perceived as…

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Don't forget the contest

A quick reminder to inventory your clothes for The First Annual Where are YOU Wearing Contest of Destiny.

After another Christmas last night my inventory stands as follows:

Kelsey’s Christmas Inventory –

Columbia Sweatshirt – Made in Sri Lanka
Sweater – Made in China
TAPS t-shirt – Made in El Salvador
Fancy boy shirt – Made in India
GAP dress pants – Made in Bahrain (Score. Don’t think I’ve seen anything made from there before)
GAP author-ware cords – Made in Lesotho…

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Victoria's Secret: a non-pervs quest to buy his girlfriend underwear

I wrote this piece last year and read it for Annie before I gave her the gift I bought. It’s about the lengths we’ll go to buy a gift for loved ones. It’s about not being a perv. It’s about shopping for the most comfortable and non-sexy bra and panties in the World at Victoria’s Secret.

Merry Christmas,

Kelsey

VICTORIA’S SECRET

by Kelsey Timmerman

For most of my life I’ve pretended that Victoria didn’t exist and that her secret meant nothing to me.

Countless times I passed her store, without so much as a look. Even if I wasn’t shopping with my mom or my girlfriend Annie, I vowed not to scan her windows. Why? Because, I wasn’t a perve.

It’s surprising how developed ones peripheral vision can become. …

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Website of the Week Kiva.org

Kiva.org is praised in Bill Clinton’s latest book Giving. Basically, it’s person-to-person microlending.

In their own words:

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you’ve sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.

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“There are not too many sweatshops but there are too few”

– Jeffrey Sachs.

Here are some arguments for sweatshops and the upward mobility they provide the sweat laborer.

To me this is semantically offensive (if it is actually possible for something to be semantically offensive). While there is no agreed upon the definition of what a sweatshop is, most define them as factories, usually garment factories, in which the employees are poorly paid and treated inhumanely.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think humans should not be okay with other humans not being treated humanely.

To say we need more sweatshops might as well be saying, “the world would be a better place if we treated more people inhumanely and pay them crappy.” I see the logic in Sachs thought surrounding this quote in his book The End of…

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