Understated

And just like that, it’s nine days between scatterthoughts. Chalk it up to being busy on a few things last weekend, and sick with a cold this past week. Not that I couldn’t have posted something while I’m sick…just that it wasn’t a high priority.

I was on the radio on Tuesday, along with two other CFAX Santas Anonymous people, as part of National Volunteer Week. It was fun, and I’m told that I was good (even though I thought I rambled a bit). You can listen to it here if you’re so inclined, starting around the 32:30 mark.

The funny part for me is that the sound tech clearly wasn’t prepared for me to be significantly louder than the other two people, because when I first speak it is LOUD. He adjusted after that, but I was amused when I listened to it. That’s because there’s no opportunity to do levels…you come into the studio, put on a headset, and when they come back from commercial it’s go time. So yeah, when I first speak, my trademark projection is in full effect.

I hopped over to Vancouver on Sunday afternoon, so that I could attend a Vancouver Canucks hockey game with my dad on Monday evening. Awhile back, the Canucks started giving long-time season-ticket holders the opportunity to come down to the ice after a game and take a photo. My dad and brother did it last year, and now that I’m back in BC my dad wanted to take me.

The actual hockey game was terrible, as the Canucks are having their first bad season in years and we pretty much expected to lose. And personally, I’m okay with that. A lot of fans feel like they’re entitled to a winning team, but the reality in sports is that there are more losers than winners. A run of success has a tendency to cloud our judgement and narrow our perspective.

This is, as you might imagine, a minority viewpoint in the sporting world.

For me, it was a bit surreal. I’ve mostly been lucky enough to attend competitive Canucks games, but this was the end of the year, and the loss would officially eliminate the team from the playoffs. So, the outcome didn’t really matter to me. I was just happy to be there with my dad.

As for the photo, well, my dad said that I should be wearing something with a big Canucks logo on it. I had thought about that before going over to the mainland, as I have a couple of older jerseys that I could have brought with me, but the truth is that it’s just not me. I’ve never been someone who likes wearing giant logos. I like simple baseball caps with small logos centred on the front, and my closet is full of solid-colour t-shirts (both short- and long-sleeve) that can’t be identified by brand. I suppose you could say that I prefer to dress in an understated fashion, or perhaps more accurately that I don’t want to be a walking billboard.

Oh yeah, and I currently have a thing for 3/4-length baseball t-shirts.

That last bit is important, because when I went looking for something to wear at the arena, they had a baseball t-shirt that was white with black arms, featuring the 90’s-style yellow/orange/red Canucks logo that I continue to favour (since it’s what they wore when I was a kid). It was perfect. However, it was unavailable in a men’s small…they only had it in medium and large. So…no go.

I ended up with a dark-blue t-shirt with a large Canucks logo (the current orca-style one) emblazoned on the front, which cost me $22. I actually quite like it, but I’m also aware that it’s exactly the same as the volunteer shirts I used to order for the University of Waterloo…and they cost $5 each when I ordered them in bulk quantities (so probably even less for the Canucks).

You could argue that that’s a steep markup to pay for the simplest possible silk-screening process, when there were other garments on the racks that clearly had more effort put into design and production (and, to be fair, cost more money). I could argue that I’m just paying a premium for classy design (which is harder to find in today’s sports merchandise).

But that would be stupid. The only design decision was how big to make the logo…the only justification for that crazy markup is that I was willing to pay it. Which, as we all know, is good enough in the retail world.

Ah well. At least I know from experience that it’s a decent t-shirt.

Russ