BUENA VISTA, COLORADO -- The Ralph Lauren shirt in Steve
"Colorado Guy" Garufi's wardrobe celebrated its 17th birthday yesterday
with a jubilation that had shouts of joy and warm hugs among friends
at a cafe in Buena Vista.
Amazingly, Steve purchased the black Chaps Ralph Lauren shirt when he was a teenager
working in a department store in New Jersey, and the shirt
has proven to be a "winner" for almost two decades as Steve's choice of attire.
At Bongo Billy's Cafe, Steve announced the good news to patrons,
workers and anyone who would listen.
"I'm only 22, so if I had a shirt that was 17-years-old, it wouldn't fit me at all," stated
Steve Quilico of Buena Vista, a friendly coffee shop employee who was wearing a black western-style shirt.
"That black shirt is rugged and manly," added Jesse Cortese, a singer in the local punk rock
band named Maniacal. He also who works part-time at the cafe.
As seen in the photo above,
the Ralph Lauren shirt has taken quite a beating over the years. Most notable
are tears in the lower left end of the shirt and the conspicuous hole in the left sleeve.
Hopefully Steve has not been wearing that while doing his counseling work,
or heaven forbid, while he's on a date!
"The shirt was doing fine until two years ago when I accidently placed it
on a furnace that burned the hole and ripped it up," explained Steve.
When the news spread throughout the Internet about the event, one friend emailed Steve with a probing question:
"How many times has it been laundered? Is the ratio appropriate?"
Steve plans to continue wearing the shirt on a regular basis and is excited to wear it in the presence of
a cute eHarmony match whom he will be meeting for the first time in two weeks.
"If the girl really likes me, she will like the shirt as well, I'm sure," Steve reflected.
Tie-Dye Shirt Reaches Five Year Mark
In other notable news about Steve's wardrobe, his colorful tie-dye t-shirt
reached the five year anniversary and has been warn approximately 596 times
since he purchased it from hippies
selling it from a van in downtown Manitou Springs.
"This is sweet ... It kicks ass!" exclaimed Jesse (adjacent photo), as he held the shirt on a hanger.
Steve's five-year-old tie-dye t-shirt has been photographed
on this web site many times including the muffler story,
the oatmeal stain story
and when friends etched his initials in concrete.
Over the years, Steve's wardrobe has been publicized on numerous occasions on this web site. Last month,
Steve was criticized for wearing a crew neck New York Yankees shirt
for four consecutive days,
and refused to answer all questions regarding whether he washed the shirt during that period.
Additionally, Steve endured a lot of embarrassment when his chiropractor noticed a
on a tattered shirt that had remained as Steve wore it for over four years.
One more celebration photo of the 17-year-old shirt ...
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