Design: Long-sleeve heather grey with shamrock and crossed hockey sticks
Acquired: 1995 (“borrowed”) T-shirt Age: 19 years T-shirt Recipient: George Hartford
George and I knew each other for most of our time as co-workers in Savannah, GA – but we were never really friends. That started to change when we found ourselves assigned to the same office and then shipped to Arizona for assignment to the Intelligence Officer’s Advanced Course.
We decided to rent a house together in Sierra Vista. And that house was ground zero for some amazing parties with amazing friends. There were 70’s parties, costume parties, St. Patrick’s Day parties, parties for absolutely no reason. Jack Daniels and Goldschlager were unfortunate guests at these parties, and the accusatory phrase “Are you IN, or are you OUT?” was spoken far too often. Or maybe just the reply “Oh, I’m IN” was the one that was spoken too often.George showing off his smooth moves and destroying (without malice) someone’s house during a 70’s party. Oh…was that your CD rack? whoops… I’m sorry – I have no explanation for why George’s belt is unbuckled. But who needs shirts when you look this good?
I remember a lot of “firsts” while living in that house. The first time I created a kick-ass golf course in the back yard; the first time I lost my security deposit; the first time I watched George score a hat trick; the first time I got kicked out of a recreational hockey game; the first time I accidentally dated a married woman; the first time I met George’s beautiful and amazing wife Victoria (Whoa…Victoria was NOT NOT NOT the married woman previously mentioned). But the most important thing that happened in that house was George and I becoming life-long friends.
Naturally, to seal that bond of friendship, I was required to steal something of George’s – and that just happened to be his Dunny Cup t-shirt. In fact, I think this is the only t-shirt in the Great T-Shirt Project that is getting RETURNED to its original owner!Pictures the Dunny Cup t-shirt in Oahu, Hawaii and Sydney, Australia
There are so many vivid memories of the years I’ve had with George and Vicki that I could fill a half-dozen blog posts. Our road trips to San Diego; our trip to Rosarito, Mexico; our cross-country drive to Boston for their wedding; visits to Washington DC, Savannah, Chicago, Rome. Choosing one picture to accompany this post was too difficult, because I immediately found a dozen.George and Victoria’s wedding day – it was advertised as BYOS (bring your own sword).
Today, George is in the U.S. Secret Service (yes, you should be concerned). He and Victoria have two great boys and a beautiful daughter and they just returned to DC from living in Rome. I hope to visit them again soon, create some more memories, and hear myself called “Jaawn” in a Boston accent again – who knows, maybe I’ll end up stealing this t-shirt a second time.