This past Saturday I was flying home from a nice (but too short) ski vacation. Since it was a ski vacation I only brought 2 or 3 shirts, and one of them was my "Worst State Ever" shirt. It also happened to be the one I threw on as I was heading out the door. I must have gotten 10 to 15 comments on the shirt throughout the day, but here are a couple of my favorites:
* We had to fill up our rental cars before dropping them off; as I was paying the guy behind the counter, he asked "What state is that?" I told him. He got a huge grin on his face and responded "Niiice," in such a way that he might as well have said "Yeah, that is a horrible state." Mind you, this is in Montana.
* While in Atlanta for the layover, I was waiting for the rest of my friends to deplane. As I was standing there, the lady behind the counter waves me over. She asks, "Where did you get that shirt?" I tell her, and ask her why she wants to know. She responds "Because I loooove it!"
* Also while in Atlanta, I noticed that the gate next to mine was flying to Columbus. So I made sure to keep my shirt very visible as I walked by slowly. I got some great stares.
* Joining me on the final flight of the trip from Atlanta to Raleigh was the NC State Basketball team. One of the players (well, probably a manager, he was very short and white) noticed my shirt, and we struck up a conversation. He actually used to go to West Virginia, and he mentioned that he had the same shirt. He wasn't a tool, either, like
some most WVU fans are.
Moral of the story: Wear your "Worst State Ever" shirt whenever you go to the airport, because the vast majority of people will love it, and those that don't, well, they suck anyway.