I know it’s normal for a bloke to accumulate T-shirts and I certainly fall into that category.
However, should one become a motorcyclist and over time become the proud owner of say, a Triumph, a BMW or a Harley Davidson, each of which are associated with specific owner T-shirts , then things soon change on the T-shirt collection front.
I speak from experience having owned a selection of those particular bikes over the years, including one Suzuki and one Honda.
Owning the first three mentioned bikes in particular creates the inevitability of joining the riding club associated with the marque.
There is for example the Triumph Riders for Trumpy owners, the Ulysses Club for any marque, the BMW Club, the BMW Safarys, both obviously for Beemers and of course, the Harley Owners Club, known as HOG
I’ve been a member of the Harley Owners Group for 24 years now, with the associated exponential increase in my Harley T-shirt collection.
The same goes for the Ulysses Club although their T-shirts remain basically static in colour with the copyright ‘Grow Old Disgracefully ‘ logo . These two factors effectively create a much smaller desire to purchase. Of course a number of the Ulysses shirts are,or were, in my collection.
During our BMW ownership days, we attended every BMW Safari and received the specific T-shirt as part of our participation fee.
We joined the BMW Touring Club as well and added their T-shirts to our collection.
However, our HOG membership is a totally different story.
We are both Life Members of HOG International and belong to two Australian HOG Chapters, with off course the relevant distinctive Chapter T shirts. Naturally those T-shirts change from time to time and are rapidly acquired in order as they say in the military, to remain Regimentally Dressed.
Every year, each Australian State is the venue for a State HOG Rally with its signature T-shirt included in the attendance fee.
Then there is the annual National HOG Rally with its own signature T-shirt, also included in the attendance fee.
But that’s not the end of the HOG T-shirt experience. Every Harley dealership world wide has its own specific range of T-shirts featuring imagery and wording relating to that dealership and its surrounding countryside.
Of course they are irresistible and fall into the ‘Must Have’ category.
Every T-shirt becomes a prized collectors item and more importantly, secures bragging rights wherever HOG members gather, particularly if the wearer’s T-shirt is unique.
Now all that guff is important, but, there comes a time in every motorcyclist’s life when his ‘Significant Other’ alerts him to the fact that there is no more drawer, cupboard, cardboard box or plastic garbage bag space available in the house, garage or shed.
Accordingly, as a sensitive news age guy(SNAG), when this dreadful state of affairs was recently and dramatically(no need for further description) brought to my attention I took the decision that the local Opp Shop would be the recipient of any T-shirt I could bear to part with.
Now as is the custom in this modern technological age, I took to Google for guidance.
There I learned the correct process to follow in the disposal of valuable artefacts and it has worked perfectly for me. I’m sure it will for you too when and if the need arises.
Firstly, you designate proposed Heaps according to the following formula:
1 MUST KEEP.
2 SHOULD DEFINITELY GO.
3 COULD GO.
Completing Heap number 1 is relatively simple to achieve. Even your ‘Significant Other’ recognises the continued importance of the T-shirts in Heap number 1.
Heap number 2 is slightly more difficult however. Significant fading, shrinkage, minor damage or no longer possessing the bike to which the T-shirt refers greatly assist in this phase of decision making.
I should point out at this juncture that Heap number 2 is where input from your ‘Significant Other’ really locks in place and that advice should, no, must be taken into account at your peril.
At this juncture I must point out that decisions relating to Heaps 1 and 2 are irreversible and binding on all involved parties.
Heap number 3 is where the major problems arise and again it is where Google provides sage advice.
When no further T-shirts can be discovered or found anywhere in the vicinity and all tidying up and Heap allocation has been completed, all work on the Heaps must cease for a minimum of 24 hours.
This in non negotiable.
Then, when the 24 hour truce has passed, Heap number 3 again becomes the centre of attention.
Significant T-shirts that have found their way into Heap number 3 are permitted, without rancour, to be removed and placed into Heap number 1.
When that process has been completed, should anything remain in Heap number 3, the remainder must be combined with Heap number 2, be bagged up securely and removed forthwith to a place of safety, prior to prompt delivery to the designated Opp Shop.
It’s always difficult to say goodbye. It’s simply amazing how inanimate objects can attain such intrinsic emotional value in the human psyche.
However, I did manage to sneak photographic images of the final content of Heaps 2 and 3 and those images follow.
So there we are. No captions on the images required.
Hoo for now.