Published 17 years, 10 months past

While in Chicago, we went for lunch at Navy Pier.  What can I say?  We were tourists.  As we were lead to our table, one of the waiters stopped me and said, “I love your shirt!”  It was my microformats icon shirt, and it turned out he had no idea what it was.  He just liked it.

A couple of days later, as we were passing through security at the base of the Sears Tower— Carolyn’s pick for what to do that morning— one of the guards burst out laughing and, pointing to my shirt, said “That’s right on, man!  I heard that!”  The source of his mirth was my ALA “Please code responsibly” T-shirt, the one with the car-off-a-dock icon on the front.

It’s literally been years since I had a random stranger comment on a shirt I was wearing.  Is there something about Chicagoans that they’re more conscious of other people’s shirts?

Comments (9)

  1. And what a fine style statement that shirt is!

  2. Nope, I have a couple of t-shirts that elicit comments from our fellow Clevelanders–the Dilbert-tie t-shirt I was wearing yesterday being one of my favorites.

  3. The same thing happened to me in Chicago in August 2004. I was wearing a red shirt with sailboats on it, and walking away from the Navy Pier, a man walking the other way commented “Hey, I love you shirt!”

  4. well – i am in the dark. none of the links you provided showed a picture of the shirt.

  5. I still get a chuckle out of Tantek’s reaction to my “I (broken entity symbol) Unicode” tshirt, at WE05. My fiancee still gives me stick about it being judged “very geeky” even amongst web geeks ;)

  6. We Chicagoans are very friendly people, even when we don’t live there anymore. :-)

  7. I have only visited Chicago once and made the mistake of wearing a Green Bay Packers t-shirt. I received many comments, all negative, but was pleased to find that they were all in good humour.

    You might want to leave your favorite Trinidad and Tobago shirt at home when you visit London!

  8. It’s like Marc said, we’re friendly in Chicago. :)

    Did you enjoy the trip to the top of the tower, btw? defintely something worthwhile even for us locals to do once in a while.

  9. I think peopl in that aea are more prone to commenting on people who dress differnt it is the same here int he south anyone not waering cowboy boots and hats is poked fun of, and all the locals know he aint from around here.But it is like that everyhwere I suppose, still glad to see someone outhere making a great statement from the shirt.

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