A couple of days ago, I bought something I’m very excited about.
It’s a cool thing and I got a great deal on it.
There’s only one problem. I have absolutely no idea when, where or why I will ever wear a 1990′s era Pat Verbeek Hartford Whalers Jersey
I didn’t set out to own a 1990′s era Pat Verbeek Hartford Whalers jersey. My original plan was to own a 2010 Chris Drury New York Rangers jersey, which I could wear when attending a 2010 New York Rangers game. But, they were sold out of 2010 Chris Drury New York Rangers jerseys, so I was forced to reassess my desires. At that moment, my hipster induced love for retro crap took over and I clicked on the Hartford Whalers merchandise link. I didn’t want a Ron Francis. I didn’t want a Mike Liut. I didn’t want a Kevin Dineen. I decided I wanted a Pat Verbeek. The purchase was made. Then, the thinking began.
Here’s an email exchange with my brother
-I Just bought a Hartford Whalers Pat Verbeek jersey. Why? I’m not sure. But it’s authentic and only 38 dollars and Im really excited
-is it already worn? If so , that’s gross. I tihnk you’ll wear that 4 times. I think you SHOULD wear that 0 times. Cool purchase, though, if its in a frame over a desk
-it is not pre-worn. It is new. I will wear it between 0 and 6 times I think. Maybe next time I go to a Hartford Whalers game.
And there’s the rub. When will I ever wear this thing? If I wear it while engaging in any sort of generic social activity, I’m the creepy adult in the jersey. If I wear it to a hockey game, I’m the stupid guy who wears a jersey to a hockey game JUST TO WEAR A JERSEY TO A HOCKEY GAME. It’s not like my Whalers jersey will demonstrate a rooting interest to either team.
And yet, as I said before, I am incredibly happy with this purchase. I think it was the absolute right thing to do. Even if I only wear it when I’m running out to get a bagel or sitting alone watching TV.