T-Shirt Confidential #1

Back in 2007, I launched a regular feature called T-Shirt of the Week (TSOTW) — the story of my life, as told by the t-shirts I;ve worn — which ran every week for approximately six months. When I was forced to rebuild this site several years back, I didn’t bother to re-post TSOTW. I’ve decided to relaunch TSOTW, only now it is T-Shirt Confidential. I’ll start with all the original posts (which I will upload every few days), and then start posting new stuff. Thanks. Enjoy.

confidential 1Some people believe you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I believe you can tell more about a person by the t-shirts they have worn. This is the story of my life, as told by the t-shirts I have worn.

DCFC0028.JPGOriginally posted as T-Shirt of the Week: WEEK 1 (June 9, 2007)

This is a fairly new addition to my t-shirt collection, and one of dozen different designs promoting Logan Smalley’s documentary Darius Goes West, or DGW for short. The hands on this shirt are spelling the American Sign Language letters for D, G, and W. “Know about it” is the tagline for the film. This is my favorite of the DGW shirts, which were sent to me by Logan’s mother, Barbara.

I had the privilege of screening Darius Goes West earlier this year at the Longbaugh Film Festival, which I used to run. Those of you that know me have probably heard me rave about this film, but it really is an incredible, life-affirming documentary. In a nutshell, Darius Goes West documents a group of young men as they travel cross-country with their friend Darius Weems, a 15 year-old with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Their initial goal is to get on MTV’s Pimp My Ride so that it will trick out Darius’ wheelchair, and in the process call attention to DMD, the number one genetic killer of children in the world. I wrote a much longer piece on DGW, which you can read HERE.

To say this documentary has changed my life would be an understatement. Because of this film, I plan to spend part of my summer as a counselor at a camp for children with muscular dystrophy.

To find out more about Darius Goes West, or to get your own t-shirt, check out the website.

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