When I gained weight my fashion sense changed drastically. About four years ago I put together a t-shirt quilt with all of my memories of high school and early college, almost 40 t-shirts from plays, sports, clubs, my American Idol audition, and much more. I only left 2-3 t-shirts for everyday use. Recently I have had to re-collect t-shirts and here is why: I have always liked T-shirts and grungy clothes, or as my family says "glargy" or "blarb" clothes, but in the last two years it has just gone too far, just way too far with the darn T-shirts. You see I was never planning on staying fat, so I never could bring myself to buy nice looking things in the size that actually fit me, it would be a waste because I would be getting smaller very very soon. Two years later I am swimming in T-shirts and maybe 4 nice-looking shirts still waiting to be thin, argh. My T-shirt addiction got so bad that I began seeking them out at garage sales; t-shirts with some weird stranger's memories and crusty sweat on them. In fact the t-shirt I wore today says "Tae Kwon Do Training Center" with a local phone number--25 cents from a garage sale 2 blocks away. Today in the parking lot a man saw the logo and said, "How long have to been in Tae Kwon Do?" Oh NO! he caught me in my lie, pretending to be an aspiring black belt when actually I think I am just a pink belt in stay-at-home Tae Bo movies--that’s the level where you shake the house and can only take 15 minutes. "Oh, uh, actually I don't do Tae Kwon Do." Then he looked at me with utter disbelief, almost disgust like "How dare she wear that shirt without EARNING it!" I tried to patch up the awkward moment by saying, "But I have always wanted to do Tae Kwon Do." As it came out of my mouth I regretted it and could almost hear him in the voice of Napoleon Dynamite saying "Idiot!" He didn't even say "Oh," or "That’s cool," he just looked away. Oh the shame. So I shall now EARN my stripes, and I found my first venue, the Riverside 5K run on February 20. I may not be able to run the whole thing but I will cross the finish line and earn that t-shirt by myself!