When The Jacket came to me, its history was a mystery (hey, that rhymes!) Come with me now, back, back, back in time…about a month. I hunted down this great, vintage, green polyester jacket at the Goodwill, bagged it and hauled it home in triumph to my closet. While engaged in my usual apres-hunt ritual of trying on new stuff with former trophies, I discovered a name written on a piece of paper in the pocket – Tom Wojciechowski.
Just so, a mystery and a writing competition are born. Click on The Jacket Competition page heading up top to read all about it, and check out all the entries.
While other writers have been busy crafting a fictional history for The Jacket, I have not given up my quest to know its true story. Exhaustive research has finally revealed at least some part of its checkered (well, really more of a plaid) past.
Everything ends up on the web eventually, and is never erased (listen up, my daughters). I have unearthed the following photos of The Jacket, which have recently gone viral on the interwebz. WARNING! What you see here may shock and alarm you. I urge my more sensitive readers to proceed with caution.
It appears The Jacket was once part of some depraved, party ritual. I can’t identify the participants because they took steps to disguise their identities, like rats that hide their filthy scurrying in the dark. But be assured I will never rest until I can identify these degenerates and report them to the authorities.
What else has The Jacket seen in its 40 or so years as a garment of the world? We can only guess. But this I can say to the eventual winner….it looks like it has been washed recently.
Don’t forget to go here and cast your vote for the winning entry. Polling is open until Friday.