Thursday, April 27, 2006

Go Pre

I have this shirt this shouts "GO PRE" and whenever I wear it out in the world, someone inevitably asks me "What's Pre?"

Now, the real answer? "Pre" is short for Prefontaine, as in Steve Prefontaine, the runner whose life was tragically cut short in 1975, whose "rare combination of talent, discipline, determination, and star-quality," according to his official website, inspired fans "to roar [in] encouragement, 'Go Pre!'"

So, yeah, that's the real answer to the question, but it's also a pretty boring answer. (No offense, Pre.)

So, depending on my mood, I tell people my shirt is proclaiming my support of various other "causes." Yes, depending on my mood, I tell them it means:

GO PREMARITAL SEX!
GO PRESCHOOL!
GO PREDESTINATION!
GO PRELIMINARY ELECTIONS!
GO PREFIXES!
GO PREPARING YOUR TAXES!
GO PREMATURE EJACULATION!
GO PRELL SHAMPOO!
GO PREMONITIONS!
GO PREMED STUDENTS!
GO PREMIES!
GO PRE-WRITING!
GO PRETTINESS!
GO PREHISTORIC ANIMALS!

Things like that. (Oh my god, I just got SO TIRED.)

(This post is true, but it was also an excuse for me to just be obsessive compulsive for a few minutes and start to collect a list of "words that begin with pre." Because I'm weird.)

(I have a feeling this is one of those posts that will inspire my mom to say something like "your posts are never bad, but some of them just aren't as good as the other ones.") ('Cuz she's a punkass.)

(On a sidenote, have you seen this: Tom Cruise runs. Clink it. It made me laugh.)

31 comments:

christy said...

First!

christy said...

I like to think I inspired this post.

christy said...

(and you must wear that shirt a lot)

Bonnie said...

GO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS!
GO PREP SCHOOL!
GO PREGNANT TEENAGERS!

Anonymous said...

Go preying mantis!

PAM

Jesse said...

Go prescription meds and tarot cards in a purple velvet bag being fed-ex'd to NYC from Brentwood at my former assistant job.

Ralph Colby said...

And to add the backstory to the "Go Pre" shirt.

I believe this shirt was obtained not during his actual life (he died in 1975) but when this movie was made

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119937/

And an added historical...economic note: Prefontaine's coach (Bill Bowerman) was the inventor of the running shoe that lead to the company called NIKE.

I wish I still had a pair of those early shoes. Ugly yellow shoes with waffle soles.

Bloggingly, DAD

soleclaw said...

GO PRESS-ON NAILS!
.....................

(watching the spoof clip just made me hate Tom even more, if that's possible)

TheDarkerUma said...

go predominately white
go pre-ejaculation
go pretty in pink
go predatorial fixation
go pressure to be thin
go previously on six feet under

Erik said...

Christy, it's not that I wear the shirt a lot, I've just had it for manymany years ("latin music has manymany beats") and throughout the years I've had lots of people ask me what Pre was.

Erik said...

Bonnie, PREP SCHOOL is great. That's a good one. I'm soooo using that one. (The others are good too, but PREP SCHOOL is my favorite.)

Erik said...

PAM, thank you for playing.

Erik said...

Jesse, I like how you made yours into a whole freaking sentence.

Erik said...

Dad, you're right. I got the shirt at that store on Magnolia that sells movie clothes. I don't think they're there anymore. What was that store called? I forget.

Erik said...

Soleclaw: Isn't he awful? He's an awful, awful man.

Erik said...

Okay, Urp, that's the best list of "GO PRE" statements in the history of "GO PRE" statements. It reads like a list of themes covered on Degrassi. That's why it's so good. (Well, the previously on Six Feet Under one doesn't read like a Degrassi theme, but it's also outstanding because it makes me so nostalgic.)

joe chandler said...

umm...go pee...it's just misspelled

Angela said...

GO PRE (PartnerRe Ltd. NYSE:PRE)

Erik said...

Go Pee!

Erik said...

And Angela, I love that we're rooting for specific stocks! I hope you have stock options in PRE and that there's a boon because of this blog comment thread.

Erik said...

GO PRETERNATURALLY GIFTED CHILDREN!

Erik said...

GO PRE-READ BLOG!

Erik said...

GO PREGNANT OCTAGENARIANS!

Bonnie said...

Yay! I'm EriK's favorite! Yay me!

christy said...

Bonnie, he just said Urp was his favorite.

GO PRETENTIOUS PRETEEN PRESSURE!

christy said...

GO PREDOMINANTLY PRETEND PREROGATIVES!

Bonnie said...

Nope. He said Urp's LIST was his favorite.

He said my 2nd item was his favorite (and we all know that "2nd item" is code for "the person who wrote said 2nd item") and that means I am his favorite.

Nyeh!

Ralph Colby said...

Erik......"It's a Wrap" and it is still there.

http://www.seeing-stars.com/Shop2/ItsAwrap.shtml

christy said...

Bonnie, I think the correct interpretation is you get the blue ribbon for "specific usage of PRE", Urp gets the blue ribbon for "best overall"

SO YOU'RE BOTH HIS FAVORITE!

And I'm THIRD.

Bonnie said...

Yay! We're ALL Michelle Kwan! Yay!

Bonnie said...

Yo, KiK, thought you might have some thoughts on this.