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An underserved population bucking the system….


Last night I went on a search of the internet.  I looked high and low for a shirt that I have been wanting to get.  It is a shirt from the band Pearl Jam.  As many of you might know, Pearl Jam recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.  I have seen a resurgence of the Pearl Jam “Choices” t-shirt and wanted it badly.  I used to own this shirt in high school.  I wore it all the time.  I miss it terribly and would love to have it.

I went online to Rock World East.  They are a rock memorabilia store that I have had good luck with in the past.  Their service is awesome and their prices are pretty great too.  I was unable to find the shirt any bigger than XL.  Now, I don’t know if you know this or not, but dear reader, I am a woman of substance.  I am not a twig.  I have a lot of curves and I need a bigger shirt to cover them.  I wanted this shirt in a 3x.  Sadly I had trouble finding it. So…I emailed the company.

This is the email I sent: “I am a long time Pearl Jam and HIM fan. I have shopped   with you guys before and have had nothing but great things to say about you.   Christmas time is coming up and I am feeling very nostalgic. I used to have   the Pearl Jam Choices t-shirt long ago and far away in High School. I have   seen it making a major swingback through many retailers including your own. I   wore that shirt almost every single day (to my mother’s dismay..fuck   authority, right?) when I was in high school because it was so relevant and   made me feel like I was saying something important. I would love very much to   have this shirt again, however your site does not seem to allow me to purchase   it in a 2x. Let’s face it, a 2x is going to be stretching it but I think I can   make it work. My real wish is that you guys would make it available in a 3x. I   would be eternally grateful and sing your praises from the rooftops. The   rooftops, I tell ya. And for a chick that is looking for a 3 x t shirt, that   is no mean feat. So in conclusion, please say you will hear my plea and offer   this amazing and wonderful shirt in the size that I need so that I can be   transported back to my youthful days as a grunge girl bucking the system and   speaking out against oppression and authority…back before I was the one   saying “Because I am the mom and I said so”. That girl is desperately wanting  to be seen again. Thanks!”

The reply to which was:

“Lucky,

Thanks for your email.

We totally understand….however, we are not the licenser for these shirts. We are only allowed to print what is approved by band management… and right now we only have “Don’t Give Up” in stock in 2XL: www.rockworldeast.com/store/Pearl_Jam

We are sorry for the inconvenience. We are always looking to get a wider selection of sizing but we are forced to buy what is available.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Amy, Customer Service

ROCKWORLDEAST Merchandise Wholesalers Inc. 888-431-9495 (Toll Free North America) 902-431-9495 (International)   www.rockworldeast.com   Suite 209-3807 Mont Blanc Terrace Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3K 6R9″

I understand that there are limitations that retailers have to deal with.  After I had sent the email to them, I found the TenClub.  On that site I found the “Choices” shirt in the size I need.  I also found the “Alive” stickman hoodie in my size!  I was ecstatic!  So I emailed Rock World East back.

“I was actually able to find the Choices shirt on the TenClub website for the official fan club.  They also have the Alive stickman hoodie in 3x.  It is a shame you guys aren’t allowed to have them in those sizes.  There is such a wide demographic of people who are underserved by the rock wearables retailer community.  I look forward to shopping with you guys again.  I hope some day I can buy things for myself with your store too.”

I really do hope that there comes a day when us people of substance can go to Hot Topic, Rock World East and other trendy cool stores and find clothes that we can wear.  Just because we are big does not mean that we don’t want to dress cool too.

There was a reply to my email while I was writing this:

“Lucky,

We are restricted by the licensing contract for Canada. We are a Canadian company.

We agree with you in regard to sizing and we are trying to correct this oversight.

Thanks for your note and feedback.

Kind Regards,

James, Cuosmter Service”

I really hope that they can correct this oversight….

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Music of my youth


Right now I am sitting in the living room as a grown woman.  A wife, a mother, a homeowner, a pet owner, a fulltime employee working towards making the world a safer place for children.  As grown up and responsible as I am I can’t help but long for the reckless abandon of my youth.  My husband put on the CD No Code by Pearl Jam.  Then he proceeded to ask me to go to the store (in the middle of our Naked Sunday) while he stays home (after I have taken a muscle relaxer for chronic pain)…..I want to go back!

I want to go back to the days when this CD was new.  Back when I was young and restless and never satisfied with anything. When I was hungry for life.  When I wanted love and adventure and my whole life was ahead of me.  Has it really been 15 years since I graduated high school?  Do I really have a 13-year-old child?  When did I become this responsible adult?

I want to speed down the back roads blaring Pearl Jam and Better Than Ezra and Soundgarden and The Toadies and scream at the stars.  I want to feel the wind in my hair and KNOW that the world is a great place and that there was nothing that I could not do.

I miss that girl.

If you see her, will you tell her to put on a jacket, wear a longer skirt and not to stay out too late?