Michael of SPO Reflections………….. As a hobby, HE designs AND creates beautifully crafted Hawaiian Shirts for himself and sometimes as gifts. Lucky are those recipients to be considered friends. Recently, he created one shirt that inspired him to let the shirt travel among his blog followers who would take pictures at sites of their own choosing, in their own environments, then pass the shirt to the next participant on a “list” of those wanting to participate. We were on that list and spent a week enjoying the company of this beautiful and lovingly made piece of clothing. Honestly, we BOTH felt it fit each one of us perfectly……..**so what WAS this shirt trying to tell us?
I just sent this electronic message recently to him:
Subject: The Spo Traveling Shirt Show
“Has officially been dispatched from its current location at 1100′ in zip code 97231 and is moving gently
through the valley with the aid of the same people who moved our Christmas Cards. You can follow its tracking with this number @ usps.gov: 03080660000016500032 . It is moving priority and, not wanting our candidate to be late in creating inspiration on how to enjoy said beautifully designed and crafted article of clothing, wanted you to know that it SHOULD arrive in zip 97222 tomorrow and be delivered into the warm and caring hands of the famous and Award Winning Bear Brown.”
It DID receive loving care here, finally saying it was too cold, so it spent the last couple of nights resting quietly by the wood stove since it WAS cold outside (considering its point of creation). We HAD been waiting for a snow “event” of 6-8 inches that never materialized…..was it this shirt from ARIZONA that prevented it?
It was a warm and brotherly feeling to share in this experience, Michael. Thank you……………. (You KNOW as soon as it was taken from my clutched hands, I immediately thought of 4 places I knew would have been perfect for a picture with it………).
We couldn’t let this touring show leave town without a picture taken at one local spot that’s more photographed, and laughed about than any other. The “Hung Far Low” restaurant has been around for 100 years and was a landmark in Old Town, “Chinatown” . . . . The Drag Queens at Darcells even talked about the place sometimes… for obvious reasons. The Big Neon signage was a Portland tour stop. This past year, however, as “Old Town” becomes the new “Pearl District” (rich development, high rises, as happens in all cities……..move out the poor, the artists, the gays, and build concrete towers)………anyway, The Hung Far Low moved out to the “new” Chinatown, SE 82nd, and though not as charming in looks, the Name says it all:
One more thing this traveling shirt needed was to be photographed BY a Christmas Tree in a land where temperatures give one a Feel of Christmas, i.e., cold weather….. i.e., layered clothing happens here in winter……… So. We chose to show the Spo-Show by our tree cut just a few miles from here at Furrow Farms……it was still drinking a quart of water a day 5 weeks after it was cut:
**I’m NOT sure what the Spo Shirt thought of that mad duck screaming from inside……….
Rodger enjoyed wearing this shirt as well……..his selected photo spot is at Rodger Dodger’s page.
So, Bear Brown: Have a great time, Mark………we’ll look forward to reading about your experience wearing SPO!!!, er, I mean the SPO Shirt.