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June 26, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Shirt Bros

Vintage postcard. Cowboys on horses pointing at mesa. Southern Colorado postcard. (Boston Pub.lib/

“Keep looking. I heard rumors of a some striking gold over there.. (USPD/

Stuff of the same cloth.

Common warp and woof in life.

Those wearing the same shirt. Noticed and acknowledged with the like-soul nod.

Has to be a conscious – a thoughtful, free-will choice to be a bro.

Not the mandatory shirt of a job.

Or the one handed out by HR before that mandatory “volunteer” event (with company image boosting photo shots) .

Qualifying shirts motivates a small nod, a recognition of camaraderie if a wearer spots another in a crowd. It’s a secret club thing.

Concert shirts. Costly, but tickets forever to the Shirt Brotherhood.

Maybe the ones on America’s Cup sailing teams qualifies since none of them would be there for the punishment except by choice.

The ones at summer camps are iffy….

Summer is reunion time for the loosely disorganized Shirt Bros.

You see T-shirts count as wardrobe instead of being useless souvenirs destined for garage sales.

Collectibles worth cramming in the duffel.

Real T-shirt connoisseurs stride past the garish cheap tourist shirts crowding the front of stores.

Searching instead for artful, unique, local color.

Don’t want to see it at every buffet and cafe table.

As elusive as the Seven Cities of Cibola.

Like cats, with proper care they last for years. Fading only increases their value.

Choose wisely grasshopper.”

Vintage stucco cafe along tourist route. Limon, Colorado. Vintage postcard.(Tichnor Bros. postcard, Boston Lib/, artist life/

We begged for predictable chain hamburgers instead of  plate lunches and local color of cafes. At least there was air conditioning – a real lure for tourists.(USPD/

Even if you do….

During one of many trips to Colorado, Boulder to be exact, Senior Staff was thrilled to encounter a rare, locally created T-shirt with “the perfect regional design.” Aesthetic in meaning and image.

So unusual he bought 2 – in different colors.

As the shirt is wardrobe, it did get worn a few days later down the road. (You never immediately wear them in the location of purchase. It’s a Bro rule written down somewhere).

We were grabbing a quick breakfast before hitting the road when a father and son passed out table. The son, not so quietly, elbowed his father and blurted out “Look, Dad, he’s got on my shirt.”

Yep, the 5-year-old kid was correct. In the same color.

I didn’t dare laugh.

Silence of the Shirt, Bro.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Colorado. Vintage postcard of Bear Lake in Rocky Mts. (Boston Lib/, artist life/

Wash and wear: mountain appeal never fades. (Vintage postcard of Bear Lake in Rocky Mt. Nat. Park. USPD/







  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 26 2017 10:10 am

    my aunt always bought the same shirts for her two kids… I often got their stuff and as if one of a weird t-shirt wasn’t enough, I got two ugly shirts… ;o(

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2017 12:02 pm

      Well, that’s more of a howl than a tail wagger. I mean how often can you use the “oops, sorry I spilled and ruined the shirt” when there’s an identical replacement right there?
      (I was always glad my cousins lived across town – that way none of my friends had seen that “got good wear in it yet” clothing before. Thanks for stitching a comment together

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jun 26 2017 12:40 pm

    Shirts are like memory books. Dreams of concerts past when my favorite rockers were alive and could really sing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2017 12:54 pm

      So true. Time woven into them, even if faded. I have a couple on hangers that might not stand much more wear. So they just hand around. Someone once suggested making throw pillows or quilt squares out of them…but the dog already has enough to rip and tear apart. Thanks for adding a wearing comment

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  3. Anne Mehrling / Jun 26 2017 12:54 pm

    “Silence of the shirt, Bro” LOL!!


  4. Carrie Rubin / Jun 26 2017 1:00 pm

    I thought of my husband reading this one. He has so many T-shirts, and every time he buys one I say, “Don’t you have enough T-shirts already?” And each time he answers, “You can never have enough T-shirts.” 😄

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2017 1:13 pm

      “It’s not a souvenir – it’s wardrobe.” Right. (Somehow the new ones still don’t allow the ancient ragged ones to be discarded…..)
      Thanks for patching in a comment

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  5. Beth / Jun 26 2017 2:50 pm

    I own a shirt that simply says, “Serenity” and people have commented on the calming message, but those in the know will give me the head nod of acknowledgement – the silent gesture that notes
    “we’re of the same tribe – I see you”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 27 2017 8:11 am

      Your last sentence is what intrigues about human behavior patterns. Total strangers; neither in home territory. Uniforms of thought?
      Love your shirt logo….I’d say it should be handed out to everyone, but then overused, the meaning would get lost or become satire, maybe.
      Hope you’re staying cool this summer! Thanks for lettering up a serene comment

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  6. RKLikesReeses / Jun 26 2017 5:40 pm

    Haaaa! Wonderful!!! Wearing a shirt right now with no armpits (worn away) and only the hint of dye remaining. Soft like fleece, it’s a loving hug no matter what’s happening around it. Delightful post – !!!!!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 27 2017 8:13 am

      They do get more and more wonderful with seasoning. And only the good survive. Thanks for dressing up and leaving such kind words

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  7. aFrankAngle / Jun 26 2017 8:03 pm

    LOL … Definitely many ugly tees out there. Coincidentally, I recently did a pass through mine in order to decrease the collection.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 27 2017 8:19 am

      Younger staff got so embarrassed of one particular tee her dad persisted in wearing, she stuck her finger in one tiny hole she spotted and tugged to finish it off. After all that washing and wear it’s perfect for a car rag. (Or terribly sick kitty. Was glad to have it then for that last trip) You’re sounding all rested up – breaks and balance are good! Thanks for shopping over here for a smile (and will ramble your way to check out the scene shortly)

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  8. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 26 2017 11:33 pm

    and what was the colour of the Senior Staffs face after hearing that childs remark?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 27 2017 8:16 am

      There was a bit of downcast eyes and shuffling of feet….it’s been years, but every time that shirt surfaces, there’s some embarrassed mention of that event. Thanks for smiling along

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Jun 27 2017 4:51 pm

        Always a pleasure to read other and different posts, thanks for having me along. 🙂


  9. Ally Bean / Jun 27 2017 6:38 am

    The only t-shirts I have that have we anything printed on the front of them are freebies from doing some walk or bike ride. You mean people buy t-shirts on purpose? Well, I’ll be! Great story.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 27 2017 8:24 am

      We have a few of those, too! You have to make an effort to walk past the cheap tourist shirts, but can sometimes stumble on some real pieces of garment art. I have one from Albuquerque that is almost too beautiful to wear, another is one from Yellowstone the season they printed muted colored shirts with vintage photograph images – had to beg the shop to take it out of the window as it was apparently the last one in existence. We are very picky…just so much room in the suitcase by design HAHA
      Thanks for volunteering a comment!

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  10. D. Wallace Peach / Jun 27 2017 4:57 pm

    A fun post. I wear “whatever” but my husband is a T-shirt clothes horse – he cannot resist them!. It must be a guy thing. 😀

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