Recent Obsessions Part 1
Intellectually, I know I should be happy with fewer things. For example, one only needs one really good watch… Or one example of a day, sport or fancy watch each. Plus maybe a GMT if you travel a lot. But still, 32 watches is maybe too many.
The problem is that once I find something that delights me, I just want more. Like sweatshirts. It started with a bit of nostalgia. When I was in school I really wanted a Roots or Club Monaco sweatshirt. Even Beaver Canoe would do. Not only did we not have a Roots or Club Monaco in my town, I could only afford a Wind River Mark’s Work Wearhouse version. For years I would make it a point to peruse the sweatshirt section of thrift shops looking for pullover that would fill this sad psychological hole.
I think it was in February that I finally found a Club Monaco sweatshirt at the VV. Then, in March, the Salvation Army started getting a whole bunch of New Old Stock Roots gear and I got a classic logo hoodie with kangaroo pockets. It should have stopped there. It didn’t.
I feel like the classic cut of sweatshirts suits my current shape. And the Roots hoodie is the perfect travelling costume: it is cozy, I can carry my travel documents in the pocket and the hood is good for shutting out the outside world on a plane or bus.
On the other hand it’s summer and maybe too warm to wear a sweatshirt on most days. Plus, two sweatshirts — one with a hood, one without — should suffice.