Thursday, July 10, 2008
Old Shirt . . .
Take a Look at this Shirt . . .
(and not my goofy face in this photo).
I was a student at the University of Utah many . . . I mean, just a few years . . . o.k. it was 30 years ago! Anyway, somehow I got this shirt, but I think it was actually a "hand-me-down" when I got it. Needless to say it is soooo old. I thought it would be fun to see if I could find photos of me it wearing it through the years and post them here. Sadly, I have found only one so far, but I thought that I had found three (which I posted so I'll leave them), but it makes this post not nearly as clever as I thought it would be, because there are actually two different shirts. However, there are stories to go with them, so here goes.
Here is the first:
I think this photo of me (standing up on the Pryor Mountains in Wyoming) was taken in 1985, so the "U" shirt is already at least 5 years old here! By the way, although I attended the U of U, I feel no particular loyalty to the "U" (sorry 'bout that my old school). But If I were to actually buy a college T-shirt it would probably be a BYU shirt, as I also attended that college.
One day Jim and I were shopping at a yard sale. We were looking at different things in different parts of the yard when we finally met up and began a conversation about what we might like to buy. The owner of the yard sale was a man about 10 years older than me, and I noticed he had rather a puzzled look on his face. I could tell he wanted to talk, so I said something mundane, I suppose. Anyway, he finally got up the nerve to ask his question. He asked Jim and I if we were there together. I began to wonder if he wanted to ask me out or something. It was odd. I responded, that of course we were. Then the guy in total amazement asked, "but you're not married are you?" Jim and I were both a little puzzled at why he would be so surprised that we were married. Then the guy pointed out why he was so puzzled. You see, I was wearing (as pictured on this blog) the "U" T-shirt, and Jim was wearing the insignia of the University of Utah's number one rival - a "BYU" hat!
Next photo - I actually thought this photo was the "U" shirt, but when I enlarged it I could see it was a different old shirt (I must have had this one at least as long). This photo was taken about 10 years ago. I was working at the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the time, and I was on a road trip. We had been traveling all over the state and we were tired. But as we (the other agent I was working with) got close to home, we stopped to take a look at the ruins at Simpson Springs, just West of where I now live in Eagle Mountain. Simpson Springs is significant because it was an old Pony Express stop over. Obviously, now it is a ghost cabin. There are old remnants of horse corrals in the back where they kept the spares (horses, that is). I didn't know I would soon be actually living close to Simpson Springs when this photo was taken. It's worth a trip out there as there is also a lush bird sanctuary right in the middle of the desert. It is so odd - Take a day trip out there and see it.
I also originally thought this photo was of the "U" shirt and discovered it was the same as the photo at Simpson Springs. However, This is a good story too, so I'll post it.
On one of my road trips (again working for the CIB) I talked the Agent I was working with into stopping at the Parawan, Utah Cemetery where Grandpa Elmer Eyre was born. I found a bunch of relatives buried there including Susan Fish Smith. Susan was Grandpa Eyre's Grandmother. So I stopped here to give her a hug!
So, If I actually find more "U" T-shirt photos, I'll post them. (chuckle)