Last Friday when I asked my former boss and now a manager for another department how come he never wore a Hawaiian shirt on Fridays. He replied, “I was never invited.”
As the unofficial Valve Store™ Arts & Crafts Engineer I took this as a challenge being issued, so I got busy with some Google-fu, photoshopping and Microsoft Word work.
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When I posted that picture of three folks in Hawaiian shirts the other day I could have sworn that I had done it in the past somewhere, but a search of the site using the little search function in the left sidebar didn’t come up with anything, so…
Well, wouldn’t you know it, but a search for “Hawaiian” today still turns up nothing, even though I have posted two entries with the word Hawaiian in the title. Search for just the word “shirt” and the two recent posts show up along with a couple others, including one from 2006 with the picture. Search using Google for Hawaiian site:mr-miata.net and they show up too.
On a whim I tried searching Life of Brian using an uncapitalized hawaiian and I got results. So I used the back button on the browser and noticed that the url for the empty search looked like this:
What is with the extra crap in there? No wonder there were no results.
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August 2006 — from the left, Greg Morgan, Fabrication Engineer, me, Chris Green, Industrial Engineer
About 8 years ago I started to wear Hawaiian Shirts to work on Fridays, Probably right after I saw Office Space for the first time. I probably badgered all my co-workers to do the same, but could only get a couple others to do with any regularity. One day the 3 of us came in with similar hues shirts so I got someone to take our photo.
Greg stuck with it up until a few years ago when he left for a job in Quality at the Bomb Plant making a lot more money. I doubt he is is still wearing the Hawaiian shirts on Fridays. Chris quit them wearing about 2 years later when he moved over to a supervisory position in Assembly, then PIC. For the last month or so he has threatened to start back up again, today he did, wearing the very same shirt that he is wearing in the photo.
My collection of Hawaiian shirts started with two (now up to five), the one I’m wearing in the photo and an identical print in a salmon color, which I wore today. When I moved to the back of the plant a couple years ago I got the CNC Programmer (Hi Mark!) to join in the fun and he really got into it. I bet he’s got 10 or 12 Hawaiian shirts that he scours the thrift stores and flea markets for, rarely paying more than $5 bucks for one.
Ever since I found some cheap Hawaiian shirts on sale for $15 at Goody’s last year, I bought three, I’ve been wearing them on Fridays during the summer. This year when ever some one says something about the shirt, I ask if they got the memo. “What memo?”, they ask. That Friday is “Hawaiian Shirt Day,” I reply.
It is starting to work, more and more Hawaiian shirts are showing up on Fridays. I think the high was 5 two weeks ago. Today, two out of three of the Fabrication Engineers had their Luau Wear on. To make the plain shirted engineer feel like he was part of the fun, I let him take the picture. From left to right: Greg, yours truly and Chris.
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Couple months ago while shopping at Goody’s I found some Hawaiian shirts on sale for $14. Thought what the heck, so I bought one. The following Friday was one of our half days and I wore it in. It was very comfy and it fits into the whole casual Friday mood. Plus I actually got some compliments on the shirt, both male and female. So I went back to Goody’s the next week and bought 2 more. Now every Friday is Hawaiian shirt day.
Trouble is, now that I think I’d like a couple more, the clothing stores have been swept clean of anything resembling summer wear in favor of fall stuff (even though the average high here will be above 85 degrees until late September) so I’m out of luck. I guess there is always the internet…
Maybe for “winter” I should switch to a shirt that is something like the Hawaiian shirt, cut the same and meant to be left untucked, something like a bowling shirt — BowlingShirt.com.
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