At some point in our lives we shake a present and, when we hear that it’s clothes not toys, we don’t pout. Instead we think, “Huh, I could use some new clothes.”
That’s a sad day.
It happens when we can no longer blame our mothers for dressing us like doofi (plural of doofus) in pinstriped blue jeans and snowflake sweaters; when we take over our own fashion responsibility, for better or worse. For me that time was high school. Sure, I didn’t actually buy or pick out my clothes in the store – Mom still did – but I did dress myself: “Now, which Scooby-Doo T-shirt should I wear today?” Christmas was a time to expand my selection of Scooby shirts so I welcomed it and packages that sounded like clothes.
My first gift exchange this Christmas is Saturday. It will be one of at least three gift-giving extravaganzas that will leave me with an entire new wardrobe. In light of my global quest to track down the people that made my clothes, I will be tallying the country of origin for each pair of boxers, turtle neck, sweater, pajamas, etc., that I receive.
I invite you to join me. In fact I will bribe you to do so…
How to enter the First Annual Where Are YOU Wearing Christmas Inventory Contest of Destiny
Read the label on all of the clothing you receive this holiday season and record their country of origin. Post the results in this thread or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mexico – 2
USA – 4
Bangladesh – 1
China – 6
The You are a Spoiled Brat, You Should Feel Guilty Award
This award will go to the entrant who records the longest list of clothing they received. A tiebreaker will be decided by who has the largest diversity of countries.
The Where the Heck is That Award
This award will go to the entrant(s) who records a country of origin that no other entrant has recorded. A maximum of two winners will be selected. If there are more than two who meet the requirement for this award, I’ll self-conduct a private round robin coin tossin’ tournament to decide who the two winners are. Or maybe I’ll just pick who ever the heck I want.
Winners will be announced and the results of the survey will be posted no later than January 1st, 2008.
Prizes when you win the Where are You wearing Christmas Inventory Contest of Destiny
You’ll be able to choose any one item from the following:
Books – These are books that relate to my quest or ones that I just happen to enjoy and if you are cool, you’ll like them too. I’ll have Amazon deliver the one you select to your door.
Travels of T-shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli – A lot of Economic facts and figures here, but author Pietra Rivoli does a good job of making them interesting. If you want to know the where, what, how, why, and anything else about your clothes from the cotton field to your closet, you’ll enjoy this book.
The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs – Bono writes the foreword. Largely an optimistic plan of how to eliminate extreme poverty. For me this book is at its best when Sachs gets his point across through his experiences from around the world to assist developing countries. Choose this one if poverty is something you think about.
The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi – Scalzi writes the popular blog Whatever and lives across county from where I grew up. This book is loads of fun. Seriously, my back hurt from loading all that fun around.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore – Jesus had a best friend. His name was Biff. Jesus and Biff get in lots of trouble…well, mostly Biff. When there is sinning to be known he knows it. This is perhaps the funniest book I’ve ever read.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts – Don’t know about you, but I could easily become a travel bum. Potts provides a practical way to be unpractical. He explores the nuts and bolts of long term travel and also philosophosizes (yes, I know it’s not actually a word) about life on the road.
You can select something from the Touron Attire store. But I’d probably go with one of the books.